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This is an easy way of transforming a Nes controller into a handy flash drive. NO SOLDERING INVOLVED!!

(This is our first Instructable so images and instructions maybe amateur!)

We have re-done this instructable with better pictures, so i hope you can understand our instructables easier!!!
 
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Step 1: Step 1

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This is the first step, where you take the controller apart with a screw driver and cut a few plastic separators off if there are not necessary. In this picture we have cut the cross-hair top left rubber off so it provides more room for the USB extension. Also I have cut the plastic part next to the wire exit hole so I can fit the wire in easily!!

Step 2: Step 2 - the back panel

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This is the back panel off the NES controller, just chop the top middle and the top right screw guidence plastic so the USB flash drive can fit easily.

Step 3: Step 3 - modifing the curcuit board

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Eventhought this sounds difficult, it simply isn't. All that is needed is just get the area which the 'female' part of the USB extention lead fits with the flash drive, and cut! make sure that the screw holes are still there so you can screw it back together and the button features are there also, this is only so the buttons are pressable. [BEWARE, THE CURCUIT BOARD IS VERY BRITTLE, TRUST ME - I HAVE BROKEN A FEW!!]

Step 4: Step 4 - Adding the flash drive and extention lead

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This is the most crucial part of the whole procedure. Screw the casing off the flash drive and connect it to the female part of the USB lead. Next you need to place it carefully into the NES casing, and making sure that all of the unnecessary plastic poles and features are gone so you can easily fit in the flash drive. Some modification (i.e cutting) is required to the NES so it can fit well. After that curve the extension lead around the separators and place through the lead hole at the top right of the NES case.
the j2 years ago
i just did it my self with an snes controller it pretty great
GregCaesar3 years ago
So the controller is not useable. Still a tasteful flash drive though.
tsm4204 years ago
i prefer the usb nes controller where you are able to use it to play games on the pc/laptop or any other usb device and also being able to control it somewhat like a remote control this usb flash drive is not too fancy but quite nice though how ever wouldn't be a pain to carry?
Hehe Combine this with the USB controller mod for a flash drive/controller combo!
PPLKK1435 years ago
i dont understand this step...
skrull5 years ago
I built this with a 4gig sandisk flash, and a 3ft cable (too long i kno) but i had the original intention on trying the idea for converting it to a controller and usb key. but i failed 2 do the research and ended up with this. thanks a lot bro!
H205 years ago
That is totally awesome!!!!
nitrox0276 years ago
i have a nes controller belt buckle and im going to add this but so i dont have to have the cable always on
ac1D6 years ago
but, why not let the original circuit board, and convert is to usb, so when you plug it, you have a nes controller(for emulator) and your usb key?
Strood27 (author)  ac1D6 years ago
Well, we could but thats a totally different idea, and it includes clever soldering and more dweeby technical stuff which we havent learnt yet! But we'd like to tho! thanks for the inspiration!!
ac1D Strood276 years ago
in the top left side of the nes controller, there is some freespace where these tiny 512mb 5$ usb key would fit.. Can I know, "WE". who are you? you and your wife, you and your friend,..?
Strood27 (author)  ac1D6 years ago
It would be cool to put another USB stick in the controller. We are hoping to put a bigger one in when we find one. We may put two USB sticks in each of the handles of the original Playstation controller (no analgoue sticks) but this would not be as cool and retro. Oh, and its me and my buddy.
ac1D Strood276 years ago
http://www.dealextreme.com/products.dx/category.308
they have the word smallest usb flash drive.. look for the 30$ 4gb one :)
Strood27 (author)  ac1D6 years ago
That is so cool, and so small! Do you think they would post to England? I cannot find it on any sites that I know would post to me :(
ac1D Strood276 years ago
contact them, i guess they ship worldwide
they have a drive that's as big as your thumb finger nail for like $25.
i think you can get it at best buy or something also
Astraea6 years ago
How long is the USB cable?
Strood27 (author)  Astraea6 years ago
I am not too sure. I guess around 15cm-20cm. If you are planning to make your own NES controller USB flash drive, it does not really matter how long the cable is. We originally made it with a longer USB cable, but it was too long. Hope this helped :)
it depends. i bought a mp3 player a year ago and the cord was 3 inches.
you could always just take the shell off of your flash drive and cut a rectangle into the controller, glue the drive in and you have a usb nes controller
Head Wound6 years ago
Intresting
Wills426 years ago
I made one last night. My room is filled with little bits of controller 'guts'. The only bad thing that happened was that one of the chip parts cut my finger. But hey, now I can show off how big a nerd I am in IT class next year. I have a long extender, about the same length as the controllers wire. I think it just makes it look AWESOME! So thanks for this instructable. It's awesome... Now if I combine this with the Belt Buckle NES controller, I'll be an unstoppable force of nature... BOHAHAHAHA!
Brother_D6 years ago
This would be great if it was a controller and storage...
sotsirh1946 years ago
I had the great idea of connecting a PIC microcontroller and a speaker into this so that when its plugged in the Mario music will play. I will try this once i get my pic up and running.
Strood27 (author)  sotsirh1946 years ago
Cool idea! Very inventive and totally individual! Please make a instructable or show us some pictures once you are finished, as this sounds cool.
Strood27 (author) 6 years ago
Hey, we added new pictures. Hope they are better than the originals. ENJOY!
Pictures are not that great, but it's a great idea, nice job! I want to make some cool stuff out of NES controllers...
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Cool! Next time you should put a whole external hard drive in there!
Strood27 (author)  LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
YEAH, we were thinking that but external drives are too big! We also put a small 2pence sizes speaker in one aswell - it works, but it doesnt look as good as there is a HUGE hole in the back of the NES! lol
What about something like an I-pod hard drive (not cheap but small)
Or a DS...just make it so that the controller can open up...not sure if it would be too big or not...but it would be pretty cool
Strood27 (author)  reedz6 years ago
reedz Strood276 years ago
ohh...I meant to actually tear apart a DS and put it in there, not tear up a NES controller and put it over a DS
Awesome! I want one of those!
Strood27 (author)  reedz6 years ago
ooooo ok! my bad
zieak6 years ago
Quite similar to my very first instructable from almost two years ago...

Nintendo controller card reader
Strood27 (author)  zieak6 years ago
Yeah, your my inspiration dude!! :) but I didnt snip away at the extention lead! thanks anyway!!