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N64 portable



  • Hey I'm thinking of making a retropie n64 portable, digging around a bit, I couldn't find any n64 portable... I saw some that were actual n64s but not what I want. I am mostly sure what I'm doing, but I want other idea just incase.



  • Good luck to you. It takes an overclocked pi3b to even begin to run any n64 games well. Which means a bigger handheld for that board alone. Then with the fact that it's overclocked you're going to need monster heatsinks away from the battery. Hopefully you can find a way to get it to run cool enough to not need active cooling because that will be yet another battery drain.

    If you find away to get it going post back. I'd love to see it. I'd actually love a handheld that could run everything the pi3 does. I just can't see it being very feasible either.



  • @Charononus said in N64 portable:

    If you find away to get it going post back. I'd love to see it. I'd actually love a handheld that could run everything the pi3 does. I just can't see it being very feasible either.

    Yeah That is the problem... I was thinking actually IN a N64 controller... and have some liquid nitrogen ;) Haha no I'm just joking about the last part. But I was thinking for the portable, doing what I've seen others do with their consoles, by powering the thing by the HDMI cable. Also have a controller mod with holes in the back... maybe more liquid nitrogen.... freeze people's hands off. I wonder if the HDMI can power at 2.5 A at maximum.



  • I'm thinking aloud here, but the n64 controller has 1 d-pad, (4 buttons) 6 face buttons, one 8 way analog control stick (can this be put to one GPIO pin? other wise 8) two shoulder buttons, and two extra, one start in the front, the other in the back.

    This all adds up to 4+6+8(or 1)2+2 so in total 22. Which is as many GPIOs as the pi 3 has. It would be preferable to have the control stick in one pin, but I don't know if it can be done.



  • @CodeDrawer said in N64 portable:

    @Charononus said in N64 portable:

    If you find away to get it going post back. I'd love to see it. I'd actually love a handheld that could run everything the pi3 does. I just can't see it being very feasible either.

    Yeah That is the problem... I was thinking actually IN a N64 controller... and have some liquid nitrogen ;) Haha no I'm just joking about the last part. But I was thinking for the portable, doing what I've seen others do with their consoles, by powering the thing by the HDMI cable. Also have a controller mod with holes in the back... maybe more liquid nitrogen.... freeze people's hands off. I wonder if the HDMI can power at 2.5 A at maximum.

    I was under the impression hdmi didn't even provide 0.5A let alone 2.5A. http://www.hdmi.org/learningcenter/kb.aspx?c=13#42



  • @Charononus Yikes! Well I need to find the power consuption of the pi3 while overclocked and running super mario 64 then.



  • @Charononus The battery might work... maybe. Adafruit have a 2500 AH battery. If it is small enough by some magical thing, I might be able to use two. Or three. One for each handle. Since the n64 remote is made for three handed aliens.



  • Considering a Pi3 hardly runs N64, I'm not sure you are going to get very far with this. Sure, it can be made but it wouldn't be very practical if the games are hardly playable.



  • @LiveFastCyYoung It is sadly true. But honestly, it is an experiment I may try in a few years. But then again, I'll have a new pi in a few years! :D



  • Smash Bros runs OK on the Pi 3 without overclocking. Its not perfect - it stutters and drops some frames - but its playable.



  • Same as super mario 64. @BenMcLean



  • There are plenty of retropie portables out there that can run n64. Here's mine: http://m.imgur.com/a/ShMDE

    You will not be able to power it through hdmi...



  • @Charononus said in N64 portable:

    Hopefully you can find a way to get it to run cool enough to not need active cooling because that will be yet another battery drain.

    If you find away to get it going post back. I'd love to see it. I'd actually love a handheld that could run everything the pi3 does. I just can't see it being very feasible either.

    "Whats that in your backpack sir?" ... Retrogamer: "Oh... thats just a car battery I'm using to power up my handheld device". lol.

    @CodeDrawer Just go to YouTube and search for N64 portable, there are already people who did it. I've seen some cool ones.



  • @PetroRie K I will laster



  • @CodeDrawer Wait wait, there is hope. If you can make one which has a "portable" size it would be awesome. The ones I saw are big and bulky.



  • I could just use a controller for that with a slideing screen I guess...



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