MU student designs record-breaking console

Photo courtesy of Andy Miller.

David Brubaker
Staff Writer

Millersville student Andy Miller made his mark on history the other day when he broke an unofficial world record by rethinking one of Nintendo’s most historically popular video game consoles.

Miller, a dual major in robotics and control systems, as well as entertainment technology. created the world’s smallest portable model of the all-too-popular Nintendo 64, using all parts from the original console. Miller’s newest version—he calls it the 64 Boy Micro—is just one of many he has made in recent years, all of which are conveniently portable and run original games used with the Nintendo 64 console.

Miller’s Micro gives the player the intended feel of playing a console game while providing a more stable platform that comes with them. And for anyone who has ever owned a Nintendo 64, you still get to blow on the game cartridge to make it work.

This groundbreaking model is nothing new to Andy Miller, however. The self-taught modder began when he was 10 by making simple additions to Gameboys that included custom backlighting and controls.

Miller continued onto making portable versions of Nintendo consoles including Gamecube, Genesis, SNES, and multiple other Nintendo 64s by the time he was 14. Since the creation of the 64 Boy Micro Miller stated, “making the [physical] case for it was the hardest part.” However, with his experience in 3D printing and the recent availability of a 3D printer in the McNairy Library the problem will likely become one of the past.

Andy Miller is an entrepreneur in Retro-portable gaming and now with the experience and tools to succeed, his goal is to create a third-party business associated with Nintendo to hopefully market his line of 64 Boys.