NES casemod - the NES Slim.

Discussion in 'Other Consoles & Oldies' started by kaputnik, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. kaputnik

    kaputnik GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 10, 2007
    A colleague knowing my interest for video games gave me an old NES that collected dust at his place a few weeks ago. I got my original NES from back in the days left, never sold it to pay for the SNES, so I figured I should do something with this second NES I got.

    I googled around for some inspiration, but I didn't find anything more interesting than how-to-change-the-red-power-diode-for-a-blue-one-guides, etc. So I screwed the NES apart and tried to figure something out on my own. Quite soon I realized there's a lot of air in that case, how about trying to make a slimmer, sexier NES out of it?

    So, here we are, two days and about 15 hours of work later. Since this little project turned out very successful so far, it felt appropriate to brag a bit about it [​IMG]

    All the materials I've used are taken from the donor NES, except for the orange cables connecting the RF box to the motherboard, and of course some cyanoacrylate glue that I used to attach the spacers for the motherboard (or whatever those are called in english) to the case. It's the darker grey thingies that the motherboard is attached to I'm talking about anyways [​IMG]

    This is what I've done;

    * Desoldered the RF box from the motherboard and connected it with wiring instead.
    * Moved the the connector for the power/reset/power on diode daughterboard to the other side of the motherboard
    * Opened up holes for power and reset buttons , power on diode (I had to move those to the side of the case), the different connectors on the RF box, and the controller connectors in the case.
    * "Semi desoldered" a few electrolyte capacitors to be able to place them parallell with the motherboard. They extruded too much from the motherboard standing up.
    * Removed and re-worked some the spacers from the darker grey bottom part of the case and glued them to the upper part, to be able to attach the motherboard, the RF box and the switch daughterboard.
    * Re-worked the voltage regulator's cooler to make it lower.
    * Disabled the lockout chip to be able to play my old import games.
    * Modified the cartridge holder mechanism. Removed the springs and the locking mechanism. Now it works like a PCI connector or something like that, just push the game cart in.
    * Miscelleaneos small modifications to get everything to fit in the case.
    * Stuff I forgot to mention, I should have documented this project from the beginning :>

    The only thing left to do now is the bottom plate. Once I get back aboard my ship (I'm a marine engineer) I'll make one out of plexi glass. It might be quite gay, but I'm considering to put a few red LED:s in the case, it should look quite nice with a red glow beneath the NES :>

    Here are some pics, click the pics for better resolution;

    From above:

    From below:

    In action (it's the uploading service that assumes that the horizontal resolution should be higher than the vertical):

    [edit] Oh, and excuse my english :>
  2. Gore

    Gore GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Oct 15, 2007
    United States
    I would still have gone with a toploader...
    But honestly it looks great.
    kaputnik heck.
  3. kaputnik

    kaputnik GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 10, 2007

    Actually I considered to make it a toploader first, but I decided to keep it as true to the original as possible [​IMG]

    The connector can easily be modified for toploading. One way to do it could be to remove the whole cart holding mechanism, just keeping the connector, and add a "guide" for the cart that keeps the cart at a slight angle against the connector.

    Anyways, thanks for the praise [​IMG]
  4. foxgrey

    foxgrey GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 15, 2008
    United States
    Looks cool, Wish I had that much skill with a solder iron! I love the retro system mods, might have to go check out some flea markets this weekend and get creative 8)
  5. Destructobot

    Destructobot Crave the Hammer

    Oct 15, 2006
    United States
    Portland, OR
    Your English is better than 95% of the native English speakers here.

    Very cool mod BTW.
  6. WildWon


    Former Staff
    Apr 4, 2008
    United States
    8-Bit Heaven
    If i could make a simple recommendation, add a small bit of the grey casing to the bottom. It looks empty down there. It looks like it falls into the floor.

    But other than that, that's a damned cool start, and a fantastic idea! You should see about dropping the entire size of it too (width and length). Kinda portable... w/out a screen (quick travel plug'n'play [​IMG])

    Keep it up!
  7. f3ar000

    f3ar000 GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    United States
    I think this thing is awesome!
    nice job
  8. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine Suspended

    Sep 13, 2009
    United States
    That's pretty damn cool! [​IMG] Nice work man!
  9. kaputnik

    kaputnik GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 10, 2007
    Actually I first thought of using about 0,5-1 cm of the darker grey bottom part of the casing to get room for the power/reset button daughterboard connector I later moved to the other side of the motherboard. The aestethics would be a bonus. But the more I look at it now, the more I realize that it looks empty just because you're used to NES:es having that darker grey bottom part of the casing [​IMG]


    Thanks for all the praise guys [​IMG]