Earlier today I found my old Wii in my closet. It’s totally busted and doesn’t turn on anymore, so I figured “Hmm… What if I disemboweled it and turned it into a stick?” The main issue was the I didn’t want it to be just like any standard 6/8-button viewlix/similar styled layout controller with JLF and OBSFs, as I already have my TE2 for that. I wanted to turn it into something that was actually different, and would therefore ensure that it sees some use. Initially, because it was a Wii, I thought of turning it into a Smash stick like BlackHombre did, but it sounded like a bit more troublesome to do as a solo project than it’s worth; not to mention the Wii is probably too small to fit everything required (stick, buttons, padhack GC PCB). After a bit more thinking, I figured I could turn it into a stickless arcade controller a la HitBox, using all 24mm sanwas.
A) I’ve been thinking of using the MC Cthulhu PCB, since it has built in SOCD cleaning. Is there a better PCB for hitbox style controllers?
B) To my understanding, the joystick lever does nothing more than actuate the microswitches in the assembly. That said, if I remove the lever all together and replace the microswitches with entire buttons, that’s how I’ll get my cardinals to work via the pushbuttons, right?
C) This is my first time doing this sort of project and I have zero experience with tools. Obviously I’ll need some way to turn the Wii into a case for buttons, PCB, etc. So I’ll need a way to make the holes that fit the 24mm sanwas, as well as the neutrik port I plan to use. Is there some kind of drill bit I can find at home depot for that?