Play anything from NES to Xbox with the Skittlespider A.T.S aka "The Contraption"

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This Instructable is for the Skittlespider A.T.S (All Together System) also known as "The Contraption"

This project turned out to be harder than I expected. In a few ways it was easier too, so I can't say it was an overall hard or easy project. The difficulty varies between the steps. I thought it was a lot of fun. I've still got some finishing touches to do, but I think this is good for now.

Basically I took an old broken computer monitor and cleaned out everything. I kept the empty shell and put an LCD TV in the front. Behind that is a Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, Playstation, and an Xbox. All cleverly disguised as a standard CRT monitor. (Unless you see it from the sides, or get in close)

This All-in-one system takes up much less space and surprises the heck out of people when they figure out what it is!

Here are the supplies that I used to make this:
-Old Monitor
-Nintendo Entertainment System
-Super Nintendo
-Nintendo 64
-Video Switcher
-A wide assortment of screwdrivers
(standard flat-head and Phillips, a precision set, a TORX star screwdriver, a tri-wing screwdriver for those Nintendo screws, and a set of Nintendo bolt screwdrivers)
-A dremel with cutting bits and plenty of cutting wheels
(They get stuck in the plastic and break often, because the plastic melts as you cut.)
-A jigsaw
-Plenty of hot glue and epoxy
-lots of screws and standoffs
(I used some meant for computers, so all the screws are the same type and size)
-A little bit of Energon and a lot of luck
(Sorry, but I was watching a lot of Transformers while making this)

These instructions are not exactly in the order that I made this. I did this project sporatically and when I had time, so I did different steps all at once. In order to make this more coherent, I simplified the steps to make it easier to follow. (Feel free to improvise and expand upon my methods) Also some of the pictures for each step are of the finished setup, because I didn't take enough pictures while making this. So if you see things suddenly plugged in, that is why.

Also, just to warn you, most of these steps contain similar information, because I did pretty much the same thing every step. Many times the beginning and end of a step are almost exactly the same. However I put the information there just in case some people skip steps. This way they are still getting the information.

One of my biggest inspirations for this is the infamous Yoshi Boxx from the old Tech Tv. After seeing that I knew I wanted to try something similar someday. Many thanks to Ben-Heck who was also an inspiration to me to try something like this. Looking through his site gave me a lot of ideas. Even though everyone is making systems portable these days, I thought I would go the other direction. Also thanks to Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft for supplying the hardware that made this possible.

Also, for those interested in making one of these, here is a cost estimate for the project:

Total cost - $400-450
(If you had to buy everything. If I had just made this with my existing systems, it would have been about $300. Or the cost of the TV and the building supplies. If you don't have the tools used, they will need to be factored in too.)

Monitor - Free (You could probably call some local companies and see if they have any broken/unwanted monitors.)
LCD TV - $200-250
NES - $21
SNES - $26
N64 - $25
PS1 - $25
Gamecube - $26
Xbox - I used my own, but probably about the same as the other consoles.
Video switch - $5
Epoxy - about $10
Hot glue - about $5
Latches - $12
Extension cord - $10-15

I actually owned a copy of each system I used in this project, but I bought one of each (Except the Xbox) on Ebay to use. That way I didn't destroy the systems that I knew and loved. Also most were owned by my family and not just me. Just remember, the key to Ebay shopping is patience. You set a goal for what you are willing to pay and wait for an auction that meets that goal.

**Update 9/25/09**
Thank you very much Instructables! I finally have myself a featured tutorial. Hopefully it will not be my last, because I've got a few things planned for the near future (if I can find the time).
HarryF110 months ago

hi, i like ur project and i want like to know can i use the new game system

sonic60122 years ago
I want a PS1 Lcd screen and case.
jackatronix5 years ago
so do you basically just need to get a computer, empty out all of the technology and put a load of consoles inside it
if  u do can you tell me how to make one that just holds a playstation one, a playstation 2 and an xbox 360
i would reeeeaally appreciate it if you could tell or show me that
skittlespider (author)  jackatronix5 years ago
The method I used for the steps in this project should apply universally to any console.  The PS1 and PS2 are very similar on the inside, so that will help.

