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    Hello all

    I finished this a while back and thought that I'd share. Now if only the OVGE would come back so I could go around testing games!





    Here's a link for the full write-up about it. Also, this is the "making of" link.

    Youtube video 1 with most of the technical details

    Youtube video 2 with some sweet StarFox action

    I originally created an account here as joedog86 about a year and a half ago but decided to start with a new name. I really like these forums and intend to be a more active member in the near future.

    When I first joined, I had the intention of selling portables like this but as usual life got way more busy than expected. I'd post a link to the thread, but I'm not certain how to get the URL with this type of forum.

    Here's a picture of the first SNES portable I made over a year ago:



    And of course here's the full write-up about it.

    A bit about me:
    I'm a chemistry major but video games and electronics are my passion. I'm an SNES fanatic and really can't seem to get enough of side-scrollers.

    It's nice to meet all of you
    Last edited by Life of Brian; 02-22-2008 at 12:46 AM.

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    Polycase.com, eh? The plastic look distiguishes it from what I've seen of Mr. Heckendorn's aluminum models. I bet it's lighter, too!
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    You've got real talent.

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    The first one you made is epic. I would totally play that EVERYWHERE in public.

    Great work!

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    I like the nice clean Professional look. Definitely up there with Mr. Heckendorns work.
    SEGA!

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    Awesome!

    Which SNES systems did you take apart to make this gift? Version 2?

    Are you going to sell it?

    Can it play Super Game Boy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Press_Start View Post
    Super Game Boy?
    Oh yes... That's a fantastic idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Press_Start View Post
    Awesome!

    Which SNES systems did you take apart to make this gift? Version 2?

    Are you going to sell it?

    Can it play Super Game Boy?
    Yes, I used the version 2 SNES mini. I'm keeping this one, but I'm currently making an identical one for somebody I know through the benheck.com forums.

    In my opinion, playing Super GameBoy on this is the height of irony

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    Unh

    You have great talent and skill and it shows. Portable versions I have seen look kinda weird or out of place. But dam, the end product looks fantastic and shame you don't have a business for it.

    Oh well, if you start selling portable versions of console systems, I'll be your first customer.
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    Impressive, great attention to detail!

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    Amazing!
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    Always looking for FACTORY SEALED snes and sega and psx RPG's.

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    I agree with the rest of the opinions..thats damn sexy!
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    Nice job!

    How'd you get the recessed circle area around the D-Pad/pin hole speaker grills/etc.?

    Was that all done by hand? (If so, great job!)
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    So clean and smoothly produced, well done!
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    I want one!!
    Now it is the beginning of
    a fantastic story! Let us
    make a Journey to
    the cave of Monters!
    Good luck!

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    That's pretty cool...looks like a SNES version of the Nomad. What's the battery life on that beauty?

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    A terrific job! A very well designed and executed handheld. I'm quite impressed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie_Says_Relax View Post
    Nice job!

    How'd you get the recessed circle area around the D-Pad/pin hole speaker grills/etc.?

    Was that all done by hand? (If so, great job!)
    I cut up an SNES controller and glued it in place. I then used spot filler and lots of sanding to get it all flush. The speaker holes are actually some perf board bought from RadioShack. Aside from using the project enclosure as a starting point, yes this portable was made entirely by hand.



    I used the same method of chopping up controllers for my first SNES portable as well:



    Quote Originally Posted by jb143 View Post
    That's pretty cool...looks like a SNES version of the Nomad. What's the battery life on that beauty?
    I manage to get around 5-6 hours of battery life, which is fantastic considering that these things were never meant to run off of batteries. I switched the backlight of the LCD screen with LEDs to drop power consumption.


    Thank you very much for the compliments, everyone!


    What do you guys think of the trigger/shoulder buttons on the back? They're original shoulder buttons from an SNES controller that I modified with the reset button from two different SNES minis. I'd say it feels about equivalent to pulling an XBox trigger, but you obviously can't press it as far.




    Has anyone ever listened to SNES music through headphones before? Yoshi's Island is especially good - full stereo and a lot more complex than it sounds on the TV!
    Last edited by Life of Brian; 02-23-2008 at 12:51 AM.

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    You gots a cool user name............. Get a better avatar that goes with your username for life of brian rocks : D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richter Belmount View Post
    You gots a cool user name............. Get a better avatar that goes with your username for life of brian rocks : D
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