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G-Boy Rev 3

The G-Boy Rev 3 DIY Portable Kit was a kit of hardware that let purchasers take a stock Wii console and turn it into a handheld game console capable of playing all GameCube and Wii titles.

The G-Boy Rev 3 Kit was sold under the now defunct BitBuilt Store and is no longer available. This guide remains to support any kits that remain unbuilt and to act as a general guide on Wii portabilizing.

The original G-Boy Rev 3 Manual site can be accessed on the internet archive.

G-Boy Rev 3

Introduction

Included with the kit is everything you need to turn your Wii into a G-Boy save for a handful of things:

  • A stock Wii console
    • NOTE: The Wii console MUST be a RVL-CPU-40 or newer revision. Please check the Revision Guide on the BitBuilt Forums to check if your Wii will work for the G-Boy here: Wii Revision Identification Guide
  • 2 - 3.7V 18650 lithium-ion battery cells
  • A microSD card
  • NDSL A, B, X and Y buttons along with the D-pad and their respective membranes
  • The required tools such as soldering iron, screwdrivers, etc.
The part bags included with the G-Boy kit all come with labels that have 1:1 sized pictures of the boards and parts inlcuded with the kit so that you can easily identify the parts. This guide will also reference the names on the top right of these bags, so make sure to have them set aside in an orderly fashion for when you need them later.

Preparing Your Wii

The Wii destined to for use in your G-Boy must be trimmed. We recommend following the OMGWTF Trim Guide before continuing the G-Boy Rev 3 guide. Following the guide from start to finish is very important as it details both the software installation as well as the hardware modifications necessary before G-Boy assembly can be started.

NOTE: The Wii console MUST be a RVL-CPU-40 or newer revision. Please check the Revision Guide on the BitBuilt Forums to check if your Wii will work for the G-Boy here: Wii Revision Identification Guide

Preparing Your Wii

Installing the Shoulder Button Assembly

From the bag labeled "3D Printed Parts" take out both shoulder buttons along with the Z button.

Removed the G-Boy case from the protective bubble wrap sleeve, and then take only the back half. The front is unneeded and is best kept protected in the bubble wrap sleeve until required.

Take the shoulder button PCB out from the bag labeled "Controller PCB

Take 6 M2x4 screws from the bag labeled "Hardware" and place them aside.

  1. Place each of the shoulder buttons and the Z button in the back of the case as shown.
  2. Place the shoulder button PCB on top of the buttons previously inserted in the case, making note to align the PCB's mounting holes with the case's screw posts to properly align it.
  3. Once you're sure of the position of the PCB take one M2x4 screw and, using a bit of force for the first few rotations, drive the screw into the back housing. Be careful not to over tighten, as the threads can be stripped on the housing.
  4. Repeat for all 5 remaining mounting holes until the PCB is secured by the 6 M2x4 screws set aside earlier.
Test the Z and shoulder buttons, validating they function as expected. The shoulder buttons should have 2 "levels" of action and the Z button one. If one button gets stuck, it's possible there's an overhang in the case that may need to be cut to smooth the buttons travel.

Installing the USB-C PCB & Power Button

From the bag labeled "3D Printed Parts" grab the power button. Insert it into the back housing as shown in the image. Align the USB-C board as shown in the secondary image and give the button a press. Ensure that the click is satisfactory and that the button does not stick before proceeding as this will be difficult to adjust later.

Once you're happy with the way the power button feels it's time to secure the USB-C PD PCB to the back housing.

  1. Grab 3 M2x4 screws from the parts bag labeled "Hardware" and secure them as displayed in the 3rd photo.

Mounting the Power Management System (PMS)

From the parts bag labeled "RVL PMS" grab out the RVL PMS PCB. 

Next, from the bag labeled "Hardware", grab out 4 M2x4 screws.
  1. Position the PMS PCB as shown in the provided image, ensuring its orientation is correct.
  2. Secure the PCB using the 4 M2x4 screws we grabbed earlier. Don't over-thread the screws as the threads can break if too much force is applied.

