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Impressive “side project” from industrial designer Nick Santillan, whose modular Red Blue CNC machine we’ve covered here a couple times before. Nick writes:

Most arcade sticks on the market…all look similar, more often looking like a box with buttons. I decided to make it more elegant that someone with a nice interior living room, a stick that would compliment their furnishings rather than having it look like a video game controller…it’s wireless, rechargeable (USB port for recharging), authentic Japanese arcade hardware (Sanwa), with a bentwood walnut top. This one is prototype #3 and most likely a final model #4 to follow after personal feedback/testing.

[Thanks, Billy Baque!]

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.



  1. That walnut has got to be reinforced somewhere or it’s going to snap off within 5 minutes of typical use.

    1. I reckon the demographic that would opt for such a controller wouldn’t expose it to “typical use.” Probably more casual/Kinect user than gamer.

  2. Haha! That is awesome. It looks so vintage too. Next time I buy a broken Xbox 360 I am going to fix it up and do this to it.

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