The new Super Smash Bros for Nintendo’s 3DS is pretty excellent — but for anyone who grew up playing the series on a full-sized controller, the 3DS’ control layout isn’t exactly… optimal. Blisters and tough-to-reach shoulder triggers aside, some players have managed to wear their 3DSes right out within a few weeks of the game’s demo release.
Fear not! Someone has figured out how to get a proper GameCube controller working with the 3DS. All you need is a steady hand, some damn fine soldering skills, an Arduino and an utter disregard for warranties.
The good news? The mod is quite cheap. Assuming you’ve already got the GameCube controller, you should be able to piece the rest together for under 15 bucks. The bad news? There’s a lot of intense tinkering going on here. If you don’t have at least a few dozen hours at a solder bench and a console mod or three under your belt, you probably don’t want to go near this one. Just be happy knowing that somewhere out there, someone is playing Smash Bros. DS on a proper controller.
If our warnings haven’t spooked you off yet, you can find the full tutorial here.