Granted, this hack doesn’t play carts. It relies on the games already burned into the Nintendo-on-a-chip setup that powers the whole thing. The creator adds that it wasn’t a very difficult hack – most of the work was in positioning the innards just to right to fit inside the old NES cart.
Kyle Downes of Ultra Awesome blog made a giant NES controller coffee table/storage place. What’s so neat about it is that the controller actually works! (Imagine hitting a 3.5 inch / 90 mm wide A and B buttons repeatedly, you can get wrist cramps for that …)
All right, we’ll admit that headline is a little inaccurate. The heavily modified Super Mario Bros. cart shown above actually plays Japanese Famicom carts (like the not-at-all-bootleg Super Bros. 5), not the slightly larger American NES carts. Semantics aside, we’re sure you’ll share our sense of awe at the accomplishment of fitting an entire video game system into what, at one point, was used to hold the data for a single game.
This 4-in-1 Atari 2600/NES/Genesis/Super NES combo system actually began its life sometime circa early 2002, and at the time it only consisted of a Sega Genesis/32X and Super NES. Soon after accidentally destroying the 32X (no big loss) and moving to the smaller Genesis 3 board, I decided to throw an NES into the mix, making it a 3-in-1 system. It went through a few redesigns before I finally chose to go all out and add the Atari as well since i’d already spent so much time on it. I worked on it on and off for several years (taking sanity breaks for several months at a time) and finally have a finished machine to show you!