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…

The contraption

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.


  • Guybrush86 - December 27, 2013 9:08 p.m.

    Dropped the ball here. The best modder ever is Zoki64:
  • ZeeCaptain - December 28, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    Besides the one controller/console glow in the dark combo the rest are just air brushed and different parts put together, like the two tone controllers are just the back of one controller and the front of another, unless his really impressive stuff is a few pages in then you can't count someone who does art as someone who mods things.
  • g1rldraco7 - December 27, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    I wanted that Zelda modded Wii soooo badly, but it was always unavailable :(
  • Jackonomics2.0 - December 27, 2013 1:30 p.m.

    Like you said how people are using the Wiimote for more stuff, a ton of people are doing tons of science stuff with the Kinect technology, including mechanics for robots. The things modders can do.
  • winner2 - December 27, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    That ncube looks awesome, I'd buy one.
  • skittlespider - April 8, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    Thank you for including my contraption in this list! It is an honor.
  • madjr297 - May 19, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    why isnt the n64 boy on here???? that was a great mod!
  • Apollomon - May 6, 2010 1:09 p.m.

    @thesuperspacejew same here...that N-Cube looked pretty sweet
  • erreip199 - May 5, 2010 6:02 p.m.

    HEADTRACKING 8D, man if movies/ games have this in the future im sold, its the kind of 3D i like not that shit that forces u to use some glasses that give u a head ache wait a minute... the 3DS could be using that??? hmmm
  • thesuperspacejew - May 5, 2010 3:24 p.m.

    I can tell you right now, I'd love to have that portable Gamecube.
  • philipshaw - May 5, 2010 3:20 p.m.

    Some cool stuff here
  • JosefMotley - May 5, 2010 8:45 a.m.

    my housemate has that MIDINES thing! i can safely confirm its awesomeness
  • slimjim441 - May 5, 2010 5:34 a.m.

    ^^^What the f*ck is that?^^^
  • EnragedTortoise1 - May 4, 2010 11:37 p.m.

    Holy shart and a half.. these are f*king awesome!!!
  • RonaldRayGun - May 4, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    I love contraptions of this nature! Most if not all of these are brilliant.
  • slimjim441 - May 4, 2010 10:39 p.m.

    The Zelda and Metroid Wiis and the portable SNES are definitely the coolest looking of all. I want one. And they should really make Half-Life on Wii, or all VALVe games. Ya......
  • Modroneman - May 4, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    I want to know how they make the bodies for most of these systems. I would love to try my hand at modding, but I don't now how they make the bodies.
  • WillisTron - May 4, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    @ awesomedudes Indeed
  • awesomedudes - May 4, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    awesome mods

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