When I finally found a supplier for SNES compatible connectors, I contemplated building an
adapter in a machined aluminium casing, as I had done for NES controllers (see Anode NES
But this type of casing is not inexpensive and I was not sure there would be takers. So put
the idea aside and instead built a casing combining acrylic and wood (see Acrylic SNES
However one year later, encouraged by a few requests, I finally decided to design AnodeSNES.
About the name:
AnodeSNES combines the word anode (refering to the finishing process, anodizing
and the SNES acronym (which stands for S
of course to the game system the adapter supports the controllers of.
First AnodeNES (2012)
Then Acrylic SNES (2013)
Finally, AnodeSNES (2014)
The upper face of the enclosure is square with the connectors are centered. The distance
between connectors has been minimised and based on the geometry of existing game
controllers (measurements taken on Nintendo and 3rd party controllers). The weight
of the enclosure, increased by the use of thick stainless steel for the bottom
cover, yields good stability.
The casing is machined in a single aluminium block on a CNC milling machine and is
designed to ease fabrication using this technique:
- Keep as much material as possible. Primarily inside the enclosure, this implies
not removing material unless necessary due to interference with the circuit or
- Filleting concave corners.
- Straight sides (In the Z axis)
- Design thought to keep setups to a minimum (1: Machine the pocket for the PCB and the contour, 2: Machine the USB connector slot)
The PCB used for AnodeSNES is the one used first by Acrylic SNES
is simply an implementation of 4nes4snes
Assembly and pictures
The connectors mate with the enclosure so tightly that they cannot be installed beforehand
on the PCB. First, proper alignment is critical (They'd have to be soldered perfectly straight).
Second, the protruding USB connector does not make installation possible without tilting
Assembly is therefore done in the following order:
- Inserting the SNES connectors
- Inserting the PCB
- Installing the PCB fixation screws
- Soldering the connectors
- Installing the bottom cover
- Installing an anti-slip pad (not shown)
Here are a few pictures of the assembly process and of the final result:
Installing the cover
The finished product is available in my online store.