SNES Controller Into a Mouse Mod

Introduction: SNES Controller Into a Mouse Mod

A quick and easy way to turn a SNES Controller into a working optical mouse!

Step 1: Materials

Materials Needed:
Dremel Tool
Super Glue
Two-Button Optical Mouse (without scroll wheel)
SNES Controller
Screw Driver

optional (Heat Gun and Razor Knife) for cleaner cuts

Step 2: 1. Take Apart the Mouse

Take a screw driver and take them both apart.

Make sure you don't mix up the parts.

Open up the mouse and take out its guts. Keep them.

Throw away the case.

Step 3: 2. Take Apart the SNES Controller

Now open up the SNES controller. keep the case and buttons, throw away the guts.

Step 4: 3. Grind Down Plastics

The case should be pretty simple looking.
You have a top and a bottom.
They will need to have certain parts ground down so the mouse guts will fit inside.

It is as follows:

Step 5: 4. Cut Hole for Optics

Now that you have ground them down, the mouse guts fit inside.
One problem you need to cut a hole in the bottom of the SNES case so the optical part of the mouse will work.

This is where you cut.
I used the cutting blade on the dremel tool.
You can also use a heat gun and razor blade if you have access to these.

My cut is quite crappy but it will do.

Step 6: 5. Glue

You aren't done yet. Now you have to glue down a few buttons so they don't fall inside. I have them circled on this next image.

Careful not to glue your fingers, use tweezers if you are bad at it.

Step 7: 6. Mount Mouse Into SNES Case

Now you have to fit the guts into the case, like this...

Don't put it in backwards!

Now place the bottom part of the SNES case on the back.
Glue the topmost corners together along with sticking in two screws that are located on the right and left. (they are the only usable threads left, its not hard to figure out).

Step 8: 7. Enjoy!

You are all done!



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    7 Discussions

    this doesnt seem like it will work... how can you just stick the guts of the mouse into the controller so that pressing the buttons of the controller would trigger right/left clicking?

    Would'nt it be better to use an adapter to convert the cable to usb then use something like Xpadder to map the buttons and dpad to keyboard and mouse buttons


    How could you do that to a snes controller

    needs scroll wheel. Nobidy will use this without a scroll wheel. Its just to useful!

    You left out how to get the buttons lined up. I think this would be difficult to use since the wire is coming out of the side instead of out of the top.

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