Build a Nintendo NES PC author hatsuli dies of cancer

It is with great sadness that I share the news of hatsuli, author of the Build a Nintendo NES PC, dying this August. He suffered from cancer for almost two years. His mother wrote to tell me that he was a great fan of the site and visited it everyday.

hatsuli was a runner-up in the Use It Again! contest for his Nintendo PC, which is currently rated among the top 1% of all Instructables.

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Mamu6 years ago
You people have no idea how wonderful I feel about your comments that keep coming to this page!
Hatsuli really lives forever.
He is in my thoughts every hour of every day.
Bless you all!

Hatsuli´s mom.

Hard to believe Hatsuli created such an amazing mod idea so many years ago.. where even today, communities like iCade and Raspberry Pi and countless others are still trying to perfect. This mod is a complete inspiration, and I plan to tackle it myself. What a great mind with such great execution! RIP Hatsuli.

Damon Creed3 years ago

God Bless Hatsuli, and RIP. (I just read his instuctable today, I wish the best for his family)

mlacroix23 years ago

I've first heard of hatsuli's Instructible about a week ago or so, during the

“Awesome Games Done Quick” video games marathon, on Twitch, whose donations went to the Prevent Cancer Foundation (there's their website:

darman124 years ago
Reading this made my heart wrench. I am very sorry for what you have had to go through. Rest in peace Hatsuli, and may your mother find comfort.
Lucivin4 years ago
Hatsuli inspired me to make a NES pc and I want to thank him for that. May he rest in peace!
scott!4 years ago
RIP, Hatsuli.
Krayzi995 years ago
God bless his soul...
Rest in peace, Hatsuli. you truly are the best.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Now if only there were workbenches in heaven...
Tech_Master5 years ago
My condolences to Hatsuli i saw his NES PC a while ago and was inspired i have to get around to building one now for sure for my little brother R.I.P Hatsuli

Knex master 123
Building a NES PC In his honor. May he find solace in the cosmic motherboard. RIP
My condolences, ever since he posted this i have had this on my mind. I thank him for his great ideas and i hope to finish one some day. I'll make my nes pc in his name.
May he rest in peace.

TheITSystem5 years ago
What a great contributor! Thanks for being here while you could Hatsuli!
egriff6 years ago
while helping with my great grandma's estate sale I found an old NES, I will be honoring both their memories by building one of these.
jrace706 years ago
I completed my NES PC a while ago after reading hatsuli instrucable. I am very sad to find out that he has died.
But he is surely like the NES we all cherish so much, immortal.
Itchyzombie6 years ago
B3TAGA6 years ago
I'm fairly new to this site, and I wanted a nice summer project. I saw the NES pc tutorial and I wept in joy. Now, I find he died? May God bless thee and thy loved ones. You made a lot of gamers happy, man. RIP.
builderkidj6 years ago
God bless him so he can make stuff up *sniff*
jwoo20236 years ago
May God bless him...
Your amazing thoughts still live on to the future...
Rest In Peace
KentsOkay10 years ago
(silence) Tell his mom he rocked! I chated with him a bit, he was a good guy.
Mamu KentsOkay10 years ago
He surely did ! Thanks for your kind words. (Hatsuli's mom.)
I'm so sorry for you loss. He was such an amazing innovator, and we thank you for bringing him up the right way. May he Rest In Peace.
Thank you for your kind words. To be quite honest I cannot take any credit for what he was like. He just turned out to a wonderful young man, all I did was love him. I am so deeply impressed by your comments here. This world was something were were not part of. I mean I knew all his friends but the WWW. world was his alone. Now I get to know some of you and get to have a peak to this side of him. He was very talented in so many ways. Computer was only part of his life. He was a talented guitar player and did wonderfully in his studies. For some reason his life was meant to be this short but he seemed to have left a big foot print!
Goodhart Mamu8 years ago
all I did was love him.

