And now for something completely different... well almost(In fact I'm quite sure there's a dancing MegaMan sprite around here somewhere).
It's related to the Atari 2600, and it was brought on by the fact that if MegaMan were to be on the 2600 it would definitely need controls that would allow for awesome gameplay. So I did what everyone else does... hack a Sega Genesis controller to give me 3 button support(Some 'Assembly' required). 2 soldered wires, 3 cuts, and one solder bridge to join 2 traces together and in approx. 10 mins, you're done. I call it... The MegaMan Mod
Heck, something like this could have even been done before, but I looked and couldn't find it.
And I bet that some one smarter than me could get 4 buttons working. I'll explain further, but first the pic:
The first 2 buttons, Fire(B) and Jump(A), are in the NES configuration with the ALT-button replacing the C-Button. B-Button is the original 2600 fire button, A-Button is UP on the 2600 Joystick, and the ALT-Button is DOWN on the 2600 Joystick. In the case of MegaMan, the Down direction is only used on the ladders and therefore the ALT-Button could serve as the Pause/Inventory - more on this later. The ALT-Button also provides one combo button press, impossible through normal means, UP + DOWN together.
Which might be programmable in Batari Basic or maybe assembly? In any case, I hope it's viable.
The Ladder Theory:
MegaMan needs to climb ladders in the NES version, and I'd imagine he'd do the same in the 2600 version. Just thinking out loud
- Since Up on the Joystick is still Jump, MegaMan would have to be programmed so that when he is on or near the bottom of a ladder he would climb it instead of just jumping.
- Since the ALT-Button is also Down on the Joystick, and if it's being used as the Pause/Inventory, MegaMan would have to programmed so that when he is on or near the top of a ladder he will climb down it instead of getting the Pause/Inventory screen.
Here's a list of games that use UP as Jump and will work immediately with this mod:Moon Patrol
Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle
Frogs & Flies - I tested this one myself and oddly enough it supports all 3 buttons!
Kung Fu Master
I'm sure there's more, but this was all I could find.
PS - Started a new thread over here.
Edited by PAC-MAN-RED, Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:37 PM.