DDR Pacman (AKA DDR Pad rewiring)

[Jason] sent in his low-tech, but interesting hack to allow the use of a DDR pad with his Gameboy advance to play PacMan. He took a $15 DDR pad, gutted it and wired directly to each of the foil pads that he wanted to use as buttons. For his project, he simply wired each pad directly to the DPad buttons on his Gameboy. It’s really a pre-manufactured version of [fbz] zone switches that she built for her backpack strap wifi detector.
By the way, [matt] over at Instructables wanted me to let you guys know that they’re giving away a $15k Versalaser.


  1. epicelite says:

    First post!

    Also, why would you want to play packman like that? Looks hard, but I guess it is good exercise.

  2. danadamkof says:

    cool concept, but he really could have simplified the wiring by tapping the signals from the PCB on the mat instead of his foil method.

  3. BigD145 says:

    Aw. This would have been far more impressive if the native signal from the ddr pad had been utilized.

  4. I agree with BigD145, I prefer a clean and user friendly hack over a “lets just gut it and rewire it” hack any day.

  5. Wolf says:

    If this doesn’t qualify for the “Gameboy Hacks” catagory, I don’t know what does.

  6. Shabby says:

    Informated Article… Appreciated!

  7. Lucas says:

    Solemn article. It make me lost in thoughts.

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