GameCube Controller Teardown

Disassembly

  1. External Casing Screws (proprietary screw head design, required custom screwdriver) – Metal, Machined
  2. Button caps – Plastic, Injection Molded
  3. Membranes for under button caps – Rubber, manufacturing method unknown
  4. C-stick cap and circuit – Plastic and PCB, Injection molded and printed
  5. Main circuit board and directional stick – PCB and plastic, Printed and injection molded (See note below)
  6. Internal support screws (Phillips head) – Metal, machined
  7. Internal support frames – Plastic, Injection molded
  8. R & L Triggers (Caps, springs, and pads) – Plastic and metal, injection molded and extruded
  9. Case, Front cover – Plastic, Injection Molded
  10. Case, Back cover – Plastic, Injection Molded
  11. Power/signal cord – Copper wires/Paracord/Plastic/Metal, Extruded/Woven/Injection molded/Machined

Note: The primary chip visible on the circuit board has an ID of “CNT-DOL BU9595k”, however I was unable to find a datasheet this chip, since it seems to be specific to this version of the GameCube controller. The only information I could find is that it is an Integrated Circuit Chip.

Tools and Techniques

I used a three pronged screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver, and my hands to do the disassembly. The entire device was held together with a total of 10 screws, one wire clip, and the plastic clips on the edges of the casing.

No special techniques were needed to disassemble the GameCube controller, since it was very simple and well designed.

Design Comments and Curiosities

  1. The C-Stick and Directional Stick: I found it interesting that, unlike the buttons, these sticks were soldered directly into their circuit boards. After playing with them a bit I realized that this was probably done because there is an electronic component that exists inside of the cap on each stick in order to capture the rotational motion required.
  2. The Screws: At first I was confused as to why there were two types of screw heads when both screws were essentially the same size, but then it occurred to me that the non-proprietary screws are probably less expensive and can be used in any location that can’t be reached from the outside of the device.

Summary and Additional Images

Overall, I think that the GameCube controller is very well designed and uses the space inside the casing extremely well. It also has a comfortable and sleek exterior that hides and protects the internal components very well.

One thought on “GameCube Controller Teardown”

  1. Hi Bethany, very fun teardown with interesting insights! One logistical note– would you please upload your video to an embedding service (youtube, vimeo, instagram, etc) and delete the large video attachment uploaded to the blog? Thank you!

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