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Step 4: Joystick

Now it's time to install the joystick, this beautiful thing, to JOY1.

The joystick comes with a "thumbstick cap", which is big and annoying during assembly, so we will only attach it when it is needed.

Tools Needed

  • Soldering iron
  • Tape

Parts Needed

  • 1 x Joystick


  1. Being one of the larger components, it's footprint is fairly easy to find.

  2. Install the joystick into the board.

  3. Tape the joystick into place. It will require two pieces of tape to hold it flat against the board.

  4. Solder the joystick into place. The four corner pins are connected to ground, in a very empty area of the board. This makes them unusually difficult to solder, but you can do it. Just be patient and let the joint heat up.

  5. Finish the installation of the joystick by soldering the remaining pins.