looking at the Minibot rules it doesn’t look like you need to control it from the NXT, could you just make a circuit using the battery and a button to complete the circuit to the motors and not have an NXT on the minibot at all?
That seems to be the conclusion that several other teams have reached.
An official answer should be coming from the FRC Q&A sometime soon. I know the question has been asked, but has not yet been answered.
We will know the definitive answer to this once the GDC posts a reply to that exact question posted on the Q&A board Thursday.
We just got the FTC kit from AndyMark yesterday, the one from FIRST parts, and it does not include a controler, I hope they answer the question soon