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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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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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The project which we will be working on for this year’s Ghost of Portables Past is the 80′s NEStop, an NES portable in a laptop design, with the intent of having it look like the old Sony TV I used to play it on growing up. Started in 2011 and last worked on in March of 2014, it is more than time to try and finish this project up. This worklog will be abbreviated showing the highlights of this month’s progress; a more in-depth worklog (and the worklogs of other GHOSTS projects from other contestants) can be found on the Bitfix Forums.
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Back in the mid 1980′s, Nintendo was hard at work redesigning their Famicom console for a Western Release, trying to make it look more like a home appliance instead of a videogame system in hope of avoiding the same mistakes of the video game crash of just a few years prior. The boxy design was that we all know and love was created, and after their more videogame-ish redesign in 1993, it affectionately became known as the “Toaster” model, even though it looked more like a VCR. Fast forward to 2008, where modder Vomitsaw had a spare toaster and a spare NES, so what else to do than to make good on the nickname and re-case an NES into an actual toaster?
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Stop by the Midwest Gaming Classic this weekend, as in the Benheck Experience area the AV mods featured in my article right here will be available for purchase at the Midwest Gaming Classic this April 12th and 13th! This mod is actually pretty easy to build yourself, but I’ve gone and made it even easier by providing a pre-wired and assembled kits, with step by step directions on how to install the board in your NES yourself. Not feeling that adventurous? Bring your NES2 to the show where we will also be doing live installations!
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Thats right Boys and Girls, Toploader NES A/V mods! Get all the benefits of the NES-101 (It actually works when you put a game in!) with none of the drawbacks! Sporting a sleek stylish 3.5mm Phono Jack for composite video output and mono sound, and now with 100% more power LED. More info on the mod and some pretty pictures after the jump.
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