Here’s how this Wii U console emulates a PC

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

A modder managed to make his Wii U console emulate a PC. The modder goes by the name Banjo Kazooie, and he posted his work on Sudomod.

Some of you may already be familiar with what he does considering the fact that he posted a RetroPie Wii U mod. That time, he concocted his very own RetroPie console from the husk of a Wii U controller, and this was an original demonstration of how you can recycle hardware to a perfectly suited purpose.

He then used an original shell for his build, but in case you have a broken controller in your drawer, or if some of your friends have one, you can also use it. He used a Raspberry Pi 3 for this operation featuring a 6.5-inch display, a Teensy 2.0 setup for the inputs, dual 3400 mAh batteries, a headphone jack, an external SD card slot and lots of hard work on the power supply circuit. Initially, he just wanted to check out if his idea was possible, and it all ended up working beautifully after three months of work.

This Wii U console emulates a PC

Now, back to his latest project. For this one, 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 has a Bluetooth connection, Wi-Fi support and it can monitor battery life. It features LED joysticks for good measure, as well.

He loaded the modded Wii U with Windows 10, and then he installed Cemu which is a Wii U emulator. As a result, he could use the Wii U as a handled PC, and at the same time, the device also retained its original functionality. The utility of this concoction depends on what you plan on doing with a Windows 10 handheld.

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