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BlueNES: A Bluetooth Connector for Classic NES Controllers

If you’re looking for a DIY way to hook up your classic Nintendo controllers for use in modern emulation programs, this hack allows you to use them without modifying the original casing or cables.

Courtesy of Evan Dustin, we find this guide on hacking apart a broken NES unit (to get the basic parts like the port connectors) and then binding it all together with an Arduino board. Check out the video above to see it in action and then hit up the link below to check out the notes on the YouTube video for additional information including parts and code.

BluesNES: Bluetooth NES Controller [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/8/12

Comments (2)

  1. Dark Reality

    That’s cool, but it has some issues, the greatest being that the skill level required exceeds that of the average nerd (let alone the general public). Plus, NES controllers are extremely limited; a Super NES controller would support NES, SMS, Super NES, and Genesis (except the 6-button Genesis controller for fighting games). I think the best balanced solution is a PS3 controller, since it comes ready for Android (iOS as well?) with Bluetooth, and can charge via USB. But I suppose that misses the hobbyist point, though. ;)

  2. zurb

    I think the best balanced solution here is to trash the whole thing and get a life

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