Follow these basic step and you should be able to do anything you want:

1.  Carefully take apart the console.
2.  Make sure to keep all the important parts.
3.  Plug everything in and make sure it works without the case.
4.  Put it into the new case.

You will need the following tools:
- An assortment of screwdrivers
- A dremel or other high speed cutter

Fitting them all into the new case requires finesse and patience, but is not too difficult.  You can view the steps of this instructable for references.

(Note:  I haven't ever taken apart a 360, but I imagine it is not too difficult.)
Hey can you just use a couple of systems like a Xbox 360 SNES and a Nintendo 64?
skittlespider (author)  dknutson14 years ago
Yes, that would work. Really with a project like this it is up to you how many systems get put inside.
 i think uv got way 2 much time
are you just a troll account? seriously, I've seen you on like a hundred Instructables.
skittlespider (author)  zexy beazt5 years ago
Actually, it normally feels like I don't have enough time.
tinker2344 years ago
wow a exstein cord like a dual plug in the case for a central plug wow great project hey is it 4 58 ohh
skittlespider (author)  tinker2344 years ago
I'm not sure, what do you mean by "4 58 ohh"?

Sorry, I actually don't know a lot about electronics. I just have a knack for tinkering.
sorry realized the time and fell asleep
skittlespider (author)  tinker2344 years ago
Oh, ok. It makes sense now.

I thought you meant ohms or some other term like that.
tinker2344 years ago
wow hey thought could i wire it up for a central drive for xbox playstein game cube and have 2 on top for otheres also could i add a xbox 360 i do know pepole sell them now really cheap with ring of death and i know how to fix them so yaha this is cool
skittlespider (author)  tinker2344 years ago
That sounds like a good idea to me. I'm not sure, but that might actually work. If you can get a cheap 360, try it out.
well on ebay and craiglist bunch o xbox 360s with ring of death i can fix it
Nicoliden5 years ago
Omg it spins outside of the tv?! What a sweet idea!! Dangerous but Wicked.
Did you say...
skittlespider (author)  Nicoliden5 years ago
Yeah, that idea turned out harder than I had thought it would be, but I like it. This is much easier than trying to include the big closing lid mechanism.
mechaninja5 years ago
Someone should make a "PlayStation Plus", a system that plays PS1,PS2,and PS3, maybe even PSX just for the heck of it.
skittlespider (author)  mechaninja5 years ago
Sounds like a useful system to me!
hey, do you know if it would be possible to play Wii, XBox, and all Playstations with one disc drive? Because they all have different colers/coatings on the read side.
skittlespider (author)  mechaninja4 years ago
I don't know. That's quite a bit above my technical knowledge, but in theory it could work. Because CDs and DVDs are different formats, but a DVD player can play CDs.

Who knows, maybe someone could get something like that to work. That would be awesome and save a lot of space for combination systems like this one.
Maybe if you used a computer disc drive you could get through the PS1's black shield. I know from past experience (before my disc drive stopped burning discs) that you can burn PS1 discs onto DVD-R discs through your computer and still play them on a PS1.

If anyone else has some ideas/comments, please shout out!
You cant play all game disks on difrrent systems because the Ps3 is bluray and all of it disks are too and Xbox and Ps disk ar probably codded difrently
well, you catch my drift.
Another thing: A good improvement/addition to your A.T.S would be to use the door from the PS2 Slim or the slide from the PS2 Phat instead of having a bare PS1 drive on the top. (Not trying to be critical, just saying that it would look cool to do that.)
sayian5 years ago
Nice concept, but price a bit high heh.
just go to a friend who has PS1 games, borrow one, then use your computer's CD ROM drive to burn the game to a DVD-R (It works about 75% of the time, and it can ruin a disc if you copy a certain one too much, i recommend making a master from a high-quality DVD-R then making copies on cheap ones)
I'm not sure, but I think the PS1 can't read DVDs, only CDs...

