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So a while back I saw where someone had done a NES controller mod and turned it into a MP3 player. This is my version of this mod. Hope you like it.

BTW, I used a Coby 512MB MP3 player.

And check out if you get a chance. Its a great place.

Here is a video of it playing with the speakers I made for it.

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Step 1: Tools Needed...

O.K. if your gonna do this one you will need a few things.

Dremel or similar tool
Soldering Iron
Wire cutters
Needle nose pliers
Low heat glue gun
Spare wire, a few paper clips, wire ties...just the usual crap for improvising. LOL

Step 2: Opening the case and getting to the guts of the matter...

Take a deep breath and pull apart your MP3 player, and the NES controller ((which for the rest of the instructable will be referred to as the NESC)).

There will be some small screws. Just go slow and take your time. Make sure that you keep all of them for later use should you need them.

Step 3: Cleaning out the NESC...

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To make room for everything to fit you will need to use the dremel to clean out some of the plastic from inside the NESC.

Step 4: Stripping the MP3 player

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Time to put the MP3 player on a diet...

Desolder the USB, headphone jack, and the power connectors.


Step 5: Cutting up the NESC case...

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In order to fit everything in and have it all look and function well you will need to spend some time with the dremel and a pair of safety glasses.

Now depending on the headphone connector you have you may or may not need to cut out the hole we talked about earlier. i ended up having to drill it out a bit, but you may not need to. Just see if it fits and go from there.
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Where did you get your tactile switches?
I love your speakers to go with the player! I grew up during a time called "the 80's". Yeah, that's right, i grew up with the greats, sega, nes, tmnt.........I just gotta have one of these now.
Hey guys are all of the buttons rubber ?
gneferu3 years ago
Can u replace the usb for a mini usb? to reduce the opened areas.
zombeastly3 years ago
EPICCCCCCC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but wut mp3 did u use?
R.A.T.M3 years ago
i used a zen stone verry little soder points but its smaller but no i even used mortor wire and i still had troble with fitting it all in probly becuse i did not un soder the jack or mini usb but it works awsome carges and ya it kicks butt

i used a little 3 inch audio extenson  from raido shack and cut all the pastic off

and the green on the plastic is pollish
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wout smeets4 years ago
this is saving money you should not buy more switches
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why didn't he just use the original button plate? it would have saved a lot of glue...
Morte_Moya (author)  zack2473 years ago
With so many of the original plates being in crap shape I wanted it to be something anyone could do with just the case. That is why I did the separate buttons. I figured it would be more beginner friendly that way.
bilder1233 years ago
i bou an mp3 from dealextrem it has buttens rechargeble batteries and sd card slot do i stil fallo this instruction plz help im lost
killer776 years ago
it probably uses a cord to charge it like with an ipod
it uses a battery
InvaderDig4 years ago
So why hasn't anyone started making these and selling them on ebay? I'd buy one!
Wicky7776 years ago
Dose anyone know of a cheap mp3 player that works with iTunes and/or mac . I have had 2 iPods but my iPod mini's battery life is so bad and i don't want to wreck a $300 iPod video. Thx for the help.
Music purchased from the iTunes store will not work on non-iPod players. Music imported from CD's or illegally downloaded (not saying you should, I'm saying you probably do) will most likely be able to play on almost any mp3 player. Mp3 players play mp3s. Its that simple.
I get all my music off itunes thank you very much.
Pick one of the following dependent on what you meant by "thank you very much": a) You're welcome. b) You asked a question and I answered it. No need to get angry.
what about limewire ??
sorry for my late reply, torrents ftw. has albums.
o also buy also my music form iTunes, but i do it for the safety i'll get that it's gonna be at an standard bit rate, wich i can't assure form lamewire.
I just made one with an Ipod Shuffle, cost me 25 bucks off ebay
how u did the contacts? i was thinking about leaving the controller PCB and wire the shuffle to there (got a 521mb 1st gen Ol' shuffle lying round my home)
bantris4 years ago
Just an FYI, your zoomed-in portions of your picture do not line up with the actual picture.
KiW4 years ago
Nice, I'm trying it with a old SAGA 16 bit controler, but I run into a problem, there is no way I could get switchesm and I dont know what Ciken trys to say can you help me with a other way to do it? or explean Ciken's way? BTW NICE WORK!
TSC5 years ago
Sweet!!!!!!!!!! good job 5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
upto5 years ago
from where u get this chip and how much cost of this circuit reply me....
yawgmoth15 years ago
Well, I'm working on one right now thats so far taken a few days. I've got most of the inspiration from you and ryan. However, I'm using a very different mp3 player (RCA) with an SD card and I plan on utilizing a solar charger for the internal battery. (bye bye garden light!) I'll post pics when I'm finished and let you all know how it went! Thanks guys for sharing these great ideas.
hi im building this but i need to know what swiches you used!!! please reply
therten5 years ago
what is a flux?
its to help the solder stick.
After seeing some of the NESC/mp3 mods other people had made, I decided to make my own. But there were some features that were missing that I wanted to add, namely a screen and replaceable batteries. The battery cover screws on/off. The original player called for 1 AAA battery, but I couldn't get it to fit in the case. So I read on this site that you could take apart a 9V battery to get 6 AAAA batteries, which were smaller. Two of these in parallel is about the same as a AAA, and fit nicer in the case. I also used a mini usb port instead of the standard size. I also included a belt clip on the back, and because I had some unused buttons: a small flashlight, and as a joke, a "Rumble Pak" (vibrator from an old cell phone). I've included pictures of the finished product, as well as 1 of the (cramped/messy) internals. Enjoy!

The player I used is an "Electro Brand" 2GB mp3 player (cheap Black Friday sale). And for anyone interested, this is the button layout:

Up/Down = Volume
Left/Right = Change track
Select = Menu
Start = Power/Play
B = Rumble
A = Light
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where did you get the
I hack sawed the clip off of an old book light that I had.
ihrtglfx106 years ago
Hey guys I just finished my ipod shuffle nes controller mp3 player, check it out here: Thanks Morte for the wicked idea!
corsi6 years ago
cool nes conversion and i made it all and it works but i have one question..... how would i go and use the origonal curcut bored and just connect the mp3 buttons to the nes controller buttons switch thingy?
taz9797 corsi6 years ago
go to ryan97128
jrcolas6 years ago
Really nice, but how do you plug it to a computer?
taz9797 jrcolas6 years ago
a two male ended cord
291jd876 years ago
i really wanna make this but my dad wont let me have one of many of his nes controllers im pissed!
buy one at a game store that sells old stuff or get one on ebay
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