Seagull 78 Controller Adapter
Gamepad Gameplay for the Atari 7800!
The Seagull 78 v2.0 is a controller adapter that allows the use of any Sega Genesis gamepad or other Genesis controller with your Atari 7800, providing authentic two-button gameplay control on all Atari 7800 games.
Simply plug your Sega Genesis or compatible controller into the Seagull 78, then plug the included 6' (1.8m) factory molded game cord into your Atari 7800 console. Buttons "B" and "C" on your Sega controller provide authentic two-button gameplay control on all Atari 7800 games. No other buttons are utilized on the controller while using the Seagull 78 adapter.
As a bonus, the 6' factory molded game cord may be used independently with any other retro game system that utilizes the DB9 connector, including many Flashback systems, Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, and many 8-bit computers.
Here's an information video about version 1.0 of the Seagull 78 Adapter:
Note: This product is an adapter only! You must provide the Sega Genesis compatible controller!
Note: The Seagull 78 controller adapter is not compatible with Sega Master System controllers.
Now, with that out of the way, this is an amazing product. Plans for such a device have been floating around since the days of CompuServe and GEnie, but if you want one that is not only professional looking, but of a professional quality, this is the device for you.
Edladdin does make some very nice premium controller solutions for the 7800, but if you're budget conscious, this and a working Genesis joystick works in a pinch for a low cost solution.
If you have the money, get one of Edladdin's premium joysticks. If not, this is a fine alternative.
Probably my most played 7800 game is Xevious, I've become noticeably better and it's immeasurably more enjoyable now that I can use a Sega Mega Drive / Genesis controller with buttons that aren't made from a dish sponge.
I was curious as to whether the Sega infrared controllers would work and they do, but use an extension cable between the two as the Seagull 78 is just a fraction too long to allow the second controller plug on the adaptor to sit next to it.
'Must have' is something that gets thrown around a lot, but there is zero reason for anybody to handicap themselves with Atari's controllers when this is an option.
Do yourself a favour. plug in a Sega
IMO this is the best (besides being the cheapest) option for 7800 fans looking to avoid the awful stock Pro-Line controllers and retain two-button functionality.
These open up the 7800 to the wide variety of Sega Genesis controllers, which include arcade sticks, and pads with turbo functionality, many of which are fairly inexpensive nowadays.
I've used several controllers with this adapter, including the Sega Arcade Power Stick, Asciiware Power Clutch SG, stock Sega 3 and 6 button pads, Performance Gamepad 3 (my personal favorite due to it's discreet turbo buttons), Owl Pad, and the Beeshu Striker. All worked as they should.
It's a great addition to any 7800 fan's toolbox. Playing the games with well made controllers make a marked difference in how much you can actually enjoy them!
Works perfectly with 3 or 6-button Genesis controllers. There is excellent response and no lag present. The Seagull 78 can even be used in conjunction with an AtariVox connected through it without issue. Ditto having an MCPDev cartridge attached.
It is well worth the money. The end results are Button B mapping to the Left Button/Button 1 of the 7800, and Button C mapping to Right Button/Button 2.