The most common PS1 backup playing method I've heard of was to put it in the drive, run it, then swap it with a backup before the BIOS screen goes away...

It's a hit-and-miss thing, though... And my directions are extremely vague, so you'll have to look it up for yourself...
oh well. same-ish thing.
skittlespider (author)  Tomcat944 years ago
Yeah, the good old disc-swap technique. I used to use that to play Japanese games on my American PS1.

And yes, it is a hit-and-miss thing. There were times when I got so tired of trying that once the game was working, I no longer wanted to play it. Later on I figured out how to do the disc-swap a little bit easier. I bet I have forgotten the timing now...
sayian sayian5 years ago
how do you even load the games? open the back? lol
 i dont no
skittlespider (author)  zexy beazt5 years ago
That brings up a good point.  I never did take pictures of me actually using this.  The games load into slots that I cut on the sides and top of the monitor shell.

Here is the layout:
NES - Top Left
SNES - Top Middle
N64 - Right Side
PS1 - Right Side
Gamecube - Right Side
Xbox - Left Side

The right side seems a little crowded, but the Xbox components take up a lot of room on the inside of the left side.
zack2474 years ago
he skittlespider, could you try to get some pics of the xbox power cable if you can? (the internal connection to the mainboard) im building a small form factor pc and mini itx psu's are so expensive...
skittlespider (author)  zack2474 years ago
I think the best picture you are going to get is in step 7 of this instructable. It is the last picture. Sorry, but that part is pretty firmly attached because i didn't want it coming loose. I don't think I could take a better picture than the one I have already.
ok thanks. but im gonna have to find a new motherboard and hard drive first, they both stopped working when the previous power supply blew up.
skittlespider (author)  zack2474 years ago
Well, good luck with that project. Hopefully the next power supply won't blow up!
junits155 years ago
Dude you pictures are so confusing! but i like the idea
skittlespider (author)  junits155 years ago
Could you tell me what is confusing so I can take better pictures for future Instructables?
their all at weird angles, i had to keep turning my head....thats it tho
skittlespider (author)  junits154 years ago
Sorry about that. I'll try to rotate future instructible pictures
mechaninja5 years ago
@ tompot: And a McDonalds while you're at it! (ba da ba ba ba!)
tompot5 years ago
Wow this made me chuckle, perhaps you should build a drinks dispenser into it too.
skittlespider (author)  tompot5 years ago
Yeah, that could work. ... it actually would be pretty convenient ...
tomcat9555 years ago
i have learned just know i was taking apart my old ps1 never touch the circuit when it plugged in  i got shock and it surprised me i hate the cord i was searching for 2 days what was wrong and it was the cord was loose
skittlespider (author)  tomcat9555 years ago
Yeah, that Ps1 gives quite a shock!
So does the backlight invertor in a Palm IIIc.. when its running on batteries!
stickguy75 years ago
 Hey a quick note the Playstation one cd drive shouldnt be left open like that because it releases laser radiation which can be harmful over time.  A simple fix would be to put a plastic box over it and have it lift up and down to put a disk in.  Also samething with the gamecube.
skittlespider (author)  stickguy75 years ago
Considering the PS1 and Gamecube are class 1 lasers, I think the radiation risk is not enough to worry about.  They use the same lasers as a cd player or an optical mouse.  As long as I don't stare into it for any period of time I should be perfectly safe.

Thank you for your concern though.
Besides, they probably won't be on unless there is a disk in/on them, and that would block the laser.
When they try to detect a disc (power on or when the tray closes) it runs the laser, but its only a few short pulses before it gives up.

Dude shouldve used a arcrillic pc case...
and tooken the time to make the drives fit in a atx case
and soldered on custom cartridge headers so you could mount them with a ribbon cable and have them come out front of the case

skittlespider (author)  kyle brinkerhoff5 years ago
Thanks for the ideas!  I recently learned how to solder, so this could work for a second version if I ever get around to making one.

