Top 10 Gaming Hacks And DIY Projects

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Top 10 Gaming Hacks And DIY Projects

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

hack it with SmashStackHere’s a pretty current listtons of homebrew emulators

9. Repurpose Your Old NES System And Games

mod one into a wireless routerturning your NES console into a DVD player

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

use a Wiimote to control your computer

6. Back Up Your Wii Games To An External Hard Drive

start backing up your Wii games so they’re playable from a hard drive

5. Create A Netbook Arcade

If you haven’t figured it out already, old retro games are awesome. The downside nowadays is that the emulated experience isn’t always as great as playing on your console or—better yet—an arcade machine. By now you may have also figured out that netbooks aren’t always so awesome, but they do make for a great arcade machine. That’s where the Nanocade comes in, which is essentially a netbook-based arcade cabinet. Not necessarily the simplest DIY project you could have, but it’s sure pretty awesome. Alternatively, you could build a Nintendo arcade instead.[imgclear]

4. Hack Your Nintendo DS For Single-Cartridge Gaming

hack your Nintendo DS(i) to easily backup and play all your games from a single cartridge
supercharge your homebrew-hacked Nintendo DS(i)

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)

ultimate XBMC start-to-finish guidea cheap nettopApple TV 2

1. Turn Your XBMC Media Centre Into A Video Game Console

turning 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!

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