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Turn an NES Control Pad Into a USB Game Controller

File this one under nerdy DIY: Somebody over at the Instructables site has figured out how to convert an NES controller into a plug-and-play USB controller that works on Windows or Linux.

There’s a lot of steps to follow, and it’s probably not something that most people will do, but it’s interesting to know that it’s possible, and it would be a great way to play those retro NES games on your PC.

Convert a NES gamepad to USB with Arduino [Instructables]

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/8/10

Comments (2)

  1. Hatryst

    That’s a lot of instructions !
    I’d prefer buying a new one :D

  2. Camilo Martin

    But it wouldn’t be an original NES controller! :)

    Anyway, I don’t have one any longer so I can’t try that :(

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