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.
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…