Note: this is a duplicate post from hardware forums, moderators, you can close the other one as i wasn't getting any responses.
I love the xboxes ability to emulate older systems. It's like having my own personal library of gaming history. The only thing that would make the experience even better would be to use the original controllers. I have seen this guide:
on how to wire an NES controller using the PCB of an xbox controller. However, it seems kind of crazy, and huge.
Anyway, the guide got me thinking of other ways to hook up a NES controller to the xbox. Wouldn't it be great if there was some kind of adapter that had a NES controller plugin on one side, and a xbox breakaway cable plug on the other. Kind of like the keyboard and mouse adapters that were made?
Inside the adapter would be a PIC microcontroller (or arduino, or basic stamp) that accepts NES controller signals and translates them into xbox controller signals. Essentially matching up the Start button on the NES controller with the start button of the xbox controller.
It seems like you could have a whole line of these adapters for NES, SNES, N64, Genesis, Atari, etc...
I am a programmer and haven't played much with hardware, but it doesn't seem like is should be hard to record signals and match them up. Does anyone more knowledgeable than I think this possible?
I would be willing to give it a shot, just want to know if anyone has any thoughts about it first.