We’ve seen giant NES controllers in the Maker world before, but Baron von Brunk’s may be the first that is made almost entirely of Lego. Measuring in at five feet wide, I can only imagine how many thousands of light gray bricks it took to build the sidewalls alone.
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A standard NES controller’s contacts were broken out and connected to momentary pushbuttons. One of the hurdles von Brunk had to overcome was how to connect the Lego-made buttons to those momentary switches without getting them stuck in one position. In the spirit of purity, he used several spring-loaded Technics pieces to ensure that each button would bounce back once pressed.
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The piece was built with hardly any glue, sanding or cutting. Once completed, the controller was hooked into a USB converter for use in playing NES ROMs on the computer.
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