No that I know the "make it look like a monitor" thing doesn't work as well as I had hoped, the second version is planned to be inside a computer case.
technoguy945 years ago
Wait, the disk drives aren't in a case, they're just sticking out on the sides? That seems like an easy way to break your game disks...
skittlespider (author)  technoguy945 years ago
I hadn't thought about the disks breaking, but haven't noticed any troubles yet.
floryzzz5 years ago
 where are the playstations and the atari's sega's ect. ect.
skittlespider (author)  floryzzz5 years ago
Honestly, I had planned to put an Atari into this, but I didn't have one on hand.  (I also ran out of room, so I didn't buy one).  I've never owned a Sega system, so I hadn't thought to include one of those.

There is a Playstation in there though.  See step 5.
 Wanna know some great rom/iso site for playstation? i have one myself(acteally 2)
And i download  all the time games for it
teapotking5 years ago
 Last time I checked, Lots of wires + not much space = a LOT of heat. While it's a great idea, I'd consider installing water cooling or something to stop the thing from melting. I realise only one console would be active at any one time but still there's not much breathing room in there for all of those consoles =P
skittlespider (author)  teapotking5 years ago
Yeah, I see what you mean.  I haven't noticed any real heat problem in it yet though.  I don't think there is any chance of it melting.  There is a lot more breathing room in this thing than they had in their original cases, so I think it will be fine. 

Now for any future multi-system projects, I plan to put at least a fan inside, because I plan to use a smaller case the next time.  Might look into water cooling too, thanks for the idea.
surpcrepair5 years ago
this is a good project i suppose if you have lots of time to waste and nothing better to do but why not just spend $30 on a used xbox 1 system, soft mod it for about $10 in parts and upgrade the harddrive for $80 to a 500gb and use xbox media center and emulators to be able to play all the xbox, snes, nes, n64, sega, gameboy, gameboy color, gameboy advance, and every other emulaotr ther is and have all the games on the hard drive and then all that fits together in the xbox which is very portable and can hook up to any tv or monitor with an adapter cable total cost around $120 and total time around 2-10 hours most of that is copying files which you dont have to be around for and no soldering.

but good job :D
skittlespider (author)  surpcrepair5 years ago
Well, that does sound more convenient and definitely easier.  But the point of this was actually to avoid using an emulator.  I may still see about doing this though, because if it is that easy, then I could always modify the Xbox that is already in my system.

Just so you know though, this project requires no soldering.  I've actually just recently learned how to solder.  (Kind of funny, because I've been playing around with electronics for years)
oh i read wrong though you said you learned to solder on this project, but yah my thing is just its cool to have this i suppose but for the amount of time/work/parts/possiblibity of easily breaking, parts going bad and hard to diagnose you should play with an xbox they do allot of stuff and you can customize the hell out of it, check out xbox-scene.com forums are great and the guides for everything very detailed.
skittlespider (author)  surpcrepair5 years ago
Thanks for the link.  I'll have to check it out!
eyebot1175 years ago
Here's my big future project. I need a job first, in case I screw up...
xtop 360.pngxtop 360 breakout board.pngthe wombo heatsink.JPGblower.JPG
in case get it?
skittlespider (author)  eyebot1175 years ago
Looks pretty nice.  I hope it works out for you without any screw ups.  Good luck!
codydean5 years ago
 sweet you should make one with some of the newer systems to 
skittlespider (author)  codydean5 years ago
Yeah, I plan to do that eventually.  But by the time I get around to it, they probably won't be the new systems anymore.
immell_995 years ago
dood this is probably 1 of the coolest things ive seen on here ive always dreamed of something 2 play all the diff console games on 1 thing i love the way u took all these things that bring joy in life lol and wrapped it up in one package! geneious you are maybe a mad scientist of franken consoles lol but yes this is awesome and im glad 2 kno there is @ least 1 other person out there with that crazy dream keep making stuff homie cuz this is awesome 10 star invention in my book!
skittlespider (author)  immell_995 years ago
Well, I'm glad you liked it!  Once I can find the time, I've got another multi-system project that I have had halfway done for a few months.  I plan to finish that up in the next couple of months if all goes well.

