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You Will Need
- A Nintendo game system and controller
- A 3-feet by 5-feet piece of cardboard
- About 40-feet of insulated red wire
- 6-feet of insulated black wire
- A roll of aluminum foil
- A roll of clear packing tape
- 32 sheets of construction paper
- Some gray, red, and black felt
- A soldering gun
- A screwdriver
- Some scissors
Take apart the controller
Take apart the controller, and remove the green circuit panel. Each of the 8 controller button terminals has 2 leads - one that connects to ground, and the other that goes to one of 8 poles. Make a mental note of which button leads to which pole.
Solder wire to poles
Flip the board over and solder a length of red wire to each of these 8 poles. Solder a length of black wire to the ground terminal.
Cover cardboard with foil
Cover the large piece of cardboard with aluminum foil, and tape the single ground wire to this base layer.
Stack construction paper
Stack 4 pieces of construction paper together and cut several holes in them. Tape the stack along its edges to the aluminum foil in the same location as the button you’re creating.
Tape foil over paper
Tape a smaller piece of foil over the construction paper – but make sure it’s not touching the base layer of foil.
Tape wire to foil
Tape the corresponding button wire to the small piece of foil.
Repeat this process for the remaining seven buttons.
Cut out felt
Cut out felt in the shape of the actual controller buttons.
Attach oversized buttons
Flip the cardboard over, attach the oversized buttons, and get ready to hop around like Super Mario himself.