Dreamcast pad hack question

Can you remove the VMU ports on the PCB and still use it? I’m trying to fix a friends MAS stick by replacing the PCB with a DC one but the available space inside would be much larger if I could simply remove the port. Thanks in advance.

Yes, you can remove them and it’ll work fine.

not sure about anything destructive (especially on a 1st party PCB), however on a mad catz dream pad the larger shroud can be easily removed with 2 small phillips screws… retaining the actual ports. the remaining bulk is pretty minimal - so unless real-estate is at an absolute premium you should be able to get away with minimal surgery.