Tiny Little GameCube Works, Is Asking To Get Its Cheeks Pinched

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When Nintendo gets around to releasing a GameCube Mini—remember, all tiny console releases to this point have been mere preparation for what will be the greatest collection of 20-30 titles in video game history—I really hope it’s as small and cute as this custom-made console.

Built by Madmorda, it’s a custom case that’s using actual Nintendo hardware, but with a catch: the GameCube’s internals couldn’t be shrunk enough to fit inside a tiny box, but the Wii’s—which could play GameCube games—could.

Image: Madmorda | BitBuilt
Image: Madmorda | BitBuilt

The case is cute enough, but the miniature GameCube controller to go with it is just beautiful:

Image: Madmorda | BitBuilt
Image: Madmorda | BitBuilt

Madmorda details the whole build from start to “playing Mario Sunshine” over on BitBuilt, but some highlights of the Tiny GameCube include:

  • It’s “fully compatible with all Gamecube games, no lag.”
  • It uses several intact (or at least trimmed down) original, actual pieces of GameCube hardware, including the heatsink, power LED and fan vents.
  • There’s support for four controllers via mini controller ports, with two further USB ports tucked away in the memory card slots.
  • The console runs on micro USB, and can even draw juice from a battery pack, so you can plug and play it into pretty much any screen without having to bother with power cables (or carry them around).

Finally, here’s the console in action:

Do one in spice and I’ll pay $500 for it.

Via Go Nintendo

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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but the Wii’s—which could emulate GameCube games—could.

Actually, the Wii didn’t emulate GameCube games. It was basically a GameCube with faster CPU and GPU and with a few additional features.

The Wii was backwards compatible in the same way a PC is backwards compatible: It just is. There is no emulation involved in the process.