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14 console and PC mods you'll wish you owned

As gamers of a hardcore persuasion, we form a very deep bond with our machines. Far more than mere appliances, they're as much part of the family as they are part of our homes' technological landscapes. Millions might be sold, but only one feels uniquely our own.

So, much as petrolheads spend thousands on personalising their rides, the more technically minded amongst us put hours of painstaking effort and tweaking into externalising that personal relationship. Some mods are cool. Some are genuinely impressive. But some blow the mind clean out of the back of the head, and inspire feverish coveting in all those who gaze upon them. And these are those mods.

 


The Nii

 

Bellowing a defiant proclamation of "In your eye, Virtual Console!", this gorgeous Wii-styled SNES comes from genius French modder Kotomi. Given that he even made a custom case rather than gutting an actual Wii, it's an incredible technical and aesthetic feat. Check out his other machines of beauty at his blog. We're already in love with his silver and blue, Starship Enterprise styled SNES.


 

The Xbox 360 car

 

Insert "Yo dawg..." meme reference here. Built as a promotional stunt for this year's Game U Live college tour, this Suzuki-installed 360 set-up, photographed by DogFromSPACE, is a gorgeous sight to behold. Now if they'd just mod the steering to work with the controller and turn the gear shift into an arcade stick. There's no way Gran Turismo 5 would ever beat those graphics.

 


The Steampunk PC

 

If you ever needed to back up the stereotype of PC gamers as more refined and decadent than their console-playing cousins, this stunningly gorgeous brass and wood effect machine is it. A games machine for a gentler age, it was built from scratch by Jake von Slatt at The Steampunk Workshop. The keyboard is of his own design, but similar ones can be bought here. Dave H wants one of these incandescent beauties so badly that it's borderline embarrassing.


Full-sized DS Guitar Hero

Wrist cramp begone! A bit of tinkering and some tech knowledge were all Eric Ruckman needed to evolve the DS' Guitar Hero On Tour into a counterpart for its full-sized brothers. And it's still technically hand-held. We applaud him. Check out the photos of this mod's construction on his Flickr.

 


The hand-held NES in a cartridge

 

There are lots of handheld console mods knocking around the internet, but far and above any of them, this NES emulator in a cartridge makes us weep with joy. In concept and execution, it's a damn near perfect piece of work by a chap by the alias of airz, and was unsurprisingly found on the forums of legendary console modder Ben Heck.



The Doom 3 Mars City PC


There are impressive mods and then there are ridiculous works of art. Built by genius/madman Paul Capello, this replica of Doom 3's Mars City base goes well beyond the call of duty in every respect. After around 30 views of this video we still can't believe it exists. And he didn't stop here. Check out his ludicrously detailed Matrix mod too.

 


The Super Nintoaster
 

Admit it. You never thought a bread burning appliance could be so cool. Yet here it is, courtesy of Richard at StupidFingers.com. A full functioning SNES set stylishly within a basic kitchen toaster. Note: If you're going to try this, make sure to completely remove the toaster parts first, otherwise dust on the connector board will be the least of your cartridges' worries.

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31 comments

  • LieutenantCipher - December 5, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    This makes me want the r2d2 mod thing, but with a mix of xbox 360, ps3, and wii added to it so I'd have the ultimate console!
  • Djoxy - November 30, 2009 7:54 p.m.

    This is just AAAAWESOME!!!!
  • noobeater - November 28, 2009 6:57 p.m.

    id ask for my xbox 360 to be like the alien one... but deep down i know it willnever happen, why? My 360 would blow up from not dispersing the hot air
  • CatrParrot - November 26, 2009 9:27 a.m.

    The Super Nintoaster? Oh that's ridiculous...I MUST HAVE IT!
  • Spybreak8 - November 26, 2009 2:27 a.m.

    oh my god, the R2 D2 mod!? Oo
  • silentmusic16 - November 26, 2009 1:34 a.m.

    the stuff that that kotomi guy made was amazing....but R2D2 was just.....too much for words.
  • waffledragon33 - November 25, 2009 10:14 p.m.

    woooooooohhhhhhhhhh
  • Klantista - November 25, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    I want that PC Badly!
  • pka4lif - November 25, 2009 7:11 p.m.

    Great article!! thanks! I would have otherwise never known they existed.
  • Fuhjem - November 25, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    I wonder how often that Xbox car overheats.
  • VideoGameKing - November 25, 2009 4:47 a.m.

    those are nothing compared to what i made, i made the PS360 it plays bot 360 and PS3 games,but it cant go online,but its awsom as hell,it desrtyes all things on this list
  • badgerfan993 - November 25, 2009 4:26 a.m.

    Sir, name any price for the hand held SNES and the R2-D2 multi-console, and I will pay it.
  • Craza - November 25, 2009 3:16 a.m.

    I think I moaned a little at the Steampunk PC.
  • Doctalen - November 25, 2009 3:01 a.m.

    I am usually an xbox fan but damn that Alien PS3 is looking mighty bitching.
  • Samael - November 25, 2009 2:46 a.m.

    I could care less about the R2-D2 thing. But those steampunk keyboards are LUSCIOUS. The second I get a better computer and around $2500 (which I'm sure will happen a few days from now /sarcasm), I'm getting one.
  • QWERTYCommander - November 25, 2009 12:12 a.m.

    That R2D2 multi-console is amazing. Props to whoever made it! Oh, and I want it :)
  • Wizrai - November 24, 2009 11:34 p.m.

    Whoah, now that's creative.
  • Cwf2008 - November 24, 2009 11:22 p.m.

    I want that R2D2 console! That thing is freaken amazing. Screw you Xbox, Playstation, and Nintendo, that R2D2 console is truely next gen. AND it has a projector
  • Romination - November 24, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    You're wrong! I wish that I owned very few of these! kiss my ass!!! WAHAHA!
  • Tomsta666 - November 24, 2009 10:55 p.m.

    And the R2D2 multi console

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