There’s a huge scene online invested in modding and recreating Nintendo’s past systems in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways, and the latest video doing the rounds is a “Wii XL” project. Yes, move aside 3DS XL, because there’s a new and much bigger system on the block.
Modder and YouTuber Jon Bringus (Bringus Studios) thought the Wii “could be improved” by simply making it bigger. The end result is a system that’s apparently “12 times larger by volume” than the original model and is fully functional – meaning it can still play both Wii and GameCube titles. It also comes with some improvements such as HDMI support.
Here’s a bit about it from the creator:
“It’s approximately a 2:3 to 1 scale model of the Wii and 12 times larger by volume. Since there’s a regular Wii inside of it, you can do everything a Wii can with this thing, that includes reading game discs, plugging in GameCube controllers and memory cards, and using USB devices. Every button of the Wii is accessible from the front panel. Power and reset are their own buttons that go right to the actual buttons on the Wii and by flipping down the SD card door you can have access to the SD card as well as the eject button.
“Admittedly access to the sync button was a bit of an afterthought, and the best way to get to it is just to poke it from the DVD slot. To keep things simple there’s no sensor bar port, a wireless battery-powered sensor bar can be used instead. Inside there’s a Wii HDMI adapter that can scale the Wii all the way up to 1080p for use on modern displays, sorry no CRT compatibility here.”