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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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After binge watching some episodes of The Benheck Show (as one does), Theluthier contracted the modding bug and decided to delve into his first project, a Raspberry Pi 3 portable crammed inside a Gameboy Pocket. Based off of this photoshopped PSP Concept, this is one of the cleanest raspberry pi mods we’ve seen to date, especially for one’s first project.
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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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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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What Happens When You Put A N64 Game In Your Wii? WatsuG wondered the same thing, after seeing a fake video of such long ago on Youtube. With the question always lingering in the back of his mind, fast forward to a few years later with more modding experience under his belt and more consoles mods inside other consoles coming to the forefront, WatsuG found a suitable project Wii to harvest a case and decided to try it for real.
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Not to be satisfied with just using pre-existing Stick-on Decals to make his Mini Dorm Fridge look like a Gameboy, Canadian Hacker Daniel d’Entremont AKA Modpurist went the extra mile to add a PC Monitor, a Raspberry Pi 2 computer, and some woodworking ingenuity to make a fully functional (both in gaming and refrigeration aspects) Gameboy-themed Mini Fridge.
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