A gamer in the Netherlands decided to make a portable GameCube
using parts from another discontinued game system. The result is much better than you'd expect.
The body of the portable GameCube is from an Atari Lynx. The Lynx was Atari
's ill-fated attempt to enter the handheld gaming market. It was released in the same year as the GameBoy, which swiftly dominated the market.
One of the reasons the Lynx didn't catch on was its long, bulky frame. The size of the chassis made it ideal for a portable GameCube, though. The creator was able to fit all of the innards from the GC inside. The handheld also features the original controls from the GameCube as well. Here are all the technical details:
- Case made out of an Atari Lynx 2 console, shape preserved as much as possible
- Retro GameCube blue/purple look paint job with glossy finish
- GameCube pal motherboard inside
- Very silent IBM fan, heavily modified for optimal airflow
- All original Nintendo controls and sticks
- Full analog trigger (L and R buttons)
- 4.3 Inch widescreen VGA Screen 480 x 272 Resolution
- Original Nintendo Component video chip wired to produce VGA out
- Shielded Composite video wire to reduce interference.
- Wiikey Fusion modchip flashed with Swiss Autoboot firmware
- 6400 mAH batteries, 3 hours gameplay
- Battery Indicator with 5 leds to see how much power is left
- 128 MB Memorycard soldered directly onto the motherboard (GameCube slot-A)
- SD Gecko adapter to run homebrew and emulators through Swiss (GameCube slot-B)
- Stereo sound speakers, Used 2x iPhone 4 speakers for very clear sound
- Switching Stereo headphone jack
- Analog volume control
- Video controls to access display menu and switch between AV (composite) and VGA Display
- System can play from wall socket while being charged (comes with charger and power adapter
- Weight about 700 gram
- Size (w) 235mm x (h)114mm x (d)50mm or 9.25"(w) x 4.5"(h) x 2"(d)
- Comes with 1 x 64GB SD card for GameCube games (wasp fusion slot) and 1 x 32GB for Homebrew, Games and Emulators (GameCube Slot-B)
The portable GameCube's creator is currently auctioning the device on eBay
. The minimum bid is 1000 euros, or roughly $1,359.65. The immediate buyout price is 1,500 euros or $2,039.48. There have been no bids so far, though a few customers are tracking it.
The price is too high for anyone other than a GameCube fanatic. To be fair to the creator, though, he worked on it over the course of two years. Also, the GameCube/Lynx hybrid looks fantastic. It's exactly what you'd expect a portable GameCube released by Nintendo
to look like. Also, judging from the making-of video below, it runs GC games pretty well.