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https://github.com/sparkletron/Colecovision_Controller

 

The github link above is for my finished project that has all the files to create a 3D printed Colecovision controller with all the original functionality. The form factor is the size of a NES controller. It uses micro-switches, single sided PCB, diodes, #4 pan screw, 3D printed parts, and a Sega Genesis extension cable. This is available with no license, do as you please with it. All files are available in the github repo.

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Very cool. 😎

Now we just need one with 4-button Super Action Controller support and we'll be set! 👍

 

Tweaking things to allow use of existing NES (or even SNES) buttons is a great idea.. That would be much better than trying to 3d print them. Plus I already have a ton of spares from customizing all my Nintendo controllers.

 

The best site to get buttons from is probably Kitch & Bent.

Retro Modding is another good one.

 

https://store.kitsch-bent.com/collections/replacement-parts/products/custom-buttons-nes

 

https://www.retromodding.com/collections/nes/products/game-boy-buttons-nes-style

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1 hour ago, SiLic0ne t0aD said:

Very cool. 😎

Now we just need one with 4-button Super Action Controller support and we'll be set! 👍

 

Tweaking things to allow use of existing NES (or even SNES) buttons is a great idea.. That would be much better than trying to 3d print them. Plus I already have a ton of spares from customizing all my Nintendo controllers.

 

The best site to get buttons from is probably Kitch & Bent.

Retro Modding is another good one.

 

https://store.kitsch-bent.com/collections/replacement-parts/products/custom-buttons-nes

 

https://www.retromodding.com/collections/nes/products/game-boy-buttons-nes-style

Neat, though I want the spirit of the project to be as home grown as possible. But I think making it compatible for both button types (3d and purchased) would be excellent. I do plan on a nes /snes controller using a pic, just need to get around to it. At that point that would be a good time to make that change to the coleco shell and fork it(git term) for the snes/nes. 

 

As for selling them, this project is for everyone. I hope it helps people and provides documentation of the original hardware. I could, but my process limits the amount and how cheap I can make them.

 

I do everything in house. The PCB is done with a t-tech 5000 mill in my shop, my 3d printers, and my time for assembly. I do not want to make it cheaper by giving business to China, so I'm not sure how I could make it economical. Plus at that point an injection molded case would be nice. 

 

The super action controller would be a another great next step. I think that and the steering wheel would be a cool way to round out the project.... Someday.

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4 hours ago, electro_sparkles said:

Neat, though I want the spirit of the project to be as home grown as possible. But I think making it compatible for both button types (3d and purchased) would be excellent. I do plan on a nes /snes controller using a pic, just need to get around to it. At that point that would be a good time to make that change to the coleco shell and fork it(git term) for the snes/nes. 

 

As for selling them, this project is for everyone. I hope it helps people and provides documentation of the original hardware. I could, but my process limits the amount and how cheap I can make them.

 

I do everything in house. The PCB is done with a t-tech 5000 mill in my shop, my 3d printers, and my time for assembly. I do not want to make it cheaper by giving business to China, so I'm not sure how I could make it economical. Plus at that point an injection molded case would be nice. 

 

The super action controller would be a another great next step. I think that and the steering wheel would be a cool way to round out the project.... Someday.

Gotcha. 👍

Well you're doing a fine job so far. Keep up the good work! 🙂

 

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