Mud turns Nintendo Wii into a sleek-looking handheld

GingerOfMods has transformed a number of retro consoles into portable portables, but the Wiiboy Color is on a different level.

As technology improves, thinkers like GingerOfMods can revisit older gaming consoles and make them even more compact and efficient than before. However, it is not easy, and the recent Wiiboy Color mod is a testament to how much patience, design and spare parts to make projects like this possible.

GingerOfMods goes into some more detail in the video distribution above, but the short version is they 3D printed a custom Game Boy Color shell and then printed a bunch of bits from new and old Nintendo consoles inside.

The joysticks on the front, for example, are from a Nintendo switch, while the face buttons are taken from a DS Lite. Both are combined with the circuitry of a GameCube controller. At the back of the handheld are two triggers, Z-buttons, and the left for cooling the system.

The screen had meanwhile been returned from a car-up camera, the case was 3D-printed, and the circuit boards were redesigned from an existing Wii to save space. With a 3.5-inch 480p display, GingerOfMods says the games also look better than on a traditional Wii console that runs to a TV. Finally, through a USB-C port, charging is fast and the console can hook up easily to external battery packages for longer sessions. There is also a headphone jack, as it should be.

The Wii has a great library, most of which are not available on Switch and will probably not be ported anytime soon, if ever, so it’s very cool to see these experiences stored and portable in such a small and functional building. Of course, it does not come cheap. GingerOfMods says that custom jobs like this can run for $ 1,000, but you can really set a price to play Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn to take with you?