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As always, the finished product goes first. The system is a XChip modded xbox running XBMC. Has 4,000 games backedup on it (Coinops-NES, Atari 2600, N64, PS1, Arcade games and everything inbetween. Including some PC game ports as well as backed up Xbox games with custom maps and features). But, there's a twist. It can use original, unmodified NES controllers. And full SNES controllers with a simple SNES>NES adapter (Fun fact, they have the same contacts, just different plugs). This is designed to be a very long lasting Xbox. It runs under 100 degrees Fahrenheit and everything is plug n play so if I need to change the motherboard or PSU out its as easy as Legos. And as always, the unit is designed to be used by strangers at large events when its not sitting in front of my own TV, so its built quite rugged. For the case I went to eBay and simply searched "aluminum enclosure" until I found something I liked. When it arrived, it looked something like below. Then I used a drill press to slowly and methodically drill out the holes I wanted, then I filed them down. Luckily I no longer have to do this method for my consoles as I found someone who can reliably mill my holes out for me. While this method worked, its missing that final 5% that really makes you go "wow". For the NES ports, I used a microcontroller to imitate the OG xbox controller and let me use unmodified NES controllers instead. To switch between the NES and Xbox controllers, you just have to push the button next to the controller port, its that simple. I have adapters to allow me to use SNES controllers as well. Luckily its just a physical difference for the plug, like having a USB-mini to USB micro adapter. While I like the duke controller, I can now use more simple controllers for games that dont required joysticks. While its tempting to have my new contact professionally remake a front bezel for me to really polish it off, I would rather that money go toward a new project.
Nintendo has successfully brought down two websites that were hosting old Nintendo Roms for Nes ans SNes games. It seems this may be in part to Nintendo wanting to clear competition for a planned release of official retro roms for their current console. I can see it from their point ( I used to work for them in the 90's) but as the games mostly in question are in some cases approaching 30 years old, you have to ask why. They already made millions back in the day, the retro rom market cant be that lucrative surely. I know 80's and 90's retro is cool but a lot of the retro rom market is a nostagia thing for us old farts who were there when it was current, and want to remember our spotty teenage years. Link below for a more indepth report. https://www.polygon.com/2018/7/22/17600008/nintendo-roms-lawsuit-cease-desist
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