Ramon Stokes proved it was possible to build a business out of modding. Operating as Morpheon Mods, he became one of the best known modders on the net, accepting commissions from companies and wealthy individuals.
He’s vanished from the radar over the last year or so, but film director Kevin Smith and GTA publisher Rockstar are owners of one-off Morpheon consoles, and a small number of machines were sold on eBay.
Arcades used to have Nintendo cabinets – The Vs UniSystem, Vs DualSystem and PlayChoice 10 – with a selection of built-in games. Many of these games were identical to their home counterparts on NES, but a few, including those classics Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt, had significant differences.
You can always play these on a PC emulator, but if you’re a modder you might want to experience them on actual Nintendo hardware. And what better way to do this than to convert a standard NES into something functionally identical to a Nintendo arcade machine? This mod, by engineer Raphael Assenat, calls for some serious skill. Read the walkthrough at raphnet.net and see if you’re up to the task.
If you’ve got a spare flight case, a chunky battery, a portable monitor and some wood, you could produce an N64 laptop like this one made by Hifeno. Apparently it goes for more than six hours on a single charge, which is way better than you can expect from smaller mods. It might be heavy but at least you can get a fair way through GoldenEye before it conks out.