SNES-001 handhelp screen based controller (via Downing)
Modifications to gaming systems have been immensely popular, garnering instant fame for some. From the Xbox 360 to the Sega Genesis many people have used the systems to create their own custom product. Some of the most popular applications for systems is making them handheld. "Downing" decided to create his own handheld Super Nintendo system, dubbed the SNES-001 Advance, with two controllers featuring their own LCD screens. The mod is quite unique due to the fact that it can support multiplayer games where as many other mods have been intended for only one player.
The heart of the mod lies within the controllers. The controllers allow the choice of playing through the small LCD screen or can be used regularly to play through a TV if wanted. Each one was created from scratch using a vacuum formed case mold and cut-outs for the buttons and screens. Additionally, he added a speaker to each one with power and audio/video cable connections to support the features. Volume and display settings can be controlled right from the controller using specially added buttons conveniently placed on the controller to preserve the natural look.
The controllers still plug into the original system which has a few modifications of its own. Downing has added two additional controller ports to the front of the system to support the extra features of the controller. Tapping into the mother board, he was able to find support for audio, video, power, and ground supplied to the controller. Furthermore, the system and the controllers feature Downing's own custom paint job.
Anyone who might like his mod is open to purchase the system from him. He has an auction open on ebay and has designed the system to be a collector's item. The system will come in a custom pine wood case with internal LED lights for extra flare. To show his confidence in his build, he offers a warranty upon purchase. Playing some old SNES games sounds like a good idea right about now, but for $499?