Ever wanted to make your Nintendo 64 (N64) gaming console into a handheld portable unit for "on the go" playing?

This system runs off Li-ion batteries which are powerful enough to run the system, and are also rechargeable cells.

With this series of comprehensive videos, you can. The video series has attracted a considerable internet interest to date on the major gaming sites and YouTube, so I thought i'd post this guide onto Instructables too.

If you're looking at making such a system, or another portable for that matter, please join my active forum, where we can hand-hold you through the process and offer help and assistance as and when you need it; it is a very friendly and helpful community:


Here is a video of the final system:

Step 1: Introduction

Making a handheld portable is fun and the ability to play a console on the go is also entertaining. Having a portable also means you don't need to be tied to playing on the family television, littering your floor also with power supplies, large console units and controllers which also have a habit of reeling around themselves making it awkward to set the system up in the first place.

Making vintage retro console portables into handhelds is a very good hobby to have, you learn new skills, have to do a fair bit of problem solving in the process; and end up with something special that only a few dozen other people have in the world.

Let me show you the principles of making your own Nintendo 64 portable. With these techniques, you can progress to other console systems too as the principles therein are similar to making other systems.
<p>how do you get the mold?</p>
<p>Could you replace the cartridge slot with a SD port? I don't fancy carrying lots of bulky N64 carts around, so SD cards could be very useful. (You could download ROMs to the SD card, which I think is legal as long as you actually have the original game carts)</p>
<p>If you purchase an EverDrive 64, you'd be able to use an SD card and one cart.</p>
Is there anyway to just purchase one of these I would like to make one but I do not have the patience lol
<p>Thank you for making/sharing all these tutorials!</p><p>I am trying to make a portable n64 myself. But it seems almost impossible to get one of these ps one screens for a decent price. Would you recommend to use the ps one screen only, or would this work with a random lcd module?</p>
<p>what did you use to mould the case?</p><p>i am trying to make my own, similar to yours, but i cannot seem to get the case shape correct</p>
So.. Why no pics?
I need help, how do you put a switch to power on/off?
Hi guys im new to this, im in the process of building my portable n64, i figure out the audio and video on how to hook it up to a screen, but i can't figure out how the power works??? if anyone can help that would be aprrecaited thanks
How did you make the mold?
I read on your forums that using a portable DVD was not advised because you would have to include all the parts that makes the DVD player work in order to only use the screen. What I was thinking, could i use the DVD player and the screen in one side and the 64 in the other side, so its like, 64 on top of the system, and the bottom opens so you can use a DVD in it as well. I was thinking of using an RCA switch to change between the 64 and the DVD player. Ideas?
This made it on Vsauce's <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Wph34RbDeE">GameLUT #13</a>
will you be selling these
Is it possible to buy one of these anywhere? It looks to difficult for me. <br>Thanks <br>
Hello I'm trying to make one of these and I'm thinking I should use a analog screen.But where do I hook it up too.Do I hook it up to the cartridge player? <br>
Help; I cant get my memory pak to work. I dont know what im doing wrong but every time I turn on my n64to test if the memory pak is working the screen says that there is a problem with the controller pak either the controller Pak is not connected properly or the data has been destroyed.
Yes, happens sometimes - memory cards stop working, they aren't always happy to be modded; try another.
holy crap, love the setup you have there, i gotta get me a sheet of copper or something haha
Better using fairly flat heatsinks, flat copper sheet, especially on the PAL consoles, doesn't get rid of enough heat.
just joined, and i am very exited to get started but i am pretty new at this so i will need a bunch of help. so please don't get frustrated with me
No problem, please join my forum www.made-by-bacteria.com - there are many guides there and also we help people who post their projects if they need advice.
Hi, was just starting to make one of these, and i was taking hte heat sink that covered the spilt/dual cpu. And due to it being stuck on fairly well when it finally came off, it actually lifted up the 4 prongs on each chip that connected them to the motherboard. I would just like to know if you think it would be possible to solder these back on, or if i will need to get a new n64? <br> <br>
If the pins are lifted you can solder the connections back again; if the pins are broken then probably not.
dear santa......
How do you power a rumble pack with the batteries, because it runs on its own AAs
Wire to the N64 step-down regulator, 3.3v works fine.
Sorry for the double comment, but where did you get your power switch? All I can find are toggle and knife switches.
Electronics store or switches off old electronics boards.
i was wondering, would the power switch of a GBA SP work? my brother just broke the screen off of it because somehow the screen got fried, and he wanted to fix it himself without telling anyone haha
how do you turn it on?
What size of wire? will it not work right if it is too small/big?
I've been looking at potential batteries for me to buy, and I know that they need to be 7.2 or 7.4v. Do they strictly need to be Lithium Ion Batteries? Also, what current do they need to be rated for? 4A Total? I found a 7.4v 12c 5000mah Li-Po Battery for an RC Helicopter. I didn't see an amperage rating, and I didn't know if the 12c was the max current rating in different units or something. Would this battery be safe to use?
5000mah means 5 amps.<br><br>Those should be fine.<br><br>Join my forum! ;o)<br><br>www.made-by-bacteria.com
Can I use two seperate batteries for the screen and the motherboard so I dont need the ti chip to downstep the voltage, or would that just make charging more of a pain? I cant really decide what batteries to use, but if I do use the ones you did, should I order the charger as well?<br>
What are the dimensions of the case?<br>
Do you need the D-pad part of the board, or can it just be cut off? will that cause a short or something in the controller board itself, or will the board be uneffected? <br>
Can be removed, however make sure the grounding connects from top of board to bottom where you've cut it off (use a wire to reconnect)
where do you get the casing for this?
He vacuum formed it.
For the cartridge relocation would 22 AWG wire work and if so how long can the wires be? it will be stranded
Hello again I have an issue my screen, I connected my psone screen to my Bp-915 camcorder battery and when I press the buttons the little bar at the bottom of the lcd does not light up and I am afraid that my screen is fried.
hey bacteria I just about wired the screen and relocated the cartridge slot, but I was wondering if I could use rechargeable AA batteries and if so about how many would I need for the system to last about 2 hours.
Nope, AA batteries are of no use and rechargables are totally no use!
Oh ok, well then what about these particular lithium ion batteries (UltraFire 18650 3000mAh 3.7V Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery) they are the same size as a AA so they won't take up much room and if I get 2 of them I will be able to get the 7.4v needed to power the system.<br>
They are fine. Same batteries as in the Canon BP-911 / 915 batteries. You need a battery protection circuit for the cells; if you don't have one, get one of these Canon battery packs and use that in your project.<br><br>Please join my forum so we can answer questions more directly: www.made-by-bacteria.com
Bacteria! I was testing out my controller on my n64 and television and my motherboard isint working I checked everything only to find that i put the jumper pak in backwards! will putting the jumper pak in backward fry the mobo?!! <br> <br> <br>Happy holidays, triforce.
What is the maximum volage you can run the 3.3v line on the n64 motherboard? <br>Thanks for all the help by the way. <br>
I believe 3.5v, after that, the motherboard might fry.
First off, great guide. I've watched it over a few times and can't wait to get started on this. One question on the wiring, Just wondering what gauge wire you would recommend getting and whether it be solid core or stranded? I assume solid, but it never hurts to ask. <br><br>Thanks!

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