How to mod a NES controller and turn it into a night light.

Anyone who was lucky enough to own a NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) will remember the sheer joy of playing games on this ground breaking system.  I got mine in 1987 (the year it was released in Australia) for my 13th birthday (yes I am old) and couldn’t actually believe how amazing the games looked on my small TV!  I played Super Mario Brothers, arguably one of the best game ever made, for hours every day until I finished it.  Games like Kung-Fu, Punch-out, Mach-Rider and Metroid were on continuous play, and not surprisingly I suddenly had a lot more friends coming around to hang out.

I still have an NES which I occasionally bring out and reminisce over my misspent youth with a few rounds of Punch-out.

The NES controller was a big part of the playing experience, and has now become one of the most recognised iconic images of the 1980's.  It's simple, clean design and clever button lay-out made the game play instinctive and wickedly fun.  The layout of the controller and D-pad was revolutionary for it's day, and Nintendo still utilise the D-pad today

 The only problem I had was after hours of play, my right thumb would start to hurt from all of the furious button pushing! 

Last time I pulled it out, I noticed that one of the controllers I had didn’t work anymore.  I could bring myself to throw it away and probably should have tried to fix it, but instead decided to something a little different. 

So this Instructable is my homage to a great gaming system.  Hope you enjoy.

Check out the video below of the finished product:

Step 1: Things To Gather


1.  NES Controller. 
The one that I used didn't work anymore.  You can purchase these from Ebay

2.  3 AAA rechargeable batteries

3.  5.5v solar panel -  Ebay

4.  Clear 5mm LED lights -  Ebay

5.  Mercury switch - Ebay

6.  Rear bike light. 
I found this one on the ground!  You can buy them though from Ebay for dirt cheap.  The one that I have linked to is a 9 LED, the one I used had 7.

7.  Computer wire.  Pulled from an old PC

8.  Casting Resin.  purchased from my local hardware store

9.  Mould.  - Ebay

10. Diode


1.  Soldering Iron

2.  Solder

3.  Pliers

4.  Hot Glue

6.  Drill

7.  Stanlley knife.

8.  Dremmel

I knew it was you again when I saw the resin! I'm doing something really similar to your cube from before, on small hiatus for finals, but only sanding is left. Also I've got another idea that I'll share when I finish it! Great to see another instructable about resin, I learned a lot about it in the way!
Yeah I got stuck on the stuff for awhile. so many potentials! <br>Once you have done your cube i'd love to see a picture of it. Post one here if you get the chance. Have you had any problems with making it? <br>All the best
I finish finals late this week, so should put up my first instructable next week. <br> <br>The main problems were: I didn't have the needed tools, the resin is almost like glass when it's dried, so you better find the exact size recipient (I had to cut it in half and it wasn't fun), the recipient MUST be hard, otherwise the resin will blend it in when it dries, making it even harder for sanding.
If I had just seen this before... My flat inductive circuit now has a big bubble of air behind it; however it can only be seen in very tight angles, and it looks more like a metal bubble! You could also have put the LEDs inside the controller, leaving only the holes on top of each one, so the controller would looks like the original (only with lights) from the front view.
I was thinking of putting LED's behind the &quot;Nintendo&quot; words on the front of the controller as well but I ran out of room! I have seen some other clever ibles' remove the words and add LED's to the back which looks really effective.
That is sooo cool!
How do you turn it off? ._.
The circuit that I used from the bike light has 4 modes; on, flashing, side to side and off. I replaced the momentary switch with a mercury switch so each time you tip the controller backwards, the mercury actives one of the 4 modes above. <br> <br>So turning it on or off is as simple as tipping the controller!
I might need to try this it's soooooooooo cool<br/>

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Bio: I've always liked pulling things apart - it's the putting back together again that I have some issues with.
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