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NES Controller Laser Mouse

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the now-thats-a-cute-hack dept.

Hardware Hacking 131

An anonymous reader writes "Old school is new school, fool. It's time to take that retired NES controller of yours that you broke so mercilessly smashing it on the carpet in frustration at never ever ever being able to beat Ikari Warriors, and recycle that biz. Be good to the environment and turn that thing into a laser mouse, why don't you? And yes, the A button is left click, and the B is your right, and your raging case of carpal tunnel is about to get a whole lot more fun."

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Akari? (2, Informative)

BeneathTheVeil (305107) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316819)

I believe that was, Ikari Warriors.

Re:Akari? (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316846)

I thought it was Atari Worriers, myself.

Re:Akari? (4, Funny)

dknj (441802) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316877)

the sad thing is, they stole the article summary word for word from the site and still spelt it incorrectly. what the hell are the slashdot editors doing when they read these submissions?

Re:Akari? (2, Informative)

spectral (158121) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316889)

If you look at the site the comments pick on them for it. I assume the original article was changed.

Re:Akari? (4, Funny)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316949)

See, where you go wrong is assuming that they even read the sumbissions.

Re:Akari? (1)

e2d2 (115622) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317592)

They must be busy working on all those new improvements to slashdot..

Re:Akari? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13317854)

Im getting so damn tired of these "why don't de editors edit this and that" posts. Who the hell cares about "run.linux" or whatever else i've read people bitch about in the last couple stories. Yeah there's errors... so what?

If you wanna fight some kind of uphill battle getting these submissions approved by a spelling commitee whatever be my guest, but please don't annoy the rest of us who are trying to uhm, ...

As it stands these kind of whining posts annoy me far more then the occassionnal typo.

Re:Akari? (1)

IcarusMoth (631872) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317221)

No it was Ikari see: Linky [klov.com]

Re:Akari? (1)

peculiarmethod (301094) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317685)

yes.. however it is a mute point for me, as it was Kid Icarus that did me in..

Re:Akari? (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317833)

Screw Ikari Warriors, I want that "laser mouse" so I can throw my lousy optical in the trash!

Slashdotted (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13316820)


Unlike modern controllers (3, Informative)

Drew Curtis (904851) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316821)

there would be no damage from smashing the NES or its controllers against the floor. Hell, it was designed so that you could turn it off by KICKING it.

Re:Unlike modern controllers (4, Funny)

cosmol (143886) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316831)

Yeah, but I don't have to lick or blow my hard drive to get my computer to work.

Re:Unlike modern controllers (4, Funny)

EEBaum (520514) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316973)

Lick? Wow, you must have had a different relationship with your Nintendo than I did.

Re:Unlike modern controllers (1)

numbski (515011) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317020)

Yeah, some people just like their PC's that way [chobitsdvd.com] .

Go fig. :\

Re:Unlike modern controllers (3, Funny)

IcarusMoth (631872) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317284)

Licking and blowing? thats the only way i can get my girlfriend to work *rimshot*

Re:Unlike modern controllers (2)

bryan986 (833912) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316836)

...no damage from button mashing fests either, I have ruined mice from games that require a lot clicking, but maybe I just click too hard?

Re:Unlike modern controllers (2, Insightful)

Alwin Henseler (640539) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317006)

...no damage from button mashing fests either, I have ruined mice from games that require a lot clicking, but maybe I just click too hard?

A small word of advice:

Worry not what evil you may do to input devices. Only worry about what evil input devices may do to you.

If you've got a badly designed mouse or game controller that causes you RSI, then you have a problem. If OTOH a mouse or game controller crumbles under your constant abuse, who cares? Cheap plastic & electronics, easily replaced.

Yo dawg, dis b rizzeal (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13316824)

man, yall just gave me ideearz

-Graviteh

superscope (2, Informative)

firl (907479) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316826)

Now if I could only find my superscope from 6th grade

for the love of god (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13316827)

CMDRTACO SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!

Question? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13316839)

HEY TACO: Where's your boi Zonk? Isn't this his story? Or is he too busy performing cunalingus on a hardwood floor?

Re:Question? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13316854)

Zonk's gone the way of Michael: he's been fired. Don't know the exact reason, yet.

Laser Mouse? (5, Informative)

thomble (642879) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316841)

Contrary to popular belief, optical mice do not use lasers.

Re:Laser Mouse? (1)

thedak (833551) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316850)

the logitech MX700 does..

