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Modded Wii fits in your pocket

Modder Shank Mods creates a pocket-sized Frankenstein's monster portable Wii

By Derek Strickland on Jan 1, 2019 07:31 pm CST - 1 min, 21 secs reading time

With a lot of patience and a little tech know-how, hardware modder Shank Mods transforms a Nintendo Wii into a handheld.

YouTuber Shank Mods's latest creation is a little less crazy than his previous portable Wii made out of an Altoid's tin. The PiiWii is still small, but it's a lot more functional and ergonomic than the mad scientist Altoid monstrosity...and it still borrows parts from other consoles, Frankenstein's monster-style. The PiiWii sports Gamecube face buttons alongside 3DS circlepads, and houses a fully-functioning Wii console inside a plastic base.

What's great about the PiiWii is that it can do everything a Wii can do: it plays Wii and Gamecube games as well as Virtual Console and WiiWare content. You can even sync Wiimotes to it or hook them up directly via a Gamecube USB adapter. It's about the size of a Gameboy Advanced handheld, and took 3 years to design and create, Shank Mods said.

I'm absolutely blown away by the ingenious work that went into the PiiWii. Hardware modding is always an incredibly arduous time-consuming task (I've had to repair my Xbox One and PS4 multiple times but this is on a whole new level) and I can only imagine how much tinkering, soldering, and trial-and-error that went into this project.

Derek Strickland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Derek Strickland

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements, whether it's VR with the Oculus Rift or Augmented Reality. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the technology that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.


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