A lot many of us have fond memories of the classic Nintendo which have now given way to Play Stations and X box and other high-end gaming stations. However, some Nintendo enthusiasts would still love to keep a part of their favorite Nintendo with them in the form of some gadget. Here are ten amazing creations out of old Nintendo creators – a must-have for geeks and a great way to recycle as well!
1. NES Controller Wallet
This amazing wallet made out of an NES controller is something that no one would ever have. This wallet is very easy to make and for this you would need one old NES controller, wire snip pliers, a small screwdriver, a long zip and UHU glue. Firstly, you would have to unscrew the controller carefully and remove the wires (except the ones that fix the button pads) and circuit board from inside. Then apply some glue to the keys so that they do not fall out of place. Then take the long zip and glue it to the inside of the controller along three sides, the fourth side can be sealed by using a ribbon. Add the finishing touches and your controller wallet is ready!
2. NES Controller MP3 Player with Cartridge Speaker
These funky NES gadgets are the creation of Morte Moya in which he has converted an NES controller into an MP3 player and then he has turned old game cartridges into speakers. The speakers are not too loud and are perfect for personal use when you sitting by the beach or simply reading something and is not meant for party music.
3. NES Controller Belt Buckle
This innovative belt has been made by using the NES controller as the buckle – giving it a very gadget-like and colorful look. Priced at $28, this belt would be any techno geek’s prized possession!
4. Nintendo NES Controller Mouse
Using old Nintendo controller to make something useful is a great way to go green. This mouse is made out of an NES controller and is very easy to do it at home. For making this mouse, you would need an NES controller, a dremel tool, an optical mouse, small-sized screwdrivers, a hot glue gun, super-glue, two replacement buttons, a soldering gun and solder. This project would probably take you a good 4-5 hours. Firstly, you would be required to open up the NES controller and clean its interior and then replace all that with the optical mouse’s circuit board carefully. Then solder it carefully and then attach the replacement buttons. Fix the controller together and you have an NES Nintendo controller mouse ready!
5. NES Controller Storage Box
This amazing Nintendo storage box is from the innovative GeekGear Shop at Etsy which gives these plastic devices a new lease of life. This controller has been saved from adding on to the landfill and has been converted into a small box that can store your tiny belongings like keys, mints, pins and so on.
6. iPod Dock from NES Controller
This wonderful creation by Jeremy and Lee from GeekUnique has an old NES controller converted into a docking station. Priced at $40, this iPod or iPhone dock is a very handy device that will also take you down memory lane with the Nintendo controller acting as a bridge between modern technology and old.
7. iPod Shuffle Mod Made from NES Controllers
This amazing iPod shuffle has been created by Martin Kersch of Germany by using an old Nintendo controller and has all the features of an iPod. The exterior contains all the relevant buttons such as shuffle play, 3-way switch, track forward/backward, volume up/down, off/start button, hold button, play/pause button and also a USB port.
8. NES Controller Doorbell
This green gadget is a doorbell made out of an old NES controller and does not look like a normal doorbell. Created for the Nintendo enthusiasts, this wireless doorbell is a great way to improve your security as it also comes with an LED display unit as well!
9. Nintendo Controller Bike Flasher
This unique bike flasher has been made by using an old NES Nintendo controller that has Velcro straps attached to make it easy for you to attach this lighting device to other things as well, apart from your bike. The light emanating from this bike flasher is quite effective and better than the regular rear flashers.
10. Nintendo Controller into a PC Card Reader
This PC card reader is made out of the iconic Nintendo controller and can be made at home. The items that you will require for this task would be a Nintendo controller, small-sized screwdrivers, a card reader, a rotary tool, a hobby knife kit, and glue. Firstly, glue the buttons of the controller in place and then open up the NES controller box by using the rotary tool. Make some space inside for the card reader, fit it neatly inside the controller and make the necessary slots. Make space for the cord route and fix it in place by using hot glue but do make sure that the slots do not get clogged with glue. Join the two pieces of the controller together neatly by using glue. Your Nintendo controller PC card reader is ready!