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I made my N64 capable of playing Japanese games and gave it a fresh new look.

Things you will need:

Nintendo 64
1 can of spray paint (I chose a metallic gold)
1 can of plastic primer
1 pen
A rotary tool (helpful but not really needed)
A few sheets of sandpaper (320 grit or higher)
1 can of high-luster lacquer
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Step 1: Disassembling your N64

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A lot of companies have a nasty habit of making it hard to take apart their products. Nintendo is very guilty of trying to crush the DIY spirit. But, we will prevail! Why? Because their tamper-proof screws are not so tamper-proof.  You can go online and buy the proper screwdriver, and spend money, OR you can use a pen and a lighter to get past those stupid screws.

It is pretty simple. All you have to do is find a hard plastic pen (mine was a Pilot brand), unscrew the back, melt it a bit with a lighter, and jam it into the screw hole.  After you have let the pen cool off for a little bit, it should now be nice a mold of the security screw, and you should be able to remove those annoying little screws without much problem.

You are going to need to do this several times because the plastic screwdriver you just made strips very easily. Also, you might find it helpful to have a piece of tin foil to roll your melted screwdriver on should it mushroom out too wide to fit in the screw holes.

Step 2: The Innards

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Now that we have outsmarted the security screws that hold the N64 together, you will be happy to discover that everything inside is held together with Philips head screws.  On the top of the N64 is attached the cartridge tray; on the bottom, all of the electronics. Time to go to work with a screwdriver.

Once you have detached all of the innards, set them someplace safe for later.
KazeSim1 month ago

All done. I give you my Charizard edition N64!

Berner (author)  KazeSim14 days ago
nice job dude!
I did it!
jiyonasan7 months ago

use a plastic rod instead of a pen, it's much sturdier so you can use it longer than a pen

JAM3S.BND7 months ago

Great idea on melting the pen! Works like a charm.

SergioGuy1210 months ago

How long should I wait for the primer to dry and the lacquer between coats?

Hi! I am also going to customize my N64... but i don't know how much i have to sand.. can you help me with this? i don't want to sand to much...

zack2473 years ago
why stop at paint..?
you could have changed the power LED, and maybe add a fan in there for cooling the expansion pak, i know in my old 64 it caused problems when it got hot.

the gold paint looks really nice with the gloss, i think krylon makes a reflective gold paint, i dont have my 64 anymore, but im sure i have other nintendo systems that lack a little gold-ness.
Berner (author)  zack2473 years ago
I am going to put i a new power LED at some point. I'm thinking white will look really good if I put the LED slightly higher up so that it backlights the logo (I dremmeled out the area behind it for this purpose). Another thing I've been pondering is adding some lights under the vent so that the top lights up. LED Christmas lights should do the trick if I run them from the power supply.
ashannon13 years ago
all you need to get past region lockout is a cartrige that has two slots one on top and one on back put one from the n64s region in the back and the one from the forign region on top
kenkaniff3 years ago
Very detailed and some great pictures. 5*

Also, I'm amazed to see there isn't any Triforces on your N64 considering it's gold XD