Thought I'd throw in my 2 cents...
Like many others, I’m glad (and shocked) to see something like this coming out of Nintendo. I’m confident that it will be a quality product and I hope will lead the way for other Mini releases. No doubt it will sell very well. However, with the Retro Freak and Retron 5 providing upscaling to HD, internal and exportable save states, multiple system ROM support, etc., the mini just doesn’t offer anything that makes it a must-buy for the likes of me. If there were just a few system-exclusives (maybe a couple new or non-released games…or an enhancement to a classic game) I would be more likely buy one. Looking cool on the shelf with my other retro stuff might not be enough motivation (notice I said "might").
I think I have the second edition of the Retron5 (how to tell for sure?) but still managed to destroy a pin of the SNES cartridge connector.
Other than the three things I mentioned previously, I don't know an absolute way to tell ver1 from ver2...or even if all the improvements were done at the same time...sorry. That's a real bummer about the pin breaking. Although I haven't needed to test the service from Hyperkin (yet), I remember seeing a video (yeah another one) where a guy sent in his ver1 and it was repaired with vers2 parts. Why not give it a try and send them an email? Maybe they'll make good for you too. Also, the service that you get might help other potential AA buyers of R5 or RF to decide which way to go. Just a thought.
You were right...in that I needed to use the TB enabled Missile Command. With that game the cursor tracks perfectly in the TB mode.
You were right...in suspecting that the firing problem was with the switches. I lifted the clear tape that holds down the dome contacts and I could see wear. With some cleaning, I was able to get one of them working...but not consistently. I'm going to order a couple new switches (CO20561-1) from Best Electronics...but, since my order has to at least $20, I have to wait until they get stock on something else I want to buy.
I'm sure I speak for many other Atari enthusiast when I say...thanks for your (and Omegamatrix's) efforts in enabling the five (5) 2600 games for true trackball use (please don't stop).
Once again...Thanks guys for tag-teaming to help me out!!
"...I've thought quite a bit about doing more work on it..."
"...whether to keep hacking away at the original or just start from scratch..."
Knowing next to nothing about programming, I can't begin to give any advice. But based on other games that have been re-written from scratch (i.e. Donkey Kong, Pacman(s), Midevil Mayhem, etc), maybe the chances for the best results is for you to start with a clean slate. Bottom-line, either way, I'm glad you're giving it a try.
Just a quick share in case anyone is interested...
I own the Intellivision and Colecovision Flashbacks. Although I am satisfied with both of them, I've never liked how feather-light they are. Certainly not a big deal, so I never really planned on doing anything about it...until recently when I was replacing some old Levelor verticle blinds. I noticed that there are small weights that are sewed into the fabric at the bottom of each segment. I couldn't resist cutting out the flat pieces of metal and fitting them in the base of the Flashbacks. With a bit of Gorilla Glue, four of them (each) provides IMHO just the right amount of weight. The weights look huge in the photos but they are rather thin.The Flashbacks are still light-weights, but at least now it feels like there's something inside....and I could swear that the games play better!
As seen in other threads...I decided to add a little more resistance to the control-stick (ball) by adding some foam to the mechanism (see photos). I decided to not use any glue and see if it holds up. I like the feel. I used a very soft foam so there isn't a huge change, but enough to make it feel a bit higher on the quality scale.
I completed the final step, of using a non-thermal laminator, on the disc. It worked very well. After a little trimming, I put everything back together and the controller looks like new. Hopefully the plastic layer will hold-up to thumb wear-and-tear and won't shrink over time.
A big thank you to HunterZero for starting this thread and motivating me to attempt the repair.