After nearly a year of planning. And off trial and error. I'm glad to say that the Helix Duo HDNES-001 NES Hybrid game console is nearing completion. The last item on the to do list is the easiest, installing the headphone jacks and bass, treble, and volume controls. Unfortunatly I'm stuck waiting for the necessary parts I need to finish. However once the parts arrive completion will not be far behind.
I spent a lot of time carefully planning this mod. Over the years I've see tons of console mods. Many of them modded nes's. Many of them were done very well. But far to many were done very poorly. With huge holes carved out of the case. And knobs and switches sticking out of every side of it including the front. I always thought there had to be a better way to do it. A cleaner way. So starting from the beginning my plan was to do the cleanest NES mod I could. To do a mod with as few visible changes as possible. And thats what I did. From the outside there are only 3 visible but cleverly disguised modifications. The fiber optics strands that display the charge level of the battery pack. The small slot cut into into the black strip just above the controller ports to alow acess to the micro sd card(which is also black). And the volume sliders. The rca sockets are still in the same place and still function to provide AV outputs for both the NES motherboard and for the computer. The original power input jack is still there. However it's purpose is to now charge the internal battery pack. The battery pack is what now powers the NES motherboard and the computer (with overy 12hrs of run time). The power and reset buttons still provide power and reset to the nes motherboard. The computer is turned on by remote control so there was no need for a separate button for it. If you open the door to the cartridge slot. All you see is the slot. Even looking into it you can't see any mods.
It took a lot of time to plan and exceute. But I think the end product speaks for itself. And was well worth the time and effort. Below is the more detailed description of it. As well as a list of all the features and some pictures of the HDNES-001. Now that this one is complete on to developing the HDSNS-001 (Super Nintendo Hybrid Console)
A fully functioning 8 bit Nes. You can still use the original nes cartridges, Controllers & zapper.
A computer that runs an operating system with nearly 30,000 games for the following systems:
Sega master system
Sega game gear
Mame (arcade games)
Turbo grafix 16
The NES cartridge slot has been modified to act as both a cartridge slot and as a simple method to load Game roms onto the HDNES-001's internal storage(the HDNES-002 Docking station & HDNES-004 Super Mario Bros - Duck Hunt / Game rom transfer cartridge is required to transfer Game roms to the internal storage)
HDNES-002 Is a usb docking station designed for the HDNES-004 Hybrid game rom transfer cartridge. When plugged into a usb port on your computer you can load Game roms onto the HDNES-004 Hybrid cartridge. Once games are loaded onto the transfer cartridge you simply insert it into the NES cartridge slot and turn on the HDNES-001's computer. From here the rest of the process is automated. Once the Activity light on the HDNES-004 transfer cartridge stops blinking the transfer is complete.
HDNES-003 is an adapter that turns the left NES controller port (controller port 1) into a usb port. This adapter is used for connectiong USB peripherals ( keyboards and wired controllers) It is also used to pair wireless PS3 controllers to your HDNES-001 system.
HDNES-004 is a hybrid nes cartridge that Fucntions as both the Original NES Super Mario Bros - Duck Hunt game as well as a simple method for transferring Game roms to the HDNES-001's internal storage.
The emulation system uses wireless PS3 controllers to play all of the emulated games.
It is bluetooth enabled for use with Bluetooth headphones or wirelessly connecting to your home entertainment system or cars audio system..
2 standard headphone jacks for regular corded headphones.( can be used during long road trips where the driver doesn't want to hear mario's dissapointment in finding out the princess is in another castle for 12hrs)
Built in volume control for headphones as well as the ability to adjust the bass and treble indepently.
The Original NES has been modded to output stereo sound instead of mono.
The HDNES-001 can be programmed to turned on and off by any IR remote control (setup required)
The HDNES-001 has been wired in a way so the it only needs one set of cables to connect both systems to your tv.
Seperate Power indicators lights for each system. The original NES power light turns red while the HDNES-001 is in NES mode. While in computer mode the original NES light turns blue.
Fiber optics strands display the charge level of the internal battery.
Just in case your eyes glazed over while reading the previous sentence. The HDNES-001 is Battery powered. Yes you read that right. The HDNES-001 is portable. you can pause a game unplug it from the tv and move it to another room without turning it off. You can also plug it into nearly all Automobile entertainment displays. The allows the HDNES-001 to provide over 12 hours of entertainment on one charge. This will help keep the kids both young and old occupied during those long road trips.
The HDNES-001 can be charged by plugging it into any standard wall outlet. However it also comes with a car charger so you can keep the battery topped off while your busting some heads in Street Fighter 2 on the way to grandma's in Florida.