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Making a Nintendo SNES controller into bluetooth; using an MSI BGP100

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If, like many, you like the BGP100 bluetooth gadget for playing bluetooth on smartphones and PDA's, but don't like the buttons and feel of the controller that comes with it, how about rehousing the controller into an original Nintendo SNES controller! You can also change the AAA battery for an AA one for much longer playtime between battery changes too!

 
 
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Step 1: Mod SNES casing - preparation stage

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Open up the SNES controller, remove the plug that connects the cable to the controller, and remove the cable too.

Remove the parts of the casing highlighted in green on the pic with the controller front opened up.

In the last picture, it shows the areas you need to trim off the case backing so the BGP100 board will bit in place.
 

Step 2: Trim the SNES board down a bit

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There is no space for an AA battery to fit inside without cutting some of the controller board down a bit. You want to make sure the traces are preserved to areas you will need to solder wires too - use pics as a guideline.
 

Step 3: Remove the BGP100 controller board

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Here are the steps to open up the bluetooth BGP100 device.

The board section with the D-pad can be removed as it is only a contact board that uses the wires to connect to the button presses. The board with the chips on it is the proper controller board.

The D-pad and left shoulder button use a common grounding, however the right shoulder button and the other buttons do not use a common ground, so you need to wire both sets of contacts per button to the SNES board, and keep their contacts unique.

chewbaccaa2 years ago
would this work on my jailbroken iphone 3gs?
jbeith3 years ago
DO NOT BUY FROM DEALMANIACS.COM . After reading the original poster of the site's comment, I ordered one. I followed up the next day by calling the company to assure they had some in stock, and they don't. They say that it saying it is in stock is "a glitch they haven't bothered fixing." When I called the guy, he seemed really surprised about me calling, probably because there is no number listed on the site. I checked the WHOIS of the domain to find the number. The guy seemed really sketch, but he gave me my refund. Don't order anything from that site, I'd say.
b00sted4fun3 years ago
How much do you charge to make one of these for the non tech savvy? lol
MODDEDbyBACTERIA (author)  b00sted4fun3 years ago
£70 (British Pounds) and you provide the controller and the BGP-100 bluetooth controller. The £70 covers labour and normal postage, tracked if UK; extra £5 if tracked wanted outside UK.
MODDEDbyBACTERIA (author) 3 years ago
I've changed technique since the first couple (make about 4 or 5 on commissions so far). Made it so the controller pad is facing downwards - far better and easier especially when changing the battery.
Uberizer3 years ago
Been looking for the bgp100 ever since I saw this instructable but kept coming up with sites that were out of stock. Finally I searched google with the phrase bgp100 "in stock" and found dealmaniacs.com has 90+ of them in stock. So I ordered 2!! :) Yeah! This'll be fun. Happy hunting!!
MODDEDbyBACTERIA (author)  Uberizer3 years ago
Great find, well done! Let's hope they come up with the goods!
Uberizer3 years ago
Also, for new snes controllers dirt cheap.
http://www.racketboy.com/store/featured/generic-super-nintendo-snes-controller.html
Two ordered!
Thanks for the tutorial Bacteria!
jshipman13 years ago
Hey I saw this and thouht I'd try the same thing but with one of those mini Power A brand wiimotes. I decided to drill to the traces from behind and I might put an external battery pack for easy removal. Still deciding on that I suppose.

Here is a video of my first solder test with the B button.

youtube [dot] com/watch?v=FBWpwpaCESE
Sullydude3 years ago
I Saw that you cut the nes controller's board down a little bit, if i wanted to the same, with for example, an xbox 360 controller, or any controller for that matter, how would i go about cutting it down? is there rules or you know, like guidelines or instructions on how to do this?
MODDEDbyBACTERIA (author)  Sullydude3 years ago
You only want to connect to the button traces, scrape the traces down to the copper underneath, use some flux, and solder your tinned wire to the traces.
Ok thanks i definitely need to look into the terminology, i just have one more question, since im new to this, and im guessing the gold lines are the traces, are you allowed to cut through those, or will that create problems...? can you provide me with a video on how to cut through these boards? i know its a lot to ask, but i really would like to learn these things... thanks in advance
So for example by what i mean by problems is this

http://i52.tinypic.com/fdgetl.jpg

wont this effect like shortages? or problems with the controller?
MODDEDbyBACTERIA (author)  Sullydude3 years ago
Not if you just wire to the traces to extend the connections; If you need to know more, please post in my forum what you want to do and achieve and we can take it from there!
MODDEDbyBACTERIA (author)  Sullydude3 years ago
On controllers, yes you can cut through these traces and connect wires to extend the connections to other button contacts. If you need to know more, please post in my forum what you want to do and achieve and we can take it from there!
sas2233 years ago
did you only use the side of the bgp controller that houses the power switch?
MODDEDbyBACTERIA (author)  sas2233 years ago
The side with the d-pad isn't needed as you can use the wires that go from that to the other board as the connections, they are just traces.
T_T_3 years ago
I see why you want to switch controllers
eneergcam4 years ago
 amazing!!
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