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The Electus 64 II Mini Brings the Sexy Back to Nintendo 64

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Packed with features that actually work

When it comes to modded consoles — which in this case means one that plays actual cartridges, not ROMS — we've seen plenty of innovative efforts over the years. Enthusiasts with a flair for hardware tech have produced handheld GameCube systems housed in tupperware boxes — we kid you not — a Super NES packaged away in a snazzy yellow toolbox, any many more besides. Sure, there are professionally and mass-distributed handheld consoles that play SNES carts, for example, but where's the fun in that?

Experienced console modder Smackedsam (known to some as SlipStreamGT) has produced a Nintendo 64 portable that resembles a shiny, stylish and slightly chunky Game Boy, but with a red metallic sheen and a screen that's about one billion times better. Somewhat going beyond the humble roots of a YouTuber showing off a home-made portable, this system plays N64 carts (not ROMS, as we said), and includes a neat control setup to replicate the iconic system's controller. Rather impressively it allows for an immediate switch in output from the built-in LCD screen to a TV, has two ports for original controllers and has a slot for your N64 memory cards or Rumble Pak. Most importantly, if you've got a copy of a game like The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask that you simply have to play, it has a built-in Expansion Pak.

If you're a fan of retro systems and modded curiosities, then we certainly encourage you to check out the video below. Don't let the music at the start put you off, as the creator gives a thorough run-down of this rather nifty portable N64.

Thanks to Yoshi — the Nintendo Life reader, not the green dinosaur — for the tip.

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User Comments (34)

hydeks

#5

hydeks said:

It's just a homemade portable mod, I seen his first version before :P Why's the guy wearing gloves, whats up with that?

AlexSora89

#10

AlexSora89 said:

inb4 "WHAT'S A BOOTLEG CONSOLE DOING HERE ON NL?! STOP ADVERTISING 'EM!!!111!!!111"

And now the wait for an official portable Smash Bros just got even harder.

Dammit, I'm tempted to get both this and a SSB cartridge, if only the former were on sale.

SneakyStyle

#12

SneakyStyle said:

Haha, awesome did well if he really made it all himself, the white glove things scare me tho (MJ), but I guess it's just to protect the casing.

JJtheTexan

#13

JJtheTexan said:

Wait until some deep-pocketed modder starts making portable consoles out of Wii U GamePads...

Mikau94

#14

Mikau94 said:

@JJtheTexan That's not a bad idea. It would be a lot easier to fit inside a WiiU gamepad, but you would still have to drill out holes for extra buttons, switches and ports. You might be able to get a Wii U gamepad shell or a broken one on ebay for pretty cheap.

Omega

#15

Omega said:

This thing is so precious that you can't touch it with your bare hands.

Bucho

#16

Bucho said:

that stick all up there next to the screen must feel awful to play

TeeJay

#18

TeeJay said:

I can't decide whether this guy's voice is creeping me out or putting me to sleep.
Anyway, who cares if it's a block. It's got everything you could ever want in a N64 portable mod! And so shinnnyyyyyy...

Zombie_Barioth

#19

Zombie_Barioth said:

Pretty cool, I like that it has the controller ports and everything so you can use it like a regular N64 too.

Geonjaha

#21

Geonjaha said:

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Jaco

#22

Jaco said:

Looks neat. Only complaint is the widescreen. N64 doesn't support it so everything is stretched :'(

XyVoX

#23

XyVoX said:

Yeah i noticed that i think its an oversight from this guy as most games were only in 4:3 so stretching it would just look wrong, RARE games were mostly 16:9 though.

AugustusOxy

#25

AugustusOxy said:

I'd be more interested if it offered roms for games you own. Not particular on using old, dusty catrtidges ontop of a handheld to play a console.

Why doesn't someone make a portable dreamcast?

Dpullam

#26

Dpullam said:

I can't say that I think it looks good. It looks decent but I honestly prefer the original N64 even with the awkward controller. I can see how some people would like it though. Portable Banjo Kazooie? Epic!

JulienIsTheMan

#27

JulienIsTheMan said:

Dayum!!! Nintendo needs to start making remake consoles, and this is good inspiration for them me thinks.

TheRegginator

#28

TheRegginator said:

1. The screen aspect ratio is not 4:3
2. It looks clunky and ugly
3. Glossy finishes in electronics are terrible

I am unimpressed.

RedYoshi999

#29

RedYoshi999 said:

Damn, Majora's Mask just keeps on teasing me with its potential for a portable release. I want this so bad! (or MM3D)

ouroborous

#31

ouroborous said:

really slick, i like it. too bad there werent ever enough n64 games worth playing in order to warrant the effort, but still cool.
i'd like to see him do a GC portable mod though.

Gameday

#32

Gameday said:

Im bringing sexy back YEAH (x2)
Listening to him whisper like so makes me feel weird im outta here lol

Capt_N

#33

Capt_N said:

...& we're going to be using a little bit of a happy blue ;)

Seriously, though, that's neat, but bulky, & in need of 3(one person can play the actual system), or 4 actual controller ports, w/, since he went fancy w/ adding led/output, volume presets, etc. toggle switches, a switch that allows for player one to be controlled via system face buttons, or external controller.

He did a nice job.

Rune_Meister88

#34

Rune_Meister88 said:

hmmmm pretty cool the fact that u can play ur retro game carts on this nin 64 portable handheld as well as being able to see it on ur tv screen :3 like a retro wii u gamepad

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