I have a bunch of very cool 80s handheld games - some in great condition, others have seen better days. One I had was totally dead, and no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't throw it away. So instead I decided to bring it back to life with a modern twist.
I scoured ebay trying to find the perfect MP4/MP3 player that I could intergrate into the casing of the game without having to do too much damage to the original look of the handheld. I managed to find the below MP3/MP4 player which with a few modifications actually fitted amazingly well within the handheld.
Check out the clip below on the mod in action:
This really was an easy mod which only needed a dremel, soldering iron and a little ingenuity - anyone can make this.
Here's what you'll need to do...
Step 1: The bits and tools you'll need
- Soldering Iron
- Stanley Knife
List of Material:
- An old handheld game you don't mind modding
- MP3/MP4 Player (the one I used was a touch screen - see intro for details)
Step 2: Step 1 - Disassembling the Game and MP3/MP4
Once you have your MP3/MP4 player and the screen looks like it will be a nice fit for the game, start to dissasemble the game itself.
Taking apart the handheld game
- Un-screw the back un-screw the circuit board from the shell of the game
- put all of the parts aside
Disassembling the MP3/MP4
Next you will need to get the MP3/MP4 player out of the casing that it is in.
- On the MP3 player I used, I first cut the outer casing at the front with a pair of tin snips.
- Bend-up the casing and slide out the inside circut board and screen.
- Remove the white outer casing of the MP3 player (be careful - it is pretty fragile.)
- Put aside.