42 posts tagged mods
Wicked Circle Pad Pro mods
There are a lot of insane homemade mods people have made for the Circle Pad Pro in Japan — you can see several dozen in just this 2ch thread.
Speaking of the accessory, Nintendo is now selling the Circle Pad Pro XL in the U.S. through its online shop for $19.99, which Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate players should appreciate. The company told Joystiq, however, that it has “no plans to sell this accessory at other retail locations at this time.”
Famicom NES mod by Javier Riquelme
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The other chap next to the adorable Adventure Time portable is MO-Death, whom Clog Two describes as “a circuit board being, that awaits BMO’s last breath.” But… I don’t want BMO to die ever.
That guy who made pipe-fitted a custom speaker solution for a 3DS has upgraded his sound setup with a stand and more complicated metal speaker things.
Laugh all you want at this mod’s silliness, but it sounds way better than the built-in speakers. Yeah, you could just use the headphone port to hook this up to a stereo when you want to jam with Theatrhythm, but whatevs.
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Upgrade your 3DS’s sound with this wacky homemade solution — all you need is some copper tubes, plastic clips, metal funnels, and silicon sheets. It’s much cheaper than buying a speaker accessory, and it doesn’t require an extra power source. Japanese instructions available here.
Here’s a silly way to jury rig a physical directional pad onto the virtual camera controls in Monster Hunter Tri-G (if you’re not using the Circle Pad Pro/Frankenstick)!
That blue gel-like material is a “shock absorbable pad” commonly used in Japan under furniture, electronics, and appliances to prevent them from tipping over during an earthquake. They’re pretty cheap, too.
On the topic of the Circle Pad Pro, remember those reports about it having a battery life of around 480 hours on a single AAA, according to the Japanese manual? Someone actually tore down the peripheral, examined its innards, measured its power consumption, and found that it could last quite a bit longer — conceivably up to 540 hours of continuous use! That’s a lot of Monster Hunter.
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Custom-painted Game Boy featuring Tetris blocks by French artist Oskunk (click for larger images).
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3DS systems hidden James Bond-style inside hollowed-out Game Boys. Goteking, the undisputed master of putting game junk inside other game junk randomly, made two custom 3DS cases out of vintage Game Boys, one with hinges on the side and one that opens at the top. He even made fake screens and a fake cartridge to complete the effect.
I love that one of the Game Boys he used is transparent. Like, he went to all that effort knowing the whole time that the 3DS would be perfectly visible at all times. That’s the kind of extra-weird, counterintuitive touch that makes a Goteking project.
Mega Man Game Boy by Hyaki Ikari (click for a larger version), who modded the system with blue buttons, a blue backlight, a custom-printed screen, Pro Sound RCA output, and a Pro Sound 1/8” TRS stereo jack.
Having the Blue Bomber sticking his arm into the screen looks tight, but it probably doesn’t make for the best gaming experience — considering the chiptune-specific mods, this is probably only for dudes who plan to tinker with LSDJ or other Game Boy music stuff.
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[Via Hyaki Ikari]
Dope situation: Game Boys customized with pants, by infradead. Seeking to personalize Game Boy systems, infradead mocked up these unique pant jobs. Pretty effective mod!
Super Famicom Nintendo DS mod mock-up by Rokujo Ikken (click for a larger image). This is something a talented modder could actually make, right? One of you needs to buy a Pure White DS Phat, swap in colored buttons and a gray back, pull off some Ben Heck-style hardware hacking, and send that bad boy to me.
[Via Rokujo Ikken]
New, super-powered handheld system announced last week: The Retro Boy Advance SP by Iron Halo.
The modded portable touts “3 awesome upgrades”:
- a 500 percent brighter backlit screen
- a pro-audio headphone jack
- 2GB flash memory to play NES/GB/GBC/GBA “back-ups” and media files (all legally acquired, we hope)
That last bullet point doesn’t really count as a built-in feature since it uses a flashcart, but then that would cut the number of added features down by 33 percent.
It looks like this is a one-off from Iron Halo, but you could probably get some other modder dudes to make you one of these for the right price.
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