A couple months ago, I decided that I was going to teach myself basic electronics with the ultimate goal of one day creating my very own portable Nintendo system from scratch. A huge undertaking, considering I knew basically nothing about electronics going into it. I started watching YouTube videos on circuits, voltage, resistors, etc. and eventually I went to RadioShack and bought some starter kits and a book (Make: Electronics: Learn by Discovery) that helped me learn in a more hands-on way.
After that, I built my first “thing” from scratch (The Arctic Flashlight) and it worked! Encouraged, I slowly acquired all the tools that I thought I would be needing and wound up making my own little workshop in the basement (I even hung up a cool 4-foot work light overhead).
I had no idea how to solder and didn’t want to just try it from watching videos so I asked my friend Woki to show me how to do it in person, which was super helpful. He’s made some awesome custom arcade-style controllers, not to mention a sick homemade arcade cabinet in his basement so he was a huge motivator in getting my dream into motion.
My other major inspiration was the amazing HandyNES created by lovablechevy and once I saw that, there was no turning back… I decided to jump right in (bypassing the rest of my electronics book). I also bought Ben Heck’s book (Hacking Video Game Consoles), in which he outlines the entire process of taking retro consoles, breaking them down to parts and repurposing them into handheld systems. Incredible stuff.
I reached out to lovablechevy herself a couple of times and she was extremely helpful in starting me down my path. I’m also posting to the bitfix gaming forums now and getting my millions of questions answered by some awesome people. It’s been a great experience already and I haven’t even really started!
So, I think I’ve gathered enough information to get going and I’m planning to document everything I do on here, for posterity. First things first, I need all of the parts!
Here are the things that I have already:
Resistors (I think)
Headphone jack (I think)
And here are the things that I’m missing (and just ordered online):
2x Polymer Li-Ion Cell: 3.7V 1500mAh batteries
1x Protection Circuit Module (PCB) for 7.4V Li-Ion Battery Pack
1x Smart Charger (1.2A) for 7.4V Li-ion/Polymer Rechargeable Battery Pack
1x Sony SCPH-113 7.5v A/C Adapter
10x 220uF 35V 105C Radial Electrolytic Capacitor 8x12mm (for the composite mod needed for the NES2)
So once all of that stuff arrives, I’m gonna jump in head first so stay tuned!