As much as I would love to play my snes on a tv some times that is just not practical, and after see protodojo put an arduino and a thumb drive that is activated by the konami code http://vimeo.com/6991298
. I wanted to make a all in one controller, but not with a console inside, but something that would be able to plug in to the computer! Here how I made this possible!
Working SNES controller
4 GB USB flash drive
USB Mini Smart Hub
RetroZone NES/SNES RetroKit
Hot Glue Gun
Dremel Tool (optional but will take less time and band-aids then a hobbie knife)
Trusty Dremel not pictured! HAHA
Here is how:
I started with a SNS-005 style controller like this
The inside of the back of the controller original looked like this.
Now using a Dremel I removed all of the non vital plastic inside the back of the controller.
Then I turned my attention to the thumb drive and USB hub removing both the plastic housings and USB connectors on both.
(Above is the progression of the thumb drive from plastic housing to striped with the USB removed and wrapped in electrical tape.)
(Above is the USB hub stripped of its housing and USB connectors with the thumb drive attached.)
Now solder in the RetroZone Kit based on the wiring diagram.
(This is every thing all soldered up and ready to go. I would test it now before gluing.)
After testing, glue all the components in. If you use the same USB Hub, glue the IC down against the SNES controller main board cause it can get a little hot! Also put some hot glue over all of your solder joints so if the controller gets jostled around they won't brake off.
And here is a picture of the finished product! By putting joytokey on the flash drive you could also use this to play flash games on the internet (FireNES Hint Hint)
I will update with video of the inside and of it working later. If you have any questions just drop me a line.