Xbox 360 arcade controller


[weirdo] sent in this sweet Xbox 360 arcade controller project(translated). He really wanted an arcade controller for the new Mortal Kombat game. After noticing that the expensive retail arcade controllers were missing the trigger buttons, he decided to hack his own together. After dissecting the controller, he soldered in some break out boxes. This will allow him pretty easy reconfiguration. Wanting some additional customization, he added LEDs to the buttons. Most people add LEDs to the buttons, so that’s not a huge deal, but he also added one to the ball on the end of the joystick. That added touch almost makes us forget that this thing is housed in a pizza box. To be fair, he wants to refine the button layout for a while before he makes a final enclosure.

We covered a very similar project last year, but it has since disappeared from its original site. You may also remember the slick Wireless PS2 arcade controller from back in June.


  1. kyle says:

    the led in the joystick is a really neat touch.

  2. Dan says:

    Prefer my wireless PS3 one :-P

  3. Bel says:

    Is that Mr. Hankey?

  4. mig says:

    Good hack, and it’s nice to see google has stepped up its game on the translation front. That is easily a day’s work for a professional translator, BIlled at around 200 euros!

    I suppose the downside is that google translation is only just about comprehensible…

  5. erihp says:

    a pizza box???

  6. cmonk says:

    yeah, i was surprised by google’s translator also.

    nice arcade design though. let’s just hope the final casing stands up to repeated bashing more than the pizza box. we all know there’s only one way to play mortal kombat.

  7. jjrh says:

    I’m amazed he can even test it housed in a pizza box. Other than making sure the buttons work, you would think he would end up crushing the box after the first round.

    Maybe I just lean too much when I play.

  8. erdbeerfetischist says:

    Yes that actually IS MR Hankey, he is living on my couch. .. :)


  9. why is it that people always make console arcade sticks with lolly-pop style joysticks instead of “ultimate” style joysticks…

    I can understand if you’re going for classics like pac man and other games from that era… but more modern 2D games, especially fighters all use “ultimate” style sticks that have more of an inverted tear drop shape.

    see for yourself:

    or maybe it just bothers me because I worked in an arcade for years.

  10. gen says:

    Most Japanese style fighter arcade cabinets use the ball top stick. Which means pretty much every 2d fighting game and 3d fighting game uses those. Actually the only game I’ve seen in the arcade ever to come standard with the teardrop stick is Mortal Kombat.

    I guess there’s just more grip options with the ball top, probably why it’s a bit more preferred.

  11. Solenoidclock says:

    Good luck finding a way to light a teardrop-style joystick.

  12. Tabasco says:

    Sure seems like a lot of work when you can get the same controller in a CNC machined box that won’t attract ants for cheap from arcade In A Box

    You can even get custom artwork on it… so you can have a Pizza Box look if thats your thing.

  13. True the machines in Japan do predominantly use the lollypop joysticks. But even the US market SF2 machines used the tear drop.

    I bet you could find a way to light up a tear drop if really wanted to.

  14. The lollypop joysticks are the greatest, old school. Being weighted is a perk to using these…

  15. anonymous says:

    Love the shot with Mr. Hanky in the back ground.

  16. UEDan says:

    My first arcade stick was housed in a shoebox… didnt work out too well.

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