Making Portable Videogame Consoles - Easier Than It Seems?
By James Grahame
Ben Heckendorn hacks classic videogame consoles to create fantastically cool limited edition handheld units. I mentioned his work a few days ago, but I neglected to mention his incredible 574 page book: Hacking Video Game Consoles. It guides you through the assembly of portable versions of four common home gaming consoles: the Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo and PlayStation One.
To make things even more appealing, he offers pre-built case and decal sets priced from $55 to $75. All you have to do is strip the guts out of your donor system and TV/display, make some modifications to reduce the profile of the boards, and install them in their shiny new home. You'll need to feel comfortable with a soldering iron and itty-bitty electronic parts before tackling these projects.