First of all, I offer recognition to Morte_Moya for his instructable "NES Controller MP3 Player". I built one following his instructable and it worked great!
I let my imagination go on a second build. I utilized the original NES circuit board found inside the controller. Using the NES circuit board eliminates purchasing micro-tactile switches and gluing buttons.
My son got this for Christmas and hasn't put it down!
Step 1: Items to Score:
Coby MP200-1G, 1GB MP3 Player
Blue Ray Gift Card (Mine came from Target)
Soldering Iron (Low temp ~ 6w - 15w)
Razor Knife or Exacto-Knife
Small Needle-nose Pliers
Small amount of Baking Soda (trust me!)
Round Tooth Picks
Finger-Nail Polish Remover
Kitchen Sponge or Tempurpedic Memory Foam (Send away for a sample!)
Female USB Port (Goodwill Thrift Store - I got 4 in an old USB Hub for $0.99!)
Computer Ribbon Cable (Goodwill Thrift Store or computer parts pile)
Male to Male USB Cable (Dollar Store or make one)
Random maker gear