Wireless genesis controller for PC


[Jacob] wanted to play some sega games on his PC and felt like the experience just wasn’t complete while using the keyboard for input. He had an old MadCatz controller laying around, which could have probably been connected fairly simply, but he really wanted it to be wireless. A wireless keyboard was sacrificed, and the wireless genesis controller was born. To make it, he disassembled the keyboard to take the controller chip out. After tracing out and soldering switches to the leads, he installed it in his genesis controller.


  1. Orange says:

    Awesome, it can be a great base for other project!

  2. Craig says:

    Very cool! Good job Jakob!

  3. Gh0sTly says:

    Keyboards are useful for so many hacks. You can take a cheap Wireless keyboard and make anything wireless. you have near infinite possibilities.

  4. andrew says:

    i love it! bought a used genesis at a thrift store the other day just to play those old games. oh the memories… :)

  5. BB says:

    Still could use some work esp on the battery pack

  6. Patrick says:

    I knew the great kobaj before he was famous

  7. jjrh says:

    too bad he didn’t do it on a 6 button controller.

  8. Haku says:

    This is a nice step up from wiring the controler from a USB keyboard directly into a NES controller, but what’s got me curious is how well the controller feels to use after replacing the rubber buttons with tactile microswitches?

  9. strider_mt2k says:

    I like the hack.

    I’ve been keeping an eye out for a bluetooth gamepad or a wireless gamepad with a small USB dongle to build into my Dell Mini 9, but I haven’t had much luck.
    (generally the receivers tend to be larger than the space I have available within my netbook.)

    Currently I’m simply using a Logitech Precision wired USB gamepad, but have a generic SNES one on the way.

    Great work, and good gaming to you!

  10. Timothy says:

    Good hack, but would be better with an original Genesis controller, rather than a 3rd party vendor.

  11. walt says:

    cool mod, but I’m with haku. why replace the buttons. I would have simply cut then tapped the traces on the controllers original pcb.

  12. Orange says:

    With those stiff buttons, its not the same. It IS very uncomfortable. I made mine with the original buttons, but out of a NES controller. NINTENDO rulz. ^_*

  13. Aallen28 says:

    That’s pretty incredibly amazing.

    I’m just saying.

    Wow. O.O Genius.

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