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

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)

Step 2: Soldering

(optional) - Make a hole with a Dremmel to make room for a 25 pin printer port (or smaller, it just needs to have atleast 11 connections)

2 - Follow the schematic (pic 1) solder the wires to the points, in different colors (pic 2). You can choose to wire the directly to the board, you you can do like me, and use a male printer port on the pad and female printerport on the Advantage. (pic 3) That way you can use the advantage without having cables all over :-P REMEMBER: If you do choose to use ports, you have to wire them mirrored. If you don't know what i mean, put the 2 ports togheter, and then you will know.

3 - Open your NES pad (pic 4)

4 - Unsolder everything, and cut the lines that i've marked (pic 5)

5 - Done that, you need to follow the schematic (pic 1), and wire the NES pad accordingly. Remember to put the cable in the "lock". (pic 6) Close it up.

Step 3: Finished

CONGRATULATIONS, you just made a "NES AdPAD" If you did it right, you now got a NES Advantage pad, with optional add on pad, so you can use the original pad, but with the NES Advantage pad's, advantages .. Confusing I know :-P

Step 4: Bonus Info

In Super Mario Bros., if you use the joystick, and the pad on the same time to walk both ways, it will make Mario or Luigi moonwalk :-P If you jump, while moonwalking, Mario or Luigi will moonwalk as fast, as if you hold down B to run..



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    15 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    or you could just use the nes satellite, and turn turbo on, but that would take battery, so this is nice too


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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...


    Reply 12 years ago

    Thanks.. Too bad about your NES! You can find cheap ones on E b a y...


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    wish gittigidiyor(Turkish eBay) was filled with good stuff


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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;)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    12 years ago

    Hmm, you just mentioned it yourself! THE FEATURES! If you'd bothered to read it all, you'd know it's because of the "turbo" and "1 or 2 player" option! Also you'd been a member here since dec 2005, and have 4 comments and no projects!?! You really have nothing to say here.. Obviously you don't seem to keen on this place, just somewhere you can troll.. As you said it so well yourself, "So why hell" don't you just ride you 3 wheeled bike out on the highway?


    12 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.