Well, I have been scrounging around the forums a bit and trying to get an SNES portable to be commissioned for me, but I don't think it's going to happen, so I am excited about making my own!
I will be buying Ben Heck's book soon if that will give me an understanding of the core of the system. I'll be using an SNES mini, or SNES2, whatever you want to call it, because I want 100% full compatibility all the time.
Besides Ben's book, can anyone suggest a build log or anything that describes all the parts and pieces on the SNES mini's board and such? I was hoping to use a ZN-40 if it would fit in that, if not, what case should I use? I want at least a PSOne screen or something that size in it, and I want the controls to feel like it's the same as playing with an SNES controller, or VERY close to it, with no strain on the hands, etc.
If anyone could lead me in the right direction with some links, advice, etc., I would be greatly appreciated.
I have been sifting through lots of builds on here, but most are just pictures with no internals or at least no explanation of the internals, so any help with finding something to look at would be greatly appreciated.
Has anything like what I'm attempting been made outside of the standard "CNC" or "hand-built" Ben Heck cases? (using the mini and not duo, twin, etc.)
Life of Brian's SNES portables (the black one and white one both made with the ZN-40 case) are my ideal SNESp, but I dunno if that's possible with an SNES mini, because I think he used a Retro Duo (correct?).
Life of Brian only used the retro duo for his contest piece. both of his zn-40 snesps were with snes minis. there's more than enough room to use the snes mini with the zn-40.
there isn't one specific thread that will have all the info you are looking for. for constructing a case using the zn-40, Life
threads, G-forces playmad
thread, and my handyduo
thread are great to go by. there are a few others who have used it (sharp sapphire
), but i don't remember how much detail they went into.
as for the electronics side, ben's book will tell you all you need to know. the 5" psone/zenith screen will fit perfectly fine in the zn-40 case as long as you led mod the screen and chop the top part of the board off. see one of the above threads for reference. and you can use the original snes controller. just hack it apart and put it in the case.
hope this helps some!