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Can an Atari 2600 Keypad be used to start ColecoVision games?

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Got to thinking about how to get around having to use the stock CV controllers and remembered that I had some Atari 2600 keyboard controllers sitting around, before I dig em out to test I wanted to see if anyone else had any luck with this option: Atari keypad to start games and an atari joystick for gameplay?

 

 

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Don't mean to state the obvious, but you can start most Coleco games with the second controller while having an Atari stick in port one.

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yes I know, I have a system that doesn't have any controllers but I have a ton of atari controllers sitting around, I'm an Atari guy through and through but the Colecovision has always interested me and I picked up a working boxed CV for cheap the other day but it didn't have controllers. I will invest in some proper cv controllers but in the meantime I wanna see what the CV is all about.

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Nope. The Atari Keypad won't work perfectly with the Colecovision. I tested the Atari keypad with the controller tester program that came with the Ultimate SD Cartridge, only the first row were detected if I recalled. I think the first row of that controller 1,4,7,* were picked up as 3 6 9 # You can use the Sega Genesis controller to start the game with the Dpad, but you won't know which skill level it selected. I don't recall which direction either and I don't have the 3 button Sega Controller here, only 6 buttons. Some game for Colecovision only require fire button to start a game like Gyruss.

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Nope. The Atari Keypad won't work perfectly with the Colecovision. I tested the Atari keypad with the controller tester program that came with the Ultimate SD Cartridge, only the first row were detected if I recalled. I think the first row of that controller 1,4,7,* were picked up as 3 6 9 # You can use the Sega Genesis controller to start the game with the Dpad, but you won't know which skill level it selected. I don't recall which direction either and I don't have the 3 button Sega Controller here, only 6 buttons. Some game for Colecovision only require fire button to start a game like Gyruss.

 

Thanks Kiwi.

 

I wonder if the wiring in the keypad could be changed to work properly with the pinout of the CV?

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Be careful not to hotswap controllers too often (or at all). It's my theory that this can blow an IC. Had it happen multiple times.

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Be careful not to hotswap controllers too often (or at all). It's my theory that this can blow an IC. Had it happen multiple times.

 

Thanks, I have read this on other posts. Sure wish I could find a descent set of CV stock controllers, there seems to be a shortage for some reason, hit me up is you have an extra set laying around that!

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