There are portable SNES and NES systems that are very large in size, due to the big cartridges that they cater to. One cool thing about these systems is that they can be turned into a normal console, just add some controllers. You even have the option of connecting them to a TV.
I would like to see a Game Boy that is similar in size to those aforementioned systems, with the same controller and TV functionality. The 5-inch screen alone would be a worthwhile selling point for many gamers.
To switch from portable mode to console mode, I included a built-in adjustable stand which also doubles as a cover for the SNES controller ports:
I chose SNES controllers because those ports are smaller, plus I find the SNES controllers to be more comfortable in general.
I went with a built-in stand because this system would have a thinner profile compared to those other large portables, so some help was needed to keep it upright.
Continue reading ➞ Large Game Boy Design
Carrying cases are trendy again, thanks to the surging popularity of the NES and SNES Classic Mini consoles. Thought I would design a case that features a built-in monitor, a handy feature for gamers who want a compact gaming rig, or a means to game on the go. This case is about the size of a large lunchbox, and was inspired by portable record players.
It transforms from a suitcase into a retro TV, complete with a wheeled cart (the wheels are also functional in suitcase mode). The TV is a USB-powered portable LCD monitor. The flaps on the sides of the case clamp everything down in both suitcase and TV mode.
The transformation adds a great deal of versatility; theoretically you could always use this case, either as an entertainment center or means of transporting the game system.
Continue reading ➞ Nintendo Classic Mini Carrying Case
There have been several wireless controllers released for the NES and SNES Classic consoles, and they all feature a dongle that, in my opinion, is a bit too large and unsightly to look at. So I propose a dongle that is concealed inside a NES Zapper.
The trigger of the Zapper would be the ‘sync’ button, and an LED light would be in its barrel to indicate power or syncing-in-progress. It would be a smaller Zapper to match the scale of the NES Classic.
With the NES Classic being re-released sometime this year (Nintendo: 2 controllers, longer cords, and Ice Hockey this time please), I feel this dongle design would be a hit with collectors. Some companies like 8bitdo sell their wireless dongles separately so people can just swap these in without having to needlessly buy another controller.
A R.O.B. the robot wireless dongle could also be made for the NES Classic. I don’t know what could be made for the SNES Classic, the Super Scope was rather silly.
The Nintendo 64 was revolutionary in countless ways, its impact still resonates in modern consoles and games. Unfortunately the N64 and its games have not aged as well as its predecessors, the SNES and NES. Some games like Mario 64 still hold up today, while others like Goldeneye 64 are difficult to enjoy after years of playing more advanced shooters.
Continue reading ➞ Nintendo 64 Classic Design
If you’re not familiar, Everdrives are flashcarts which store games via an SD card, and there are currently several on the market for cartridge-based systems, including the SNES. Thought I’d utilize the built-in LEDs, which happen to be the same colors as a traffic light, for this fun Mario Kart-inspired design.
Everdrives are a bit pricey but they can do some pretty cool stuff besides playing ROMs on original hardware, such as the ability to add CD-quality music to games. I would love to play Zelda: A Link to the Past with an orchestral score, or TMNT IV with arcade-quality music and sound effects.
This was going to be my original approach for the previous NES clone console design, but once I settled on a clear plastic cover for the cartridge bay I opted for a Nintendo look. Thought I’d revisit the concept, which is a homage to the unloved TurboGrafx 16 (PC Engine in Europe/Japan).
Continue reading ➞ Turbo Grafx 16 NES Clone Console
I was going over the dozens and dozens of SNES USB controllers listed at Amazon, and it occurred to me that no one made a version that resembled the controller at the beginning of Toy Story 2. Maybe someone could offer this color variant? I know I’d want one.
Continue reading ➞ Toy Story 2 SNES Controller