Nintendo Controller Into a PC Card Reader

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Introduction: Nintendo Controller Into a PC Card Reader

About: I like making things out of items that would have otherwise been discarded. Check out my other projects!

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

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

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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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
Glues

Step 2: Make Some Space

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

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

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.

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    24 Discussions

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    diyluke
    diyluke

    11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Soopah Steve
    Soopah Steve

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     OMG THATS FREAKING AWESOME! I WOULD 40/5 * THAT IF POSSIBLE.

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    zieak
    zieak

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    WMILLER73
    WMILLER73

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    robots199
    robots199

    11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    zieak
    zieak

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    sail4sea
    sail4sea

    13 years ago

    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?

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    NetReaper
    NetReaper

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    SARAN
    SARAN

    13 years ago

    WHAT KIND OF CARDS DOES IT READ

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    gw812
    gw812

    12 years ago on Step 3

    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!

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    mutant
    mutant

    13 years ago

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

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    DannyHunt
    DannyHunt

    Reply 13 years ago

    Yep... I thought the same thing :(

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    zieak
    zieak

    Reply 13 years ago

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

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    Bobfrizzle
    Bobfrizzle

    13 years ago

    fucken tight man!