Turn a NES Controller Into an IPhone Dock

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Intro: Turn a NES Controller Into an IPhone Dock

In this instructable I will be showing you how to turn an old NES controller into a sweet iPhone Dock. There are several articles online showing pictures of a French dude(at least the original picture was on a French forum) who made one, but I'm gonna show you step-by-step on how to make your own!

The "Several Articles":
http://www.gearfuse.com/nes-controller-iphone-dock/
http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/nes-controller-iphone-3gs-dock/
http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/06/30/nes-controller-turned-iphone-dock/

Step 1: Get the Materials Needed

Materials Needed:

NES controller
IPhone/iPod Computer Cord
Scissors
Utility Knife
Sandpaper
Screwdriver-Really Small
Wire Cutters

Step 2: Open the NES Controller

On the back of the NES controller there are six screws that you have to remove. They are small and deep in the controller so you will need an extra small screwdriver.

Step 3: Modify the Circuit Board

In this step you will have to cut off some of the circuit board so that the end of the iPod cord can fit into the hole you will cut. In case you are wondering why you cannot just take the circuit board out completely, it is because if you don't leave it in the buttons won't be pressable.I cut off a good portion off the top where, like i noted in the materials picture, is where I'm gonna have the connector coming out. You will also have to cut the cord that goes from the circuit board into the NES.

Step 4: Cut the Hole for the IPod Connector

Using the Utility knife cut a hole for the iPod connector. This does take some time, but what I did is I started by making a slit then I just expanded it until the iPod connector fit though the gap.

Step 5: Finishing It Up and Screwing It Back Together

First stick the end connector into the hole you just made. If it's loose fitting than you might want to secure it with hot glue or epoxy putty. My hole was just big enough so it was nice and snug without anything to hold it in place. Next make sure you put the buttons back in correctly, and place the circuit board on. Screw everything back together and...Voila! You're finished!

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    10 Discussions

    To mickroolz: Yeah emulators are nice but some people value using the actual hardware. Someday, we wont have anymore NES controllers, and cannibalizing them for neat little iphone docks wont help that. Just my opinion. Cool idea though.

    OK....Two things, very awesome instructable, completely inspired to take it to the next step and turn my whole NES into an Ipod docking/music station. and second, I was wondering if there was an instructable to mod an adapter to plug my ipod into my TV for music/video or game play, any ideas or links? once again great job!!

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    TabbyDeAnne

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool! I've been wondering what to do with my old NES controller! I may have to try this! Nice!

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    mazingo

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Hey! I just made a dock like yours and it's come out great!

    Thanks so much for your Instructable :)

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    Mathisca

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Now if we merge these two projects to the ultimate NES IPOD dock. Check out the link.
    https://www.instructables.com/id/NES-Controller-iPod-Remote/step7/Final-Assembly/

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    mickroolz

    9 years ago on Introduction

    To Flyinseamnky: Ya i do realize what you're saying, but in order for what you're talking about to happen there would have to be two cords comin out of it and a lot more work customizing the inside to fit the extra cord. And "making it into little more than a paper weight" well i just had it lying around and i didn't have my nes anymore-it broke. So ya it does make it pretty useless, and playing games like centipede...that's what emulators are for ;-)


    To nvhalderen: Wow, nice job! that looks great. Just as good as mine...if not better.

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    Flyinseamnky

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I don't get it. You are taking something functional, and making it intolittle more than a paper weight. It would be cooler if the NEScontroller worked to control games on the iPhone/iPod touch, and theport was located at the top, and not the front. There are a lot ofclassic games, like centipead that would be awesome with that kind of a setup.