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Have you ever had a game controller that you really loved, but wasn't personalized for you? Well that's how I felt with my Gamecube controller.

Gamecube controllers are my favorite types of controllers, but in North America, the three most common colours of them are Platinum, Black and Indigo colours. None of which are really unique to each person, so what are you to do?

Mod it. You mod it. Custom buttons, sticks, and LEDs, sure why not.

Luckily for us, the Gamecube controller is one of the most modded, and supported controllers out there, look in any Super Smash Bros. tournament and there's bound to be people with their modded controllers. Not to mention too, it's really easy to get it working on PC.

I'll walk you through how I made this custom controller, and suggest some extra mods to do at the end. I highly suggest reading though it, and checking the images for extra info. I also suggest to try to make your controller different. While my controller may be cool, it's better if it suits what you like, which is why I have a list of other mods that I've seen, so you can customize your controller even further. You can decide how easy or hard your mod can be.

Step 1: Sourcing the Parts

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The parts we are going to need are:

  • An Official Gamecube Controller
    • Make sure to get an official one, most third party controllers aren't that good. The regular colours of Gamecube controllers will all have the Nintendo Gamecube logo in the center of the controller, and will have the logos behind the C-Stick and D-Pad on the back of the controller too.
    • Best place to buy them would be on Ebay, or a local second hand store. All colours can be found here (or you can wait for deals when a new listing is made)
  • Gamecube Buttons

    • Plenty are on Ebay in many different colours, plus they're actually decent quality (excluding the Z button, which is molded incorrectly)
    • I bought something similar to this (I bought completely clear ones)
  • RGB 5v LEDs Make sure that they are the 4 pin version, where there is a common 5v, and 3 Grounds for the RGB control

    • I think this should work
  • Thin wire (and I mean thin)
    • I used a mix of 24 gauge stranded wire, and some even thinner solid core wire. The thinner wire measures about 0.85mm thick, and was given to me. I believe that it is one of 8 cores in networking wire.
  • Rubbing alcohol of some kind (somewhat optional)

    • I used glasses cleaners, since I had those lying around

Tools:

  • Soldering Iron
  • Side cutter pliers
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • A small set of files
  • Multimeter (optional)
  • Tri-wing screwdriver
    • Isn't very common, you might have to buy a new screwdriver or kit, I personally use the ifixit precision screwdriver set, that came in the pro tech toolkit, but other screwdriver sets will work too.