THE STORY BEHIND THE NAME
Once upon a time there was an N64 portable. It was big and ugly and took a year to build, and it was called YAP64. Some time later, a rival portabilizer came out with a good portable, also called YAP64. The creator of the original was angry and spouted on a certain chatroom about building a portable "that's a lot better and called Leet64, or L64". Well, it's happening now. Oh, and I'm not really stealing the name, since this is Leet64 and his was L64.Current Status
Have all necessary parts except for charger. Board has been trimmed and ports removed. Currently awaiting thermal testing and slot relocation. Screen frame is cut, will begin casework soon.Original Post
Well, you know that I couldn't stay away. This time, though, I plan on selling it when it's done. Not a commission, but I plan on selling it. Progress will be pretty sporadic, since I don't have a lot of money right now, I just got a 360, and I have other projects that are higher priority. The original plan was to build a 360 laptop, but then I realized I couldn't even afford the 360. So I'll build this first.
I considered a PC game case (like a DVD case but thicker) but it seems too flimsy and getting the two halves together will be a royal pain in the ass. I also considered vacuforming, but too much work, quite a bit of opportunity to screw up, and I would never be able to get the halves together. So I went back to the AG-85. I have two of them for some reason- I think I was going to use one for YAP64.
The N64 will have to be cut down quite a bit but I don't think I have to RCP wire it. Cutting it down will be hard enough. The cartridge slot will probably be on the top, though I am considering putting it on the back. 3.5" screen, of course. Probably a jumper pak as well- there's not a lot of room and relocating would do almost no good because of the shape of the case. Controls will be fairly minimal: Top-mounted shoulder buttons, probably no d-pad, haven't figured the analog stick out yet, and loose/spinning A, B and C buttons. I plan on getting some squishy tacts and building button boards from perf. I'll have to find the mini speaker I was saving for a project like this - small, thin, and has a crappy but usable-ish amp. Lithium-ion camcorder batteries- lipoly would be better but it's all I have. I should be able to fit in 3000mAh, maybe 4500mAh.
So far I need to get:
-more N64s (I'll trash a few trimming for sure, and I only have one extra right now)
-3.5" screen (just over $20 on eBay)
-charger (probably a stupid one)
-thin analog stick (PSP or RetroCon)