Taking an previous console and making it as small as potential is a well-established tradition within the modding group, and there could also be a brand new victor within the race to shrink the Nintendo 64 so far as potential (via Input). GmanModz has minimize down an N64 to the purpose the place it’s smaller than a GameCube controller — and solely barely larger than the cartridges it takes.
Sure, cartridges. This isn’t an emulator, that is an precise Nintendo 64 that was minimize, soldered, and in any other case modded to suit right into a handheld package deal, full with display, battery, and controls (the joysticks are from a Nintendo Swap, chosen for his or her diminutive measurement).
At three and a half inches, the display is smaller than what you’d be used to when taking part in an N64, and it has a decision of 320 x 240. Making up the shell are two totally different plastics, with the again being extra heat-resistant — an vital consideration while you’re utilizing a motherboard designed to be in a roomy residence console.
The modder isn’t any stranger to creating transportable variations of the console: they’ve additionally modded it right into a Game Boy Advance SP-inspired form factor (twice). For this mod, although, they gave themselves a problem: don’t custom-design any boards. There are some third-party boards inside that have been out there on an internet modding store, however they weren’t made particularly for this construct. GmanModz says that this was “to be honest” to the earlier smallest N64 file holder.
Within the video exhibiting off the undertaking, GmanModz admits that it’s not the best transportable Nintendo 64 expertise. However that’s not likely the purpose — the purpose was to make the smallest transportable N64, and so they apparently achieved that. “The battery life sucks, it’s uncomfortable to carry, however hey. It matches in my pocket. Does your N64?”
As anticipated with such a small handheld, the battery solely lasts about an hour and a half. However hey, in case you’re gunning for a Super Mario 64 speed run record, that could be all you want.