Installing the Battery Clips

The battery clips, found in the parts bag labeled "RVL PMS" are used to hold the two 18650 lithium-ion battery cells that power the G-Boy in place. We'll need to install them in order to insert the batteries into the back housing in a later step.
  1. Remove the four clips from the parts bag
  2. Insert 2 of the clips in the top-most slots, as shown in the 2nd image
    • If you're having difficulty inserting the clips, use a pair of pliers to assist grabbing them while inserting
  3. The 2 bottom clips will require a slight modification to fit
    • Use a 2 pairs of pliers to slightly bend the corner of the battery clips so they no longer make contact with the G-Boy shell
    • You may alternatively hold the clips with a set of pliers and then cut the excess off with snips
  4. Insert the remaining 2 clips in the bottom slots
The clips, once inserted, should not make contact with the back of the housing. Bend/cut the clips further if they do. At this point your batteries should fit between the clips. If you choose to validate batteries fit, remove them before continuing - soldering and other work should not be performed around a voltage source.

Wiring the Battery Clips

In this step, we'll be adding some solder to the battery clips using a process called tinning, outlined below. Using your soldering iron and solder, we'll need to tin the battery clips in order to get our power wire to stick to the metal.
  1. Hold your soldering iron on the clip you're tinning for a moment. CAUTION: Holding your soldering iron too long on these clips will melt your housing plastic!
  2. Feed the solder onto the clip. As long as your iron is hot enough, the solder should flow onto the clip and begin pooling on top.
  3. Once you've got enough solder (use the images for reference) on the clip you can move onto the next one.
Repeat this process until all 4 clips are tinned.

The RVL-PMS requires batteries to be wired in parallel, meaning each battery's B+ must be wired together, and the same for B-. 22 AWG wire must be used to achieve this in order to handle the current that will flow through it. Using a higher gauge (thinner wire) could cause the unit to not function or, worse case scenario, create a fire hazard.
  1. Start by cutting two small lengths of wire, one for each set of battery clips. 
    • Color is up to your preference, however this guide uses red and black wires to signify B+ and GND (Ground) respectively.
  2. Strip and tin your wire and solder it to one of the clips.
  3. You can bend the wire to a 90 degree angle after attaching it to the clips as shown in the images to prevent excess from getting in the way.
The battery clips must now be connected to the RVL-PMS.
  1. Using your soldering iron, tin the B+ and GND pads on the PMS as shown in the image.
  2. Cut another small section of 22 AWG wire and tin one end of it. Solder it to the top B+ battery clip, and then route the wire as shown in the image.
  3. Once it's near the B+ pad on the PMS, trim off any excess wire and strip the end.
  4. Tin the newly exposed wire and solder it to the B+ like in the provided image.
Repeat this process for the GND wire as well. Once complete, the wires should look like the images provided.

NOTE: As you can see in the image (around the B+/GND pads), there is flux on the PMS that comes from the solder used in the assembly (rosin core). It's important to clean the PCB using a toothbrush and at least 90% Isopropyl Alcohol. This will ensure that no corrosion takes place on any of the G-Boy circuit boards after assembly. Even though some flux may claim to be "no clean" it's still important to clean your PCBs.

At this point, validate your solder joints are solid. It's possible that if one of the wires is loose that it could come off once your G-Boy is fully assembled and short against something in the case. You should be able to lightly tug on all of your wiring without anything coming off to make sure that all of your joints are solid. Portions of the PMS PCB will be covered later by the trimmed Wii motherboard, so it's essential that everything is done correctly so that the Wii does not need to be removed from the housing for later maintenance.

Installing the Heatsink and Fan

The fan is the next piece of hardware that needs to be wired to the PMS. It is held into place via friction and a couple of tabs on the back housing to keep it in place.

From the images included with this step, you can see that we've routed the power and ground cable for the fan around a few places. The entire process is listed here for your convenience:
  1. Feed the wire underneath the mounted USB-C PCB. Ensure that it comes out between the screw post for the USB-C PCB and taller square screw post used for holding the Wii board in place.
  2. Once the wires are routed through that spot, place the fan down. Make sure you pull the wires tight as slack can be pinched under the fan when placing it down! You'll notice towards the bottom of the fan next to the bottom right square screw post there's a gap where we'll be routing a few wires throughout the next few steps. Run your fan wires through this gap.
  3. Feed the wires underneath of the PMS but on top of the shoulder button PCB. This can be a bit tricky to do as the spacing is a bit tight, but as long as you're careful and don't bend the wires they should pass through on the bottom near where the batteries sit.

Wiring the Fan

With the fan's power and ground wires poking out near the bottom of the PMS, you can pull them to size and cut any excess off. Strip the end of both wires off and tin each. Solder the red wire to either of the round pads next to the big 3.3V pad on the PMS. Make sure to tin whichever pad you're going to use before soldering the wire to it. The black wire can be soldered to any ground pad on the PMS.

