I just finished modding a Saturn pad (crazy thanks to the tutorial here) by cutting the cord and wiring it up to a DB-15 cable. It’s a fun little hack, and makes it easy to use your Saturn pad on different systems. I just made a project box with a 360 PCB with a DB-15 connector, and I wanted to fix one up for Wii, too.
Has anyone hacked a Wiimote yet? This article makes it look more or less simple, although I don’t really know how I’m gonna get past those Y-shaped screws yet. Only thing my newbie ass would have a problem with is desoldering and successfully remounting the IR unit. If I didn’t mind the sloppiness, could I just snip it and solder 5 different wires (or can you get a ribbon?) to the contact points and mount the unit outside the project box? I suppose worst comes to worst, I could mount the whole PCB against the wall of the project box and cut a hole for the IR pointer.
The only other problem I can see are possibly all those weird yellow contact points for the Power button and the +/-/Home row. Are they just going to be regular contact points?
I’d also have to figure out some way to retain the battery attachment and Sync button, since it’s wireless, but people have done wireless hacks before, I just haven’t really searched the forums on that part yet.
Am I missing anything? I don’t know why there’s not more Wii hack stuff out there. There was nothing in the first couple pages of my first two forum searches.