Introduction: Take Apart Nintendo Stuff With a Flat Head Screwdriver!

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This project is all about taking Nintendo stuff with a flat head screwdriver, Basically it’s an easier way to void you warranties.

Step 1: Geting Screw Drivers.

First you have to get the screw drivers, I know there’s a good set you can get at radio shack for about five bucks, really tiny flat head. different screw driver are good for different products.


the lager screw drivers are good for console stuff like game controllers and Ereaders.

the smaller screw divers are good for portable Nintendo devices like the game boys and the DS.

one last not if you have a small screw driver but it's to big for the thing your working on I like to use a wire cuter and snip a little off the side of the head.

Step 2: Hippies?

Picture of Hippies?

beside the fact that I have awesome MS paint skills, and Nintendo might be owned by hippies, This picture is not scaled but the red part is were you want your screw driver.

Step 3: THE End...

that it, but I do want to say that I did brake a screw driver making this instructable...

and if you hack any thing cool using this technique let me know at []


TylerD4 (author)2015-08-07

Take a cheap (softer metal) flat screwdriver and fasten it to hard plastic or metal in a way that you can hit it directly in the middle of the flat bit edge with a thin point chisel, or something of similar make and hardness, so that the two sides fold up in a "V" shape. This way you can fit the new tool in two of the wings and get enough torque on the head to not have to worry even about screws secured with thread lock although the soft metal you need to use so that the tool doesn't break while making it assures that it will wear out faster than you would like. If you have any questions on any electrical or electronic project that you are having difficulty finding resources to fix don't hesitate to contact me as I'm familiar with electrical engineering on both military and civilian sides. Its about time we did what we wanted we the things we buy. F@#$ The Police !!!

tyler roberts (author)2015-04-24

it's not hippies, hippies wouldn't cause so much aggravation to so many on purpose.

AcmeUK (author)2014-04-15


Thank you SO MUCH for posting this tip.

My Fuji F20 camera had a broken LCD. I purchased a replacement,
but when I came to fit it I was defeated by the miniature
tri-point screws.

I spent 2 days trying to find a miniature tri-point screwdriver.

I believe the required size is #000 or Y000. I found 000 tri-WING
but no 000 tri-POINT; yes there is a difference see

BUT 2 minutes after reading your instructable, I was able to
remove the screws using a small flat blade watchmakers
screwdriver, and fix my camera.

Thanks again

ninjamaster102 (author)2013-07-25

I just made a nintenso ds lite into a gameboy (plays every gen gb game) with a backlit screen and better graphics and triggers

ldejanić (author)2012-07-16

Why you just don't buy a tri wing screwdriver set. You can find more about it at

Irock148 (author)2012-03-06

better yet get a dremel and cut a slit and put ur screwdriver in there. This way u dont ruin anything and the triwings don't really need to be replaced

Head Wound (author)2008-07-22

I also like to comment that is a great way to ruin a flat head screw driver. I done it 2 years ago on a Game cube controller hack. I had to replaced the tri-tip screws with nice Phillips screws of the same size in order to finish reassembling the game cube controller. You can order the correct screw driver from various sites on the internet. Do not ask me where, google it for your self.

you done it?...

What I meant to say is I done that trick to try to open up Nintendo products.
I ruined a flat head screw driver trying to use pudding22's idea to loosen up those tri-wing screws. Always use the right tool for the right job. Tri-wing screws are semi-common now on the internet if your willing to do some searching. sites like ebay or amazon has the right tool for sale.

i know i just thought that was daft ha ha ha

One thing you could do that will still get broken but won't be as valuable is to pound then end of a paper clip flat to use as a make-shift, disposable screwdriver.

KNEXFRANTIC (author)2011-02-22

thats not a cnd emblem lol

blkarcher77 (author)2010-08-24

Thats what she said

Yerboogieman (author)2008-07-07

i found a tri head screw driver!!! here!! i want one.

hotLatte (author)Yerboogieman2009-12-25

 Thanks for sharing! I found the mini Phillips I desperately needed on this great discount site. 

team_nes_1986 (author)2009-06-21

I have just found out how to take apart a GameCube with a BIC Cristal (the cheap, hexagonal one) pen WITHOUT heat. All you need to do is remove the ink cartridge, saw off about a quarter of an inch (6 mm) off of the tip of the pen, and, while pressing down hard, remove the screws like you would other screws. I'll post an Instructable later.

lordwilliam (author)2007-09-29

why in the name of god would i want to do this when am i ever gonna do this and what am i acheiving any way my Ninetendo DS lite cost 99.99£S whay would i want too destroy summin of big value

cyrozap (author)lordwilliam2008-12-27


jakesllama (author)lordwilliam2008-03-27

to replace the screen mine broke so i got one on ebay theres an answer!

cattrain (author)lordwilliam2007-10-17

How about a Gamecube? GBA? GBC?

