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CrazyGadget

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My project for the 2024 Summer Build Competition is going to be a modern rendition of @Madmorda's Wii S Lite. A couple months ago, I was in a call with Crash and some other fellas and he mentioned how he has the husk / some guts from the Wii S Lite, and it prompted me to look for what Madmorda used as the shell for the project. Well, it was pretty easy to find on eBay, and cheap enough to warrant a random pickup. Since then, it has sat on my desk in my room, with no purpose in life....

Recently, I decided it would be fun to join the Wii Mini OMEGA crew, so I pulled one off of my shelf and, with a little help from BlueBomb, I got it homebrewed and RVLoaded (thanks @Y2K for helping with my BlueBombing issues). From there, I relocated the NAND with one of @YveltalGriffin's flexes I got from him at MGC. While I did also have an AVE flex on hand, I felt the urge to try my hand at the sacrificial daughterboard method (as inspired by @SparkleBear). I had a long-gone 6-layer board from when I was first learning hot to use hot air (the board was well-dead beforehand, don't worry). Using another 6-layer board for reference, I matched the AVE vias on the 6-layer to the AVE vias on the Mini, and it worked like a charm!

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Prior to trimming, I remembered the intec case on my desk, and got the idea for this project! Everything went well with trimming, and I'm excited to have my first Mini OMEGA!

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As this is very much still in the ideas phase, I do not yet have a fully-fleshed-out list of specs, but here is what I have brainstormed so far:
  • Wii Mini OMEGA (video output to be determined)
    • Depending on what display / driver board I use (as well as what space constraints in the shell will require), my options are HDMI via Fujiflex, DD or VGA​
  • Thundervolt for power (upon release, along with a BMS TBD)
  • Hopefully 4x 18650s
    • Due to the need for the controller to be recessed into the bottom half of the shell, quad 18650s might not be able to fit in the position I have them above. Worst case scenario, I opt for dual 18650s laid out how Madmorda did in her original build (horizontally across the bottom)
  • 4.3" QLED screen (as per the recommendation of @thedrew!). I have a couple different driver boards in the mail to play with, again I am not yet sure of what video format this build will allow for
  • 3D-printed plate for the controller / bottom half of the build, partnered with a custom board to handle the GC+ and U-Amp. I have an interesting idea for how to incorporate shoulder buttons onto the board, so I'm looking forward to further developing that idea.
This project will hopefully be a fun mix of new and old, custom PCBs with sacrificial daughterboards, 3D printing with frankencasing.... These are the types of builds that inspired me to get into this hobby!
 
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Oh boy, another Wii Mini entry, if somebody doesn't mind explaining, are there any huge benefits using a Wii Mini over a 4 Layer Wii? Also I love the basic case design, will probably save lots of time from CAD design, can't wait to see the end result!
 

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Excited to see how it turns out! love the battery capacity lol
 

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Good luck man! This looks sweet. Wii S Lite was always a project than inspired me, hope you can finish it!
 
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