GameCube Game Boy Advance SP - Console mod

Right now, everyone is coming down from the E3 high. But if you’re anything like me, the truly exciting stuff are nuggets of internet gold like this new creation. David Barscheski, a previous console modder, has been at work creating something that can only be described as divine. Barscheski managed to use the Game Boy Advance SP functional design with a GameCube aesthetic and control scheme in this coveted mash-up. If we’re being completely realistic, the system is a functioning Wii that can play both Wii and GameCube games on the handheld. Check out the video below to see it in action!

The game features a shoulder buttons, a GameCube control scheme, and a working headphone jack. Additionally, it can be charged and played on the go. However, there is no indication as to how long the battery might last. Barscheski runs Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes and Wii Sports on the device. He can even wirelessly sync a Wii mote to the console to use motion controls without a sensor bar! Color me awestruck. One could only dream of owning such a device. Alas, not everyone has the ingenuity and know-how to construct or mod consoles.

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This isn’t GameCube’s or Wii’s first console-modding rodeo

This is hardly the first portable GameCube/Wii. Last year, the Kill Mii was unveiled as the first fully-functioning Wii built inside of an Altoids tin. It was named as such due to its impracticality. The creator simply made the odd console mod to see if he could. The battery life was only a matter of minutes and the console ran hot. However, it still worked. Recently, another modder revealed a GameCube Classic — or at least a build of what one might look and operate like if Nintendo ever saw fit to release one. I have a sneaking suspicion that these would sell like hotcakes if they were ever put to market. For now, however, Nintendo seems uninterested.

What do you think of these nifty console mods? Would you purchase one if you could? If so, which one would you buy and what price would you be willing to pay? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

Chris Hinton
Accountant by day, video games enthusiast by night.  Somewhere in between all of that, I'm a husband, dad, and generally a giant man-child, too.  If a game is all about action, there's a safe bet I'm playing it.  I started laying waste to virtual worlds as a youngin' on the ol' Atari and haven't stopped since.

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