Thanks for the mad scientist comment, I like that.
crazydog755 years ago
 I love the way you just took the stuff apart and put it in there! instead of mounting every piece in a certain way and soldering the wires to the switchbox circuit board and all that. so DIY'ish lol
skittlespider (author)  crazydog755 years ago
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! 

I just recently started learning how to solder, so I may try something like that later.  But it sounds like more work than is needed to me.  I think the "take it apart and put the stuff in there" method works the best for me.  (That is a great way to describe it, thanks)
 Yeah, it is a pretty easy way of doing things. I tried building a pc inside of a milk crate once. I seperated everything with some cheap rubber car floor mats and used the holes on the side to put the connectors in. The PS1 Disk drive thing seems really dangerous on that though, the laser might shoot you in the eye by accident, and you go blind 8( but still good job!!
skittlespider (author)  crazydog755 years ago
That milk crate PC sounds pretty cool!  I bet that thing would be a pretty easy solution to airflow and heat problems.

As for the PS1 laser, if playing video games makes me go blind, then so be it!
 Yeah, no fans and it runs fairly cool. I upgraded it recently to run Win7 and i play video games on it all the time!! Its sweet, and no temp diff. when im playing
skittlespider (author)  crazydog755 years ago
Wow, no fans?  That's both crazy and impressive, especially with games and Windows 7 on it.
 well, unfortunately, i had to add a fan recently, if i didnt, my CPU would have melted, almost to like 60c or something like that. so 1 fan, but still cool
skittlespider (author)  crazydog755 years ago
Well, 1 fan isn't too bad.  I have four in my PC.  But it is in a more traditional case than your crate.
 true, i got an idea, put a pc, in a gamecube!!!!! i can do it!! but i need $$ :(
skittlespider (author)  crazydog755 years ago
Well, if you need an empty Gamecube shell, I've got one!  I think it is silver, but it could be black.

I kept all the parts from the systems I took apart, but they take up so much room in my closet.  I know the Gamecube won't free up much space, but every little bit helps.

I have been thinking about putting a pc in the old Xbox case.  So I'll hang on to that one, but you can have the rest if you want them.
 really? sweet! could you send it via FedEX or UPS? whats your email address? i can give you my address by email, i'll send you money for postage and for the case.
Kaiven5 years ago
YOU HAVE OCARINA OF TIME GOLD EDITION!!! :O!!! I will buy it from you!! And I love this 'ible! Such a convenient way to play multiple games.
 i have gold edition too, theres tons of em on ebay. the real ones
skittlespider (author)  Kaiven5 years ago
Yes I do, but sorry. It's not for sale. I'm glad you like my system.
Aww... Haha I just realized that isn't the gold edition. There were a limited amount of gold versions produced, and are in a gold-plastic cartridge. Those ones are the best versions because of silly errors and glitches that are possible.
Wait, seriously? I have one of those...I thought it was just another game cart!
It is probably worth a lot of money. Wait a little bit in the future, and you could make a little fortune. Many game collectors will want it. Just make sure it has gold plastic, and not the grey plastic like in step 4, pic 3 (not original(I think)). TO be sure, look on youtube how to do the swordless link glitch, and there should be stuff where you ride on Epona and wierd things happen.
skittlespider (author)  Kaiven5 years ago
Yeah, I have a gold cartridge version of the original Legend of Zelda for the NES. Is it an actual gold cartridge like that one?
I have a Z:OoT, with a gold label, but the actual plastic that makes up the cartridge has to be gold. Step 4 pic 3 is not an orginal (I am pretty sure it is not. Unless someone corrects me)
Solderguy5 years ago
I would leave out the SNES, NES, N64, and cram a Wii in their place, since it can play all those games (once you buy them unfortunately). Plus Xbox can emulate them also. If I did this project, I would use an Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, and a PS2. That would be awesome.
 actually u can get the games free (illegaly)  thru running homebrew on wii (check my instructable)
skittlespider (author)  Solderguy5 years ago
Well, that is very true. The Wii does have a lot of potential for something like this. I just like the old games better than their downloaded counterparts. I had originally planned for a PS2 in my system, but I ran out of room.
Can't the ps2 play ps1 games? I'm confused.
skittlespider (author)  mg0930mg5 years ago
Yes, the PS2 can play PS1 games.  (Too bad PS3 isn't fullybackwards compatible like the PS2 was...)
Yeah, they really f'd up on that part.
I still love my ps3 though.
well, the SNES, NES emulate great by the wii, the N64 games really need their original controller. The C buttons are a huge part of games, and sometimes, it's just awkward to use the C stick on a gamecube, or the classic controller. (such as starfox, or Legend of Zelda, etc)
skatelong5 years ago
 whered you get all those consoles???!!!
skittlespider (author)  skatelong5 years ago
Most of them came from Ebay.  I actually own one of every system in this project.  However, since I wasn't ready to risk my personal systems, I bought some from Ebay.

