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This Instructable is my entry in the Remix Contest, inspired by PhantomAura's Nintendo 64 Controller Internal Rumble Mod.

There are several key differences with my variation. The main difference is that it still relies on connecting the rumble pak externally, but I thought this made sense given that the rumble pack circuit is needed regardless in some way, and simultaneously using a controller pack already wasn't possible with the original design. This also means using an extra pair of wires to connect the motors to the external pack, but I felt that was a small sacrifice to greatly reduce the number of internal wires (and the switches) of the hard-wired version. I also use smaller motors and put a motor in the center prong instead of the left.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Picture of Tools and Materials

Main Materials

  • N64 Rumble Pak
  • N64 Controller
  • One to two vibration motors or other low-power DC motors of your choice
  • Wires (20-24 AWG recommended)
  • Heat-shrink or electrical tape

Main Tools

  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • 3.8mm Gamebit (if using first-party Rumble Pak)
  • Soldering/desoldering tools (iron, solder, braiding/pump, etc.)
  • Wire strippers
  • Drill

Helpful but variable/optional

  • JST connector and wire
  • Third-party N64 memory card (with a longer profile; for re-packaging circuitry)
  • Flush cutters or razor blades for light plastic cutting
  • Dremel/rotary tool for heavier plastic cutting
  • Hot glue gun
  • Multimeter
  • AAA batteries