Sunday, April 21, 2013

Welcome to my newest electronics adventure!! The Millennium 64!

So I had a spare N64 laying around from my last build ( and I've been debating what to do with it for some time now. I ran across a post a few weeks ago of an N64 in the top of a Tie Fighter and I thought to myself: "I can do better than that" :) 

So If you haven't put it together yet, I'm going to be putting that N64 into a Millennium Falcon and chronicling my work on this blog. 

Here you can see the size comparison of the N64 Board with the Falcon

The Falcon with the upper half removed: I actually managed to get all the original lights and sounds working on it. It seemed a real shame to waste all that, so I rigged up a rather clever solution to keep the same feel and still get the end look I'm going for. More on that later, but suffice to say it will have light and sounds :)

This is the board with as little heat-sink as I feel comfortable removing, as well as all of the connectors removed to be wired remotely.
I intend to relocate the cartridge slot, the video output, 2 of the controller ports (who uses all four ports anyway? I never have lol), & internalize the power supply because I have that old brick thing and mine was already stripped out of the case because of my 'pi project. 

Here is where I'm stopping for tonight. This is the rough placement for where the board will end up and if you look to the right rear you can see the power supply is ready to roll, minus the cable to the wall. I'm still debating how to actually secure the board. I am weighing the pros and cons of screws vs hot glue. If any of you have a suggestion, please leave it in the comments section below. I have the wiring set for the lights, the power supply wires ready to attach to the main board, and the cartridge slot removed and prepped to start soldering all those pins. I am a little intimidated by the cartridge slot, if I'm being totally honest, there are 50 pins to attach wire to that are that close together. I'll do it, but it's gonna be a challenge.

I hope you all enjoy reading about this build as I much as I enjoy making it. I'll post more as I get it done!


  1. This is so cool. I cannot wait to see the whole process and finished product. Geeks unite!

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  3. Oh, that is so not fair, when I published my comment, it published both mine and Aprils twice, so then I deleted (1) of my comments, and it deleted it all. :(

    screws, you'll be happier in the long run and won't worry if it happens to see sun once in a while, plastic or metal gets hot in sunlight. imho I'd go with screws because I'm lazy and dont' like to do things twice. :)