Re:Laser Mouse? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13316944)

MX700 is only a wireless optical mouse. MX900 is optical bluetooth and MX518 is optical wired mouse. The MX1000 is the laser variant.

Re:Laser Mouse? (1)

quazee (816569) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316946)

No, that's MX1000.

Re:Laser Mouse? (3, Informative)

roadrunnerro (800862) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317028)

No it doesn't - it's optical too... now the MX1000 [logitech.com] , G5 [logitech.com] and G7 [logitech.com] are indeed laser mice...

Re:Laser Mouse? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13316855)

Except for the optical mice that *DO* use lasers.

That's before MacGyver. (3, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316860)

Give him an optical mouse, a paperclip, and some belly-button lint, and he'll have a laser weapon strong enough to take out a battlestar before the next commercial break comes along.

Re:That's before MacGyver. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13317324)

Only if he first looks into a device that fills his brain with the knowledge of the ancients.

Anyway he retires - John Crighton is now in charge of the SG1 team.

Re:That's before MacGyver. (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317657)

"Anyway he retires - John Crighton is now in charge of the SG1 team."

But unlike McGyver, Crichton can't fashion a complete working stargate out of a hula-hoop and parts from an 1987 Toyota Celica. Even if he did used to hang around a blue chick and a Muppet mushroom-guy.

Re:Laser Mouse? (4, Informative)

Daath (225404) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317015)

Logitech MX700 Cordless laser mouse [logitech.com] .
Logitech G7 Cordless laser mouse [logitech.com] .
Logitech G5 laser mouse [logitech.com] .

I don't know of others :)

Re:Laser Mouse? (0, Redundant)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317105)

The MX1000 is a cordless laser mouse.

Re:Laser Mouse? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13317251)

Your MX700 (which isn't a laser mouse) link goes to the MX1000 (which is a laser mouse) site.

Re:Laser Mouse? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13317156)

Wrong fellow. Their is a device commonly used for that application is a laser LED. Initiate investigation with concepts described here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_diode [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Laser Mouse? (1)

Greg_D (138979) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317651)

Then I'll have to remind my retinas that I burned out playing with the newfangled Sparcstation mice in the early 1990s at Louisiana Tech of that fact.

Not only did they use lasers, but they had a special laminated metallic pad which is the only thing they'd work on.

"WARNING: DO NOT POINT AT EYES!" Oh, okay, um... let's test that theory out... BZzZZT!

An anonymous... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13316844)

... Engadget employee?

Laser?! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13316848)

I'm pretty sure it's an optical mouse, not a laser mouse.

no mention of new command (5, Funny)

GunFodder (208805) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316852)

The article doesn't mention the hidden backdoor command sequence to immediately gain root access:

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A

Re:no mention of new command (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316868)

"Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A"

Laser mouse steps: Up, Up, Down, use fire extinguisher to put out burning lampshade, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, wipe up melted monitor plastic on floor, Left, Left, B, A, call 911, Left, Right, B, A.

Re:no mention of new command (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13316961)

You forgot Select and Start.

Re:no mention of new command (1)

LoRdTAW (99712) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317095)

You use select if you want 2 players otherwise its just start after A.

Re:no mention of new command (1)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317173)

2 player root access? How does that work? I guess it's like shell wars or something...

Re:no mention of new command (1)

gid (5195) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317012)

The code to Ikari Warriors is ABBA, isn't it? Free endless guys as long as your friend is still alive. Or am I mixing games up?

Re:no mention of new command (1)

nra1871 (836627) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317101)

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A That's the Contra unlimited lives code. ABBA is the original Ikari Warriors I believe.

Re:no mention of new command (1)

Canadian_Daemon (642176) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317233)

Fatality!

Re:no mention of new command (2, Funny)

Error629 (528269) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317493)

The article doesn't mention the hidden backdoor command sequence to immediately gain root access: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
and if you want to run as a proxy, don't forget to hit Select, Start!

erhm.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13316862)

why a mouse, when you got a directional control ready?

just just it as a joystick/pointer like you would with all those bluetooth savvy phones

Usefull? (3, Insightful)

ozamosi (615254) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316863)

It's great, but... Why!?

Yes, it seems kind-of-cool, but it seems to be the least comfortable mouse ever. You can't control the velocity of the pointer, and you are using the device that created the term "Nintendo thumb", because it is really bad to use all day long. Regular mice, however, doesn't give you that kind of pain.

