Hack your NES and SNES controllers for Wii

Written by Wil Harris

February 21, 2007 | 16:59

Tags: #controller #hack #nes #snes #wii

Companies: #nintendo

One of the biggest successes of the Wii platform has been the virtual console, where you can download old-school NES and SNES games to play on your console, avoiding the need to have to mess around with emulators and the like. You can even buy a retro gamepad in sleek Wii white to avoid having to use the Wii-mote.

But, for the ultimate in retro, nothing really beats gaming with the original gamepads, with their iconic stylings. Well, Mark Feldman has hacked apart his old controllers, installed some wireless circuitry and a battery from an iPod nano, then created a receiver with a Gamecube controller plug on the end, creating wireless, retro, Wii-compatible gamepads.

His website describes the details you need to do the project yourself, including the transmitters and recievers that have been used, as well as step by step guides with plenty of pictures. You'll need to find some fairly specialist parts, as well the obvious soldering iron, but the project isn't too outrageously difficult.

Go check out the site and the awesome pictures and video, then let us know what you think over in the forums.
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