Hardware news He turns a Nintendo Wii into a Mac M1 mini and it works!
Published on 09/11/2022 at 16:45
If you’ve ever had fun playing the mad scientist, you know how much fun it is to completely create or repair an object that seems ultra complex to you. For once, an American videographer embarks on a crazy bet: that of transforming a Nintendo Wii into a Mac M1 Mini!
Nintendo Wi x Mac M1 Mini: a size problem…
The Nintendo Wii, or more commonly known as: Wii, is the most iconic Nintendo console of the 2000s. Indeed, the small Japanese craftsman stood out in 2006 with the release of a console based on motion gaming. While the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 fought each other to find out who has the biggest, the Wii has established itself as the favorite console of the youngest, but also of your grandmother. There are many games that have become cult like Wii Sports or Mario Kart 7 which was the first episode of many players.
For its part, Apple is developing its Mac Minis, small desktop computers that take advantage of all the knowledge of the Apple brand to embed very good processors in an extremely compact format.
But then, if we marry the two, what does it matter? This is the bet of videographer Luke Miani who quite simply tried to transform a Wii into a Mac M1 Mini. Obviously, there are many problems. By deboning the two beasts, the youtuber of course realized the difference in size between the two boxes. The solution ? We cut everything! Of course, the videographer is known for his excellent work with electronics, so he makes the decision to cut out the upper part of the Wii case so that all the components of the Mac Mini fit perfectly.
Second concern: energy consumption. Indeed, even if the two products share the same voltage, the electrical current must be transformed and adapted so that the Mac Mini M1 processor can draw maximum power. The videographer found a solution, using a Microsoft Surface charger to match the voltage of the Wii’s power port with the Mac Mini’s motherboard.
Of course, the Wii’s chassis is not suitable for the Mac Mini’s motherboard, so Luke Miani decides to use a homemade support 3D printed by himself. Unfortunately, he couldn’t reuse the fan from the Mac Mini, but opted for a small 12-volt fan which he then attached to the air vent of the Wii case.
MacOS doesn’t like changes…
After having had a problem with the power supply to make the processor work properly, the videographer is faced with another problem: connectivity. The concern is the following, it is necessary to succeed in making the connection between the peripherals and the operating system work.
The Mac Mini M1 needs three antennas to operate wireless devices. Fortunately, the youtuber quickly noticed that the original antenna of the Wii is exactly the same as that of the Mac, even though the console was released in 2006. The connection problem is therefore solved with this unexpected solution.
Finally, after assembling all these beautiful people, the videographer manages the feat of transforming a Nintendo Wii into a Mac Mini M1. The height of irony, Luke Miani ends his video by playing Mario Kart Wii in 4K with an emulator.