We love our games and consoles, but there’s a big world that lies beyond the product you pull out of the box. Your console is capable of so much more than you may realise. Here are our top 10 video game hacks and DIY projects to prove it.
10. Hack Your Wii For Homebrew
9. Repurpose Your Old NES System And Games
8. Turn An Old Controller Into A USB Gamepad
If you’re playing old emulated games on your computer, you need a gamepad. While there are a lot of cheap and not-so-cheap knock-offs of retro controllers available for your desktop or laptop, they generally don’t feel the same. They’re not made as well as the real deal and sometimes the buttons are really stiff. Basically, they’re not like mum used to make. If you want a really solid controller, stick with what you know works and turn an old controller into a USB gamepad.[imgclear]
7. Control Your Computer With A Wiimote
6. Back Up Your Wii Games To An External Hard Drive
5. Create A Netbook Arcade
4. Hack Your Nintendo DS For Single-Cartridge Gaming
3. Retro Games on Your Mobile Device
We’ve shown you how to put Super Nintendo games on your iPad, which is a process that works for pretty much any jailbroken iOS device. If you’re on Android, you can also download apps like SNesoid and Nesoid for retro game emulation. I think this is a wonderful direction for retro games, and one of the best places for them. I love playing SNES on my iPad. In fact, I’m convinced that the iPad may just be a $600+ piece of crap without an SNES on it. Okay, maybe that’s taking it a little far, but it’s pretty much all I use my iPad for any more. It’s nostalgia just one tap away.[imgclear]
2. Install XBMC On Your Old Xbox (Or Whatever)
1. Turn Your XBMC Media Centre Into A Video Game Console
Got any great gaming hacks or DIY projects that you love? Share ’em in the comments!