Got any modding questions or feedback to the site? I’ll answer if I can.
I consider these to be the best I have made so far, very happy with how they look. Nicer to use than traditional handheld only systems – this unit can be played tabletop or handheld incidentally.
PAL console * 5″ widescreen LCD * Runs off two standard camcorder Sony NP-F550 lithium batteries (not included, see below) which are interchangeable in system so no downtime when voltage runs low (or external power if you have a spare transformer rated at 7.4v-12v DC at 2 amps or more) * Low LED voltage circuit * Jumper Pak * Painted in two colours
System price for above £375 plus delivery (see below)
Options – please add the below to order as required (price includes installing the parts too):
Expansion Pak instead of Jumper Pack (see here for details) : £30
Either Rumble Pack or Memory card (a lot of games do not save, depends what you play, also if you have an Everdrive you don’t need a memory card) : £15
NTSC system not PAL (unless buyer supplies; these are expensive to get in UK) : £30
Choose own paint colours rather than stock. Colours will be from standard wall paint colour ranges : £10
Decals (you provide images to put onto casing, i’ll print onto vinyl) : £5
Delivery – £15 UK, tracked and insured delivery. Outside UK is dependent upo
n destination; I will confirm this cost when I prepare the final pricing.
Terms and conditions – Payment in British Pounds only. Terms : £200 in advance plus the cost of the optional extras if applicable (see above) to secure commission. Remainder to be paid when system is completed and prior to dispatch. No refunds on deposits made and commissions are only accepted once deposit is paid.
You will need to buy some Sony NP-F550 or compatible li-ion camcorder batteries and also charger. I would recommend you buy two compatible chargers and either two or four batteries, so when the low voltage LED light illuminates to indicate the batteries are running low you can replace them with charged battery packs if you have four instead of two. Compatible chargers cost around £2.50 each with USA type plug and £5 for UK style from Chinese ebay sellers, and the batteries around £5.50 each. The batteries are rated at 7.2v or 7.4v (either is fine), go for the ones which are 2500mA as two of those working in parallel provide 5 amps which is enough to power your system for around 3 – 3.5 hours depending on the games played. I cannot provide batteries with the system
whatsoever, even a watch battery, due to postal restrictions. If you require the system with a memory card you will need to pop in a 3v flat battery yourself into the system so it can work.
If you wish to proceed, please send me an email on the “Contact me” page detailing your requirements for the system based on above, country and PAL/NTSC preference; i’ll reply to confirm details and final costs so you can proceed to commit.
I can only take on one commission at a time so if there are orders pending I will update so you know when your system is due to start work on.
Guarantee – labour only; buyer needs to pay carriage both ways as well as parts if needed, there is no guarantee provided – “sold as seen” – hence why i’ll make a video demonstrating the system working and tested ful
ly prior to your final payment. A video will be supplied to the buyer before final payment made to show the system completed and working.
Bear in mind these systems are hand made so there will be minor blemishes, not “shop quality” although are made as high quality as I can. As these are not commercial products, the plastic is painted not dyed, so if the system gets scratched the paint is liable to come off in those places – in other words please “use with reasonable care” to maintain the finish.
If there are any Customs or Import taxes on the item when it gets into your country, you will of course be liable for paying those yourself.
Any sensible questions, please feel free to email me via the Contact page.
I have made many systems to date, here are some of the systems I am proud of:
The most comprehensive retro video game console system ever made. Fact.
This is the prequel to Unity, which i’m working on at the moment, which looks and performs better than Project Unity – a true successor.
Project Unity enabled 18 console systems to work from one unit, using original hardware only; one PSU, one SCART, one controller. Awesome. In saying that, it is heavy, cumbersome and ugly – but functional. Ignore the website address in the video, used that domain before this one.
Nintendo N64 portable. The vacuum forming was not easy and the case halves needed much work to close properly but the end result was rather nice. The screen was a PSone 5″ screen and the portable gained a lot of interest at the time on the internet. The connector under the system seemed a good idea at the time however in practice, having the buttons to control volume and brightness should have been on the console, as I did with other systems.
