The NES-Gamepad-Mouse

I found 2 old NES Controllers in my cellar some time ago. Inspired by the web I decided to build the most unergonomic (but coolest) mouse on earth.

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First I disassembled the controller:

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Because the Controller was dirty and yellowed I used almost every cleanser I found. I used and mixed the cleanser very carefully since the “chemical accident” I had last year….

Shiny and bright::

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For the internals of the mouse I used a Labtec Notebook mouse:

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Nice, the PCB of the mouse has a notch which makes fitting in the PCB much easier:

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Now I removed some “unnecessary” parts of the mouse. The colored LED (NOT the red LED for the photosensor!), all buttons and the electric components of the scrollwheel had to go. I wanted to keep the “NES-feeling” when pushing the buttons, so micro switches where out of question. Then I started cutting the NES PCB in pieces……

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…and wired them to the PCB of the mouse.

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After removing some plastic parts of the casing of the NES Controller the mouse-PCB fits perfectly. The hole for the optical sensor was a little bit tricky to place. A template I made of paper, a small drill and a key file did the job. After hot-glueing the PCBs I reassembled the “controller-mouse”, sticked glide-taped on it and plugged it in a USB port:

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Horray, it works! But I was not satisfied with my work yed (the cable was kinda ugly). Is there anything better than the original NES cable? I disassembled the controler again and replaced the USB with the NES Cable (which has also 5 cords). Lucky me, the pin assignment was printed on the PCB (Thanks Labtec).The NES Plug was disassembled quite easy. After soldering the USB plug onto the cable the mouse is finally finished.

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The NES-USB plug:

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Too nerdy or not, what do you think?