Wiring the Fan

Wiring the Power Button

  1. Tin all pads on the USB-C PCB - we will be soldering to all of them in this section of the guide.
  2. Once you're done, grab some thin magnet wire and solder one end of it to the BTN pad on the USB-C PCB.
  3. Then, route it the same way we previously routed the fan power and ground wires. However this time ensure that the wire comes out along the left-hand side of the PMS, next to the corresponding BTN pad on the PMS PCB. 
  4. When you're done routing, trim any excess wire off and solder the other end of the wire to the BTN pad on the PMS.

Wiring the I²C & Voltage Lines Between the PMS and USB-C PD Board

In order to communicate with the PMS to configure the USB Power Delivery, or PD which we'll refer to it as, and charge the G-Boy, the USB-C PCB must have the I²C pads wired to the PMS. Namely, these pads are SDA and SCL. We'll also need to run 5V and VSYS to the USB-C PCB so that the G-Boy can supply voltage the USB drive even when powered down.

  1. Using more magnet wire, attach a wire to both the SDA and SCL pads as well as the 5V and VSYS pads..
  2. Route them the same way we routed the BTN wire as well as the fan power wires.
  3. Once the wires are routed near the PMS, attach them as shown. Ensure that the wires are soldered to the correct pads as charging will not work with SDA/SCL inverted.
    • TIP: Use two different colored wires to keep track of which line is which!
  4. Solder the 5V wire to one of the small round pads next to the bigger 5V pad as shown in the image.

Connecting the PMS and USB-C PD Charging Voltage Lines

The last two wires we need to solder between the USB-C PCB and the PMS are the charging wire and a ground wire. For both of these lines, use the same type of wire you used for wiring up the battery clips to the PMS.

  1. Strip, tin, and solder the wires to the USB-C PCB as shown in the image.
  2. Route it around the square screw posts used for the Wii, and then around the USB-C wiring from the previous steps. If you have tweezers, you can pull the wire to form 90 degree bends in order to make the routing neater.
  3. Trim off any excess wire once you reach the CHRG and GND pads on the PMS PCB, then strip, tin, and solder the wires to the PMS.
At this point, all the wiring between the USB-C PCB and the PMS is complete! Take a moment to clean up the spots you just soldered with a toothbrush and some Isopropyl alcohol (90%+).

Testing the PMS

Once you've finished, take one of your 18650 cells and insert it into the slot in between the clips. Make sure to insert the battery in the correct direction. Failure to do so will damage your unit. The positive end goes to the left (indicated by the + symbol in the case).
TIP: If you're unsure which end of the battery is positive, verify it with a multimeter first! This will also help you make sure the battery has a charge as well.

When the cell is firmly seated in the case, press and hold the power button on the top of the G-Boy for about two seconds. This will turn the G-Boy on and, in turn, allow us to make sure our wiring is working.

If the fan on the back of the G-Boy starts spinning then great job! This means that your PMS, power button, and fan are all wired correctly and working. You can now move onto the next step to check and see if your USB-C wiring works! Hold the power button again for around two seconds to power the G-Boy down. Make sure the fan stopped spinning before continuing.

If the fan doesn't come on, don't fret! Follow some of the troubleshooting tips below to try and diagnose the issue. You can use a multimeter to see if the PMS is outputting the correct voltage. In this case, 3.3V should be present on the power and ground wires going to the fan. For a quick video on how to use a multimeter to measure voltage, see this video.

Testing the USB-C Board Wiring

If the fan on the back of the G-Boy started spinning in the previous step, then your PMS powers on and should be outputting the correct voltages. This means that we can test and make sure the USB-C wiring is all working as intended.

Grab the included microSD to USB adapter with your microSD card inside of it. Make sure to remove the small loop from the drive as shown in the images, as the metal end freely moving around inside of the case could cause potential shorts.

Once you've removed the loop, go ahead and plug the adapter into the USB port on the USB-C PCB. Grab a USB-C cable and plug your G-Boy into a computer. If everything is wired correctly, then the microSD adapter should open up on the computer you've plugged it into. As long as the contents of your microSD card are visible you're good to go!

To ensure PD charging is working, you can plug your G-Boy into a PD compliant charger and check the voltage on the CHRG pad on the PMS with a multimeter.