But that is what makes the most difference, you know?

sorry I came on this topic so late :-(..
Mamu Goodhart8 years ago
Thank you for your kind words. And thank you for remembering hatsuli!
evanwehrer Mamu6 years ago
My friend just died from cancer :'( I'm so sorry for your loss
if everyone was like your son the polar caps wouldnt melt iam sorry for you that he died god bles him
thank you for your lovely words!
ive never heard of him, and have only seen his NES instructable but i bet he wouldve found a cure for cancer! R.I.P. .
He was my inspiration to join instructables which is a valuable site, his instructable showed me that a pc can be made out of anything
What I hate most, is that quite often, its of a person, who you just want to smile, sit back, and watch what they come up with next in life. Doesn't quite matter what the passion is doing, its just the true spark of creation: Science, Music, Art, Technology, and a truly unique creator, is a gift to us all. Its sad that he was lost so soon in life, to something as disgusting as cancer. I for one, have lost too many as it is in my life, from essentially the body malfunctioning. I deeply feel for the loss not only in terms of your family, and your son, but the loss of true raw potential.
i didnt realise this until after i wrote my comment on build a NES PC, im sorry for your loss and i wish you the best of luck in future. may he rest in peace
dalekman Mamu7 years ago
i feel really sorry for your loss i know wat it feels like. i am going to try and make that nes pc of his when i can get one. i hope hes in a better place
altmaker Mamu9 years ago
Not knowing Hatsuli, just from his instructable i can tell he was a very smart guy, you must be very proud. I'm sorry to hear he passed away, only seeing the comment left after i had read his instructable. It even brought a lump to my throat! I'm sorry that such a brilliantly minded person had to be taken so early in life, but he should know that his creations have become legend in my small group of friends! (We're such nerds sometimes) T3h_muffinator couldn't have put it better, May he rest in peace.
niceribs6 years ago
I am very saddened by the news of hatsuli's demise, but a bit of him lives on with this great instructable......
Part of me was sadend from the use of the nes as a pc. but its a great idea. and i did not know Hatsuli but it seamed like he had some great ideas and there are not enugh people that can do things like this. so i will take my old nes and pc it in his name. i am a father of 2 little boys and i may not know what your going through but the thought just kills me. please be strong i know he is still with you. R.I.P. thank you hatsuli and mamu.
luke967 years ago

Thats to bad. I loved his instrutabl nes PC. He"s the only person I ever subscribe to. still remember in 2010.

limpport7 years ago
 Apparently, someone on eBay has submited hatsuli's Instructable guide word for word as their own work.  

Not only is this illegal, hatsuli cannot defend himself!  It's disgusting.

Please help by reporting it.  Thank you.
 I'll get my shiv.
Right behind you.
I come bearing potato cannon artillery. There is mayhem to be had on hatsuli's behalf.
Reported, and perpetrator contacted.
zack2477 years ago
as i posted in his instructable...

rock on, hatsuli, we shalt not forget thee
allenmt7 years ago
 it was a great instructable rip

