Introduction: Nintendo Controller Into a PC Card Reader

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Put a card reader inside a Nintendo Controller for your desktop or laptop computer.

Any mention of this project must provide a link to with credit to Ryan McFarland.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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You'll need some stuff for this project.

A Nintendo Controller
A card reader of your choice
Small screwdrivers
A rotary tool
A hobby knife set

Step 2: Make Some Space

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Glue the buttons in place and use the rotary tool to open up the case to make room for the card reader. Remember that you might want to get back in so try and leave the four corner screws something to bite into. Also think about the cord for the reader and how it will fit in the space available.

Step 3: Make the Necessary Slots

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Mark the areas for the cards you want to be able to read. If you have a 12 in 1 card reader but only use one or two types of cards why bother with all the extra openings? Use the rotary took to cut the initial hole and then the razor to trim it up nicely.

Step 4: Figure Out the Cord Route

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If you can, trim away the cord and route it through the opening in the back of the controller. Then use hot glue to anchor everything in place. Remember to make sure you don't block acces to any of the slots you will be using for the cards.


doodlecraft (author)2014-07-09

Super cool! :)

Moneegreen (author)2011-06-18

That is so freaken cool yo

ivondudley (author)2011-06-17

Very clever

diyluke (author)2008-11-21

Heck if you have two controllers around why not make the USB hub to go with it?

zieak (author)diyluke2008-11-21

I made an optical mouse out of the other one. Check it out...

Soopah Steve (author)zieak2010-04-27


zieak (author)Soopah Steve2010-04-29

Thank you!  My very first instructable and one of my favorites too!

WMILLER73 (author)zieak2009-06-15

That is really cool. I don't have anything that I can post in a step by step on here yet. I have a old Nintendo. I'll have to try this

robots199 (author)2008-06-30

I love this instructible, 5stars, But shouldn't the title be pc card reader into Nintendo controller

zieak (author)robots1992008-07-06

Perhaps best worded as "PC card reader inside a Nintendo controller case"

sail4sea (author)2006-03-12

I saw this and had toI make one too. I had a few questions. How did you get the buttons to stay glued in? I am afraid someone will pick it up and try to push the buttons and ruin it. What do you do with the guts of the Nintendo controller?

NetReaper (author)sail4sea2008-05-24

use a plastic glue, the inside of the controller for a science project or for decoration. but remember, the solder on the circut board has lead in it, wash yourhands and dont have prolonged touching of it.

Derin (author)NetReaper2008-06-20

not with RoHS standards

SARAN (author)2006-04-28


NetReaper (author)SARAN2008-05-24

whatever kind of reader you put in it

gw812 (author)2007-02-27

A suggestion: once you razor out the holes go back with a needle file to smooth them and cut precise corners. It'll look even better! Fantastic instructable, btw. Gonna do this to my dead controller!

mutant (author)2006-05-21

At first I thought it was to play an SD card on the NES, to play NES ROMS. Sadly it's not.

DannyHunt (author)mutant2007-01-07

Yep... I thought the same thing :(

zieak (author)DannyHunt2007-01-07

I just changed the title and summary to better reflect that it is a card reader for a computer.

Bobfrizzle (author)2006-11-15

fucken tight man!

zieak (author)2006-05-11

Mine just does compact flash and sd cards - they are the only ones i use but the cardreader has slots for others. Just use a cardreader that has slots for the type you need.

popphoto (author)2006-03-15

Hey zieak, I'm an editor at Popular Photography, and I might like to put this in our June issue. Will you write me at dgrossman(@) best, Debbie

zieak (author)2006-03-12

I tried superglue but it wasn't strong enough so switched to Elmer's Probond Ultimate Glue. You need to use water to make the glue set up though so just follow the label's instructions. I seem to have managed a very strong bond.

sail4sea (author)2006-03-12

And here is a picture of mine.

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