Tutorial: NES wireless controller hack

NES wireless controller for the Wii - Image 1 

In case you readers aren’t familiar with the name Mark Feldman, he’s the mod dude who came up with the SNES and NES wireless controllers that worked on the Nintendo Wii console. And while we’re not too sure if Mark has any plans of marketing his retro mods for our use, the man’s come up with something better – a step-by-step instruction guide for any brave souls willing to make the mod attempt. Before you get started, take note of the components (and corresponding prices) you will need to get started on this project:

  • 1 x used NES controller AUS$ 10
  • 1 x replacement IPod-Mini battery – AUS$ 30
  • 1 x TXC1 ASK transmitter module – AUS$ 10
  • 1 x PIC16F84A-20 microcontroller – AUS$ 10
  • 1 x 4MHz crystal – AUS$ 4
  • 1 x 3mm diffuse LED – 25c
  • 1 x 2.5mm mono switched socket – 50c
  • 1 x IC socket strip – AUS$ 1
  • 1 x sub-miniature SPDT switch. The ones with extruding metal tabs for screw holes are too large so either cut them off or get a PCB mount type – ~AUS$ 2
  • 1 x 1K resister – 25c

Feldman calculates that the materials will cost around Total: AUS$ 68 ($US 50). Also detailed in the guide is a comprehensive circuit schematic guide for the soldering process. Full mod details (and data pack downloads)  should be available at Feldman’s site, via the read link below.

NES wireless controller for the Wii - Image 1 

In case you readers aren’t familiar with the name Mark Feldman, he’s the mod dude who came up with the SNES and NES wireless controllers that worked on the Nintendo Wii console. And while we’re not too sure if Mark has any plans of marketing his retro mods for our use, the man’s come up with something better – a step-by-step instruction guide for any brave souls willing to make the mod attempt. Before you get started, take note of the components (and corresponding prices) you will need to get started on this project:

  • 1 x used NES controller AUS$ 10
  • 1 x replacement IPod-Mini battery – AUS$ 30
  • 1 x TXC1 ASK transmitter module – AUS$ 10
  • 1 x PIC16F84A-20 microcontroller – AUS$ 10
  • 1 x 4MHz crystal – AUS$ 4
  • 1 x 3mm diffuse LED – 25c
  • 1 x 2.5mm mono switched socket – 50c
  • 1 x IC socket strip – AUS$ 1
  • 1 x sub-miniature SPDT switch. The ones with extruding metal tabs for screw holes are too large so either cut them off or get a PCB mount type – ~AUS$ 2
  • 1 x 1K resister – 25c

Feldman calculates that the materials will cost around Total: AUS$ 68 ($US 50). Also detailed in the guide is a comprehensive circuit schematic guide for the soldering process. Full mod details (and data pack downloads)  should be available at Feldman’s site, via the read link below.

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