Troubleshooting Tips:
  • Use a multimeter to make sure the RVL-PMS turned on by probing any of the voltage pads to see if they're giving off the correct voltage.
  • Use a multimeter to check to make sure that your ground wire is connected properly to the USB-C PD PCB. The power button requires ground in order to turn the G-Boy on.
  • Measure the battery with a multimeter to ensure it's charged enough to power the RVL-PMS. If it's lower than 3.4-3.5V it will need to be charged before use.

Preparing the LCD

With the back half of the G-Boy wired up, we can set is aside as we'll be focusing on the front half of the assembly, starting with the LCD.

  1. From the Display bag, take out the entire LCD package. It contains the LCD attached to the driver board, along with a controller PCB for the screen and two cable sets. There is also two sets of LCD bezel decals. We will apply one to the LCD module later.
  2. We'll only need the LCD & bezel decal of your choosing for now, so the rest can be set aside.

Modifying the LCD Driver Board for 5V

The LCD driver board that comes with the G-Boy kit needs to be modified to run off of 5V by removing a single component, an inductor. If you own a hot air station, you can easily remove it by using that tool. Otherwise, watch this short video on removing the inductor using only a soldering iron.

Applying the Screen Bezel Decal

Watch this quick video to install the screen bezel. Be sure to choose your color wisely as getting back to the LCD once the G-Boy is assembled can be difficult!

Mounting the LCD

From the parts bag labeled "3D Printed Parts" grab the LCD mounting bracket. Also, from the parts bag labeled "Hardware" grab 9 M2x4 screws.

  1. First place the LCD down inside of the G-Boy front case. Be sure to stick the peel tab on the screen protector outside of the G-Boy case so it's easy to peel off after the assembly is complete. 
  2. Grab the mounting bracket and place it as shown in the image. Make sure it's facing the right orientation. The textured side should be facing the LCD. Be mindful of the flex cable attaching the LCD to the driver board.
  3. Using your M2x4 screws, secure the bracket to the screw posts.
  4. Once you have all 5 screws in place, lay the driver board back down.

Notice there are 4 screw posts in the corners of the LCD mounting bracket. These screw posts are used to secure the LCD driver board to the bracket.

  1. Using your 4 remaining M2x4 screws, fasten the driver board to the bracket.
  2. Once the driver board is in place the section is complete!

Test Fitting the Face Buttons

Take out the following items:

  • The remaining items out of the parts bag labeled "Controller PCB"
  • Your self-provided DS Lite buttons and membranes
  • The start button from the bag labeled "3D Printed Parts"
  • 8 M2x4 screws from the bag labeled "Hardware"
Before we can insert the NDSL buttons, take notice that the membrane has to either be squished up against the case or cut off in order for it to sit flat against the buttons. For the sake of the guide we've cut the membrane and an image of it has been included. Scissors or a craft knife will work perfectly for removing the square of rubber.
  1. Insert the A, B, X and Y buttons into their respective slots along with the D-pad and the start button.
  2. Place the respective membranes over their buttons, and place the controller PCB over top.
  3. Use 2 of your M2x4 screws to secure the PCB from 2 screw posts diagonally opposite of each other as shown in the secondary image provided.
  4. Use this opportunity to test the feel of the buttons in the case. Make sure to hit the face buttons from multiple angles as well to ensure that they do not stick
If you are having any sort of issues such as a button sticking or a button being hard to press, proceed to the next step, Modifying the Button Retainers. If everything lines up and feels great, skip to the following step, Securing the Front Button PCB!

Modifying the Button Retainers

As there are many different reproduction NDSL buttons available online, some of them come from different sources and may not fit exactly right inside of the G-Boy shell. The front casing can be modified very slightly to fix any sort of sticking button or hard to press issues you might encounter with NDSL buttons from different sources. A short video that will help you fix any and all issues you might have can be viewed on the left.

Securing the Front Button PCB

Once you are happy with the way your buttons feel, you can continue to screw in the rest of the M2x4 screws required to fully secure the controller PCB to the front half of the G-Boy.

Securing the Front Button PCB

Securing the Analog Sticks

From the bag labeled "3D Printed Parts" grab out both of the analog stick mounts. Also from the bag labeled "Hardware" grab out 4 M2x4 screws. 

  1. Remove your analog sticks from the plastic bags they arrive in.
  2. Place one into the front casing as shown in the picture.
  3. Take one of the crossbar mounts and one of the M2x4 screws.
  4. Place the mount in the correct orientation and use the screw to fasten the mount to the casing.
  5. Once you're done, rotate the mount over top of the other screw post and secure it as well.
  6. Repeat the process for the remaining analog stick.

