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7 Ways to Recycle Vintage NES Video Game Controllers

By Trish Smith |
These vintage NES video game controllers have been transformed from non-working electronic devices into clever and useful everyday items.
recycled nintendo

Sadly, the days of the original Nintendo Entertainment System are over. Unless you kept your original game system from the 80’s and 90’s, or you happen to stumble across one at a thrift store, you probably will never see the system, or its accessories, ever again. That is, unless they have been recycled into something new and unique.

These vintage NES video game controllers have been transformed from non-working electronic devices into clever and useful everyday items.

1. Wallet
recycled NES controller
Image: Instructables

From hand-held gadget to hand-held wallet! Get step-by-step instructions on how to make this wallet here.

2. Storage Box
recycled nintendo
Images: Etsy

Sold on Etsy by GeekGear, this sleek container can be used to store small items such as keys, push pins, paper clips and screws.

3. Mouse
nintendo controller mouse
Image: Ryan McFarland , Zieak

Ryan McFarland likes to find old NES game controllers at thrift stores and turn them into cool new accessories. He shows you to make this working mouse on his website here.

4. Belt Buckle
nintendo controller belt
Image: NESBuckle

These belt buckles are made from real recycled NES controllers. You can buy the belt buckle alone, or with a black leather belt.

5. iPod Shuffle Mod
nintendo controller ipod
Image: Wikimedia

This sleep controller-turned-iPod is what every music and gaming fan needs. The up and down buttons control the volume, the right and left buttons control the tracks and the A button controls Play and Pause.

6. PC Card Reader
PC card reader recycled
Image: Ryan McFarland , Zieak

Another amazing creation by Ryan McFarland. You can learn how to make this PC card reader here.

7. iPhone/iPod Dock
ipod dock recycled
Image: Etsy

GeekUnique sold this cool iPhone/iPod dock on Etsy. It comes with a USB cable that can be plugged into your computer and charged.

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