Posts Tagged ‘Portable N64’

Seems these days that the time I once had plenty of for my projects have long since become a memory. With life pushing it’s way in between me and projects, I’ve been forced to scale back and make due just a few hours a weekend.

So that being said, my main priority has been the N64 commission I’ve been working on. A great deal of progress has been made and hopefully within the next couple of weeks I can have this one buttoned up. There are a few pics below that are actually about a month outdated, but they are all I have at the moment so they’ll have to do.

The testing phase for the motherboard as far as its functionality after being trimmed, the expansion pack, power, the cart slot and the A/V have been successfully completed. Now I just need to do some tidying up and securing the system in place for the next phase, the controller.

So far I’m very happy with how this is coming out and the new 3D printing techniques and part finishing is proving to work out nicely. I’m really wishing I had a resin printer for these smaller parts but one step at a time.

So my next post probably won’t be until this is complete, but if all goes well, it should be done in a couple weeks!

On the heels of the Cross Plane KickStarter, I’ve been hard at work on a couple of side projects that of course have been taking up a lot of the down time that I’ve currently had while waiting for a few new job opportunities to come through.

The Nimbus III

My first portable N64 since 2011’s Nimbus II portable. This one is nice because it takes a lot of the design and 3D printing knowledge I received from doing the Cross Plane project. The casing is all 3D printed, complete with screw holes in the back and the face was CNC’d to compensate of the somewhat irregular holes the 3D printer can make. What’s unique about this build as well is that it will have the option for a wireless Audio/Video transmission to the TV.  The back half of the casing just came in today so in the next couple of weeks I’ll start the painting and assembly process of the main unit.

Pictured below is the receiver unit for the N64 as well as the three play plug in so up to 4 players can be playing off the portable at any given time. Two USB ports on the bottom of the Nimbus allow for a quick connection to the receiver unit if multi-player is wanted.  There is a work log on MBB started for this for more info.

The AG-85 PlayStation 2 A/V Controller

This was a side project to my side project as I had to wait a fair bit of time for the back half of the N64. But no worries, this was just as fun. This is essentially the same thing as my SNES-001 Advance II that I built last year, only of course, for PlayStation 2 and One. This is fully wired and connects to the same breakout box that the original Cross Plane (Cross Plane Retro) used. This is about 90% complete and I ran into some issue yesterday while testing so I’m not sure exactly when this is going to be finished. But all this was made up of parts I already had lying around. The only thing I had to buy were the speakers. Again though, this has been a fun project and I hope I can get it working before too long! Again, a build log for more info!

The Cross Plane: A One-Off Commission

That’s right, one more Cross Plane is being built at the moment for a customer who really really wanted one! This is going to be a far superior to our prototypes as I’ve made adjustments to both the casing and location of the HDMI receiver as well as to the internal circuit boards and just general location of things.  It should be pretty cool to find out just “how” superior to the prototype it will be but just tackling some of the key issues of the CP’s first run, I think this is going to be leaps above the first version.

Right now I’m just waiting for parts to roll in and will be making a post on MBB for an actual work log. I think people will love to see what goes into making one of these and since we aren’t going to produce it, might as well show it off!

So stay tuned, there will be more to come in the future here very shortly and I’ll keep you updated as frequently as I can!

This is just the beginning of a new project of mine while I have a little bit of down time before I head to GA. I figured I’d go back to my roots with this one as portable Nintendo 64s were what got me into the original hobby anyway. But, now that I can use Solid Works, my CNC Machine and have access to a 3D printer, I can set out to make the portable gaming console I’ve always wanted!

As I said before, this is just a side project and will get done as I have time but for now, here are a couple more pics of the renders so far.

 

I will be making more updates on my other projects in the future, especially when I’m in GA working on the secret project. It’s not going to stay secret for much longer so keep it tuned here all next week as updates will be made exclusively over here!