August 17, 2015

Convert N64 Controllers into USB Gamepads using Arduino

If you long to play games with Nintendo N64 controllers on your PC - it can be done, thanks to the neat conversion project detailed by Instructables user BobJones6732. As you may already know, an Arduino Leonardo or compatible board such as the Freetronics LeoStick can emulate a USB joystick or keyboard.

With some simple rewiring the N64 controlled can be polled by the Arduino and the commands converted to USB gamepad signals that can be interpreted by the PC. To make this a success a whole new board profile has been provided, however you can reproduce it yourself in no time at all.

Once you have the controller connected to your PC, have fun classic emulated and contemporary games. To learn more about this project, visit the Instructable page. And for more, we're on facebook, twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

Looking for a small Arduino-compatible board to use as the basis of your own USB controller? Consider our LeoStick - it's the Arduino Leonardo-compatible board that's cheaper and smaller than the original:

Apart from being one of the smallest Arduino-compatibles on the market with USB, it also has an onboard RGB LED and piezo which can be used a knock sensor and various tune and sound effects. Plus you can add extra circuitry with the matching protostick! For more information and to order, click here.


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