Topic: How we spent our long weekend: Hardware Hacking

inpheaux wrote:

http://www.directionalpad.com/wp-content/re4gun.jpgWe had a productive long weekend here at Directional Pad.

A few weeks ago Andy picked up the Nintendo Wii Zapper and was - as we assume many people were - completely dismayed by the fact that it wasn't compatible with Resident Evil 4. The problem stems from the fact that the zapper and all other third-party gun-type attachments for the Wii Remote all depend on either a mechanical switch that presses the B button, or on opening a hole for you to be able to press the B button on your own. That's all fine and well for games like Link's Crossbow Training, but RE4 uses the A button as "shoot" and the B button as "draw weapon".

So, of course, Andy took things into his own hands, got himself a toy electronic gun, and started soldering.

The result was the RE4 Gun, a wonderful ugly mash-up of a toy gun and Wii Remote, which can work just as well for A-Trigger and B-Trigger games.

Interested? Check out the detailed post-mortem he wrote up over here: Hardware Hacking for a Better Wii Zapper.

Re: How we spent our long weekend: Hardware Hacking

Has anyone figured out a way to put a switcher on the AB buttons on the zapper yet?

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Re: How we spent our long weekend: Hardware Hacking

Thor, Clod of Blunders wrote:

Has anyone figured out a way to put a switcher on the AB buttons on the zapper yet?

No. The Wii Zapper is just an inert hunk of plastic.  It has no buttons on it.  Just a mechanical lever running from its trigger to the B button on the Wiimote.


Even if you could somehow switch the buttons on the Wiimote itself, it wouldn't help you play RE4 with the zapper, because you need to be able to reach both A and B to play RE4.

Last edited by King_Andy (2008-01-23 13:48:46)

I spend all day in Virtual Reality.  I come out to play video games.

Re: How we spent our long weekend: Hardware Hacking

Nice work. Think you could make me a Wii-mote shotgun?

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