GC - Lynx: Portable Gamecube Hacked Into An Atari Lynx Case

GC-Lynx-Gamecube-PortableHave you ever looked at an Atari Lynx and thought another console would run better in its case? Well, one hardware hacker saw plenty of potential in the fabled handheld to harbour a Nintendo Gamecube instead. What appears to be the most far-fetched idea ever ends up producing one of the most beautiful portables you'll ever see - the GC - Lynx.

Starting back in September 2012, Akira of the Bacman forums has been slowly re-sculpting the Atari Lynx into his dream console. Starting out with gutting the system and removing the original handheld, this hardware hacker showcases the countless steps needed to create the GC - Lynx in his latest YouTube video.

By the time the paint hits the outer case and the Gamecube controls begin to pop through, the sleekness and desirability of this modification become apparent - and if you're anything like us, you'll be lusting after this one of a kind unit.

In order to fit the Nintendo Gamecube inside an Atari Lynx case, some unconventional adjustments were needed. These tweaks mostly related to the optical drive, which if it were to be included, would make the Atari Lynx even bigger than it already is. Instead, Akira made use of the WiiKey Fusion modchip which allows the Gamecube's disc drive to be replaced with SD Cards containing game discs.

Towards the end of the video demonstration of the GC - Lynx various Gamecube classics are shown running on the handheld including the likes of F-Zero GX and Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. Needless to say they look incredible packed into another retro handheld.

GC - Lynx (Gamecube Portable)

GC - Lynx Specifications

  • Case made out of an Atari Lynx 2 console, shape preserved as much as possible
  • Retro GameCube blue/purple look paint job with glossy finish
  • GameCube pal motherboard inside
  • Very silent IBM fan, heavily modified for optimal airflow
  • All original Nintendo controls and sticks
  • Full analog trigger (L and R buttons)
  • 4.3 Inch widescreen VGA Screen 480 x 272 Resolution
  • Original Nintendo Component video chip wired to produce VGA out
  • Shielded Composite video wire to reduce interference.
  • Wiikey Fusion modchip flashed with Swiss Autoboot firmware
  • 6400 mAH batteries, 3 hours gameplay
  • Battery Indicator with 5 leds to see how much power is left
  • 128 MB Memorycard soldered directly onto the motherboard (GameCube slot-A)
  • SD Gecko adapter to run homebrew and emulators through Swiss (GameCube slot-B)
  • Stereo sound speakers, Used 2x iPhone 4 speakers for very clear sound
  • Switching Stereo headphone jack
  • Analog volume control
  • Video controls to access display menu and switch between AV (composite) and VGA Display
  • System can play from wall socket while being charged (comes with charger and power adapter
  • Weight about 700 gram
  • Size (w) 235mm x (h)114mm x (d)50mm or 9.25"(w) x 4.5"(h) x 2"(d)
  • Comes with 1 x 64GB SD card for GameCube games (wasp fusion slot) and 1 x 32GB for Homebrew, Games and Emulators (GameCube Slot-B)

Link: GC - Lynx Progress Thread at Bacman Forums

Last Updated ( 22 June 2014 )  


Better known as Adam offline, Cauterize is one of RetroCollect's final bosses with an unhealthy addiction to pixels. When he's not out searching the web for the latest retro gaming news or creating content for RetroCollect, he'll will most likely be found working on his Sensible Soccer skills.

Other recent articles:


(Link to this comment) The Laird 2014-06-22 11:55
Possibly the most horrific thing I have ever seen in my entire life :-x
(Link to this comment) Sato 2014-06-23 15:46
What's horrific about it? It's certainly a technical triumph :P
(Link to this comment) Turkish 2014-06-23 04:21
...But still not as bad as the N64 controller. (shudder) :-D
(Link to this comment) xDragonWarrior 2014-06-27 16:04
The N64 controller is not that bad.It gave developers 2 ways to make the controls for their game.
(Link to this comment) Speedle 2014-06-24 08:54
That's awesome if you ask me! Bloody clever chap!
(Link to this comment) LDman95 2014-06-24 21:25
Not even the 3DS could do this

Retro Game Database Search

Retro Gaming Podcast

Join the RetroCollect Squad as they discuss our gaming past in the all new RetroCollect FM - Retro Gaming Podcast.

Retro Games on eBay now

About RetroCollect

RetroCollect is your one stop for everything retro games and retro gaming. Featuring the latest classic gaming news around, informative reviews and an ever active forum, you'll feel right at home with other retro gamers.

RetroCollect FM - Retro Gaming Podcast

Join the RetroCollect Squad as they talk their way through the wonderful world of retro gaming.

Listen to RetroCollect FM - Retro Gaming Podcast

Join RetroCollect on the web