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My wii's bigger than yours ... (Wii mod)


#1 TsaebehT   far from god CAGiversary!   1699 Posts   Joined 18.0 Years Ago  

Posted 30 January 2007 - 11:08 PM

Update: 9-20-07 I've ordered some samples of various kinds of acrylic, white, mirror, carbon fiber, etc. I have to run a few tests and "work" with it until I feel comfortable enough to actually order the material to make a few of these. My intentions are to make a lot of about 4 - 6 white ones in the next couple months and put them on ebay. If everything goes well then I might branch off into other colors, maybe even a mirrored ones. I'd like to get a black case for my Wii, like the Shockii & Chuckii and then make a black one of these for myself.

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Update: 9-7-07 Ok, I've found a decent place to get the GC parts. I'm working on a newer design at the moment, possibly a little shorter than the original and made out of white acrylic so I won't have to paint and sand. I really think I'm going to lose the LEDs though. My main problem at the moment is all the epoxy adhesives I have won't stick to acrylic, so I have to find an alternative to keep the ports in place. Ok, now before I drop a nice lump sum on acrylic sheets, adhesives, tools and other crap I have no other use for, I need to know if the few people who have been saying they want one ... actually want one. I'm estimating my cost at around $30 ea. and if I ebay & paypal them I can't see making any money for my time and labor for anything >$40. I just have to be sure that these will actually sell at $50+ before I spend money I don't have on supplies. Just let me know what you guys think. Thanks

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Ok, I just want to thank everyone for their comments. Some of them made posting this worthwhile, while others were just plain :censored: :dunce: ... yeah ok w/e. Anyway there seems to be alot of buzz about why I made this and that the all glorious wavebird would have been a better path to redemption. Well this whole project started as sketches here and there ever since I found out where the controller ports were located. I even wanted to move the memory card slots up front but I didn't have a dead 'cube for the parts.

Why did I make this? I wanted the controller ports up front, I wanted extra weight so it won't come flying out of my entertainment center if a cord gets yanked, and my Wii was so small next to my xbox and ps2 that I was getting an Inferiority complex. aarrgghh. the e-mail made me do it!

Why did you want the controller ports up front? I guess it all has to do with where I'm putting my Wii. If my Wii is standing up ... umm vertically I can't get to the ports and if my Wii is laying down umm horizontally I can't get to them either. Now someone on digg said "Since he's got the Wii in the horizontal position anyway he could of just rotated it 90 degrees in the counterclockwise direction" ... well then my wii would be spitting discs at my xbox and that's not going to happen.

Why not just use wavebirds? Have you seen how ugly 4 of those things sticking out of the side are? Besides I'm anti-wavebird ... Gamecube games were meant to rumble and even if I did want to use them I'm too cheap to buy them. We're all CAG remember?? :lol:

If 4 Wavebirds fell from the heavens would you use them? ... umm. Maybe just in the name of modding. I could always hard wire them internally (in the case) and still use ports up front for wired controllers.

For those of you who've either expressed interest or have pm'ed me about getting one of these. I'm seriously thinking about doing a small run of them but I'll have to get materials and the proper tools as most of the holes were dremeled to fit, which is too much work.

when I get a chance I'll do a write up on the process ...

It took a few weeks but it’s finally finished ...

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here’s some shots of the process ...

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Digg this!


MOD Note: Before you criticize or scream "Wavebird" remember that not all GC games used the standard controller (Donkey Konga). - DaPhatty

#2 DT778   number 1 on the westside CAGiversary!   10559 Posts   Joined 18.6 Years Ago  

Posted 30 January 2007 - 11:14 PM

nice.

#3 phatbunbao   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   612 Posts   Joined 17.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 30 January 2007 - 11:18 PM

did i miss something? u doubled the size just to move the controller ports to the front?

#4 R1V3R5   No Pussy McNeverSexes CAGiversary!   2500 Posts   Joined 18.4 Years Ago  

Posted 30 January 2007 - 11:20 PM

Color me impressed!

#5 Strell   LOBSTERS!....IN MY PANTS! CAGiversary!   26583 Posts   Joined 18.7 Years Ago  

Posted 30 January 2007 - 11:23 PM

Why.

#6 crystalklear64   Ded CAGiversary!   13619 Posts   Joined 18.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 30 January 2007 - 11:28 PM

The lights in the ports look cool, but you ruined the sexy :(

#7 magiic   DENNY CRANE! CAGiversary!   5728 Posts   Joined 15.6 Years Ago  

Posted 30 January 2007 - 11:28 PM

haha sweet deal

#8 Jedi1979   Mobster Kitties! CAGiversary!   3311 Posts   Joined 16.9 Years Ago  

Posted 30 January 2007 - 11:29 PM

can you use the wavebirds with that?

#9 AlbinoNinja   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2607 Posts   Joined 18.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 30 January 2007 - 11:29 PM

Why.

why, for the jokes, of course...

:lol: ...heehee, wii :lol:

#10 Purple Flames   MC Sucka DJ CAGiversary!   5776 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 30 January 2007 - 11:54 PM

Not bad, and all you had to do was void your warranty ;)

#11 alongx   Soy loco por el Cornball CAGiversary!   4889 Posts   Joined 18.6 Years Ago  

Posted 30 January 2007 - 11:56 PM

Congratulations on making your Wii hideous.

