make a nintendo controller in to a usb joystick

nes

i had an old nes in the basement and was thinking of making a pc case out the nes unit, but then i googled around saw there was a kit you could get to solder up a usb joystick for macs and pcs out of the old nes controller. grab some emulators and you’ve got some up down a b select start action.

Comments

  1. STephen Craven says:

    Does anybody know which chip is used in the NES retro USB controller kit? Its sold for $16 here (http://www.sealiecomputing.com/retrozone/retrokit.html) but I know you can buy it for much cheaper somewhere else. It looks like all they did was take a USB controller chip and clip the unused wires.

  2. jeff says:

    i am a ammature videogame programmer for the computer. It would be kickass to use this for a game i made, but ordering parts online is iffy, and i dont have a credit card. does radioshack have these parts? and, if so, what are their names and specs for them?

  3. Rudy says:

    This kicks …
    A friend and I sat down on a friday evening and starting going at it. I ordered the parts and after a week of waiting and 3 hours of working on it Its done and works great!….
    some issues… after youve got everything sodered in place its hard to get it to close right…
    cut off a good chunck of the usb plastic… cut off the circle thing on the inside of the controller..and your set…XP picks it up quick and you are good to go. Great 3 to 4 hour project…hours of enjoyment afterwards.!

  4. Deaf says:

    Why not try add up the “Key Katcher” with this USB plug in… So that way if you get all the way to the third or whatsoever levels and lost… You can run this KeyKatcher in order to do it All over again by ITSELF!….
    http://www.keykatcher.com/ WITH http://www.pccables.com/70539.htm

    Keep on the good hacks…

  5. jeff says:

    maybe i am mistaken, but don’t they sell usb controllers like this in stores?

  6. Keebord says:

    what is on the big chip? like what numbers and the name of it.

  7. Dylan says:

    great idea! but too much money for people like me who arent very good at hacking and will mess up a lot so they will need a few kits and i defintly dont want to buy them already made…..

  8. Dustin says:

    NO SERIOUSLLY, CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL US WHAT THE NAME OF THAT USB CHIP IS, IVE GOT PILES OF CHIPS LAYING AROUND THAT LOOK JUST LIKE IT, SO IF SOMEBODY COULD EITHER GIVE OR LINK TO A DESCRIPTION, SO US TECHIES DONT HAVE TO FORK OUT MAD CASH FOR SOMETHING WE HAVE LAYING AROUND, A REPLY WOULD BE MUCH APRECIATED BY ALL. THX..

  9. Dustin says:

    NO SERIOUSLLY, CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL US WHAT THE NAME OF THAT USB CHIP IS, IVE GOT PILES OF CHIPS LAYING AROUND THAT LOOK JUST LIKE IT, SO IF SOMEBODY COULD EITHER GIVE OR LINK TO A DESCRIPTION, SO US TECHIES DONT HAVE TO FORK OUT MAD CASH FOR SOMETHING WE HAVE LAYING AROUND, A REPLY WOULD BE MUCH APRECIATED BY ALL. THX..

  10. jonboy says:

    Hey Dustin (and anyone else who’s interested)the chip is a PIC16C745 28 pin USB microcontroller (Not PIC16C74 as it doesn’t do USB). As for the other components, things are less clear:
    2x resistors @ 1.5k ohms (brown, green, red, gold)
    I believe the 3-leg component is actually a resonator (with built-in capacitors) running at 6Mhz. As for the value of the capacitor labeled 104, I don’t know. The cap labeled 334 in the wiring diagram didn’t appear in their kit picture, so it either isn’t relevant to the NES-USB controller, or was left out for some reason. Retrozone has a pretty standard wiring scheme for each controller type, so it could be that some controllers don’t require ’334′. The bad news in all of this for us who’d rather scrounge up our own parts is that PIC16C745 needs to be programmed with a chip burner with the specific software to make it work. After all is said and done, that little retrozone kit for $16 probably isn’t such a bad deal.

  11. Nyder says:

    Anyone know where I can find some plans to either hack a usb plug on a PS2 joystick, or to make an adaptor for ps2/usb. Even plans for Xbox to usb would be okay. though I’d prefer getting the dual shock controllers working for emulators.

    thanks

  12. Nyder says:

    wd5rt

  13. sam says:

    if anyone is interested i found another site that sells the usb nintendo controller for 3$ cheaper then retro.
    http://www.customkomputers.com/

  14. Ryan Thompson says:

    Does anybody know a good website to get an assembled NES controller with a USB porn tip on it? I’ve seen them for like $26 (before shipping) but there has GOT to be a site that has them for cheaper than that. Please drop me a line if you can help. ragemanchoo@hotmail.com

    Happy holidays!
    Ryan Thompson

  15. It seems the pre-made Nintendo USB controllers aren’t available currently. The first place mentioned says they will be back available mid this month, but I contacted them for a more specific time, and no reply. The second place says sold out. Does anyone know of any other place one can be purchased from? Thanks.

  16. Julius says:

    Sorry to crap on everyone’s day but you cannot just go out and buy the chip that retrozone uses, or if you already have one, it probably won’t work, it’s a PIC (Programmable Integrated Circuit) chip and you have to have a programmer for it, as well as either a program to run on it or the know-how to write it yourself. There is no way to just buy the chip and then just hook it up.

  17. Julius says:

    Sorry to crap on everyone’s day but you cannot just go out and buy the chip that retrozone uses, or if you already have one, it probably won’t work, it’s a PIC (Programmable Integrated Circuit) chip and you have to have a programmer for it, as well as either a program to run on it or the know-how to write it yourself. There is no way to just buy the chip and then just hook it up.

  18. Tre says:

    This site has all of the source code, schematics, and everything that you would need to build this yourself. Plus, they also sell kits cheaper than Retrozone.

    http://www.Zero-Soft.com/HW/USB_NES/

  19. Hetecro says:

    I decided to use an ipod usb cable with this (I had one laying around, but you can find them various places) and it works great because it is much thinner than most USB cables. The casing closes better, and might I add, the white cable is kind of sexy.

  20. lovette says:

    can you make me two of them i will pay u i cant find them any where with out credit card so can you please make them for me so i can play them old games on my pc.

  21. lovette says:

    can you

  22. Josh says:

    I can certainly build you two NES USB GAMEPAD CONTROLLERS. It will cost you 30$ per controller, I also do SNES controller for 35$ per controller, Sega Genesis 30$ per controller, N64 45$ per controller, and Sega Dreamcast 45$ per controller You can contact me at jstillwell0@gmail.com If you provide the actual controller to be modified, price will be reduced by 10$ the controller must be in good shape physically, but it doesn’t have to work, the cord can be gone or ripped. As long as it is in one piece and all the buttons feel okay it will work for this mod. I would also accept payment in form of trade for old video game controllers, games, accessories even working/non working gaming consoles.You pay all shipping and handling fees, please contact me at jstillwell0@gmail.com to discuss shipping and payment. I’d prefer going with Paypal, but i do accept money orders for those without a credit card or bank account, however i will not ship the item until I have recieved payment. Also if you shop on Ebay, I just began selling these on ebay, so check ebay from time to time.

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