Had a bunch of extra N64 controller parts and needed something to putter with while waiting for my N64p model to dry, so I decided to see if I could make this work- use a N64 cart as a case for a controller. I think it’ll look pretty cool! Plus it will be convenient for people who have really, really, tiny hands and can’t use larger controllers comfortably. (My girlfriend plays more videogames than me, but has the smallest hands in the known universe!)
Except for the d-pad, which I won’t include, I want it to have all the original buttons- shoulders and z-trigger included, plus have rumble installed with an on/off switch.
Cramming in all the components alone would be hard even without the rumble board, so this will be a challenge! None of the rumble motors I have will fit, so I think I’ll use a 3v micro vibration motor, as I know they have them at RadioShack- will pick one up on my way home from work tomorrow.
Another challenge will be fitting in the joystick, but I think I can trim it down just enough to squeeze in. Cross your fingers!
So I ran out and picked up a game in a decent cartridge for two dollars at the gaming store nearby, gutted it and removed the labels.
Chopped up the controller board and started soldering. I had to solder directly to the traces, which was very difficult for me- I’m just not very good at soldering to small places, but the experience is good, I suppose, and everything checks out with the multimeter so far.
Moved on to the case, did a bunch of measuring, drilled a bunch of holes- the fun part was shaping the bottom half of the case to house the z-trigger.
Did it by heating the case under a lamp, then lowering it onto a roll of electrical tape which stood on its side. A bit like vacuum forming without the suction, I suppose. Cut the hole and trimmed it with a plastic piece and some wire insulation.
Will probably work on trimming the joystick next, when I get a chance.