So there I was...

Working on my thesis...when I really just wanted to play some Arkanoid. Unfortunately, my original NES was busted a long time ago (blinky), and furthermore I didnt even have a TV. Lucky for me I had a couple things kicking around my workbench that did the trick. This is a design for a very simple, very inexpensive portable Nintendo gaming system with built in games. Theres no provision for cartridges, but its comfy to play.

Specifications

  • Screen: 2.5" with CCFL backlight
  • Audio: Headphone/line out
  • Games: "75million!" more like 50
  • Controller: original NES
  • Cost: Under $75
  • Case: Handheld, easy to work with, built-in battery compartment
  • Construction Time: 10 hours, perhaps less if you dont have to reverse engineer everything
  • Power: 4 x AA batteries (rechargable or alkaline)
  • Play time: 12hrs on alkaline, 6-8hr on NiMH

This guide was first published on Apr 12, 2013. It was last updated on Apr 12, 2013.

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