I never thought I would write about my baby’s Fisher-Price gamepad again, but here we go: a mud has transformed the cheap, melodic toy for a complete Xbox gamepad with everything you need to play Elden Ring. And amazingly, he did it without losing any of the Fisher-Price Game & Learn Controller’s built-in sound effects – meaning you can now pair your Malenia run with classic kids hits like “1, 2, 3, 4, up goes your score! ” and “Orange, purple, white and pink, green, red and blue, woohoo!”
here’s the Fisher Price Xbox controller in action!
tell me what games you would like to see me play with it
– Rudeism (@rudeism) May 1, 2022
It may not be surprising if you’ve heard the name Dylan “Rudeism” Beck before because this is actually one of those less ambitious controller stunts the New Zealand native and the Twitch streamer has pulled – he is the guy who beat Dark Souls 3 with a single button “Morse code” controllerbuilt one motion-controlled lightsaber and Force power glove to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and rigged to his own clap, wagle and spout controls to Untitled Goosebumps. You can see them all in the tweets below:
Dark Souls 3 has been beaten with Morse code!
19 bosses, 258,250 pushbuttons. (DLC coming)
And just because it can be fought with one button, does not mean that games like Dark Souls do not have access and difficulty options! pic.twitter.com/DporRqC15E
– Rudeism (@rudeism) October 24, 2021
But rudeism tells The edge that the new Fisher-Price mod is nonetheless one of his favorite buildings, “purely because of how clean it looks.” After a bit of fiddlinghe was able to stuff an entire Arduino Pro Micro clone in there, a two-axis joystick (since Fisher-Price’s original “joystick” was really just a button) and a few microswitches to turn the original’s click-but-not- electric “shoulder buttons” for real buttons too.
However, all of the original Fisher-Price buttons still work – all the way down to the Konami Code Easter egg – because he’s got the Arduino set to retreat from their input by soldering directly to the existing table. So yes, he pretty much plays games with the actual Fisher-Price gamepad, not just by using a Fisher-Price gamepad as a shell. However, you have to plug it in: “Not much room for batteries unfortunately,” he says as the Arduino takes up that space.
How does he get every Xbox button out of these limited controls, you might ask? Well, you can not get them all at once. But he rigged the Fisher-Price slider up as a mode selector that can let you have either left or right analog stick at any given time, as well as access to Start, Select and Guide buttons on A, B and C. The “bumpers” can be both bumpers and triggers alone because they will press another switch depending on whether you tilt them left or right.
Rudeism says it was a two-week backburner project and started as a joke: deal hunter Wario64 tweeted that the gamepad would be “perfect for the Fire Ring” and he decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, there are no footage of rudeism yet destroying bosses with the baby gamepad, but he says he plans to hit the whole game this way (he’s also working on a YouTube build video if you want to try it too) . The total budget was $ 20, including the controller itself – but certainly not the old 3D printer he used to make mounts to hold the joystick and switches in place.
I do not know if I will build one of these with my now two-year-old pillow, but it’s a pleasure to see this piece of plastic and circuit in the headlines again.