How to Turn an Old NES Controller into an iPhone Dock

How to Turn an Old NES Controller into an iPhone Dock

Jesse Leikin
Jun 7, 2011

With Apple's WWDC and the E3 gaming conference both happening this week, there is lots of news coming out of the tech world. In celebration of the two happening simultaneously, and inspired by an Etsy seller's creation, here's how to make your very own iPhone dock out of a NES controller. The meshing of new and old tech gives us puts a smile on our face.

What you will need:

  • NES Controller
  • Utility Knife
  • Small Screwdriver
  • File and/or Sandpaper
  • Wire Cutters
  • Hot Glue
  • iPhone/iPod Cable


  1. Unscrew the 6 screws on the back of the NES controller using the small screwdriver.
  2. Cut of a portion of the circuit board at the top where you want the iPhone cable to go. This is also where you will dock the iPhone/iPod. Be sure to cut a big enough piece so the cord fits, but not too much where the circuit board can not hold the buttons in place later. If you do cut the circuit board too much, you can always use duct tape or glue to keep the buttons in place.
  3. Cut the cord that attaches from the circuit board to the NES.
  4. Use the utility knife to cut a hole in the top of the NES controller where you want the iPhone/iPod to dock. Start using a small slit and expand to the appropriate size.
  5. Test the size of the slit to make sure the cable fits appropriately.
  6. Once the size is correct, use a file or sandpaper to sand the edges down.
  7. Use hot glue and secure the connector in place.
  8. Make sure all buttons are in place, reattach the circuit board, and close the controller case. Use the screws to make sure the case is secured.

In just about 15 minutes of work, you know have a retro NES controller dock for you iPhone. Of course, if this seems like too much work, you can always purchase one from a crafty-skilled seller over at Etsy.

(Images via Etsy)

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