Picture of The NES AdPAD
I really like my NES, and i really like the features of the NES Advantage pad :-P Unfortunatly the advantage pad is not good to play with. It requires enourmous movement of your hand to use the joystick, and the A & B buttons tend to get stuck. Also you can't move freely with it, like the normal NES pad. Therefore i desided to add a port to the NES advantage pad, to allow a normal NES pad to be used, and to use the "Turbo" option, and the "player 1 or 2" option.
Yeah, I know. Some of you think it's a death sin to mod NES & hardware. And i'm pretty sure most of you are getting really tired of NES mods. But I haven't seen this mod anywhere, so bite me... :-P
I've called my creation the " NES AdPAD." :-P

Step 1: Disassembly

Picture of Disassembly
1 - Remove the knobs on the turbo trimmer pots. They are hard to get off with your fingers, so use a plyer. (pic 1)

2 - Unscrew the turbo trimmer pots. (pic 1)

3 - Unscrew the bottom. (pic 2)

4 - Unscrew the circuit board. (pic 3)

5 - Remove the buttons. (pic 4 & 5)

Ghost Wolf4 years ago
Show a picture of were you soldered the wires!
triton374 years ago
I could never get tired of nes mods...
DCDT4 years ago
or you could just use the nes satellite, and turn turbo on, but that would take battery, so this is nice too
vaati5 years ago
Wow! This is an awesome instructable! I took apart my NES to use the parts for other parts and to make a WORKING version... I just want to know the signals of the Advantage so I can use it for a game on an mcu...
It looks like more work then i wanted just to take it apart lol.
saites20019 years ago
Neat! But my NES broke down a long time ago.
Silas (author)  saites20019 years ago
Thanks.. Too bad about your NES! You can find cheap ones on E b a y...
cantrell8 Silas6 years ago
I found one at the thrift store that is in perfect condition.
Derin Silas6 years ago
wish gittigidiyor(Turkish eBay) was filled with good stuff
Very cool, But I would change up the connector with an original NED plug so that any original nes controller will fit in with out any mods. I was also toying with the idea of making a tiny version of the advantage to fit into a small controller, or possibly modding an old playstation controller to work with the nes;)
ssnik9928 years ago
Hello, I am using your instructions to take apart my NES Advantage to clean it. I am having a problem, though. How do you unscrew the turbo trimmer pots? Thanks.
josheeg8 years ago
I think the nes advantage had the best Features because some games didn't register super fast auto and some games needed a faster defalt auto. With some reverse engineering I think trim pots on the old nes controler or on the cable near the pad would be a nice mod. The reverse engineering would be look at nes advantage and rip the advantageous part of the circuit out. It looks nice for people who liked old pack man controls. But nes and newer system players know it would be very hard to play street fighter turbo useing a nes advantage with more buttions.
josheeg josheeg8 years ago
I mean re-draw the circuit and make it in eagle cad useing surface mount parts if you wanted to make it small. I know this would be hard and quite the learning curve nice hack thow.
richms9 years ago
Would be nice if it didnt involve hacking the NES controller. Since they just use a shift register to load the data back to the controller, and that there will already be a clock and reset signals present in the big stick I would think you could use those to feed up to the small controller and then put a serial-parallel shifter in the big controller to convert back to the individual lines for each button. Would end up with more latency if this did work however.