So I had two cheap sticks lying around and I decided that this was the weekend I would do something about them.
And so, after spending too much on tools, I have this to show for it:
This ugly thing is made from a Mayflash and an Ikan Mini Stick. It’s PS3 native, and it is my first attempt to ever wire something this complex. A learning experience to be sure. Everything works as it should for now, but I will need to get my hands on some proper buttons. I’ll be sticking with the tweaked stick for now unless I decide to get something better. The top row buttons are just simple half-inch buttons picked up at Radio Shack.
It took some trial and error to make sure everything was wired right and that nothing was crossing. I even had to throw out some plans halfway through. Ugh. The board had a turbo function, but that has no place on an arcade stick. Once I get some arcade buttons, I may decide to get rid of the larger PCB on the bottom and wire the buttons right to where the ribbon cable is now.
In time I’ll go to Kinkos or the like to get some art printed out. I’m going to go with a Fraken Fran theme. Seems appropriate due to its origins.
In any event, I rather enjoyed the experience. I’d love to do it again with better parts in the future.