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If it can be dismantled, painted and poked with a soldering iron, you can guarantee somebody will try to modify it. From simple cosmetic changes to elaborate electronics projects, hackers have shown their appreciation for Nintendo’s affordable hardware by butchering it in a staggering variety of creative ways…
This is the Skittlespider ATS (All Together System) by, erm, Skittlespider. While it looks like a harmless computer monitor from the front, inside it’s a terrifying jumble of circuitboards and wires. The result is that it plays NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, PlayStation and Xbox games, all in one handy unit.
This was made by Metallica Man X, who found out the hard way that it’s not a great idea to put your modded machine together with glue. When the NES board in this one died during construction, he had to hack the case open with a knife to replace it. Still, that’s what modding is all about. You live, you learn.
While some mods are impressive from a technical point of view but not all that practical, this one, by Hailrazer, is something we’d have been happy to buy back in the GameCube days. It looks great; though if Nintendo had ever made a commercial equivalent we think they’d have been able to engineer a more elegant solution to the huge bulk of the DVD drive on the back.