How to modify your DDR pad to play with your Gameboy Advance

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This modified device was part of a project for my art class. We would have to pick a device and modify it with a new function. I chose a Gameboy Advance and modified with a Dance Dance Revolution pad. I chose the game Pacman because it would be more suitable gameplay for using the DDR directional pads.

The process consisted of a modified Gameboy Advance and a modified DDR Pad.

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Step 1: Gather Materials

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Materials needed:
Gameboy Advance
DDR Pad (I bought one @ Gamestop for $15)
Soldering iron
Small screw driver
Alluminum foil
Electrical tape
Small stranded wires
Alligator clips

Step 2: Modify the DDR Pad

Step 3: Create a case for the wires

Use the Game stop wires to store the excess wires.

Drill some hole to fit the wire through easy access.

Be sure to NAME the controls for each wire (I used some tape to identify them)

You should have a total of 8 wire strands (2 wires to complete the circuit/pad)

Close the back cover with electrical tape.

Step 4: Modify the Gameboy Advance

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Take apart the game boy hardware.

Find the primary spots (8 spots) for the directional buttons.

Solder the wire on top of the hardware.

Put back the cover, and snip off excess wire.

Step 5: Make the extension cables

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Gather some wires and use it as a extension from connecting the gameboy to the ddr pad.

You should again have 8 wires total that connect the gameboy to the ddr pad.

Use some alligator clips to connect these wires together.

Use some wiring clips to make it organized.

Step 6: Connect the corresponding wires to the ddr pad and gameboy.

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Use the extension cables to connect both the gameboy and ddr pad.

Make sure you connect them to their corressponding areas. (Right, Right, & Left, Left, etc.)

Insert the game. I used the classic Pacman game.

Step 7: Turn it on and enjoy the game.

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At. first, the game is hard at first because your mind is trying to correspond to your feet instead of your fingers. This is a great way to exercise, and a embarsssing way to watch your friends make fools of themselves. If your having trouble holding the Gameboy in your hand, try to put it on a table or put it on a stand.


Enjoy and I would like to hear your feedback. Thanks.

For more in depth instructions check out my website on this procedure.

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SC-Ghost1 month ago


XxsonicxX1 year ago
they have a ddr for the gameboy fyi... pretty good but i played on emulator and
toogers4 years ago
hey, i have the same screwdriver
Your Step 2 link is broken.

Do you have those steps saved somewhere???

Thanks!!!!! I'm very curious to try this!
DCDT4 years ago
 couldn't you just use the ddr on ps2 and play namco museum?
devilnocry5 years ago
interesting.....but may be hard to control.......
Tdburn7 years ago
That really looks uncomfortable playing bent over like that.
J_SCAP Tdburn5 years ago
easy solution..... lengthen cord.
great work took me a few hours to do that project now im working on how to make a nintendo ds play plastion 1 games which will take awhile well in my spare time i usually go to nintendo world in nyc which i love to go to well anyways great work keep it up :D
Shifrin7 years ago
Awesome, I wonder if you can mod i to anything else1
Bartboy Shifrin6 years ago
Nameless376 years ago
This would be cooler if you made the d-pad still operable, and DDR could just plug in somewhere, but great instructable
Mario20077 years ago
Video looks like a drunk guy trying to stomp roaches !
Brennn107 years ago
This is really good. Nice job!
darkmuskrat7 years ago
PERFECT! Love DDR+Galaga. lol,
rchan9287 years ago
I love your're instructables! Great Job Jason, its better then my project...5 steps... :/ I can't find my pictures since I reformatted and upgraded to Leopard...I knew I forgot to back up something. Man your're such a Super*Star! LOL, well almost...since your're featured in all :p haha. See you next semester!
evilgamer637 years ago
thats pretty neat man, id like to see something like that for the psp or even a way to use it on the pc. anys nice job
to wire it to the pc, you gotta get a usb adapter, or buy a pc pad for about $5. To wire it to a psp is pretty much like how he did it to the gba, only to the psp board.
That's incredible!

Really awesome job!

Just a tip, use the macro and (if appropriate) flash functions on your camera, the pics will come out much nicer =)
thats amazing! if i can... and if im smart enough i might do this! awesome! (favorited)
DanAdamKOF7 years ago
Not bad! Rather than using the foil, though, couldn't you have preserved the existing connections, perhaps tapping them from the PCB on the DDR mat before the encoder, and breaking those out into a connection to the GBA? That way your DDR mat would still be usable on consoles, and it wouldn't have to be opened up (except for the gamestop case).