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NES-style Gamepad for ColecoVision - Any Good?

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Has anyone purchased this gamepad (picture below) by RetroGameBoyz (on eBay and Etsy) for ColecoVision? It's an NES-style pad and seems like a good alternative to the original OEM controllers. Of course, for games that make considerable use of the keypad (not all that many), you are better off using the original controllers, but this seemed like it might be worth the pickup for the majority of ColecoVision games. The feedback for this gamepad on eBay is pretty solid. How about here on AA? Anybody have one (or two)? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

 

Here's the eBay link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Colecovision-Controller-Control-Pad-Joystick-Joypad-Gamepad-works-with-Atari-too/264027449513

 

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Without keypad functionality, unless hot-swapping controllers or using something like a Champ Adaptor, how to select numeric difficulty level / # of players to progress to actual gameplay (as with the bulk of 80s-era games), though?

 

The "most games" work and "I chose a configuration that I found to be very common" seem potentially problematic ... curious as to whether that means the start button is mapped to enter a sequence that selects (only) one-player, difficulty-one. That the seller/maker cannot be bothered to list out crucial details is unfathomable.

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Yeah, fair points for sure. Here's another picture that goes into a little greater detail on his Etsy page:

 

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But I agree that it might be more trouble than it's worth. I do see where @TPR provided a nice video review of this gamepad here on AA. Took me a little while to find it since it's buried in the Collectorvision Phoenix Kickstarter thread that was locked back in November.

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As expected, the preconfigured mapping would only permit 1-player/difficulty-1, then. Thanks.

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Wouldn't a y-cable adapter allow to use both controllers so you can select any difficulty level.

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1 hour ago, doubledown said:

As long as all 9 pins are wired the same way at all 3 ends, yes.

I use the Y adapter with mine. I haven't used it too much but I do like it.

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where can one get a y adapter these days without building there own?  I just designed PCBs to make a y adapter, waiting for them to arrive.

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It's not hard to make your own.  Get one genesis extension cable, and one male DE-9 connector (with screw terminals if rather not solder).  Should be well under $10 in parts.

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4 hours ago, evg2000 said:

where can one get a y adapter these days without building there own?  I just designed PCBs to make a y adapter, waiting for them to arrive.

https://www.amazon.com/SF-Cable-Female-Serial-Splitter/dp/B0016SP1DQ/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=

 

Nurmix was selling the molded ones here for $18, same ones that are $50 one eBay, except he was making them himself. Don't know if he's making them now. He is working on the Amico I think.

 

 

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4 hours ago, evg2000 said:

where can one get a y adapter these days without building there own?  I just designed PCBs to make a y adapter, waiting for them to arrive.

BTW, for one player, you can use the NES CV controller in port one and a keypad controller in port 2, at least to get rollin'. 

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7 hours ago, Swami said:

BTW, for one player, you can use the NES CV controller in port one and a keypad controller in port 2, at least to get rollin'. 

If I'm not mistaken, there are some games where the player 2 controller cannot make skill/player selections. It might only be games where 1 controller is handed back in forth, like Defender, I don't remember.  I don't think it's many games though where this is the case.

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