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Atari two-joystick games: I've been coming up with unique wireless controller options lately (video)

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Some of my favorite 2 joystick games for the 2600 include Stargate, Spy Hunter, Solaris, and Radar Lock.  Over the course of time I've tried various joysticks out on these games to see if I could get superior control one way or the other. Really the best option happens to be putting a table in front of me with a pair of suction cups joysticks attached, but hauling out a table for that purpose is kinda a hassle.

 

There are trays for the 2600 CX-40 joysticks to be placed in for 2 joystick gaming, but I've never managed to add one of these to my collection...

 

So, I have a new idea to share here, and it h has to do with using an 8bitdo Retro Receiver for the Genesis along with a wireless pair of Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons.  Check out what I've managed to accomplish:

 

 

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2 hours ago, ave1 said:

Some of my favorite 2 joystick games for the 2600 include Stargate, Spy Hunter, Solaris, and Radar Lock.  Over the course of time I've tried various joysticks out on these games to see if I could get superior control one way or the other.

 

Thanks for posting the video, I'm subscribed to your channel and watched it last night. When you mentioned the upcoming Robotron: 2084 port for Atari 2600 I immediately wanted to try it out with my Joy-Cons on an upcoming stream on my show!

 

I already have some 8bitdo Retro Receivers, would you be able to list the other components (and where to get them) that I would need to buy to make them work while in the vertical position in the Switch coupler on the 2600 with Robotron? Would I need to buy both the left & right 90 degree angle changers?

 

- James

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The 8bitdo Retro Receivers will only work on a 2600 when plugged into an additional adapter known as the Best Electronics Sega Controllers to Atari Systems Adapter Cable (or alternatively an Edladdin Seagull78 controller adapter).

 

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Or you could do the RevEng mod on your Retro Receiver(s) to avoid having to buy a pair of the Best Electronics or Seagull 78 adapters:

 

When it comes to the 90 degree position changing adapters, you'll need both the 90 clockwise and 90 counterclockwise adapters and they are easy to make with a couple cords (having 9 or more internal wires inside) and 9 pin solderless connectors (male and female).  You can find these connectors by using the following search words on Ebay: db9 9 pin solderless plug. My video  shows how to do it here (14 min 20 seconds in):  

 

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