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Ghosts of Portables Past 3 is live and it’s time to dig out some old projects. This year we are continuing work on the Nomad Jr, a GOAC with a 3D printed case modeled after the original Sega Nomad footprint, but smaller. This post will be updated all month and will go live on the 31st (or sooner if finished early, don’t hold your breath on that though). You can view this now if you desire or visit the (Bitfix Gaming) forums for updates, just be sure to check back at the end of the month.
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The Ghosts of Portables Past is back for the third year, and once again will be hosted on the Bitfix gaming forums. As a means to clear out our workspace desks, storage boxes, and project logs, we dedicate the entire month of October to work on and finish older, neglected, or defunct projects. Will we finish a project in time? Third time could be the charm. If you have an old project you can join in to our unholy witchcraft as well. Read on!
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15 Years have passed since the creation of one of the first few homemade portables made (by our recollection), along with Ben’s VCSp and the Portendo. To create his NESp, Tighe used readily available parts from Radioshack and electronic stores for an attainable Bill Of Materials for others to create their own style of NESp, before there was really any community at all to discuss such DIY endeavors. So let’s frost those tips, put a Nelly band-aid under one of your eyes, and drop Train’s Drops of Jupiter into your Sony Walkman and let’s take a trip back to 2001 as we walk to the theater to see the first Harry Potter Movie.
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It has been over 16 years since Ben Heckendorn was sitting at his desk on hold during an IT call, doodling on a napkin dreaming up the possibility of turning an old Atari 2600 into a portable console. Little did he know he would, As Ancient Astronaut Theorists Believe in our opinion, change the Hobbyist Landscape forever making way for companies such as Hyperkin to mass produce portable consoles, and for tiny computers like the Raspberry Pi and C.H.I.P. alike. Created in 2000, this may or may not be the first homemade portable console made, but it was definitely the most influential.
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MGC 2016 is in the books. Another great year was had with an overload of video game items and themes; from consoles to arcades and pinball machines, bands to vendors, cosplay to guest speakers, and friends old and new. Almost too much to take all in, in just one weekend! While we cut, edit and render our video footage together, enjoy these static images. For your consideration, Midwest Gaming Classic 2016 in pictures.
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N64 Virtuoso Marshall Hecht, best known for his work creating the 64drive development tool and the ultraHDMI, has done much for the N64 community. Like many articles, projects and products we feature here, Marshall began his his N64 Legacy by making portables. Today we take a look at one of the first few (if not the first alltogether) vacuum formed portables, the fabled L64.
 
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The return of “Temporary Structure” Adventures! Another successful year for & at the Midwwest Gaming Classic in Wisconsin. While the entire hotel was filled to the brim with everything video game related that you could imagine, an additional Temporary Structure (don’t call it a tent!) was set up for vendors, bands, and tables to play board games. Lots of cool stuff this year, if only money and time to shop wasn’t finite.
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Things have been slow in the shop lately, as real life beckons as it always does. In an effort to keep the site from getting stagnant in these times, we decided to do some video game reviews every so often, mostly when between projects or waiting for parts. The first game we’d like to do an in-depth, extensive review on is the quirky and unique NES Classic Super Mario Bros 2, of course without mentioning Doki Doki Panic because I’m sure everybody knows about that and is tired of hearing about by now. Each of the four characters has their own strengths and weaknesses, so choose the one best for the situation and it’s on with the review.
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We’re of course big fans of the Atari Flashback 2 console for it’s hackability. You can add a cartridge port to play original 2600 games, create a soft-reset button to return to the game menu without cycling the power button, turn it into a portable, etc. With all the available documentation, and even silk-screened pinouts on the motherboard, it remains the best Flashback iteration to date. With all that said, lovablechevy took 8 years of documentation and modding experience to the next step and created the Pocket Atari, fitting the entire portable inside an original 2600 cart.
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