Connecting the Analog Sticks to the Controller PCB

  1. Using a small pair of tweezers, plastic spudger, or another small hand tool carefully open the FFC connectors on the controller PCB by pressing up on the black tab from underneath.
  2. Using tweezers, insert the cables connected to the analog sticks into the connectors. 
  3. Gently push the cables into the connectors until they don't go in any further. You do not want to damage the cables by being too rough!
  4. Close each black tab by pressing down on it until it clicks closed.
  5. Once both sticks are connected to the controller PCB, this section is complete!

Inserting the Speakers

  1. From the bag labeled "Audio Amp" take out both the amp PCB and the speakers.
  2. Then, place the speakers into the front casing with the pins facing down as shown in the provided image.

Installing the Audio Amplifier PCB

  1. Using the M2x4 screws, secure the audio amp PCB to the front casing.
  2. After you've fastened all 4 screws, this section is complete!

Inserting the RGB LED Light Pipe

Included in the bag labeled "RVL PMS" contains another bag which has the RGB LED PCB and light pipe inside. Grab both of these parts along with 1 M2x4 screw from the bag labeled "Hardware".

  1. Lightly grab the light pipe using a pair of pliers and insert it into the hole for it near the top of the front casing. The long end goes into the hole.
  2. Once you have the light pipe inserted, flip the casing over and check to make sure it's inserted all the way. The light pipe should be nearly flush with front housing of the G-Boy.
  3. If you think yours is too low, close the pliers and press on the back of the light pipe. Sometimes it will "click" into place once it's fully in place.

Securing the RGB LED PCB

  1. Once you're satisfied with your light pipe positioning, take the RGB LED PCB and the M2x4 screw you set aside earlier and place the RGB LED PCB over top of the light pipe and screw post. 
  2. Use the M2x4 screw to secure the PCB to the front half of the case.
  3. After it's secure this section is complete!

Wiring 5V to the LCD Driver Board

As mentioned earlier in the guide, we will be using the 5V pad on the RVL PMS to power the LCD driver board. 

  1. Using the same type of 22 AWG wire you used for the battery clips, cut two wires; one for 5V and one for GND (Ground).
  2. Solder one end to the RVL-PMS as shown in the image. 
  3. Next, route the wires as shown in the images. Once you run it to where we removed the indcutor, trim the 5V wire, then strip it and tin it.
  4. Next, tin the top pad of the inductor footprint and solder the 5V wire to this pad. 
  5. For the GND wire we will be soldering it to the capacitor (C147) right above the 5V pad as shown in the fourth image. You might need to add some solder to the capacitor in order to solder the wire.
  6. Once both your 5V and GND wires are secure on the LCD's driver board, you can move on to the next step.

Wiring the RGB LED PCB to the PMS

Grab the magnet wire that you used earlier on the USB-C PCB wiring for this step.

  1. Tin the R, G, B, and VSYS pads on the PMS PCB and all 4 of the pads on the RGB LED PCB. 
  2. Next, solder a wire to each of the R, G, B, and VSYS pads. As shown in the provided images, the color of the wire corresponds with each pad; red(R), green(G), and blue(B). VSYS is the orange wire.
  3. Route these wires underneath of the wires going to the battery clips as shown.
  4. Solder each wire to their respective pads on the RGB LED PCB.
  5. Once you're done, secure the stretch of wire to the driver board with a small piece of tape. In this instance, we've used kapton tape as it's thin, clear, and non-conductive.

Power System Testing and Verification

Before we move on to another section, it's important to first make sure that your wiring is correct and working.

  1. Begin by placing one of your 18650 cells into the G-Boy. Like last time, always double check with a multimeter beforehand to make sure you connect it properly.
  2. Hold down the power button for a couple of seconds to turn the unit on as we previously did.

If your wiring is good then the RGB LED should turn on! Double tap the power button and it should switch modes. Here is a quick rundown of the three different modes:

  • RGB Fade: This mode fades the LED through many different colors.
  • Battery Status: This mode displays a color that corresponds with the current charge status of your G-Boy. 
    • Green - Fully Charged
    • Yellow - ~50%
    • Red - <20% remaining
  • Shipping Mode: This mode will permanently turn off your G-Boy until a charger is plugged in. This is to prevent the unit from coming on if the button is accidentally pressed while it's enclosed.
If your LED turns on and is working, you can power your G-Boy off and remove the 18650 cell. Use this opportunity to clean off all the PCBs you just soldered with a toothbrush and IPA.

