Introduction: NES Controller USB Stick
I was inspired by a conversation on the Lego USB Stick Page!
This isn't very hard. It took 10 minutes! (Not including buying stuff)! Easy, fun and a little nerdy!!!
(Use this method if you wish to save the electronics, otherwise...you can do this or the alternative method in the related section!)
Step 1: Get Stuff!!!
Knife (I used an X-acto Knife)
Heavy Duty Glue (Optional)
Cool Music (I suggest "Technologic" by Daft Punk)
I bought the USB Stick at Micro Center. Best Buy, Office Depot and Circuit City have them. Mine is 8 GB, any size will do.
The Controller can be found at a garage sale (parents can be soooo cruel!) or you might have one you don't need (Super Mario Bros. 2 player mode only needs one controller!). My dad used his eBay to buy mine.
Step 2: Disassembly.
You'll need to remove backing with a screwdriver (there are six screws on OFFICIAL NES controllers.) Then take out the "electronics". It comes out easily.
Now, if you want the buttons to be "pushable" leave the padding there. I recommend this. Unless you want to house 2 USB Sticks.
Step 3: Cut Hole for USB
To cut a hole the size is the same. (The U doesn't stand for universal because it sounds cool)
I cut the side so it would stick out (and wouldn't put the buttons in a "solid state"). I measured with a Sharpie and my dad cut it with an X-acto knife. Then we filed the excess off.
Step 4: Set in USB and Other Stuff-ums
I used a Glue gun to stick it in, rubber cement works too. As long as it is a Heavy Duty Glue.
You may need to file stuff to make a spot or just position it right. The I put pieces of cardboard to act as a cushion so the buttons can still be pressed.
Step 5: Screw Back On
This may be a little weird. The back won't go in easy but it will click and then work fine. Screw tightly so the USB and cardboard won't move out of place (USB should stay with the glue)
If you want to be a SUPAH-GEEK you can slip a lanyard where the cord would come out. I didn't like it for me but others might.
Step 6: The End of a 10 Minute Nerd-fest
Done. I go around and put stuff on it. I found some Icons and named it!
I am making a Giant Controller Next...
I also might make a DVD Player...
Look for more to come! I love Vintage stuff, so look for that mostly!