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Hardware: This Custom Tron N64 Makes Us Want To Return To The Grid

Posted by Damien McFerran

Greetings, programs!

Zoki64 is famous for his hardware modifications, and his latest project is a real masterpiece.

He's painted an N64 straight out of Tron, complete with elements which glow in the dark. You can see the system in the video below, accompanied by Daft Punk's excellent music for the recent sequel, Tron: Legacy.

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Zael said:

wow, if wii u was similar to that would be perfect
I hope nintendo will produce something similar in the future, it's beautiful
The design and the pad is very important for a console to be liked
(only to say that up to the gamecube nintendo took care also of design)



Expa0 said:

Well I guess is looks good now, but that still doen't make the console not suck.



CzartD said:

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MixMasterMudkip said:

This does make me want to watch Tron, but it really makes me want there to be a Tron MMORPG. That would be awesome.



ajcismo said:

Two of my favorite secret past times, Tron and the N64, morphed into a glowing box of nerd joy. Want one.



RedYoshi999 said:

I'm sad that these talented people don't sell their creations, their awesomeness just taunts me forever!



fushimushi said:

I wonder what this guy can do if he modifies the Wii U. O.O let's all spam his youtube account about him painting a Wii U (idk if he already did)



Expa0 said:

Oh, so I'm a jerk for having a opinion? I seriously doubt you like everything Nintendo has done.

Nintendo 64 had some pretty good first party games + a rare gem here and there, but the console itself was terrible and the controller is arguably one of the worst controllers ever made (definetly the worst Nintendo controller.)



NESguy94 said:

I've worked on and modified a few controllers with decent success but this is unbelievable. Is there video showing how he did this?



SethNintendo said:

There are far worse controllers than the N64 such as the Atari Jaguar and original fat xbox controllers. N64 controller made the analog stick popular. FPS handled just fine on the N64 and many other games. It took a little getting used to but I believe you are in a very small minority that thinks the N64 controller was the worst or even bad.



Expa0 said:

The control stick starts to hurt my fingers even after little use, there's no good way to get a grip on that controller and worst of all the stick breaks way too easily. Of my 4 N64 controllers only one is still (barely) useable contrast to my 3 PS1 analog controllers which are all still in almost perfect condition even though they've seen way more use.

Another big gripe I have for N64 is the complete lack of JRPGs, which are my favorite genre. Thank goodness PS1 (and gameboy color) got me covered through those dark times though.



SethNintendo said:


Yea the sticks would get broken. I bought some Radio Shack N64 controllers and they seemed to be of better quality (don't usually buy 3rd party controllers). The stick shaft is made of metal not plastic.



Dark_Link said:

That looks too cool!!! I loved my N64, it could have challenged the PS1 for domination that generation if they had better third party support.



Nico07 said:

@Expa0 True the Nintendo 64 controller is one of the strangest controllers ever created, but I love it. It is strange yet very comfortable. It provided the first trigger button on a controller, and the first true analog joystick. Everything else to this point on a home console used a joystick overtop of a digital pad basically, so you could have up, down, left, right, and some games would interpret up and left to go inbetween, but the analog joystick on the N64 controller provided true precision. Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Mario 64, MK64, Killer Instinct, Blastcorps, Star Fox 64, Pilotwings 64, Konker, DK64, Cruisn' series, WaveRace 64, Smash Bros, Gauntlet Legends 64, Kirby64, Ocarina, Majora's Mask, KenGriffy Slugfest, QB Club, Star Wars Rogue Squadron, Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Stadium, Turok, Mario Tennis, Yoshis Story, Diddy Kong Racing, Banjo, Paper Mario, and several other great games made the N64 the most powerful home gaming console until Dreamcast came along in Sept 99. Sure it had a paltry 4k texture cache, but every system has it's faults. 360 had red ring of death, PS3 has a measly 256 MB VRAM with 256 MB system RAM. System makers have to cut corners somewhere to keep the cost affordable for the masses. But Nintendo engineers had the forsight to allow the N64 to have expandable RAM, and the product that never made it to the US, the 64DD. I remember reading Nintendo Power as a kid and the speculation of Mission Impossible 64 allowing you to take a picture of yourself, upload it onto your character as a mask and even purchase extra DLC levels! This was amazing in 1997, but sadly it never came to be. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but to me the Nintendo 64 is still one of if not the coolest console Nintendo has ever released. Mixing that with Tron just makes me love it even more.



TheN64Dude said:

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