Hey guys! Before I continue I want to disclaim that I did inspect the stickied threads fairly thoroughly, but there are a few things I couldn’t seem to dig up.
I’ve recently discovered that I have access to all the tools necessary to build some boxes, so I’m going to see about whipping up some sticks. I realize that the first few I make are going to be for practice, but hopefully after that I’ll be able to get some real quality going. =)
I couldn’t seem to find the dimensions that are most commonly used. The Wii stick guide had a suggested length and width, but it felt sort’ve small after I got a couple cuts out. I realize that it’s all preference to a certain degree, but I’m particularly concerned with the depth-- I realize that certain sticks are going to require a certain depth to the box, and I haven’t really been able to ascertain what that is. I don’t have any parts yet, so I can’t just stick a joystick next to a board to find out. Could someone enlighten me?
Also, I figured my first few ‘practice sticks’ would be a good opportunity to whip up a Metal Slug Anthology stick for myself, since none of the Gamecube arcade sticks that I know of support analog control (MSA for the Wii only supports analog on the Gamecube pad, not the d-pad…)-- I haven’t delved into soldering at all yet, and I really haven’t cracked any controllers open in the past, so everything is going to be completely new to me once I get down to the PCB’s. My question is: Would it be more difficult to create a stick that’s tied to the controller’s analog stick than to the d-pad? I don’t really know what all’s involved yet-- if the process is terribly different, could someone maybe begin to explain it to me? I expect some wear and tear once I start in on it, but I’d like to keep the number of ‘ruined PCB’s’ to a minimum. =)
Thanks! I’m sure more questions will arise once I get further into the process, but for now that’s all I really need to know, I think. I really appreciate any information, since I have looked for this stuff on my own.