Project Unity: The Ultimate Machine For Retro Gamers



Pokemon on the Game Boy or the original Super Mario from the NES ― we all dreamt of playing with the ease of one single console. It was a dream until recently when a hardware modder known as “Bacteria” created a truly distinct mod combining 15 consoles that is able to play games from 18 different platforms (due to some consoles offering backwards compatibility, i.e. PS2, Atari 7800 and Game Boy Advance. It includes classics such as the SNES which truly makes it a dream for retro gamers willing to experience the classics.

The hardware modder discourages emulators as he thinks that they’re only counterfeits, playing on original hardware gives the proper experience and thrill required for a game. All the hardware used is either out of the original console or custom-built like the 16 position plug.

Amstrad GX4000, Sega Master System, Atari 7800, ColecoVision, Intellivision, Sega Megadrive, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Entertainment System, Game Boy Advance, NeoGeo MVS, Nintendo GameCube, Sega Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, and PlayStation 2 are the consoles included in the monstrous machine.

Bacteria said that the original Xbox by Microsoft wasn’t included because of the large amount of space it requires along with the work that needs to be done to fit in the bulky machine. He argued that it would drastically increase the amperage. Moreover,  he said that he wasn’t even interested in the games offered by Xbox, so there was no point in doing the extra work.

The machine unifies multiple consoles, uses one power supply and shows video on one main display. One master controller is used to play the games, with technology from all the different controllers packed in custom-made NES cartridges. The advantage of this is that there is no cluttering in wires ― a frequent complaint from almost all retro gamers.

All this convenience does come with a big price tag as it is a very big and hideous machine. The master controller isn’t the prettiest either, but the power in it makes up for it all.

The project took about 3500 hours to complete, which were spread over three years, with a cost of about $1030 in parts. Although it is not available for sale, Bacteria has given a detailed guide on his site, made-by-bacteria.com for anyone willing to build their own version of the machine.

This man’s continuous hard work and effort must truly be appreciated by fellow hardware modders. The masses will definitely benefit from this project, especially if they’re into classics and retro gaming.

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