Original NES Advantage Controller Stuffed with Clone NES


Like all good hackers [Osgeld] makes regular appearances at the thrift store to scavenge for raw materials. This summer he was lucky enough to come across a couple of NES clone games. These are controllers that emulate the original Nintendo Entertainment System by connecting to a television using composite video. The mechanics of the controllers were pretty much shot, but he knew he could do something with the boards inside. It was a small gamble at a dollar apiece anyway.

As you can see above, he upgraded a vintage NES Advantage controller by stuffing it full of the emulator hardware. To start he disassembled the arcade-like peripheral and gave everything a thorough cleaning. Since he was going to be soldering onto the PCBs anyway he upgraded the controller by swapping out the original switches for a different set of tactile switches. The large base provided plenty of room for [Osgeld] to fit the emulator (with included ROMs) and now he’s Playing with Power.

The NES Advantage is a very nostalgic controller. Even the Ghostbusters hacked on it!


  1. strider_mt2k says:

    I adore projects like this.
    Clever useful, and folks can have some fun when they’re finished having all that fun!

  2. Yarr says:

    “Famiclone” is the word you are looking for, not “emulator”. Emulators are effectively virtual machines that can run code designed for one architecture on a different one, whereas 99.9% of Famiclones are simply one-chip hardware-level implementations of the NES’s hardware.

  3. kaidenshi says:

    I’m just digging the Apple //c in the background; I was wondering if it was somehow integrated into the game hack but I guess it’s just serving as a lowly base for the display. The //c was one of the first computers I had as a child.

  4. Osgeld says:

    the IIc is my most used retro computer, its fired up at a minimum of once a week. That being said it happened to be the closest non PC tv solution at hand and it fit on the desk, so I plugged it in there

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