How I Built a Cheap, Portable, Nintendo Switch Pinball Machine

The Parts & Materials

Phase 1: The “Controller”

The front of the Switch Controller
The back of the Switch Controller
  • The only black wire is connected to the back of the right trigger.
  • When you’re daisy-chaining the rest of the black wires, strip the end of the black wires, then solder them directly to the metal connector of the previous black wire. You can also use wire taps, but I didn’t have any luck there (mine were the wrong size).
  • When you’re soldering the left and right triggers, don’t remove the “buttons” from the top of the controller, just solder the wires to the back “posts” (use the top posts, not the bottom ones)
  • Have lots of patience if you have never soldered, watch some soldering tutorials, take deep breaths.

Phase 2: The “Machine”

  • 22" x 7" piece for the front of the box
  • Two 34" x 6" pieces for the sides of the box
  • Two 34" x 22" pieces for the top and bottom of the box

Phase 3: Sand, Stain, and Seal

Phase 4: Installing the TV

Phase 5: Play Pinball!

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Product Manager at Ionic. Current obsessions are Pokemon & Pinball. Anything Is Possible.

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Matt Kremer

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Product Manager at Ionic. Current obsessions are Pokemon & Pinball. Anything Is Possible.

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