The Louii

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This is the Louii
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The goal was to capture the beauty and grace of Louie from the Pikmin series, but unfortunately I completely overshot.
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Features:
  • Beautiful custom molded Switch buttons and joysticks. If you aren't using Madmorda buttons in a portable in 2019 then you'd better be molding your own. Seriously though, a huge thanks to her for providing these circles of sexy.
  • Extremely crisp 480p VGA video. Aurelio is kinda cool I guess.
  • WiiHUD audio amp.
  • Wii PMS board and all of its accompanying features, like thermal protection, shipping mode, an actual battery indicator, and all that good stuff. Thank you to Gman for open-sourcing this awesome thing!
  • Easily accessible microSD card for adding more games/homebrew/whatever else
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Here it is side-by-side with it's older brother. I fixed everything wrong with the Waker, including its really crummy cooling system and terrible shoulder buttons. Other smaller tweaks were made as well, such as the power button becoming a harder-to-press dome style button, as opposed to the tact in the Waker that took virtually no pressure to activate. The TSA lady won't be able to accidentally turn on my portable on my way to MGC 2020. I haven't had time to give the Louii the play session it deserves but boy am I excited to. The Louii also comes in at 5mm thinner than the Waker, making it 28mm thick. The rest of the dimensions remained the same.
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Internals came out pretty nicely. Not flawless but very good by my standards. Wire arches are great, you should all design them into your builds.
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I am very confident and comfortable with this design. I would like to start taking commissions on portables, so if you would be interested in purchasing a portable in this design please hit me up and we can see about making it happen. I will also work to open-source the CAD and materials used in this build so that others can do it too. Just know that this isn't a super noob-friendly build, but I'll go over the details of that somewhere else.

Worklog? Check it out.

Oliimar? Coming soon to theaters near you.

The WaluWiigi 2.0 is the next project in the pipeline, so expect to see more news on that in the future. I don't think I can ever say this enough, but thank you all for being such an awesome community. I sometimes forget how fantastic you all are, but other places on the Internet have helped me truly appreciate you guys. Keep building sick builds, and don't stop that flow of Waluigi memes. <3
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Wow, this is the most beautiful portable I have seen here on the forums! So unique and those pictures are fresh! Excellent Job!
 

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Well done, it's so pretty to look at. And this isn't even your competition entry o.O
 

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Excellent work on both the internals and externals! Those wire arches are a great idea!
 

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Verwii cool, I like how neat all the wires are, when I make mine, I hope(though probably not lol) it's neat as yours.

Few questions though
Is the Zbutton just wedged in there? and then it just bends when pressed?
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and sorry if it's obvious, what is this?
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Z button is held in place by the screen holder, yeah. It's not a perfect design as it only activates when you push on the outer half of the trigger, but the outer half is where you always push anyways just because of how you have to hold the portable.

That little purple board is just for the PMS LED.
 

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So the plan was to build another portable for the summer competition, but due to a combination of factors (got my first commission, leaving my workstation for 2 weeks in August) I am not going to have the time to make the WaluWiigi 2.0 into the portable it deserves to be. So.... This is my contest entry!

Have fun scrambling at the last minute to finish your stupid projects ya nerds.
 
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This is absolutely amazing! I would love to own a portable like the Louii...any chance you're still taking commissions?
 

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I am still taking commissions, but I'm pretty backed up right now. DM me for more info and if you're still interested then I'll add you to my waiting list.
 

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Is there any schematic about where amplifier board is connected to on the wii encoder points? it always confused me, any help will be appreciated.
 
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This is cool and I really want to try it but I have a few questions on my mind:
1)Could you do a step-by-step process on how to make a Louii?
2) I couldn't find anything for the outer case. Could you put a link?
 

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This is cool and I really want to try it but I have a few questions on my mind:
1)Could you do a step-by-step process on how to make a Louii?
2) I couldn't find anything for the outer case. Could you put a link?
There is no step by step tutorial for building a wii portable let alone the Louii. Everything you need to build your own is on Bitbuilt. It will take a lot of research and time though. If you have questions you can make a thread but make sure to check around to see if your question has been answered already. A good place to get started would be the guide hub or electronics 101 after that start reading through some of the wii guides then work logs. That should get you started but there is so much that goes into a portable so you will probably need to do more research after that. If you need a case you can custom print your own or have someone print it for you. GingerofOz may have released the cad files for the case but if he has I don’t know where they are. Good luck! This is a very loving community but you need to be serious about building a wii portable. Again, if you have questions not found on the forums feel free to create a thread!
 
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Amazing portable! I'm hoping to start work on a portable of my own soon. If I may ask, what improvements in cooling did you make compared to your previous portable?
 

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I used a more traditional 35mm fan and heatsink setup like the ones used in portables such as the G-Wii, Wii SP 2.0, and other portables. The Waker used a weird fan that ShockSlayer really liked, but it was very loud and the cooling wasn't as good overall.
 

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Cleaned out my google photos and was able to collect all the pictures of Louiis I've done since the first one, so here are some of my faavorites.

Sparkly blue with GCC buttons is the style I've made the most of, looks very pretty.
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Red and black Louii with a full paint job. This is the first and probably only commission I'll ever do with a paint job, the motivation to paint something perfectly is super difficult for me to manage on commission pieces.
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This one has Wifi relocated as the person I sold it to wanted it primarily for Phantasy Star Online.
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And this is the first time I messed with printing emblems into portables, it turned out super clean and I'll probably use this technique on more portables in the future.
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Damn my man, been hard at work I see! The screens you use look really crisp. Are they IPS? Regardless they look good.
 
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