Project Concept

I wanted to start by defining the concept for the project to make sure I stay on track (and on budget!). I was inspired to try out some console modding after reading about the GameBoy Zero, a great little mod that caught the attention of many of my friends in social media.


I have and will continue to edit this post, design requirements are italicized.


My goal is to build a battery powered handheld console that is capable of playing all consoles from N64 and earlier.

  • Processor capable of playing N64, PS1, Gameboy, SNES, MegaDrive and others.


With the GameBoy Zero as inspiration, I wanted to base the project on an existing chassis. To be able to emulate with native controls, the game-pad had pretty specific requirements in terms of IO. I settled on the Wii U Gamepad.


It has all the required buttons and more, two sticks, a D pad and shoulder buttons. Its sleek and it has a good sized screen.

  • Chassis based on Wii U Gamepad.

Battery Life

I expect a reasonable amount of battery life from a single charge, enough to play during a plane ride across the country.

  • 5 hours of continuous play required between charges.

Externals / Aesthetics

I want the console to be as standard looking as possible from the outside. External battery packs, micro controllers or other signs of modding are not allowed!

  • Minimum 6.2 Inch Screen
  • No overt external signs of modding
  • Custom external switches must be well fitted.

The project is using the Wii U Gamepad as a base, so I will refer to this project as the Pii U.
More to follow…


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