Introduction: Nintendo DS Arcade Stand / Charger

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This is a Nintendo DS stand/charger. The main idea is for it to look like an old school arcade game. the charger plugs into the ds through the back.

not my original idea!! mine is just the "better" version. its colored, and has better instructions.

enjoy!! :)

credit to Duobix for coming up with the basic idea.
[original ds charger arcade maker]

Step 1: Cutting It Out..

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you will need:

exact-o knife
nintendo ds

first draw out the out line for the 1st side of the arcade game ds charger thingg as seen in the picture.
the cut this out with your knife. [make it 10 in tall]

okay now you have two walls.

Step 2: Measurments

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like i said, it should be roughly 10 in. high

then make it exactly 5 in. wide.
connect the two walls by hot glue-ing a top and botton.
(i would make these 5 x 6.5 inches)

Step 3: The Back of Your Arcade Machine

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the back you just cut out and glue in, use alot of glue!! you want this to stay on.

cut a hole in the back so the charger cable can go though. (as seen in picture 2)

Step 4: COLOR, Make It Look Niceeeeee

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now, i made mine look like an old super mario bros. arcade game.
but i also considered:
space invaders
and pac-man.

but i leaned towards a more nintendo theam! i would like to see creativeness so send me photos.


MrZeroTFennekin (author)2017-10-24

My first comment in Instructables here!

Pro Tips:

- Add some cardboard to cover the front part of the arcade to give it a better look. Do it in the end so you just make a tiny hole for the cable. Maybe even print some videogame screenshot to make it look more realistic.

- Make a hole at the front to insert quarters and do some C shaped cuts to take them out (eventually). BOOM! instant safe/stand/charger arcade!

Saw this was published almost 10 years ago, but still quite relevant (specially if someone makes it for a Nintendo Switch *wink wink*). Making one of these for my 3DS XL, asap! ;)

G_A_M_3_R (author)2015-12-19

I am making one for my new 3DS xl hope it turns out good

masterzeb318 (author)2012-09-05

i made one for my ipod

ginger20037 (author)2011-08-01

Hmmm.... I have plenty of cardboard, but I think that it would look good and have better support for the ds if it was made out of wood... Hello next project! lol

tbraddy (author)2011-07-22

i made one for my gameboy advanced SP

5STARGBLOOD (author)2011-06-21

srry here it is

5STARGBLOOD (author)2011-06-21

im putting mine together wt DT ill post a pic when im done

sugarhi911 (author)2008-06-17

i made one thats looks awesome thanks

beauwalker23 (author)sugarhi9112008-06-17

sennd me a pictue. i'd love to see it

carsoncool (author)beauwalker232011-01-16

I suggest posterboard. It would be easier to cut and color.

Klaus Baude 123 (author)2008-09-06

No offence, but the photos are terrile. And it looks kind of crude.

He's a 15 y/o guy who has a great imagination and is putting his mind to work. Don't knock him for that. I think is a really neat idea. My son would think it's cool too.

Yes, madam. But I m 14, and I could probably make sometink better. Age is not an excuse. But still, its a nice project.

KQuizzle (author)Klaus Baude 1232009-04-03

Why don't you show us and make one then? I personally think it's great, beauwalker.

Klaus Baude 123 (author)KQuizzle2009-04-03

I take on your challenge! And what exactly is a beauwalker, if you would care to explain.

its a name. whats a klaus?

toogers (author)beauwalker232010-10-23

a klaus is "santa" in german

sooo..... have you made one yet??

Okay, to clear all this up....I took it with a bad camera. I know how to take good photos. Im a bit of a photographer. I realize they're not great pictures. its all about the instuctible anyways....

Sorry, I didnt want to be rude. Your Instructable is quite nifty.

klercke (author)2010-08-08


Doctor Freeman (author)2010-08-07

i diddent know there was a game called frogger galiga space invaders and pac-man or that there was a cardboard exact-o knife marker nintendo ds times have (the point) use commas

ohh i c in the instructable its top to bottom not left to right

TheInventor1997 (author)2010-06-06

i made one for a dsi and it is actually the same size, just bigger screen and slightly bigger very nice. the best 8 games i ever traded in

slightly bigger very nice

caityjay (author)2009-09-13

Because I can be sort of a perfectionist with this sort of thing, I would probably bind the edges after gluing with masking tape or cover the whole thing with contact paper somehow to hide the raw cardboard edges (and I'd have to cover the inside, or add another panel under the top part to hide it, which I don't think would be too hard). Thanks for the "improved" 'ible, this is such an awesome idea! Sweet little display :)

TheInventor1997 (author)caityjay2010-06-06

and then spray paint it over right?

caityjay (author)TheInventor19972010-06-06

Of course! The joy of spray paint.

TheInventor1997 (author)caityjay2010-06-08

i just found out that it makes a good cup holder or a pop can concealer

TheInventor1997 (author)2010-06-06

how do you fit a dsi

don't worry i did it already it works but i have to paint it

TheInventor1997 (author)2010-06-06

and 40$

halo99 (author)2010-05-17

What king of cardboard are you using? i.e.popcorn box THICK-poptart box THIN-or shoe box...the the cardboard im using keeps bending and my DS just falls in when im playing

TheInventor1997 (author)halo992010-06-06

probably corrugated cardboard

355374 (author)2010-04-06

WICKED. This looks really awesome im building it right noww  XD

dominic6245 (author)2009-12-26

Dude thank you so much for the idea i just finished mine.......i still need to add a theme

boopsta1 (author)2009-11-01

its sweet im gonna make one right away
awsome idea

Human Being (author)2009-10-28

thats AWESOME!!! too bad i don't have a DS. Is there a way to make for the psp cause thats what i have

Human Being (author)beauwalker232009-10-29


Landon Sullivan (author)2008-04-08

Your charger light is red >.

lighting makes it look like its red - it's actually orange like normal

? It is supposed to be green, silly.

mabye its the nintendo ds verson of the red ring of death

codykage (author)Landon Sullivan2008-04-30

dead battery probably.

beauwalker23 (author)2009-02-04

yeah! send me some pictures. love to see it. cheers

taz007 (author)2009-02-03

nice, this was real easy to make and turnd out great (although i modded it abit for fat DS) thanksssssss!

sa trainer (author)2009-01-04


Shagglepuff (author)2008-07-01

Why isn't anyone posting a templete?!

dombeef (author)Shagglepuff2008-08-30


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