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Hello everybody:)

 

I just downloaded to latest version of Stella onto my laptop and got the ROMS for it. I was wondering if anybody had any joystick advice for me. The USB sticks that look like Atari knockoffs on Amazon have pitiful ratings. I'm surprised that their isn't more of a selection for vintage gaming enthusiast. I wanted to get two joysticks so my Wife and I could play together. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks

Scott

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You can use your Atari sticks with a db9-usb adapter. There are a few different ones available.

 

Retro Link Atari on Amazon

 

2600-daptor (my personal favorite for its versatility)

 

Other option..

 

Syzygy USB Atari joystick (good stick but some people have had problems ordering lately)

 

 

Just google names for links.

 

I hope that helps :)

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The Retronic USB adapters work well with original Atari and compatible controllers. They can also be used with DB9 controllers from other systems like ColecoVision, SMS, Genesis, etc.

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Another vote for the 2600-daptor II. I use them with my laptop when I travel and they work great with not just joysticks, but with paddles and the driving and keyboard controllers too.

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I'd go with an adapter too. The Syzygy sticks are reportedly good but I wouldn't bother ordering from them. As Hyperboy says there are issues. My personal experience is that I got ripped off. I ordered a stick in June 2014. In July my order still wasn't processed so I emailed Curt who said the order was stuck and he would process it the following day... another month passed and nothing. I emailed again and got no reply. I emailed another 3 times. I even asked for a refund. Nothing. Bumped. Just a warning...

 

The 2600-daptor II looks like the most versatile one though there are cheaper options. :)

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I have the 2600-daptor (original) and one of the early versions of the Syzygy controller. I prefer the 2600-daptor because of the increased precision and various controller options that it affords. Same guy also has a Vision-daptor for Intellivision and Colecovision.

 

Take note of this on the Vision-daptor page: "The Coleco mode also works with Atari 2600 joysticks."

 

I keep meaning to get one of those. . .

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What ever happened to the Stelladaptor?

 

The Stelladaptor was discontinued some years ago. I started making the 2600-daptor as a replacement when I couldn't get a Stelladaptor myself.

 

I know there are cheaper options if you are only interested in joystick support. I make my adapters with components I purchase here in the US, and it is just not possible for me to compete on price with ones made overseas for only a few pennies each.

 

Tom

http://2600-daptor.com

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Hey guys!

 

The Retronic Design USB joystick adapter now supports more game controllers and joysticks:

 

  • Atari 2600 Joystick
  • Atari 7800 Joystick (2 buttons)
  • Atari analog Paddle (2 players)
  • Atari driving controller
  • Atari video touch pad Keyboard
  • Amstrad Joystick (3 buttons)
  • Amiga Joystick
  • Amiga Mouse / Trackball (2 and 3 buttons)
  • Atari ST Mouse / Trackball (2 buttons)
  • Commodore 64 Joystick
  • Commodore CD32 Joypad (7 buttons)
  • Intellivision Touch pad (16 direction disc and 15 buttons)
  • Intellivision Flashback Touch pad (16 direction disc and 15 buttons)
  • ColecoVision Touch pad and Super Action Controller (16 buttons + spinner)
  • Coleco Gemini Joystick & Paddle (Hybrid controller, also compatible with Sears console)
  • MSX Joystick (2 buttons)
  • Sega Genesis Joypad (3 and 6 buttons)
  • Sega Master System Joypad
  • Sega Multi-Tap Adapter (4 players)
  • 3DO (Panasonic) Joypad
  • TI99/4/4a Joystick
  • FM Towns/Marty Joypad
  • Famiclone (NES clone) Joypad
  • Odyssey2 controller
  • Fairchild channel F controller
  • Bally/Astrocade controller
  • RedOctane Dance pads (6 buttons DB9 version)
  • ZX Spectrum Interface 2 Joysticks

You can check it out at http://www.retronicdesign.com/en/ :-D

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I'm in the market for a USB Atari 2600 Joystick but I think I'll try both! Great Feedback!

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Sigh...I like to get a Competition Pro USB joystick but they don't sell those anymore. I'm so used to microswitch controlers now. </1st world problem>

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