Nintendo DS Arcade Stand / Charger

About: I'm a 15 year old kid who loves to make stuff with his hands. I hate having to pay someone to fix something, that why i like to fix it myself!

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]

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Step 1: Cutting It Out..

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

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

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

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.

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    81 Discussions


    2 years ago

    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! ;)


    3 years ago

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


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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


    8 years ago on Step 4

    i made one for my gameboy advanced SP


    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.

    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....