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Fisher-Price Baby’s first gamepad has just been modified to play Elden Ring

I never thought I would write about it my baby’s Fisher Price gamepad again, but here we go: a modder spun the cheap tune-filled toy into a full Xbox gamepad with everything you need to play elden ring. And incredibly, he did so without losing any of it the Fisher-Price Game & Learn Controller‘s built-in sound effects – which means you can now combine your Malenia run with classic children’s hits like “1, 2, 3, 4, the higher your score goes!” and “Orange, purple, white and pink, green, red and blue, woohoo!”

This might not come as a surprise if you’ve heard the name Dylan “Rudeism” Beck before, because that’s actually one of the fewer The New Zealand native and Twitch streamer is an aspiring controller stunt – he’s the guy who beat Dark Souls 3 with a one-button “Morse code” controllerbuilt in motion-controlled lightsaber and power gauntlet to the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and upgraded its own flap, waddle and horn controls to the Untitled goose game. You can see all of this in the following tweets:

But rudeism tells The edge that the new Fisher Price mod is still one of his favorite builds “just because it looks so clean”. After some fiddlinghe was able to cram in an entire Arduino Pro Micro clone, a two-axis joystick (since the original Fisher-Price “joystick” was really just a button), and a couple of microswitches to convert the clicking but non-electrical “shoulder buttons” into real buttons too transform.

However, all of the original Fisher Price knobs still work – right down to the easter egg of the konami code – because he set the Arduino to piggyback its inputs by soldering directly onto the board already in place. So yeah, he’s mostly playing games with the actual Fisher Price gamepad, not just using a Fisher Price gamepad as the shell. However, you have to plug it in: “Unfortunately, not much space for batteries,” he says, since the Arduino takes up that space.

How does he get each Xbox button out of those limited controls, you might be wondering? Well, you can’t get them all at once. But he set up the Fisher-Price slider as a mode selector, which you can have either left with or right analog stick at any given time, as well as access to the launch, select, and guide buttons on A, B, and C. The “bumpers” can be both bumpers and triggers, as they push a different switch depending on whether you use them swing left or right.

Rudeism says it was a two week Backburner project and started as a joke: Deal hunter Wario64 tweeted that the gamepad was “perfect for Elden Ring” and he decided to put that to the test. Unfortunately, there’s no footage yet of Rudeism destroying bosses with the baby gamepad, but he says he plans to beat the whole game that way (he’s also working on a YouTube build video if you can too want to try). Total budget was $20, including the controller itself — but admittedly not the old 3D printer he used to make mounts to hold the joystick and switches in place.

I don’t know if I’ll build one of these with my now two year old’s pad, but it’s a pleasure to see this piece of plastic and circuitry in the headlines once again.

https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/1/23051545/fisher-price-toy-baby-gamepad-real-xbox-controller-rudeism-elden-ring Fisher-Price Baby’s first gamepad has just been modified to play Elden Ring

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