Buy a Nintendo 64 Mini for less than $64


Cheap NES minis and Super Nintendo Minis, too

Having trouble tracking down a Nintendo Mini, or can't wait for the inevitable Super Nintendo Mini? How about building your own PlayStation Mini? It's tempting for the bragging rights alone, and some are on sale from $19 plus the cost of the Pi and controller. Just search for "raspberry pi case" on Etsy or Ebay and you'll find a ton of kits that you can easily assemble yourself. If you have access to a 3D printer you can also download and print your own for free or make a very convincing one out of LEGO bricks. I like this one but there's a Nintendo 64 kit that really takes the cake.

The idea of an HDMI port directly on an N64 gives me such a nerd boner:

Before you jump on this be sure you know what you're in for. Some require you to buy a Raspberry Pi 3 and configure the emulator yourself, while others will sell you the whole kit prebuilt. Of course, they don't have the polish of the real thing or satisfaction of indirectly buying Miyamoto a beer for his life's work, but there are some advantages like larger storage space or not having to endure the shitty short cable that the real one comes with. It's also a full computer that you can fill with photos of Mario cats. Lifehacker has an excellent tutorial on how to get the job done using RetroPie. You can use any USB controller you already own. 

Can you get in trouble for doing this?

Don't take legal advice from a video game blogger, but it's probably as illegal as hiring a skinny teenage mariachi band to cover your favorite Taylor Swift song over fajitas.

The Etsy kits branded "Nintendo" are probably fucked and shouldn't really be on sale in the first place, while some of the obviously fan-created stuff like brick-based designs probably fall under fair use as long as they aren't distributing ROM or BIOS files. At least that's what people say. That's what people say.

Bonus legal advice: OJ did it because Caitlyn says duh!

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