thetablet wrote:Do you have any mockups of it? Or any Idea how it will look?
I'm going for a classic N64 controller shape. I know a good many people don't like the original controller, but it's my favorite controller of any gaming system to date. I've already started building my model.
This portable will moderate to large in size because of the design I'm going for. I'd like it to be able to be used on the go, but mainly as a kind of tabletop N64.The controller shape is good for this, but getting the oddly shaped "legs" of this portable to all touch the ground without wobbling could be a bit tricky; you'll notice the N64 controller doesn't sit stably on a table but will wobble from side to side. I've had to play with the design to compensate.
I've got a couple fun things in mind, if I can pull them off. The first is a combination power button/battery indicator. I'm going to use the big plastic decal from the N64 and turn it into a push-button on/off switch, with a few LED's lighting it from behind- some will always be on to light the switch, a couple others will be smaller red and green LED's that will appear as dots behind the decal to indicate the power level.
The second fun idea, which I have already started wiring, is to turn an original Rumble Pak into my multifunction port, and call it a Multifunction Pak. It'll control the screen brightness and house the ports for a/v, recharge, main power, and player 2. It'll plug into the portable in the same place as the Rumble Pak does in the classic controller.
I've drilled the necessary holes into a Rumble Pak and had to reduce the height so that the portable isn't raised up too high when it's plugged into the front.
As far as the electronics go, I've now wired up the screen without any issues, have got more than half of the Multifunction Pak wiring completed, an am now running the system on a 7.4v 5000mAh Li-ion battery. I'll probably get another one as I'll have room, and certainly won't complain about the extra wire-free play time.
It's after one in the morning and I usually get out of bed at 4am, but I don't have to work tomorrow and am having a lot of fun; I think I'll stay up until I finish wiring up the controller. Will update again tomorrow!