Introduction: Super Mario Bros Inspired Wii With USB Base

In this instructable I will show you how I customized my Wii with a Super Mario Bros theme but mostly how to add a charger and usb port to the base and console.

WARNING:
I am not responsible if you screw up your Wii, you Will void your warranty if you open the Wii case!Please read ahead but mod at your own risk!

NOW ON EBAY PLEASE TAKE A LOOK!!
MY WII

Step 1: Things Needed

You will need:

A Wii
Tri wing / Phillips screwdriver
Bondo / silicone mold
Clay
Some piping
Wiimote Charger
wire, solder, soldering iron, usb male & female
paint
And some Balls to take apart your Wii!

Step 2: The Main Part

Modding the base
First I thought of a design and added things to it over about a week, so I was sure I got everything I wanted. The base has a Wiimote charger, extra usb port in front, and usb connector to the console.
I bought a cheep charger form Toys "R" Us about $20 and took it apart to get the good stuff. Then moved the contacts for the Wiimote into my Mario bros pipe, and made a custom mushroom for the color changing led that indicates the charge status. Lastly I sculpted the ascetics with clay then molded them with the silicone and made casts with Bondo so they are identical.

Step 3: Adding the Electronics

First I had to take apart the Wii you can find the steps here, keep everything organized it will help later, then find a spot to place the female usb port inside the Wii. The best spot looked to be behind the vent on the bottom. I then J-B welded it into place.
Next when the J-B weld hardened I put the male usb port in it, cut a hole in the base and placed the Wii case in its stand. Then J-B welded that usb in the base, so I was sure that their was a good fit.
After that I cut a slot in the front of the base and installed another female usb port. This way you have access to a usb port in the front instead of the rear of the Wii.

Step 4: Connecting the Electronics

This is where it counts!! Hooking the components up and making sure it works. When I took apart the charger I noted which wires were hooked up to what and simply reconnected them. Taking a look at the Wii board I found the usb ports and hooked up the wires as in the following pics.

Step 5: Primed and Painted

Finishing up, I painted my 3d Mario and planed to recreate some scenes from Super Nintendo's Super Mario All-Stars. I originally wanted to do NES Super Mario Bros, but it would have looked to pixelated and only have a few colors. I first painted the base then the Wii case. Many, many hours of mixing colors and hand painting was put into this Wii and I'm happy with the results. The way it works, is that when the Wii is on or is in standby the charger is activated. When the Wii is off, so is the charger.

It breaks my heart but, do to a lack of funds my poor Wii will most likely be up for auction on ebay in the upcoming week :(

Comments

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GabrielleT1 (author)2015-08-21

I love it!!! you are so much more talented than anyone i have ever seen!

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darklord_avalon (author)2011-12-10

I would really love some advice on how you used your bondo.
I'm currently working on doing two-part molding and am curious as to how well bondo would work for the project, I haven't worked with bondo before, so I do not know the consistency or anything else to expect and am curious, is it exceptionally thick and therefore would be difficult to use in two-part molding?
Lots of questions that boil down to simply, what bondo did you use, or does 'any' bondo work. and will it work in two-part molding?

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LMCx (author)2011-11-02

You are so talented - this is unreal. Jealous :(

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MVMann (author)2011-10-22

Awesome job man! It looks great!

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logo-iso (author)2011-01-25

me gusta el diseño

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mike!!! (author)logo-iso2011-10-03

Realmente quiero que la wii
in english: i really want that wii

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kartmaster2 (author)2011-08-22

(removed by Elmo)

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storm391 (author)2011-04-15

wos balls? my balls? ewwwwwwww

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Wood Mime (author)2008-03-17

How did you paint that, and what did you use ? (For the clay also) And how did you make the decoration around the base ? Oh, and how did you connect the clay to the wii ? Thanks if you reply !

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BeerBellyJoe (author)Wood Mime2008-03-17

That Mario is all bondo (car body filler) I took a mold of the clay one and then filled the mold with bondo. It is all hand painted and mixed, it is model enamel paint. The grass around the base was clay rolled in long skinny cylinders then laid over, following a pattern. Then a mold was taken of that and reproduced to get symmetrical pieces in bondo. The bondo pieces were then epoxied to the base. So what you think is clay is actually bondo an hard plastic body filler.

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id easily give my wii for one of these

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Wood Mime (author)BeerBellyJoe2008-03-18

Thank you very much ! I'm modding my own Wii in a similar fashion. What do you think about airbrushing it ? And how did you prep the Wii for painting ? Thanks again !