Preparation for Wiring the Wii Motherboard

Make sure you've already followed the OMGWTF Trim Guide manual before starting this step. You'll need to have trimmed your Wii, so if you haven't done that yet then you'll need to read and complete that section first.

First remove the large filtering capacitors on the top side of the Wii. Desolder them, or use a pair of pliers, to remove each of the capacitors if you haven't already. If traces rip up it's OK as we'll be wiring video on the other side of the board.

In addition to trimming, rewiring the Wii is one of the most difficult parts of the G-Boy build. It's important to pay special attention to this part of the guide as messing up during this section could result in your Wii board no longer being functional making it necessary to prepare a new board.

Once you've trimmed your Wii motherboard you're ready to wire up power to the Wii motherboard and test to see if your trimmed board works
  • Before you do that though, you'll need to remove the plastic covering the adhesive material on the heat sink and stick down the copper plate found in the "Cooling" parts bag.
    • Make sure that you remove the plastic covering from the copper plate before sticking it down.

Wiring PMS Voltage to the Wii

Use the same 22 AWG wire you used for connecting the battery clips for rewiring all the lines in this step:

  1. Solder 3.3V and GND to the points shown (Red and black wire, respectively)
  2. Solder a wire between the 1V, 1.15V, and 1.8V relocation points shown in the image and their complimentary pads on the RVL PMS.
  3. Ensure your wires have enough room to bend. They'll move a bit when you fold the Wii motherboard back into place.

Wiring Composite Video to the Screen

  1. Fold the Wii motherboard back down as shown. 
    • We will not screw the motherboard down yet as there are other steps that require access to the front of the board.
  2. Using 30 AWG wire, solder a wire to composite video (highlighted in yellow) and ground (black) as shown.
  3. Solder the wire to the points displayed on the LCD driver board.

Wiring USB

Using 34 AWG magnet wire twisted together with a drill (see example here) we're going to need to wire the USB D+ and D- lines between the Wii and the USB-C PCB.

  1. Blob a large amount of solder on the tip of your iron and move your twisted wire ends through the blob to strip the magnet wire.
  2. Solder the two wires to the vias on the Wii as shown.
    • TIP: If you don't have multiple colors of wires, you can mark both ends of a single wire, or only tin one of them at the start.
  3. Trim the wire to the length of the distance of the D+/D- pads plus a little slack for routing.
  4. Solder the other end of the wires to their respective data pads on the USB-C PCB.

Testing the Trim outputs Video

  1. Insert a single cell and power on the G-Boy.
  2. If your Wii boots up and you see video on the screen then great! Your trim works. You're ready to move onto the next section.
  3. If you get no video then try some of the troubleshooting tips below.
    • Make sure you have a ground wire going from the Wii to the driver board near your video line as shown.
    • Attach the controller board included with the LCD to the middle connector on the driver board. Press the source button while the G-Boy is powered on to ensure the LCD did not ship in VGA mode.

If you do not plan on performing the Bluetooth module relocation, you can use 4 of the M2x5 screws to screw the motherboard to the back half of the case. Ensure you apply some sort of thermal paste onto both the CPU and GPU of the Wii before screwing it down.

Testing the Trim outputs Video

Wiring the GC+ PCB

In order to get the controller working on the G-Boy, we need to run a data wire between the controller PCB and the Wii motherboard along with a voltage and ground wire in order to provide power to the controller board.

  1. Solder one end of magnet wire to the via as shown.
  2. Solder a wire to the second round 3.3V pad on the PMS, as well as one to a ground pad as shown.
  3. Route the wires down along the LCD power wires and controller PCB power wires.
  4. Trim and tin the magnet wire and solder it to the "GCD" pad on the controller PCB. Solder the 3.3V wire to the pad labeled "3V3" and the ground wire to the "GND" pad.

Wiring the Shoulder Button PCB

In order to get the L, R & Z buttons working we'll need to connect the shoulder button PCB we inserted in the back housing earlier to the controller PCB by soldering wires between them.

  1. First tin each of the pads on both PCBs. You may need to move the Wii motherboard out of the way as shown in order to reach the shoulder button PCB with your soldering iron.
  2. Using 30 AWG wire, solder a wire between each pad to the corresponding one on the other PCB.
  3. Ensure you use IPA with a toothbrush to clean where you've soldered. As seen in the image, tinning the pads leads to a lot of excess flux remaining on the board.

Once you've wired everything, put a cell into your G-Boy and test the buttons using the included GC+ 2.0 Configurator homebrew by selecting "Buttons test".

