Is this the best looking portable N64 mod yet?

by Martin Watts, 1 April 2020

N64 SP portable console mod by GmanModz

Portable N64 consoles are nothing new – people have been making them for years now. But few have come as close to this latest mod by GmanModz in terms of both design and portability.

The N64 SP – named so because of its resemblance to the Game Advance SP – looks like a dream.

It has a clam-shell design, built-in cartridge slot, and even a rechargeable battery.

The system uses the UltraVGA, a mod based on the UltraHDMI N64 but intended for portables. It gives the console a high-quality video output.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time running on the N64 SP portable console.

Despite the similarities to the Game Boy Advance, the case is, in fact, 3D printed. A key difference is the base, which is thicker due it housing the cartridge slot. Nevertheless, it’s still a tidy solution.

The N64 SP stands out because it’s a lot smaller than most N64 portable mods.

In the past, modders were limited by how much they could trim down the N64’s internal components to then put in a portable console.

This is because the N64’s PIF (Peripheral InterFace) chip sits at the edge of the N64’s motherboard. This chip interfaces with controllers and cartridge security chips.

The cartridge slot on the underside of the N64 SP portable console.

But thanks to a recent discovery in the N64 modding community, GmanModz was able to relocate and rewire this elsewhere. The end result is a much smaller and more compact design.

The N64 SP’s built-in cartridge slot means it’s 100% compatible with the N64’s software library.

Do you like the look of the N64 SP?

This is such a cool N64 mod, and I really wish I had one! But what do you think?

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Source: Nintendo Life

Martin Watts

Martin has been running N64 Today since it began in 2017. He previously wrote for Nintendo Life and works as a content professional by day. He got the Nintendo 64 as a Christmas present back in 1997 and it's been his favourite console ever since. His favourite N64 game is Goemon's Great Adventure.