Project 2: GameCube Media Center (Update 2)

Hey everyone,

It’s been about 6 months since my last post, but I wanted to update everyone on my life and the GameCube project. I spent a lot of this time getting moved into a new house (yay, being a home owner!) and getting caught up on life. I also spent quite a bit of time working on my projects, so there is no more time to waste!

After a few tries, I was able to design 3D pieces to my liking that should make a GameCube media center much cleaner and easy. For those of you who haven’t dissected a GameCube, there are two main areas of concern: the front and the back.

In the front my vision was to replace the current controller ports with USB ports, allowing the user to have 4 readily available ports for things like USB controllers (for whatever system they are emulating) and FLIRC (because it makes having a media center awesome). Since the ports in front are part of the overall design, it doesn’t look tacky – like it would for, say, an ATARI 2600.

On the back I also wanted to retain as much of the original plating as possible, to reduce time, energy, and destruction to the original frame. The piece I designed holds a USB Micro (Female to Male) Cable and an HDMI (also Female to Male) Cable in place, filling up the original two video-in ports. I received this today and it works really well!

I don’t have any pictures, but I believe the last thing I have to figure out is how to get the original LED to light up. Then with a little touch-up paint and a B-quality photo shoot (seriously, I need a new camera!) my Zelda-inspired GameCube should be good to go!

Will update this post soon with pictures!

-Curtis

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Project 2: GameCube Media Center (Update 1)

Hey everyone,

I’ve been continuing to tinker with my GameCubes and am working a little slower than I anticipated. Instead of dremeling part of the original GameCube, I decided to craft my own piece to mount the USB ports to the GameCube controller face. The first batch has been ordered, so fingers crossed they’ll work!

While I prefer to have the inside of the GameCubes finished first, I decided to try painting a Legend of Zelda version. How do you all like it?

-CurtisRetroMaster

Future Project: Famicom Media Center

Hello everyone,

Today I got the second major part I needed for my Famicom Media Center build: new controllers. They are nearly identical to the original Famicom controllers, but add extra X, Y, L, R buttons and the ability to rapid fire. The cords also comes up from the top of the controller, rather than the side, which makes the original a bit odd to hold. Finally, they increase the playable length. I’m still going to have them internally mounted, like the original, so these controllers greatly increase the media center’s functionality.

-CurtisRetroMaster