Jul 19 2011

Gamer’s storage

Well, like most geeks, I’m not content with just one computer or one console, or even a relatively normal amount of storage…

For this project, I decided to do something about the bland, boring, black case that housed the 250GB of storage that I had stuck in the back of my Wii and Xbox 360. I bounce it between the two for random bits of data storage that’s just related to them, (so as to keep it off my network) so it had to be a gaming theme!

I have always been, and always will be, a huge fan of Nintendo! I know it’s odd, I know I shouldn’t admit it in public, but hey, I’m out and proud; I love Nintendo! I was raised with them, or by them, either way you could say it’s a big part of who I am. So naturally I needed something Nintendo themed really.

My game of choice, the one that really got me into gaming, was Super Metroid; so I felt it just had to be that game, if it would work. I thought it was about right in size to be able to fit a 2.5″ hard drive into a SNES cartridge so I managed to grab a copy of the game from a local electronics shop.

The game in question

I discovered that the drive & controller board, are almost, exactly the right size to fit inside a SNES cartridge. On further inspection, after the picture below, I discovered it was designed with exactly this in mind. I’m pretty sure that time travel was involved and that Nintendo had this as a plan from the start…which means I must get to work on getting both a job at Nintendo 25 years ago and a time machine…I suspect the one I’m building should be ready around 1976!

After cracking open the cartridge

With some expertly honed skill (if I do say so myself), a steady artisan’s hand, and a nicely sharp Stanley knife (that’s a bit like an X-Acto knife for people who know how to correctly spell “colour”) I trimmed out the framework that normally holds the game circuit, carved a couple of holes for the LED and plug, then put it all back together. Pics below!

Now, she’s sitting pride of place next to my Wii, simply pointing out just how much of a geek one guy can be!