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Amazing Case Mod: PC Inside a Super Nintendo

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 29 comments

Now you can play your old SNES games emulated on this... SNES.

We love case mods, but we’re tired of all the old windows and LED lights. What really gets us these days are innovative designs where PCs are stuffed into things we don’t expect to find them in.

For example, inside the shell of a PAL Super Nintendo (which shares the same shape as the Super Famicom in Japan), is the innards of an Acer Aspire One netbook.

What’s special about this case mod is that all the functions of the original PC were retained while making use of the features of the SNES. For example, the power switch works to turn on the machine. The eject button also ejects the discs from the optical drive – but wait, the SNES doesn’t have an optical drive bay (and neither does the Aspire One)!

Amazingly enough, the modders managed to cram a slot-loading drive inside a game cartridge. Read the full mod story on Asobitech and expect to see this SNES PC on eBay sometime soon.

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    nonstoprobot , June 16, 2009 5:36 PM
    awesome
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    IronRyan21 , June 16, 2009 5:39 PM
    This is refreshing to see. Usually ppl mod the old NES and fit a PC in tht.
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    Tindytim , June 16, 2009 6:08 PM
    IronRyan21This is refreshing to see. Usually ppl mod the old NES and fit a PC in tht.

    I think I prefer that. The SNES doesn't have a good place to buy a disk drive.

    Those top loading Saturn mods are pretty sweet though.
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    Gin Fushicho , June 16, 2009 6:09 PM
    So.... it can still play SNES games? Does it like uber emulate them?
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    roorunner , June 16, 2009 6:15 PM
    nice work!
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    Tindytim , June 16, 2009 6:27 PM
    Gin FushichoSo.... it can still play SNES games? Does it like uber emulate them?

    It doesn't have SNES internals, so it doesn't play them natively. But you can play SNES games on pretty much any modern PC (aka made this millennium), and you can probably play it at higher resolution with various filtering and save states.
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    tayb , June 16, 2009 6:31 PM
    Pretty cool case but the coolest I've seen so far is the Wall-E case mod.
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    Gin Fushicho , June 16, 2009 6:33 PM
    TindytimIt doesn't have SNES internals, so it doesn't play them natively. But you can play SNES games on pretty much any modern PC (aka made this millennium), and you can probably play it at higher resolution with various filtering and save states.


    My question then is... can it use the original controllers? =D
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    Tindytim , June 16, 2009 6:39 PM
    Gin FushichoMy question then is... can it use the original controllers? =D

    Not without modification, but there are plenty of guides out there that, with a SNES controller, a USB cable, and a stop at Radio Shack, you can make a USB SNES controller that works great.

    However, I much prefer using a Dualshock 3 wirelessly for my Emulation needs (NES, SNES, PS1, PS2, etc).
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    Gin Fushicho , June 16, 2009 6:42 PM
    TindytimNot without modification, but there are plenty of guides out there that, with a SNES controller, a USB cable, and a stop at Radio Shack, you can make a USB SNES controller that works great.However, I much prefer using a Dualshock 3 wirelessly for my Emulation needs (NES, SNES, PS1, PS2, etc).


    Cool. :3 Thankuu.
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    rooket , June 16, 2009 7:56 PM
    I really like that the modder used a PAL deck, those look so much better than the butt ugly pile of plastic Nintendo gave us in the USA. I bought a new boxed PAL one on ebay a while ago and "modded" it (I took the guts out of my NTSC/USA one and fit them inside it, they almost exactly fit I just had to dremel off a little plastic on my original SNES motherboard so it'd slide right in). I have it boxed up, still looks brand new.. people sometimes offer me money for it on my msn messenger ;)  Backup devices fit properly on those too.
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    Tindytim , June 16, 2009 8:00 PM
    Gin FushichoCool. :3 Thankuu.

    I should probably mention, I haven't seen any designs that were solder free. So you may want to practice a bit.

    EDiT: I meant with the SNES controller, the Dualshock 3 doesn't require any internal changes, and works fine with a PS3 afterwards.
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    falchard , June 16, 2009 8:55 PM
    That case mod is pro. Even ripped apart the plugs to make it fit. Looks very clean.
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    lxixmarc , June 17, 2009 4:38 AM
    is mine cool too? or are there too many of them out there?
    wifi, bluetooth, dvdrw





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    lxixmarc , June 17, 2009 4:39 AM


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    neiroatopelcc , June 17, 2009 7:42 AM
    lxixmarcis mine cool too? or are there too many of them out there?wifi, bluetooth, dvdrw

    not the best finish on the back of it, but nice anyway.
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    andyviant , June 17, 2009 2:15 PM
    neiroatopelccnot the best finish on the back of it, but nice anyway.

    Hah, he used LEGOS to plug up the old av/powerplug spot. Wow.
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    IH8U , June 17, 2009 3:51 PM
    How is this new? I've seen/built systems in: NES, SNES, Pizza Box, Toaster, CRT Monitor (used an LCD), and soon a PS2 (dead PS2 I gutted).
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    Anonymous , June 17, 2009 6:30 PM
    YOU BUTCHERED A CLASSIC CONSOLE but apart from that nice mod
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    thefivetheory , June 17, 2009 6:48 PM
    Er... isn't that actually a Super Famicom chassis, not an SNES? I realize they're basically the same thing on the inside.
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