The custom controllers, which are described as “really difficult” to build, feature every function of a standard Switch Joy-Con, including wireless functionality, additional buttons, HD rumble, gyro and Amiibo support.
The Joy-Cons were created using real GameCube controller ports so that they feel “exactly like using an original controller,” according to creator ‘Shank Mods’.
Shank even 3D printed a functioning centrepiece for the controllers to dock into for wireless play.
In a video published on YouTube, Shank details how he made the controllers and the challenges he faced during the creation process.
The modder first started by cutting a GameCube Wavebird controller in half, before integrating the Joy-Con’s components by 3D printing new parts to keep them in place.
Shank Mods needed to consider new placement for an additional Z button, four Switch face buttons, plus the integration of analog stick clicks and making the controller’s shoulder buttons digital only.
“The theory behind this project is simple: take a set of real Joy-Cons, tear them down to bare components, put them in a GameCube controller and wire buttons and sticks to the Joy-Con’s board,” the creator said.
“In reality, getting it all to work wasn’t so easy. It required several months of planning and hard work and also required a significant redesign of the GameCube controller’s internals, with custom 3D printed components.”
He added: “This project was so much work, but I’m really happy with how it came out.”
Shank Mods will soon be sharing instructions on how to make the custom Joy-Cons, but warns that the project is “really difficult,” as well as “expensive and time-consuming,” and not a good project for beginners.
Last year Nintendo release official Super Nintendo controllers for Nintendo Switch, available to Online subscribers. However the controllers quickly sold out and are currently unavailable.
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