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This entry follows on from the previous entry: Raspberry Pi in a NES Case - Part 1 - Wiring up the front panel and external connectors

The controller ports only need 5 of the wires to be connected, there is quite a bit of documentation online for this. The GPIO driver has all the necessary information.

There are pinouts for the NES ports online too.

I used some ribbon cable to connect the ports and added Dupont single pin connectors to the end so they can be plugged into the GPIO ports on the Raspberry Pi.
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Wiring to the GPIO port is a little messy since some of the pins are shared. I ended up making extensions to some of the pins with 2 and 3 pin headers on one end and a Dupont connector on the other, that way I could plug in 2 and 3 other wires into those pins, respectively.
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Putting it all together with an extra USB hub plugged in so I can access a USB port from the cartridge bay later.
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The case is sealed up. The lid is a new colour now of course, the original plastic was becoming yellowish so I thought black would make it look nicer. 6 coats of black and 3 coats of clear later and the result is pretty good.
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After all the software is installed and the emulator is running, I have a functional NES/SNES machine!
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