The exceptions are the Xbox (which is my only one), and the SNES (because I shorted out the first one).
lucek5 years ago
I understand the concept but for that price tag you could build a computer and run emulators and roms.
skittlespider (author)  lucek5 years ago
I know, but emulators just don't have the same feel to them.  NES games aren't designed to be played with a keyboard, joystick, or controller with more than 2 buttons.

I'm glad that my concept was understood though.  For my second multi console project, I'll be including a computer with emulators AND some actual systems.  That way, we both win!
how much did this cost you to make (including the consoles)
skittlespider (author)  werethless125 years ago
This cost me about $400-$450 overall.  I've got a cost breakdown on the introduction step.
ratgod5 years ago
Excellent instructable, I put an old Atari ST in a huge PC tower case and made the keyboard external, but that was ages ago so unfortunatly no instructable :P

HammyHavoc5 years ago
 Perhaps the most ambitious Instructable to date? Very impressed that it actually all fit in there! Very good (:
skittlespider (author)  HammyHavoc5 years ago
Well, I doubt the most ambitious Instructable, there are a lot of amazing things on this site.  Definitely my most ambitious one though.  I'm glad you liked it.

Too bad I couldn't fit the PS2, but I did fit quite a bit in there
Foaly75 years ago
Awesome! But someone should try to make this with the 3 gods of video games (Wii, PS3, & Xbox 360 Elite), which would include a Blu-Ray player.
skittlespider (author)  Foaly75 years ago
Maybe next time. They just seemed a little intimidating for a first project.
You could call it the Skittlespider 3G
Foaly7 Foaly75 years ago
Or the Skittlespider Fusion, or the Skittlespider PSWii60.
Foaly7 Foaly75 years ago
I think I might build something like that.
skittlespider (author)  Foaly75 years ago
Go for it! This type of project takes some time and patience, but I thought it was fun. Plus, you get to see the inner workings of the video game world.
Nice 'ible! May I note that this came out on the day ODST was released? eh? eh?
skittlespider (author)  OneManUniversity5 years ago
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. Not quite sure what my project has to do with ODST, but kind of cool coincidence I guess.
trailleadr5 years ago
Very cool. Frankenstein would be proud!
skittlespider (author)  trailleadr5 years ago
Thanks for the unique compliment. I hadn't thought about it that way, but it makes perfect sense. Except that I welcomed my creation once I brought it to life (plugged it in).
asourcelabs5 years ago
Very nice! My only suggestion for making it easier on yourself, is next time build a LINUX EMULATION SYSTEM, and include (physically) the two systems it cant emulate, the xbox and ps2. This would take up less space, and then you can use only xbox and ps2 controllers to run any of the systems (smart joy usb for the pc does this)
skittlespider (author)  asourcelabs5 years ago
I'm glad you like it. I thought about emulation at one point, but I just like the actual consoles better. I'll probably try an emulator project sometime though.
Gonazar5 years ago
It's all good, but i don't think it can compare to this
this guy is just way too awesome
skittlespider (author)  Gonazar5 years ago
Wow, that is pretty nice looking! I love that it has a projector and internal sound system.
you might want to add a few fans to it to prevent too much heat
antoman115 years ago
that is awesome. i built one myself but with a pc inside it cos it has the emulated games. trying to do one for my snes
skittlespider (author)  antoman115 years ago
I had thought about an emulator, but decided to go the other direction and use the actual consoles. Do you have any links/pictures of your project?
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
That's insane! Just needs a little paint, and you can make this look OEM great job!
skittlespider (author)  Sandisk1duo5 years ago
Thanks, I'm glad you like it. Yeah, paint will come later on. Whenever I get around to the finishing touches.
DJ Radio5 years ago