MisterMissanthrope (author)2008-07-05

Nintendo is all about hack and mod, they have a three headed screwdriver

team_nes_1986 (author)2008-07-05

Y'know, I can see why someone would want to take an e-Reader apart. They'd want to if they wanted to take out that annoying link connector so as to use it with the Game Boy SP or the original DS. E-Reader owners, you'll immediately know what I'm talking about: that "thing" that was supposed to plug into the link connector on the original Game Boy Advance that gets in the way on an SP or a DS.

comegadgetas (author)2007-07-31

Cool. But,why you did that to an e-reader? I look for it a long time, and i didn´t get it.

In about 2005, I got one at You should be able to find one there.

despoteuodia (author)2008-01-29

how about using 3--yes--3 screw drivers at 120 degree angles?

Derin (author)despoteuodia2008-06-18

that would fix my power supply (it has a nub right in the middle of the flat hole)

maxxxem (author)2008-04-08

you can file off 1 edge on a phlips head so it makes a T shape insted of a +.

but it wont be a "Y" shape

oh... (now i fell dumb)

Derin (author)Guy_Whose_Awesome2008-06-18

nvm just think "i contributed to instructables and made a fact for everyone to know" and you will be just fine

But it will fit

leion 8000 (author)2008-04-08

I used that same trick and fixed my frankenstine of a D.s

highvoltage (author)2008-03-27

Well, you can't spell (neither can I though), but I can't wait to open up my gameboy advance now! I've been waiting to get in there and mod it a little andI may even change the LEDs on my DS to different colors now1 Thanks a bunch, cool tip!

fire (author)2008-01-20

Can't thank you enough :-D I already ordered a screwdriver for this, but you saved me having to wait a week for it to ship. Works great if you can find the right sized screwdriver.

synthblade (author)2007-11-10

What about the other Nintendo stuff, like the original NES. It has a weird-ass screw in it Y(X_x)Â¥

Jakobsdillusion (author)2007-10-30

Ive always had the problem with N64 game cartridges.. great belt buckle, horrible process to go through to make it though, thanks for the instructable!

kaste (author)2007-05-12

I found a set of screwdriver bits to fit Nintendo stuff, cell phones, etc. on Amazon for only $.98US plus $5.98 shipping.

kraM (author)2007-03-20

you could just buy a set of security bits at a hardware store every bit you could need for $8.00. its cheap and quick.

Robhavok (author)2007-01-09

I Dont understand do i need a special kind of screwdriver??

Fake_Name (author)2007-01-02

I was going to be the first person to say DUUUUUUUUUH! But apparently people actually couldn't figure this out, A fact that I find mildly frightening. Personally, I've used slotted screwdrivers, knives, a dremel, and a hammer (On different occations) to remove odd screws. It's not exactly rocket science.

pick up a set of spiral flute screw extractors and your other tools can go back to their intended purpose.

westfw (author)Tool Using Animal2007-01-02

Do they MAKE screw extractors for the sort of miniature screws found on electronics products?

For better or worse, these sorts of "secure" fasteners are more obscure than really secure; I picked up a "security bit" driver with 5 kinds of weird head in several sizes each for about $15 (NOT including the nintendo tri-wind style, though), and all you really need to do is find someplace to buy the right screwdriver for a particular style...

Nintendo Screwdriver

Tool Using Animal (author)westfw2007-01-07

Smallest screws I've pulled with a SSE are the ones in the back of a POS kyocera phone i bought for an aborted project, at a guess they're 2 mm torx. Irwin sells a set of six for $15, I got mine in a box of tools from a garage sale. God bless disgruntled ex-wives, as much as I could fit in my truck for $20.

Nesagwa (author)westfw2007-01-03

You can buy a Console Tool Kit that includes all of the bits for Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft consoles from certain console modding sites. Probably worth it if you open up consoles alot.

The smallest screw exctactor I've seen is *maybe* capable of removing 1/4-20 screws.

Anything smaller, and you'd have to buy it online, at which point you might as well just buy the correct screwdriver.

xrobevansx (author)2007-01-03

#2 isn't a "hippie" sign (AKA "Peace Symbol") it's actually a Mercedes symbol. A Peace Symbol has a line all the way down the center.

theRIAA (author)2007-01-01


pudding22 (author)theRIAA2007-01-01

lol the RIAA never takes a holiday? hu?

Tomtrocity (author)2007-01-01

Cool, very cool. Wouldn't have thought of that.

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