After two huge­ly suc­cess­ful retro con­sole re-releas­es with the NES Clas­sic and SNES Clas­sic, Nin­ten­do unfor­tu­nate­ly nev­er got around to shrink­ing down its oth­er con­soles. Now a YouTu­ber by the name of Mad­mor­da has stepped in to help with a ful­ly func­tion­ing minia­ture Nin­ten­do Game­Cube. It fea­tures four work­ing con­troller ports, draws pow­er over Micro USB, and there’s even a USB Type‑A port that can be used with the Wii U’s USB Game­Cube adapter.

Rather than using a Rasp­ber­ry Pi or oth­er mini com­put­er to emu­late the con­sole, Mad­mor­da instead used a cir­cuit board har­vest­ed from a Wii, heav­i­ly mod­i­fied to get it to fit inside the tiny plas­tic can­dy box they used as a case. The Wii’s CPU and GPU are basi­cal­ly faster, small­er, more pow­er-effi­cient ver­sions of the GameCube’s, which makes the hard­ware ful­ly com­pat­i­ble and bet­ter suit­ed for these types of mods.

The con­sole out­puts com­pos­ite video over a 3.5mm con­nec­tor, and the con­trollers also con­nect over 3.5mm jacks. Although it works with full-size orig­i­nal Game­Cube con­trollers, either with a 3.5mm or USB adapter, Mad­mor­da also recent­ly pro­duced a ful­ly func­tion­ing mini Game­Cube pad. It’s so small that it looks almost impos­si­ble to use, but you can’t fault her ded­i­ca­tion.

From the func­tion­ing orange LED on the top of the con­sole to the minia­ture pow­er but­ton, the Game­Cube mod looks every bit as authen­tic as Nintendo’s own clas­sic edi­tion con­soles. Now that the com­pa­ny seems to be done with its own retro re-releas­es it’s nice to see the com­mu­ni­ty step up with fan­tas­tic DIY efforts like these. You can read about how Mad­mor­da put the mod togeth­er over on the Bit­Built forums.

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