Worklog Wiide-Boy, 4.3" widescreen portable

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Been bouncing the idea around for a little while now of doing something like a g-boy inspired portable, my ps2 portrait portable turned out well in the end, chunky but working, so I inevitably ended up tackling the first bits of a Wii portable.

Just concept phase currently with some hardware stuff collected.

Features list will be aimed at the following:

  • 4.3" IPS 800*480, have 2 and both look amazing and working
  • driver board for the screens is similar to Benge's O-Wii so thanks to him I have a 3.3v conversion
  • GC+
  • joy-con styled pcb breakouts and joysticks
  • aiming for 2x 26650 cells but I'm also looking at my 1s4p 20,000mah pack, both fill a similar volume
  • dual tac buttons for the rear
  • heatsink that was sold on bitbuilt store
  • Uamp, cause digital is awesome
  • Standard OMG trim for the 4 layer, although I may consider nand relocation for some layout adjustments
  • USB Pd Decoy 12v/9v, maybe a DC jack as well for redundancy
  • RVL-PMS from JLCPCB
  • 1s Power indicator like my ps2
  • PUI speakers like those in my ps2 portable 20*15mm
  • external usb or sd card, leaning sd card cause 512gb microsd is a small decent footprint but may have both wired up
  • Small tactiles for necessary buttons, vol +/-, power.. etc
  • The case I'm aiming for is about 115mm w * 155mm H not sure how thick yet, when it's finished I'm hoping to get it outsourced in MJP semi clear
Screens were tested so far with hdmi from a pi 4 retropie, but I will likely used VGA patches on the wii.

Next phase, board assembly RVL and 2 wii trims. USPS shipping is lagging behind with my GC+, nand flex, cooling and dual tacs so stuck waiting on that for now.
 

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Wiide-boy progress report:

Trimmed and ready to play, almost still waiting on postal service.

So far driver board for LCD is trimmed a bit smaller, had a mishap with hot air so one driver board is more or less toast. Wii composite is working, I'll have to get a controller port and usb added to get VGA installed and testing.

I had assumed the trace points would have been a little more annoying to solder to but I might be just fine there
 

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I couldn't keep my hands off.... I didn't feel like leaving it at composite.

VGA patches on and wiring done. Thanks Benge for finding that pinout photo, I had failed to probe my RGB locations on the driver prior to trimming it. Kinda hard to take a clean photo of the screen but it looks great.

Got a few things from that electron shepherd website, once I realized I had my pin 1 to 4 backwards, the little sd card board works great even their little GC controller port, possibly a micro build with my other wii. Now to load up a larger SD card and probably go through several case prints.
 

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Design update:

So far it's shaping out nicely, but I never thought I would dislike a black colour like I dislike black Petg.

Nice thing is there's a good chunk of room in between the controls for GC+ to fit and the UAmp in the lower cavity. Besides working on this I've been having a little fun with the partybox files so my second Wii may just be going into one of those builds. The driver board with ribbon cable are going to be more room than I'd like but it should work out. Need to get Bluetooth and MX relocated, and then hopefully build my GC+ boards from jlcpcb.

** Adjustment

Something felt off with my left stick and dpad, until I realized I had them staggered the wrong way

Fixed

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This looks great! I much prefer portrait to landscape layout.
I honestly don't mind either orientation, but landscape requires going outside my build volume of 180mm so portrait design is the way to go. Honestly it isn't too much bigger than the g-boy, although that's only cause I still have more to do so that could change.
 
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