Javin0077 years ago
Wow.  I had just seen his 'Ible for the first time today, and was going to comment on how awesome it was, and how it's inspired me to do the same with one of my dead Atari 2600's.  :(  RIP man.
Wasagi7 years ago
Bartboy8 years ago
That's horrible!..... Is he the only member who has died?
cdunne8 years ago
Good journey, make sure heaven is fully tweaked before we join you.
mage8 years ago
my he respawn in a spawncamper-free zone
pedroion mage8 years ago
Amen to that. Rest in Peace, man. =[
Amen too.
=SMART= mage8 years ago
santy228 years ago
*sad* *minute of silence* *buy nes pc form ebay/ ok sorry i couldn't hold that. but am i sad!
Gage9878 years ago
hatsuli's nes PC was one of the coolest things i have ever seen it is so sad he died i feel so sorry for you Mamu
you project was one of the best i have ever seen rip
metroid628 years ago
RIP. Your still remembered in 2009.
MikeGlass8 years ago
That's too bad. I think a timeline would be cool also, fwjs28. I hope that hatsuli is in a better place now, telling people in heaven how to make things from old NES boxes. At the same time, I hope this wasn't a nasty joke played by someone.
No one would play a joke like this...
drwtbr8 years ago
RIP bro
mattyh8 years ago
Reading the comments in the nes PC instructable and i was upset to hear that the author had died. I've favourited his instructable, i'll get around to doing it as it's way cool. Retro FTW! Rest in Peace man, you've left a little bit of yourself on this website. I'm sure when ever people boot up their nes PC they'll think of you . Too many people are snatched away from us too soon. RIP - hatsuli
Gildoth8 years ago
We need a place here at instructables to remeber all of the great Makers that have left us. A virtual memorial wall for our fallen. The Makers amongst us represent the best of humanity and their passing should be mourned by all. RIP hatsuli
fwjs28 Gildoth8 years ago
a timeline would be cool...
PSPerson8 years ago
omg wow. may he rest in peace
z4001005008 years ago
alas, another chapter of life comes to an end. RIP. I became a member about 40 minutes ago after reading his NES PC Instructable...............
foxtrot46978 years ago
This is what some people would call "Game Over" RIP hatsuli
sniper948 years ago
as a fellow nastolgic gamer i ask for a moment of silence ................................................................................. RIP
vader4068 years ago
CanWire8 years ago
The preservation of legacy is his legacy, seemed like a good guy, I hope to be a good guy too.
technick2910 years ago
He had 42 comments, surely that's a good sign for such a noble fellow maker. A great person, may he rest in peace.
OMG........ 42 comments? Are you serious? That's the answer to life, the universe, and everything! At least, that's what Douglas Adams said.
I think this shows how great of a community this site is. Not like MySpace or Facebook, but like an actual community where people know each other and if not at least are kind to each other and give positive input. Thank you ewilhelm for making/running the site. RIP hatsuli
dla8888 years ago
Forever let this be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity of what will cone if we do not take the quest for cancers cure seriously. I never knew him, but his one instructable tells me he was a great inventor.
My condolences to his family. I remember seeing his instructable back when he originally put it up, he's maybe one of the reasons i registered as a member and not just some guy who looks at the site everynow and then. Well miss you man.
Human Being8 years ago
Instructables will never forget you. RIP.
R.I.P., dude. Your intelligence was honored here. (And it still is.)
mg0930mg8 years ago
" I never managed to talk to him as I joined instructable too late, but still it is very sad to see a great maker pass away... ;-( " I feel the same Plasmana. R.I.P.
oli11228 years ago
Thats soo sad RIP and all my love goes to his family and friends
aaronjehall8 years ago
Rotten1948 years ago
That's really sad. RIP
suchipo188 years ago
His work will not be forgotten. Now he is learning from the greatest builder...... RIP
amen to that
N1CK4ND08 years ago
RIP, good to see someone who leaves an impression on a community
TXTCLA558 years ago
It's a shame that such talent such creative ability, went to waste thanks to cancer.......never forget RIP
Plasmana8 years ago
I never managed to talk to him as I joined instructable too late, but still it is very sad to see a great maker pass away... ;-(
daiatlus798 years ago
i agree with Gildoth
just came across this insanely cool piece of tech. RIP dude. Your legend continue ... :D
Sandisk1duo8 years ago
piekid8 years ago
he is building bigger and better things now where ever he is RIP
Capt. Fat8 years ago
Sad. God knows what he would have built next... Probaly something incrediable.. Rip hatsuli
ReCreate8 years ago
Solderguy8 years ago
His NES instructable was one of the very first instructables I saw on instructables . Rest in peace.
This is very sad. In honor of him, I will try to make a SNES PC :(
Kaotsen2710 years ago
Poor guy! I wish he traverses to wherever final destination is safely. *bows for his inpiration*
agent Kaotsen279 years ago
I wish he could build great things in his 'final destination'. He had some amazing idea (a NES PC is the perfect idea that I can never come up with!)
Derin9 years ago
Gjdj39 years ago
tigerboy Gjdj39 years ago
Yep same here R.I.P (He must have been a genius to do NES pc)
descartez9 years ago
Very Sad. I just stumbled across his NES PC project recently and am very saddened to hear he passed away. I had heard rumors about the project and decided to check it out. Though it may be a little belated, I am sorry for your loss.
space_thief9 years ago
god bles this guy! r.i.p hatsuli
dsman1952769 years ago
very sad...
muchmoney679 years ago
very sad indeed. may he rest in peace and Im going to build the Nintendo pc just to honor the guy.
zjharva9 years ago
Rest in peace.
thats sad... may odin guide him
hcold10 years ago
To Valhalla.
DemptNation10 years ago
May god, Bless this man, Im going to build a NES PC In his honor, R.I.P hatsuli Rest in peace, Bless'd be our almighty
peacockharris10 years ago
That's really sad :( He helped me considerably with my project. Thanks to him I have my Nes Media Center running all sorts of emulators and using 2 cordless controllers all connected to my 37" LCD. RIP hatsuli.
sardines45410 years ago
Sypran10 years ago
... he was awsome... i (and many of my freinds) were a fan of the nes instructable he did... RIP...
RIP, hatsuli