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first_imgThe process of taking a games console and converting it to be a portable unit has been made popular by Ben Heck’s many projects, the most impressive of which include turning an Xbox 360 and a PS3 into a laptop.It’s not just the latest consoles that benefit from the portable treatment though, in fact it’s a lot cheaper to attempt this with an older machine due to how cheap they can be picked up for on eBay. Plus, if you mess up, your main gaming console still works to help you get over the loss before trying again.Usually we only get to see a few stages of a console re-build along with a detailed explanation of the problems and design decisions made. However, one modder posting on forum Fishki.net has taken a different approach. He simply states that old consoles shouldn’t be thrown away as “you can make a brand new one out of it.” That message is then followed by 75 pictures showing every stage of turning an N64 console into a handheld, portable unit. More than anything this gallery of images shows you just how much work is involved in carrying out a hardware project like this. The amount of wires that need to be connected up correctly, the thought that goes into repositioning the controller buttons, and the addition of a display and battery as well as moulding the case show this isn’t a project for those with little patience or time.The end result looks pretty impressive to me. I doubt it gets very good battery life, but the unit certainly looks easy to hold, which is important because it will be heavy. Carrying out this project has no doubt taught the modder a lot about the internals of the console along the way, so if it stops working, or he has other N64s that breakdown, the chances are he’ll now be able to fix them.View all 75 images at Fishki.netlast_img read more