Introduction: Make a Handheld NES. (portable Nintendo Entertainment System)

About: I am an electrical repair tech by day and an engineer by night, after work or free time.

I have loved the idea of handheld portable gaming ever since my first gameboy and I have loved the idea of making consoles portable even more! I saw a few NES handhelds and they were all very nicely made. I decided to make my own and publish a how-to video to help others make their own!

Some people might ask, ''why not just use an emulator?'' and to that I say, it is more rewarding to build something than it is to buy it or in this case download it. The one made by your two hands holds more value than the one off the assembly line. Some people can't understand that point of view. I try to encourage it :) why buy when you can DIY?

For this project you will need a few parts/things
One nes retron
one 4.3 inch LCD monitor
one SPDT switch
one 3.5mm headphone jack
one portable USB charger (5volts- meets the power requirments of all componets- you may need to adjust the power supply to meet the needs of voltage requirments if your componets require higher or lower voltages)
The retron and 4.3 inch screen can be found on amazon.

There are a few things I would like to discuss that I cover in the video, one is the retron. This console has its pros and cons but overall works great when making a handheld. It needs 5 volts to operate. Since the retron needs 5volts we will need a monitor that operates on 5volts and a battery that outputs 5volts. The battery I used is a 1200mah lipo battery that originally was a USB charger. These little battery packs can be found on line and in stores! The monitor I used was intended to be used in cars as a camera monitor. I ordered mine off of amazon and I found out that there are at least two models if not more. I bought two of them (one before and one later on), the first monitor broke, the LCD craked and I had to order a new one. The new monitor that came in has a new circuit that requires 12volts to operate, however the monitor I had (the one that broke) can operate just fine on 5 volts. Since the LCD broke and not the circuit board I was able to take the newer LCD and plug it into the old board.

I cover this entire project from start to finish in the video! it is a bit long but thats only because I cover as much as I can. watch the video and get started! :)