Wiring the VGA Data Lines

Using the twisted 34 AWG magnet wire we used to wire the USB lines, we will be wiring VGA to the LCD driver board.

  1. Twist and cut 4 lengths of magnet wire.
  2. Solder one wire to the R, G, and B channels as shown and the other to GND. Use a multimeter to verify GND points around the Wii motherboard if you're unsure of where to solder.
  3. Solder the remaining wire to the H/V sync pins on the video encoder as highlighted in the image. Ensure that the pins do not bridge.
  4. Run a wire from the mode via as shown, or the test point TP47 on the right-hand side of the video encoder, to 3.3V. Use a multimeter to verify 3.3V points around the Wii motherboard if you're unsure of where to solder.
  5. Solder the other end of each of the wire pairs to their corresponding pins on the driver board PCB. You can solder each of the GND wires to the single GND pin.
  6. Use tape or a small blob of hot glue as shown in the image to route the wires. There is an inductor on the LCD driver board that can cause interference if the wires get too close.

Testing VGA Video

In order to test and verify that your wiring works, you'll need to grab the menu button PCB included with the display that we set aside earlier.

  1. Plug it into the middle connector on the driver board.
  2. When the G-Boy is powered on (hold the power button down for two seconds), press the "source" button to switch from composite video to VGA.
  3. If it pops up, go ahead and press the "Menu" button and once the OSD settings menu opens, use the menu button to navigate down to "Auto" and press the Up/Down button to auto adjust the image.
If some of the white colors on your screen appear purple, go into the screen settings and turn the green channel down.

Testing VGA Video

Preparing to Wire the Audio System

Wiring audio on your G-Boy is a difficult part of the assembly. You need to solder wires into 7 different vias on the Wii, some of them right next to each other. It's important to take your time and do this step carefully.

  1. Solder a magnet wire to the round pad next to the bigger 1.8V pad on the PMS and solder it to the 1.8V pad on the amplifier as shown.
  2. Tin the remaining pins on the amplifier PCB as shown.
  3. Also tin the 3.3V and GND pads shown in the image.

Wiring Audio Power

You'll need to solder the 3.3V and GND pins between these two boards in order to power the audio amplifier.

Wiring Audio Power

Wiring the Digital Audio Data Lines

You'll need 7 long pieces of 34 AWG magnet wire for this step. The pinout provided identifies what each via must be connected to on the audio amp board.

  1. Tin the vias as shown
  2. Solder a piece of magnet wire to each of the vias you just tinned. Solder the other end of each wire to their respective pads on the amplifier board as per the pinout.
  3. After soldering a wire into each of the vias shown in the pinout, you can route them as shown in the accompanying images.
  4. Use kapton tape to hold the wires down.
Once you've completed all of the wiring, you're ready to test if the amp is connected properly! After booting the G-Boy up, hold down the Z and Y buttons and press the D-pad up or down. If everything's connected properly, you should see a speaker icon and a volume indicator! Launch a game you're familiar with to check that you're getting sound!

Ensure to test changing the volume level as well as headphones at this point. If your audio turns to static while changing the volume or after a few minutes of gameplay you should replace your MCLK wire with one twisted in a pair. Solder one wire to MCLK and the other to GND, creating a shielded wire like we did for VGA.

Tidying the Internals

Using the magnet wire or wrapping wire we can cut small sections and use it to neatly tie our wiring together.

  1. Cut a small section of wire.
  2. Loop it around all the wiring you want to tie together and then make a knot using the wire.
  3. We recommend making a tie around the wiring going between the two G-Boy housing halves, as well as one around the shoulder button wires if they aren't pulled tightly enough. 
  4. It's also optional but you can use magnet wire to tie together the VGA and audio wiring as well. See the VGA and Audio Wiring sections for more pictures.

Connecting the Thermistor for Overheating Protection

Included in the parts bag labeled "RVL PMS" is a thermistor. This gets mounted on the Wii motherboard so that if G-Boy overheats due to being enclosed (ex. it's in a backpack and turns on because you forgot to put it in shipping mode) the RVL-PMS will power the G-Boy down automatically once it reaches 70°C.

  1. If you have any batteries in your G-Boy, remove them before proceeding.
  2. Tin the T+ and T- pads as shown.
  3. Attach the thermistor between the CPU and GPU as shown. We've held it in place using a few pieces of kapton tape.
  4. Route the wire down to the T+/T- pads. If the exposed wire is excessively long on the thermistor, trim them a bit.
  5. Solder the thermistor wires to the T+ and T- pads. Polarity does not matter, so solder any wire to any pad.

