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What's the BEST Atari 2600 joystick.

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On 5/13/2019 at 9:02 PM, Gemintronic said:

Besides a Sega Genesis pad? An original Playstation controller to Genesis adapter plugged into my 2600.

 

Gamepads have always been more comfortable for me, obviously :)

 

 wait wait you use a Playstation 1 stock controller on your vcs???? do you like it more than the Sega Genesis controller?  Can you utilize the D-Pad buttons *and* the little thumb joystick?  no not the little thumb joystick im guessin just the d pad buttons right.  what kind of adapter do you need? 

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before i hooked up Genesis pad I used the TAC-2 which was the most decent i could find for reasons we all know but it sent a ton of static to the screen on each movement and the buttons were far from perfect.  I'd say the whole joystick thing is a total scam.  Atari game maneuvering never got off the ground till you fine people at atariage came thru over the last few recent years.  sega genesis pad allows my hand to ergonomically rest on the controller in a normal fashion, this, plus excellent button capability makes it a winning controller for me.  i mean i know that trick was prob around before atariage but 2 button yars revenge hack was not. you can actually play it now.  you do not make it easier, by splitting the control, you just make the controls more manageable- what was it before,like a double button push or something

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12 hours ago, AlwaysOnPlanetPatrol said:
8 hours ago, Kaboomer said:

Could you please expand on this a little? Inquiring minds want to know...more! :)

 

 

Not that big of a deal; I got the 7800 input board, bought a Genesis joystick extension chord, my own arcade joystick and buttons.   Soldering the fine wires was challenging, but it works like a charm.  A good little project.

 

I suspect Wyluli did the same with his cool looking controller;

 

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On 7/19/2019 at 4:04 AM, chewy said:

 

 wait wait you use a Playstation 1 stock controller on your vcs???? do you like it more than the Sega Genesis controller?  Can you utilize the D-Pad buttons *and* the little thumb joystick?  no not the little thumb joystick im guessin just the d pad buttons right.  what kind of adapter do you need? 

It's been awhile.  Not sure where my adapter went.  I used a playstation to genesis adapter from Tototek.  I've also tried one of those Seagull 78 adapters in the mix.  Only original playstation joysticks work.  Only tried the D-pad.  

 

Went back to genesis joysticks as they always seem to be around the office no matter how clean or messy things get :)

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ah.....you know im not to familar w/ the playsation d pad but ive been extremly satisifed w/ the sega--- good info tho- thankyou!

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I know, I'm in the minority but I actually like the proline a lot. I prefer it if I have to hit angles precisely (I.e. Double Dragon, Kung Fu Master, Commando, Ikari Warriors). I feel the original 2600 controller lacks that precision. Even updated version like Hyperkin's trooper while better than stock still suffer from that lack of precision

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i'm surprised i didnt chime in on this one!

 

My faves are a Best-refurbished CX40 and my NES-style game pad.  it really just depends on the game and how much my hands hurt.

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Tac 2, Indestructible and responsive. I have 1 of just about every stick from that period and the tac 2 is my favorite. Still use the one I purchased in the 80's 

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I recently got a Retron 77 which came with the 2nd version of it's "Trooper" joystick.  It looks like a CX10/CX40, but has two fire buttons (either corner, fired the same) and faceted corners for your palm to rest.  It also has an embedded strain relief and a really long cable.  So far, I've found it to be really great.  I know people had issues with the longevity of their initial run of joysticks, but I've not had any issues with this one yet.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Hyperkin-Trooper-Controller-not-machine-specific/dp/B07M5HYTZL

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I’m trying to decide between Micro Switches and Leaf Springs. But also I’m thinking the Slik Stik might be just as good for high scores.

 

 

 

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I have Wicos with leaf switches, it s nice, because i can set the leaves tight to cause very little movement to trigger. Although, a positive feeling micro-switch controller is preferable to a lot of folk. The ultimate stick to buy in my opinion would be the Edladdin sticks

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