And another N64 portable:
This uses a 7″ widescreen Pillow car reverse screen.
A mini N64 console
Buyer only wanted console to play one game so it was hardwired into the system. Normally, the system would be expected to play all cartridges of course.
TurboGrafx portable. Similar case to above. Decided to sell it if anyone is interested.
GBA with large screen, using SNES clone and GBA adaptor; 8″ screen.
What wires do I need and where from?
Cheap way to get multi coloured wires for projects from old cables
Tactile switch wiring
Potentiometer wiring for setting audio volume
Replace ribbon cable (console to drive unit)
Merge S-video into composite (if you need to)
Wiring to SCART
Cleaning a dirty motherboard
Headphone and power jack
Removing ports from motherboards
General overview of tools you need for a modding project
Opening up a Li-ion camcorder battery pack and what you get
Wiring up Li-ion or Li-po cells to a protection circuit and system
Wiring diagram to play system via batteries, charge them and option to play via mains transformer
Wiring in external battery charger unit
Low battery indicator LED
CASE MAKING AND CASE PREPARATION
Get a Dremel!
Case making – the easy way
Frankencasing – method works for controllers or cases
Harder method – making a vacuum forming table
Harder method – making a casing for vacuum forming
Reduce height of button sections for new casing
Crude method to installing button sections into a case
Better method to install button pad in a case
Best method to install button pads into a case!
Need to make the buttons interchangeable? Here is how
Screen hole cutting and preparation method
Making speaker holes
Easy and methodical method to relocate a cart slot
Screens – Pillow 7″ widescreen
Sony PSone screen
Removing anti-glare covering from a screen LCD
GUIDE TO MAKING A HANDHELD PORTABLE
Although this is for making an N64 portable, parts are relevant for other systems too
Removing stubborn labels and pen marks from boxes and cartridges
UNITY – retro video game console multi-system
Introduction to Unity – what is it about?
THE MASTER CONTROLLER
Introduction to the Master Controller
Part 1 – Customising a controller case, “Frankencasing”
Part 2 – Planning and installing the buttons and controls as well as painting the casing
Part 3 – Preparing the contact boards and installing them and joystick
Part 4 – Connecting it up
THE BASE UNIT
Pinout of the JAMMA connection (feeds console power and outputs controller and A/V externally)
(if it is in orange, the system is completed): * Nintendo NES * Nintendo SNES * Nintendo N64 * Nintendo GameCube with GBA addon * Nintendo Wii * Sega MegaDrive * Sega SMS * ColecoVision * Mattel Intellivision * Sony PlayStation 2 (plays PS1 games too) * Amstrad GX4000 * NeoGeo (1 game) * Atari Jaguar (1 game) * Atari 7800 * TurboGrafx *
PRESENTATION VIDEO AND DEMONSTRATION
Presenting the UNITY system – final video
Introduction and site updates
Thank you for keeping in touch with this website, appreciated. Site is getting around 100-250 unique visitors a day, which is great.
My YouTube channel has many videos, some not shown here, which might be of interest – please click the logo if you want to have a look. I have re-made the site from scratch, making the guides streamlined, simple and clear. The guides here are mods I have done myself or developed/improved upon.
There is a Q&A section where you can ask questions on modding or give general feedback and i’ll try to reply as best I can, although I anticipate that the majority of questions will have answers in the reference sections.
Unity system update
Unity system – New master controller is finished and fully tested, works great on the console systems completed so far. Decided rather than making similar looking videos of each console add-on I would instead compile them in the final video as a complete presentation; which is likely to happen mid-end 2016. Whilst I know the interest in modding retro video gaming systems is far less than it was, the Unity system I am sure will generate a wave of interest over the net. It will be awesome! Progress on the system is slower now than was, as instead of making new systems I have been playing Unity. I have made a good start on the next system though, GameCube; as the Wii was finished a few weeks back.
UPDATE – (Mid December ’15) : GameCube works on Unity system, just need to cover the casing which is a quick process.
I will continue this between doing commissions.