#12 Mojimbo   Ashes to Ashes CAGiversary!   19630 Posts   Joined 18.6 Years Ago  

Posted 31 January 2007 - 12:10 AM

Eh, that's actually pretty cool, I'd probably buy one if it was $20 or less and it had a couple of other functions so it would make the added bulk worthwhile. I don't see how it would void your warranty since it doesn't touch the internal parts of the Wii, unless third party controller extensions void it.

#13 Puffa469   is too Pro Shops CAGiversary!   6105 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

Posted 31 January 2007 - 12:21 AM

nice fab work on that box.

and I dont believe anything youve done would void your warranty.

#14 TsaebehT   far from god CAGiversary!   1699 Posts   Joined 18.0 Years Ago  

Posted 31 January 2007 - 12:57 AM

Eh, that's actually pretty cool, I'd probably buy one if it was $20 or less and it had a couple of other functions so it would make the added bulk worthwhile.


I'm hoping that in time Nintendo will either release or support an external hard drive (usb) and I can put it in the space in the back.

#15 I-heart-fatwallet   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   21 Posts   Joined 15.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 01:17 AM

Very nice.

I am working on designing my own wii housing at the moment, and one of the features will be to move the gamecube ports to the front. Actually I am thinking of passing 2 to the front, and 2 to the rear. The rears I will use to run long cables to a hook up box near the couch.

#16 rufio2004nfg   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   127 Posts   Joined 18.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 01:45 AM

Yeah this seems like a big waste of time and money. But if you really need your controller ports to be in the front... then congratulations.

#17 .JPG   ^ Save them CAGiversary!   983 Posts   Joined 16.9 Years Ago  

Posted 31 January 2007 - 01:51 AM

Nice work :)

If you are using Wavebirds, this seems a little unneccessary. But, if you are still using corded controllers, this does seem like a slightly cool feature. It makes the Wii more of a home console and helps it from tipping.

#18 CheapyD   Head Cheap Ass Administrators   18186 Posts   Joined 19.2 Years Ago  

Posted 31 January 2007 - 01:54 AM

Nice job...definitely front page material.
I submitted the front page version to digg so it shouldnt crash the server.

DIGG IT!

#19 crazytalkx   Yes!! CAGiversary!   5590 Posts   Joined 18.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:01 AM

did i miss something? u doubled the size just to move the controller ports to the front?


:rofl:

#20 VAD3R or Fro   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   726 Posts   Joined 16.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:02 AM

Its a pretty awesome mod. But it kinda looks ruins the look of the Wii sort of. However its great if you want your console vertical while having the wired controllers plugged in without worrying about it falling over.

#21 ZForce915   Group hug! CAGiversary!   6518 Posts   Joined 18.9 Years Ago  

Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:05 AM

I'm impressed. It is really awesome that you wanted your Wii to do something different and were able to make it happen. Well done.

#22 gmoney1234567890   Captain Canuck CAGiversary!   854 Posts   Joined 18.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:23 AM

Neat, but Id still rather just buy a wavebird to play it then doubling the wii's size.

#23 Karyyk   Brooding Insomniac CAGiversary!   376 Posts   Joined 18.6 Years Ago  

Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:26 AM

Good job man, almost looks (Panasonic) Q-like. The LED's are a nice touch. I'd actually want something like this, because the way I have my Wii set-up, putting Gamecube controllers and memory cards in is a major pain (I have to lay it horizontally).

#24 daphatty   15 Years Already?! CAGiversary!   6700 Posts   Joined 18.5 Years Ago  

Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:36 AM

You know, I actually like this mod. It is very practical and you made an effort to keep the aesthetics as neat as possible. Best of all, it shouldn't void the warranty. Good work.

And to the thread crappers - keep your negativity to yourself. You are not welcome here.

#25 DeathDealer   KillerStephen CAGiversary!   817 Posts   Joined 16.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:36 AM

Fuck all these people trying to talk shit man. Its awesome. Nice job.

#26 weevles   No. CAGiversary!   17510 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:36 AM

Ha, great job! To those haters and threadcrappers who think your mod is "ugly"---Fuck 'em! I think the blue leds behind the ports are nice touch.

I know these mods are more about personalization and hobby than giving a shit about what other people think, so kudos to you on taking the time to make this and share it with the CAG populace. It's definitely not as amateur-looking as some folks in this thread are trying to make it out to be.

#27 Darkside Hazuki   Inextinguishable. CAGiversary!   1295 Posts   Joined 17.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:37 AM

Splendid work. I don't know where all the hate is coming from.
You wanted controller ports in the front, and you've got 'em. AND they glow blue.

Bravo to you, sir. :applause:

#28 youruglyclone   Last Man in Userplane CAGiversary!   1228 Posts   Joined 18.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:37 AM

nice! any chance for a write up?

#29 aoLat   In West Clowndelphia... CAGiversary!   1488 Posts   Joined 17.5 Years Ago  

Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:37 AM

So.. the ports are blue and in the front now?

#30 mykevermin   Queen of Scotland CAGiversary!   37011 Posts   Joined 18.0 Years Ago  

Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:38 AM

To reiterate what others have said:

dayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyummmmmm! :applause:

You ought to post instructions, of course. The photos are telling, but locating parts would be nice as well.