Hacked Wii U pulls double duty as a PC and console

Have you ever peered into parallel mirrors and gazed at a reflection of a refection that appears to go on forever? That's what came to mind when I read about a modder who made his Wii U console emulate a PC, which he then used to emulate a PC.

The modder, who goes by Banjo Kazooie, posted his concoction on Sudomod. You may already be familiar with his work, such as the time he posted a RetroPie Wii U mod. For this latest project, he used an Intel Compute stick with an Intel m5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, and a 2K LCD touch display. It also features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support, and can monitor battery life. There's even LED joysticks for good measure.

According to Hackaday, he loaded the modded Wii U with Windows 10 and then installed Cemu, a Wii U emulator. In doing so, he is able to use the Wii U as a handheld PC while still retaining its original functionality. It's pretty clever, though it's utility depends on what you would do with a Windows 10 handheld.

In the video below, you can see Banjo Kazooie booting into Windows 10, then firing up New Super Mario Bros. U before returning to Windows and powering down the modded Wii U.

Paul Lilly

Paul has been playing PC games and raking his knuckles on computer hardware since the Commodore 64. He does not have any tattoos, but thinks it would be cool to get one that reads LOAD"*",8,1. In his off time, he rides motorcycles and wrestles alligators (only one of those is true).