Re:Usefull? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13317455)

You can't control the velocity of the pointer
Why not? Just move your hand faster.

and you are using the device that created the term "Nintendo thumb"
You are not holding it like a regular pad, pounding it with your thumbs. It is turned 90 degrees so your index finger works the button (top button is left, bottom button is right), the directional pad is under your palm, and you hold the pad between your thumb and ring finger and move it as you would any other mouse.

Doesn't seem any more painful than any other mouse to me.

Ikari Warrior (0, Offtopic)

testosterone (73389) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316865)

OMFG, Ikari Warrior drove me insane.

Could it even be beaten?

Re:Ikari Warrior (2, Informative)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316993)

You didn't know about the ABBA command did you? ;) Just press the buttons in that order after you die and you are blessed with another chance.

Re:Ikari Warrior (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13317128)

Dude! I think you're the only person I've heard that hasn't beaten Ikari Warriors. ABBA baby and not the cheesie disco band.

yes (1)

Yog-Soth (108846) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317234)

But it takes forever. Most people assume the "desk" is the end of the line and you just get rocketed to death, but a carefully placed grenade at the lower right corner of the desk reveals stairs to the final level...

Of course you are more likely to get stuck some place and have to reset after hours of playing this crappy game.

Light Gun (3, Funny)

sheehaje (240093) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316871)

Now, if I can just change the light gun into a real gun, I can finally finish Ikari Warriors for good.

Re:Light Gun (1)

Error629 (528269) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317532)

I wouldn't mind that gun for those times I'd get the tank stuck in Ikari. Albeit the girlfriend might not like laser holes in our widescreen HDTV too much, since I've already have her blowdryer blowing on my NES.

Copy and Paste (-1, Redundant)

atriusofbricia (686672) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316875)

Does no one write their own summary anymore? Seems everyone just copies the first paragraph from the article...

A warning. (3, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316878)

Do not stare into laser mouse beam with remaining eye.

Mouse article does not work (0, Redundant)

jurt1235 (834677) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316887)

So does the mouse work??

Re:Mouse article does not work (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316891)

The mouse does not work? No, but I do think it runs Linux.

Hmmm (3, Informative)

Realistic_Dragon (655151) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316890)

Ikari not Akari. If you are going to blatantly steal the introduction to the article why not at least do it right?

Re:Hmmm (4, Informative)

Realistic_Dragon (655151) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316896)

Come to that you could have linked directly to http://zieak.com/projects/nintendo_mouse.htm [zieak.com] rather than to a ad laden blog site whoring someone else's content for pennies a click. (Not that it matters I suppose as the site is offline already.)

Re:Hmmm (1)

CableModemSniper (556285) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316903)

also since if they ha linked to the real thing mirrordot mighta saved that instead of the engadget page.

Wait... strike that, reverse it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13316894)

And yes, the A button is left click, and the B is your right...
Actually, B is on the left and A is on the right.
Haven't you ever played Mario?

Neat, but (5, Insightful)

Bob Cat - NYMPHS (313647) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316895)

Can it perform cunnilingus on a hardwood floor?

Re:Neat, but (1)

jez9999 (618189) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317198)

+5, Insightful? :-O *jaw hits ground* I must seriously be missing something about this comment.

Re:Neat, but (2, Funny)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317207)

Yeah, ditto. I think that at least 3 mods didn't understand the world "cunnilingus"

Re:Neat, but (1)

Mozk (844858) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317261)

I do not want to know how people use mice for cunnilingus. Damn computer fetishes.

Re:Neat, but (1)

stinkbomb (238228) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317238)

Idiots FTW!

Re:Neat, but (1)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317264)

I think we can all agree Slashdot has gone to hell and not only are the editors lazy but so are the mods..

Lets all goto Fark (even though I don't like Fark much)!

Re:Neat, but (1)

gt623 (716970) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317398)

You are. It's a reference to the konami code for women. you know up up down down left right left right . . . but you're right it should be modded funny.

Re:Neat, but (3, Informative)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317521)

Well, I found the original reference, [slashdot.org] for everyone who, like me, was confused by this post.

Essentially, the original reference was a story posted to slashdot which involved a comparison between female orgasm, and game playing. The hardwood floor part was there to infer that you would remember the experience of performing cunnilingus on a woman on a hardwood floor because your knees would hurt thereafter.

A high point in Slashdot history, to be sure.

Laser?! (1)

mynickwastaken (690966) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316898)

Don't focus your Nes controller to the sky. It may arm plane pilots.

Re:Laser?! (1)

erick99 (743982) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316924)

We can't be arming pilots.....

google cache (2, Insightful)

Bob Cat - NYMPHS (313647) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316902)

It's not a laser mouse... (2, Insightful)

joNDoty (774185) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316914)

it's an optical mouse (LED).