Testing the System Before Closing

Boot up your G-Boy and ensure the following items work before you proceed to the next step:

  • Audio
    • Have the courage to test the headphone jack
  • VGA Video
    • If some of your white colors appear purple, turn down the green channel through the LCD's settings menu
  • Every button; Boot into the GC+ 2.0 Configurator homebrew app and select "Buttons Test"
    • If the face button pressed are unsatisfactory, return to the "Mounting the Controls" section for more information on how to improve their feel.
  • Charging (see the "parts" section of the step for our recommended charger and cable)
  • Accessing your microSD through the USB-C port (plug your G-Boy into a computer)
  • If you relocated the Bluetooth module and/or MX chip, make sure those work as well.

Testing the System Before Closing

Closing the Case & Final Steps

If you plan on relocating the Bluetooth module and/or MX chip, read those sections before completing these last couple of steps!

Take out 6 M2x6 screws from the bag labeled "Hardware".

  1. Close the G-Boy and insert a screw into one of the screw holes on the back. Using a long phillips head screwdriver, hold the G-Boy closed and fasten the screw. You might need to add pressure for the first couple of rotations to ensure that the screw threads the screw post.
  2. Repeat this process for the remaining 5 screws.
  3. Remove the screen protector and start playing some games!

(Optional) Relocating the MX Chip (1/3) - Prep & Mounting

The MX relocation will restore RTC (real-time clock) functionality to your G-Boy for use in titles such as Animal Crossing along with displaying the correct date on the saves that utilize this feature.

  1. Grab the MX section of the board that's trimmed in the trimming video present in the "OMGWTF Trim" manual.
  2. Solder a wire for the coin cell to TP118 on the back of the board cutout.
  3. Use a small drop of hot glue to mount the MX section as shown. We'll be attaching it here so that it does not hit on anything when we go to close the G-Boy.
  4. Once it's mounted, we'll need to connect the 4 3.3V pins on the chip as shown. We've used 34 AWG magnet wire in this instance.

(Optional) Relocating the MX Chip (2/3) - Wiring Power & Data

We'll need to wire 3.3V and GND to somewhere on the Wii board.

  1. Using magnet wire, solder 3.3V and GND between the MX chip and the Wii motherboard as shown.
  2. Using magnet wire, solder the 4 MX chip data pins to their respective vias on the Wii using these diagrams:

Check the voltage of the battery that was inside of your Wii. As long as it's right near 3V you can use it. If not find any coin cell that's 3V and use that in its place.

  1. Scratch both sides of the cell using a razor blade or craft knife.
  2. Tin both sides where you scratched as the solder will have an easier time sticking in these areas.
  3. Solder the wire we attached earlier to the underside of the MX chip to the positive side of the battery.
  4. Grab another strand of magnet wire and solder it to the negative terminal, and solder it onto the MX section as shown in the provided image.

(Optional) Relocating the MX Chip (3/3) - Validation

Boot into the included "CheckMX" homebrew app. If the MX state reads 1, then congratulations, your MX relocation is successful!

(Optional) Relocating the MX Chip (3/3) - Validation

(Optional) Relocating Bluetooth (1/3) - Mounting

  1. Using a drop of hot glue on the Wii's NAND, mount the Bluetooth module as shown.
  2. Tin the pads shown in the image.

(Optional) Relocating Bluetooth (2/3) - Wiring

The Wii's Bluetooth module needs power (3.3V), GND, and 2 data lines to function correctly after being relocated.

  1. 3.3V and GND can be soldered to the points shown on the Wii motherboard (red wire - 3.3V black wire - GND)
  2. 3.3V must be connected between 3 different points on the module as shown.
  3. The two data lines are on the front of the Wii motherboard and are extremely small.
  4. You must scratch the solder mask off of the PCB to expose bare copper underneath in order to solder to the required points as shown in the image. To do this, we recommend using a craft knife or razor blade along with a magnifying glass or microscope if you have access to them.
    • TIP: If you're having trouble soldering the two wires next to each other, you can scratch at a different point for each!

(Optional) Relocating Bluetooth (3/3) - Validation

To test the relocation, all we have to do is try to boot into the Wii home menu. If you get a black screen then unfortunately your relocation was not successful. However if you get the screen pictured then you're all set and the relocation worked!

(Optional) Relocating Bluetooth (3/3) - Validation
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