We have seen a multitude of Nintendo 64 portables over the years and while some of them have been exquisite, most of them don’t come even close to modder Downing’s latest unit.
This particular portable features a LCD, integrated controller, and batteries. That’s usually the standard for these units. However, Downing has taken this portable to a new extreme. The case was 3D printed and there are even custom milled PCBs inside for the controller. These techniques move away from the “traditional” method of cutting the controller’s motherboard and rewiring the buttons to the controller’s main chip. (In our opinion it makes for a neater unit too!) He even went as far as to use his CNC machine to cut the motherboard of the Nintendo 64 to ensure that it would fit in his custom printed case.
By utilizing the technology available today, Downing has engineered a masterpiece. His simple yet elegant utilization of milled PCBs will ensure that the unit he has produced will last for many years to come. Gone are the days of using globs of hot glue to secure your rewired controller halves into your case. Now, why not just throw a sheet of copper under the mill for an hour or two?
Downing has also uploaded a video of his unit that you can check out below:
If you’d like to see more of Downing’s projects we recommend heading over to his website at Downing’s Basement. He keeps his followers up-to-date on all of his latest projects.