How to Make N64 Game Cartridge Into iPod/iPhone Dock

by Stephanie Assouline

Create a retro iPod/iPhone charging dock. It's fun and easy to do:)


  • Power Drill
  • Sharp Work Knife
  • Pen or Marking Utensil
  • USB Cord Compatible with iPod/iPhone
  • N64 Game Cartridge
  • Pliers
  • Glue Gun
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Take your N64 game and decide which side you'd like to make visible when the dock is complete. I chose the back of the cartridge because I like the way it says "Nintendo" on it.

    Step 2

    Then take the USB cord and with a pen, mark down where you'd like the charger to go.

    Step 3

    I decided to centre mine.

    Step 4

    Once you've marked the cartridge, take the power drill and make holes on either side of the marking.

    Step 5

    I found it easier to drill a hole on each side of the marking and then work my way to the middle, making hole after hole. Then use the knife and create a smoothed look.

    Step 6

    Remove the screws and open the game cartridge. If you don't have a screwdriver for the particular screw, don't worry. I didn't have one either. I just pried it open until it gave way.

    Step 7

    Use the knife to gently remove excess plastic made by the drill.

    Step 8

    Check and see if the USB fits.

    Step 9

    Make adjustments if needed. The USB should fit nicely and smoothly.

    Step 10

    Step 11

    Before gluing the USB in place, make sure the cord is facing the correct way. Glue the USB securely to the cut out. Be careful not to get any glue on the metal of the charger.

    Step 12

    This step is optional: Use pliers to flatten the metal piece that can be harmful to the USB cord inside.

    Step 13

    Took a while, but it's nice and flat :)

    Step 14

    Optional: I took an old plastic case and cut a rectangular shape. I then carefully measured and cut a whole needed for the USB.

    Step 15

    Optional: Using a glue gun, I glued the black plastic onto the front of the N64 game cartridge for some added personality.

    Step 16

    Carefully glue everything in place and remove excess glue around edges, if any. I chose to use black screws to match the black plastic on top of the N64 cartridge.

    Step 17

    The finished result.

    Step 18

    It works and looks great!