“Now you’re playing with power!” Who remembers those commercials from the late 80’s and early 90’s? If you do, then you’re the right person for this DIY! If you have no clue what’s going on so far, you might want to check out another DIY, as this is a throw back for some of us old gamers in here.
I’ll be honest, this instructional is going to be more of an idea generator, than an actual step by step, as light fixtures and lamps will make each DIY build very different. But let me at least plant the idea in your head, and show you how I managed to put this all together, so you can give it a go yourself and your man cave.
PROTIP: If you have a perfectly good working retro NES Advantage Controller, don’t destroy it! Just buy a broken one on Ebay to tinker with.
DIY – Retro Nintendo Advantage Controller Lamp (Man Cave Decor)
Like mentioned above, each lamp will be different. So all you need is a broken NES Advantage Controller and a working lamp socket. That’s it!
Step One – Tear Down of Controller
This step should be the same for everyone, as the tear down shouldn’t be different between controllers. You’ll start with taking out the two screws on the bottom of the controller, then removing the four rubber feet (save them, as you’ll put them back on later), and removing the four screws under them. Once you get all the screws out, the black cover should come right off.
Step Two – Remove Joystick
With the cover off, you’ll see four screws on the left hand side holding the joystick into place. Remove these four screws, and unscrew the joystick ball from the top. Completely remove the joystick. You’ll want to save the black joystick ball, as some lamps can use this as a screw for the top of the light shade.
Step Three – Light Socket Fitting
Now this is the part where you might be on your own a little. As there are a thousand different lamp fixtures and sockets, you’ll need to tinker with your individual piece to get the socket to fit tight in the joystick socket. Heh. Anyways… The only advise I can give here, is DON’T HAVE THE LIGHT PLUGGED IN WHILE YOU’RE DOING THIS. Other than that, look at the pictures below and see what works best with the pieces you have.
Step Four – Test Lamp and Clean it Up
Now that you’ve got the lamp socket in nice and tight, you’ll want to test the lamp before putting everything back together. Plug it in, screw a light bulb in, and hope your don’t get electrocuted or set anything on fire. Waiver: ActiviDIY is not responsible if you do! Still here? Ok good! Clean up the insides of the controller by cutting the wire bundles with some cutters, and removing the old power cord. Once done, put everything back together, glue the feet back on, and you’ve got yourself a new retro Nintendo decor lamp for your man cave!
Step Five – Annnnndddddd… we’re done!
And that’s all there is to it! I wish I could’ve been more informative with the light socket, as that’s the most important part, but I have faith in my readers. Like I said, just make sure it’s unplugged and you’ll be ok! Otherwise, you’ll be like Jupiter in Mega Man 5! Boom! Like that reference?!
Step Six – Share, Like, Comment
Please share, like, comment to let your friends know about this post. If you found this DIY to be too difficult, or don’t have enough time to complete it, feel free to purchase it from our Etsy shop! I mean, we’ll eventually run out of room in our house if we keep everything we make, so it’s win/win! Plus, we’re in the process of moving, so I don’t have a man cave right now. 🙁