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BeerBellyJoe (author)Wood Mime2008-03-19

When I tried to airbrush it, it got ripples on it, I only airbrushed the blue because of the large area. I sanded the whole thing and primed it then repeated that a couple of times.

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I think the sky looks better rough, feels more like a background.

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Wood Mime (author)BeerBellyJoe2008-03-20

Thank you for telling me ! I'll have to dig out my old Warhammer paints...

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demonbabi13 (author)Wood Mime2009-02-14

lol, warhammer paints if they're that old is reccomend new ones

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acornstu (author)BeerBellyJoe2008-08-25

i tell you, krylon fusion is 5 bucks a can at walmart and would be worth every cent if it was $100. the only downfall is the limited color selection. what few things i have painted i did without primer and it came out perfect! just a thought. you gave me a pretty sweet idea. figure maybe i'd return the favor

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moocowdog (author)2010-06-24

:0 absuloutly amazing man

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conor123777 (author)2009-09-18

you an insperation i will kil lanyone who doesnt give it a 5 but why mario? if you did a legend of zelda that good id easily pay $600 for it

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waffleman (author)conor1237772009-12-19

because nintendo is best known for mario and all his buddies.

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willrandship (author)waffleman2010-02-03

Are you saying Link and Mario aren't buddies? Link's been around just as long as mario, only 2 years shorter!

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waffleman (author)willrandship2010-06-16

when i say buddies, i mean people in the same video game....

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willrandship (author)waffleman2010-06-18

Hehe, I guess SSB Doesn't count :P.

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neonix (author)2010-04-06

Wow, this turned out beautifully! Great job on the painting and I love the use of the Mario figure for that 3D effect. Really nice.

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Bartboy (author)2008-06-05

Buddy, you should keep doing this, buy a wii, mod it, sell it, buy a wii, mod it sell etc. you ,made 3-4 hundred dollars!

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Gage987 (author)Bartboy2008-06-16

it actually sold for like 750 on ebay

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Bartboy (author)Gage9872008-06-16

EXACTLY!

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Gage987 (author)Bartboy2008-06-16

really

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Bartboy (author)Gage9872008-06-17

yeah! you buy it for 300 $, sell it for 700! that is some good prophet for a job that is very easy to do, but has great results.

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Gage987 (author)Bartboy2008-06-18

400 hundre d bucks but ya gotta use like all of it to make the next one

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santy22 (author)Gage9872008-06-20

Ideas: Metroid Wii Tetris Wii Pong Wii Halo wii TF2 Wii (With a granade-shaped charger and a Scout 3D head!)

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Gage987 (author)santy222008-06-23

or even like madden or 2K

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rocksalt2342 (author)Gage9872008-07-02

Think outside the box! For example, add butane torches on the side that light when you turn on the system. Or you can make it affect your environment, like dimming the lights and such.

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Sandisk1duo (author)rocksalt23422008-07-04

won't those melt you Wii? if they don't you still have to re-fuel it

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rocksalt2342 (author)Sandisk1duo2008-07-04

those were just examples and no, the torches don't face the wii.

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Sandisk1duo (author)rocksalt23422008-07-04

t-t-t-tasty, tasty

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willrandship (author)Sandisk1duo2010-02-03

what a pain to refill though...

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Thats Funny!! Besides the added usb, the mod is on the case (BOX), so technically didn't I think outside of it?

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strato96 (author)BeerBellyJoe2008-12-29

This is the one that was in nintendo power!

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I wasn't talking to you, just the people in this thread that were mimicing your idea.

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iBurn (author)rocksalt23422008-12-26

I'd buy the flamethrower one....

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Gage987 (author)rocksalt23422008-12-16

that would kill it...........................................................................but it would be cool

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santy22 (author)rocksalt23422008-07-03

yea, like an ambilight tv or sumthing!

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Zootch (author)Gage9872009-03-16

Make it designed to look like the NES system, mod the wiimote and nunchuck to match

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INSTRUCTUBAL (author)santy222009-02-02

halo? xbox? nintendo? what?!

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lol

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potaderantor (author)santy222008-12-15

or best of all a...zelda themed wii!

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iBurn (author)2008-12-26

Mod one so it makes me toast.

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willrandship (author)iBurn2010-02-03

Why not do it to your gamecube instead?

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tanmanknex (author)iBurn2009-12-11

just plug a usb toaster in.  Yes they have them. look it up.

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