If you follow me on Mastodon, you’re probably aware that I’m a bit of a Super Smash Bros. Melee fan. Someone in my Discord went so far as to call me a “Melee head.” It makes sense; there’s rarely a day that goes by without me playing a few singles or doubles matches. Melee is one of those games where it’s not only played for fun; my mind feels sharper, more focused.
We already know the Steam Deck can handle GameCube and Wii games through emulation quite nicely. But notice that keyword: emulation. Well, someone by the name of GingerOfOz took the liberty of taking apart a Wii to get access to the motherboard, trimmed out a tiny section of it, 3D-printed some case parts, a few circuit boards, and tiny GameCube-style buttons, then crammed all the parts together with batteries inside a tiny chassis that resembles closely to the Game Boy Advance SP.