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May 18, 2011 AT 12:00 am

Motion Activated NES Controller

Nick writes in about his Motion Activated NES Controller…

I just wanted to share a really simple hack made from 4 tilt-ball switches I ordered last week. I had the idea on Tuesday, placed the order Wednesday, and received them Saturday. The hack took less than 30 minutes and didn’t involve modifying the case of the controller at all.

I hooked the 4 tilt switches to the D-pad of an NES controller. When playing old Nintendo games, I always moved the controller with the direction of the character thinking it would help, and now it actually can. Want Mario to run right, tip the controller to the right.

I just wanted to thank you guys for the really quick service that allowed me to go from idea to completed project in less than a week.


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1 Comment

  1. Pretty cool. I like the simplicity and the hidden nature of the hack. It would add an extra level of difficulty to your games, I bet.

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