Student makes a playable Wii in an Altoids tin

Screenshot: Shank Mods (YouTube)

In a project he describes “miserable to complete” over the course of a year, 23-year-old student Aden Shank made a Wii Portable in an Altoids tin. Cool? Certainly. Practical? Absolutely not. He calls it “the worst Wii Portable ever.” Still, “This is a REAL Wii, not an emulator, in an Altoids tin” he explains on his YouTube channel.

Shank inserted the circuitry of the games console inside a tin of Altoids, adding controls and a display to the front. Although the device can play any Wii game and can wirelessly connect Wii remotes, Shank admits that the device (which he affectionally named the Kill Mii) doesn’t work very well, and is “awful” to play.

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The whole project appears to have been an attempt by Shank just to see if could pull off the Altoids Wii, not for any realistic capacity. As he explains it on his work log: “This portable is not logical, comfortable, or practical. But it must be done... for the memes.” That we’re bringing this to your attention proves that he was successful... if anything, for the memes. [h/t independent.ie]

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