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: