A post has surfaced on Reddit which showcases one user’s incredible efforts in fitting a fully functional Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) inside of an NES cartridge sized container. The retro-inspired casing has attracted nearly 50,000 upvotes in the past 14 hours with many other users taking to the thread to show off their own creations while telling the expected number of ‘blowing into it’ jokes.
Reddit user LE_TROLLFACEXD posted the photo which shows a Super Mario Bros. NES cartridge which has been modified to include the requisite parts for a functioning game console. A small power switch and light have been fixed to the top along with two controller ports, while the actual game cartridge will sit neatly on top of the homemade console as opposed to jutting out of it. Most vintage console projects such as this usually only function as emulator players of a sort, but this NES appears to work as the original was intended to, an impressive achievement in games modification.
Elsewhere in the same thread, Reddit user Murky_Macropod shared his own handiwork with a modified Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) controller which doubles as an SNES emulator. The emulator fits neatly into the controller with power being supplied to the small unit via a HDMI port on the rear. This was a challenging piece of design work according to Murky who explained that providing the unit with enough power without adding new cables and altering the feel of the controller was the most difficult part of the process.
The renewed interest in the SNES emulator controller has caused Murky to consider selling the hardware to other users if demand is made known. The legality of these sales is in a somewhat grey area due to the nature of emulators, however, provided that the sold units are not carrying ROM’s of classic games, Nintendo will likely not pursue legal action.
This isn’t the first time a Super Mario Bros. cartridge has made headlines lately, following the sale of a first run printed edition for just over $100,000 last week.