Thanks for linking me, looks cool! The only things I see that need work are the place where you put in playstation games (that disk is very unprotected), and that you put all the steps backwards (from the looks of it, you wouldn't need to take what you already had out if you did your steps backwards).
skittlespider (author)  DJ Radio5 years ago
Yeah, if I had to do it all again, I would do things a little differently. But I'm still happy with the results.
i'v had idea's of makeing something like this, but never tried, for a few tips: next time get a few of the units cloned ver. (like the nes) smaller parts/boards, also try and perplan ahead with drilling =P, but the computer case idea sounds awsome aswell and will make mounting everything a lot easyer =)
skittlespider (author)  nekothecabbit5 years ago
Yeah, I will definitely try and use the newer cloned systems next time. I just figured the originals would be better to work with for a first time mod. Also I had plenty of space to work with in the monitor case, so I didn't really have to worry about the board sizes. I actually did preplan all of the parts (See the last picture of step 1) But once I actually started installing everything I had to change that plan for various reasons. I tried to plan ahead as much as possible, but I didn't really know what to plan for when I started this project.
V-Man7375 years ago
Yay! No more going to the closet to dig out the old NES anymore. That is quite an epic endeavor. You've done well!
skittlespider (author)  V-Man7375 years ago
Thank you, and I do know the feeling of hunting for old consoles in the back of the closet. You finally find it, then you are missing the power cord, so you have to go back in.
this is taking cord organization to the max.
skittlespider (author)  beauwalker235 years ago
Yeah, unless you look inside of it. It is nice having an internal extension cord though. You should have seen the mess of cords behind my TV before I did this.
DanAdamKOF5 years ago
Cool concept :> Do you plan to upgrade the video connection at any point? You have that nice TV and everything's hooked up through composite. The GameCube and Xbox can both do Component. The other systems (save for the NES) can do S-Video. If you really want to get ambitious, you can take the RGB video from the above systems that do S-Video and use a converter (such as a JROK board) to convert the signal to Component, it'll look really crisp. And if you want to get more ambitious, you can replace the PPU chip in the NES with one from the NES-based arcade hardware (Playchoice, VS), and wire the RGB from that into the Component converter board. Just a thought I had since you have that nice modern-day display using a video connection that was popular back when the NES was brand new.
Oh, and I should have clarified, but the systems that I said that can be hooked up with S-Video are RGB capable but not component capable directly (the NES isn't RGB capable without the PPU swap).
skittlespider (author)  DanAdamKOF5 years ago
Would I need an s-video converter of some sort? I don't remember seeing any sort of s-video connector on any of these systems. All of them have the red/white/yellow cord. Is that composit? (Except the NES only has a red/yellow)
skittlespider (author)  DanAdamKOF5 years ago
Well, actually I think everything looks fine to me as it is. I've played a few games to test things out and I didn't notice any difference from the old days. I may apply this suggestion to my finishing touches though. It would be interesting to see if things look different. Honestly though, it sounds a little too ambitious to me. But we'll have to wait and see, because I am intrigued now.
Here's some more info, if this is over your head: http://nfggames.com/games/ntsc/
dung0beetle5 years ago
I'm not certain, but I think you may have voided your warranties on those systems. (that was sarcasm by the way) Nice idea!
skittlespider (author)  dung0beetle5 years ago
It is fine. Trust me, I have voided plenty of warranties in my day. (Even if I was worried about it, all of these systems should have expired warranties at this point anyway.)