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VB controller on SNES...again. Wireless!
Posted on: 2016/5/5 0:23
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Hey everyone- I've been doing lots of work on roundabout wireless controllers, and just now I got my VB to SNES one working! This one is kind of a hackjob since it's my first for these systems, it's easier to just throw it all together and see what happens since I always have to solder and desolder a bunch of things to fix bugs anyway :)

My stupid iPad took a nice blurry picture but I'll try to update this once I'm back home in the morning. Upon initial testing, pretty much all the buttons work fine except up/down on the left Dpad seem to be shorted. Pushing up makes Mario duck in Mario World, yet I can still navigate fine on the map (and throw shells up in the air even though he's ducking).

This project is fairly simple (and cheap!) just tasky...I hacked up a $20 RetroBit wireless pad (the black one) and just linked all the SNES button traces, grounds, etc to those on the VB. The chip in the VB was removed. I thought I had bricked the thing when trimming away the RetroBit circuitboard because it wouldn't power on, but all I needed was to link one isolated area back to ground.

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Re: VB controller on SNES...again. Wireless!
Posted on: 2016/5/5 0:42
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this looks awesome !!!!
one question.
what do you connect to the SNES in order for it to recognize the thing?
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Re: VB controller on SNES...again. Wireless!
Posted on: 2016/5/5 9:09
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Thank you! Well the RetroBit controller comes with its own little receiver. I can just leave that as-is, but I think it would fit in a VB game cart...that would look cool plugged into an SNES. This is for a custom SNES mini for a friend, so the receivers may end up hardwired into the system.
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Re: VB controller on SNES...again. Wireless!
Posted on: 2016/5/8 3:27
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Does the transmitter support A and B, are they just left disconnected, or did you hook them in parallel with other buttons?

I'm also curious about what you're going to do with the 10mm LED...
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Re: VB controller on SNES...again. Wireless!
Posted on: 2016/5/9 9:33
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Quote:

RunnerPack wrote:
Does the transmitter support A and B, are they just left disconnected, or did you hook them in parallel with

I'm also curious about what you're going to do with the 10mm LED...


I think I wired A and B up to B and Y. I haven't played much SNES lately but that seems like a good combination for games that may have a jump/attack setup on B and Y. If I get ambitious I may work in some jumpers to reassign those buttons on the fly externally.

The 10mm LED will be aimed straight at the gamer's eye to simulate a Virtual Boy session :). I was actually messing around with trimming more PCB and wanted a really obvious indicator of a sudden loss of connection to the battery.
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