Modder crams Nintendo Wii into a handheld Game Boy Color

Shawn Knight

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In a nutshell: The full-featured portable is just that – a complete Wii console that has been trimmed down and modified into a console you can take and play anywhere. Since the Wii is backward compatible with GameCube, it also serves as a portable GameCube console.

Maker GingerOfMods has completed work on a brand new creation, a portable Nintendo Wii built into what is essentially the chassis of a Game Boy Color.

It packs a 3.5-inch, 480p IPS display that originally served as a vehicle backup camera and uses a combination of DS Lite buttons and Switch joysticks built atop a GameCube controller’s circuitry. Unfortunately, there’s only a single audio speaker as space constraints simply didn’t allow for a stereo speaker setup.

Around back, you’ll find an intake for the cooling fan as well as two triggers and Z buttons. Power and volume buttons are located on the side of the portable while a headphone jack, battery status LED and USB-C port populate the top edge of the machine.

Everything fits neatly into a custom 3D printed case. GingerOfMods went this router rather than retrofitting an original Game Boy Color shell in order to have screw posts exactly where they were needed for easy hardware mounting.

GingerOfMods said the Wiiboy Color gets between two and three hours of battery life per charge although adding a “beefy power bank” to the mix adds another four hours or so on top of that.

Those interested in learning more can follow GingerOfMods on Instagram or Twitter and if you’d like one for yourself, you can commission the modder to build one for you but it won’t be cheap.

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ikesmasher

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Crazy impressive. I dabbled in making handheld gamecubes/wiis years ago. The wii PCB has 4 (or 6, for older ones) layers and is extremely difficult to chop up to this capacity. 3D printing has helped this scene a lot... these things used to be UGLY.
 

amghwk

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Not sure what is achieved by this.

I know because "it can" be done. And then....?????
 

candle_86

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In a month the video will be taken down by ninetendo, the device seized, and the creator sued for millions.
 

Lionvibez

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In a month the video will be taken down by ninetendo, the device seized, and the creator sued for millions.

Would be interesting to say the least.

If you own a wii and send it to him to mod it is your hardware and he isn't selling games so not sure what Nintendo can do.

But no doubt they will try that is there MO

This is a cool project guy has skills.
 
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candle_86

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Would be interesting to say the least.

If you own a wii and send it to him to mod it is your hardware and he isn't selling games so not sure what Nintendo can do.

But no doubt they will try that is there MO

This is a cool project guy has skills.

It's the wiiboy problem, ninetendo could make an argument that he is making a product intended to look like a genuine ninetendo product to mislead consumers.
 

psycros

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It's the wiiboy problem, ninetendo could make an argument that he is making a product intended to look like a genuine ninetendo product to mislead consumers.

That usually won't fly unless the creator is making money off of it. There's no law against mangling a console to look like another console or a lawnmower for that matter as long as no money changes hands and you fully disclaim any association with any trademarks involved. Besides, Ebay and Amazon (to say nothing of Alibaba) are completely littered with ripoff lookalies and companies can't do crap to stop it.