The Game Boy Advance SP has always held a unique place in video game history. Nintendo’s decision to turn its follow-up to the Game Boy Advance into a clamshell was an instant hit, with unmatched portability and compact flair.
Modder StonedEdge has taken this now-classic design and turned it into an entirely new beast: the Wii SPii (h/t Retro Dodo). That’s what he’s calling his latest design, which squeezes an entire Wii console into the body of a clear-shelled Game Boy Advance SP.
If there’s any bad news here, it’s that you can’t buy one of these masterpieces for yourself. StonedEdge put tons of work into his creation and solicited help from other modders, which is probably more than we could manage, frankly. We’re not modders, and we don’t know any. We’ll just have to admire from afar.
Custom everything — There’s a reason StonedEdge’s Wii SPii is so impressive: he put 10 months of dedicated work into creating it. Each and every mechanism has been created just for this project, from the sand-blasted acrylic body to the 3.5-inch VGA panel to the power management system.
StonedEdge’s mode includes a USB-C port (a luxury never afforded to either the Wii or the GBA SP) and an SD card for up to 256GB of memory. In terms of controller input, he’s installed a directional pad, two squatty analog joysticks, ABXY buttons, and four pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons. All housed in that beautiful translucent case.
In terms of operating software, StonedEdge is utilizing software from BitBuilder, a popular modding community. The software includes controller configurations and tons of compatibility back-end for portable Wii and GameCube titles.
Wii to go — At first glance the idea of a Wii / Game Boy Advance SP hybrid sounds almost sacrilegious, an unholy Frankenstein’s monster of a gaming console. But the Wii library is, for the most part, unplayable on portable consoles — now StonedEdge can play both Wii and GameCube hits on the go.
Such a marvel of a mod is no small undertaking, but the Wii SPii’s full specs can be found in StonedEdge’s post on the BitBuilt forum here, if you want to delve into a serious modding project. His full year-long planning and building process can be found on the forum as well.