Gaming has brought joy to people across many generations, and during the pandemic, the billion-dollar industry has soared with families playing trending Nintendo games like Hades, Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Ori and the Will of the Wispsin in the comfort of their own homes.
But for one particular gamer in Waltham, Massachusetts, the thrill of gaming comes from the console itself. His passions have now led him to construct a device that is officially the world’s smallest modified Nintendo 64 console.
With a love for challenges and a desire to break boundaries with innovation, Gunnar Turnquist (USA) said, “I was inspired to make this project since I love the N64 and it was my first game console I had growing up.”
For those unfamiliar with the Nintendo 64, it was one of the original home gaming consoles in the mid-90s, and one of the last to use cartridges as its primary storage.
These devices are quite bulky and usually measure a height of 2.87” (72.9 mm), width of 10.23” (259.8 mm), depth of 7.48” (190 mm), making resizing this equipment no easy task.
Gunnar ran into obstacles like trimming the motherboard down to the most minuscule size. To ensure the motherboard properly functioned at a fraction of the size, he had to first carefully map the intricate connections and rewire…