IT Looks Cool But... (2, Insightful)

B11 (894359) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316919)

Other than impressing your friends, I don't see a whole lot of use for it. It can't be comfortable to use.

Only for Novelty Value (2, Interesting)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316980)

My problem with this is that I don't see how this could possibly a viable mouse that one can use for any length of time. INstead of having the mouse buttons in a line that corresponds to your fingers, you need to shape your hands to specifically handle it. Or, you have to turn the controller so that you have a big chunk in the way of where your thumbs rest.

It's a cool mod, but it's not practical in the least. Maybe if they turn it into a Joystick for flight sims, perhaps?

Re:Only for Novelty Value (1)

Tx (96709) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317013)

Maybe the guy is getting a Mac :).

article link (1)

yincrash (854885) | more than 9 years ago | (#13316989)

What I don't understand is why you would link to a page that has a link to what we want. 2nd degree news isn't news.

Re:article link (1)

BarryNorton (778694) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317026)

Because:
1) You can copy text word for word, and/then
2) You're one level of indirection from being an outright advert!

A little off topic but .... (2, Interesting)

The_Spectry (900377) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317017)

Did anyone else besides me buy the little robot that would play gyromite with you ? That thing was awesome .I'm betting that has seriosu modding potential .

You mean R.O.B.? (1)

theurge14 (820596) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317079)

That plastic bastard was nothing but an expensive target for your little sister's stomping feet.

Just what I need! (1)

miyako (632510) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317023)

Hmm, this is just what I need... a mouse with sharp square plastic edges .

Gravis Gamepad (1)

PhYrE2k2 (806396) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317045)

Ya know,
  I saw an ad in the paper, and a part of it had Gravis Gamepads for $1.29CDN each (In Toronto).

-M

Pathetic example of internet "journalism" (4, Insightful)

Reaperducer (871695) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317062)

So, what we have here is a Slashdot article which rips off an Engadget article which is basically ripped off from a Joystiq article on something from some guy's blog.

So, the guy who put the time, money and effort into this hack gets virtually no credit for what he's done, but three other web sites make money off of him via banner ads.

(I'd link to the original site, but it's already collapsed under the weight of the combined Slashdotting/Engadgeting/Joystiqing.)

I weep for the state of internet "journalism" these days. Can't imagine why people still buy newspapers.

Re:Pathetic example of internet "journalism" (1)

wodeh (899541) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317345)

I hear you!

I saw Engadget as competition to my new GamingGadgets venture until I realised they basically just "report on" articles written by someone else and posted elsewhere.

Internet journalism these days has a bad habit of being links to links to links to original content, the site with the most hits looks like it has the most content, and thus gets the most visitors without doing any real work.

On another note, it's crazy how many of these completely pointless how tos get slashdotted. There's nothing to them, they're not groundbreaking, and they're only minutely interesting.

Of course, this is coming from someone who had a completely pointless Javascript slashdotted,... ahem.

Re:Pathetic example of internet "journalism" (2, Insightful)

agent0range_ (472103) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317443)

I weep for the state of internet "journalism" these days. Can't imagine why people still buy newspapers.

Is it so they can all read the same reuters article printed under the same AP photo in every newspaper?

Re:Pathetic example of internet "journalism" (1)

Reaperducer (871695) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317523)

Wow. Reuters and AP cover local news in your city? What planet do you live on?

Finally (1)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317076)

Something less ergonomic than the Apple "hockey puck" mouse. My fingers are cramping up just thinking about it.

Wrong buttons? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13317125)

Uh, shouldn't the B button be left click and A be right click?

Ikari Warriors? (2, Informative)

Dogun (7502) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317162)

You couldn't beat Ikari Warriors? A B B A fool!

Advertise? (1)

tenco (773732) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317205)

So, what's this article good for? Advertisement for ImageShack?

Talk about a slow news day. (1)

elgee (308600) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317209)

Nothing of any importance happpened in technology or science today.

You know, I have one simple request... (2, Funny)

samureiser (903923) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317265)

Dr. Evil: And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads! Now evidently my cycloptic colleague informs me that that cannot be done. Ah, would you remind me what I pay you people for, honestly? Throw me a bone here! What do we have? Number Two: NES Controllers Dr. Evil: [pause] Right.

What is this? (1)

PunkOfLinux (870955) | more than 9 years ago | (#13317440)

A slow news day?

wow... anyway, this sounds like a neat project... probably a pain to make though.
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