The Atari Jaguar Rotary Duo Controller will allow you to use a rotary knob with Atari Jaguar games that have built-in support for rotary controllers, while retaining use of the dpad for when you're not using the rotary. This rotary controller starts life as a new Atari Jaguar controller, and a high-quality, heavy, metal rotary knob is added to the bottom side of the controller. When you want to use the rotary mode, you simply flip the switch at the bottom of the controller and hold the controller upside down, using your left hand to press the buttons on the front of the controller.
If you're a fan of Tempest 2000, then you know it was meant to be played with a rotary controller. With a rotary controller, you can zip around the edges of the tube with a speed and finesse that cannot be matched with a dpad! Can you imagine playing the arcade game Tempest using a joystick or buttons to move left and right? Neither can we!
We also have a rotary controller that replaces the dpad with a rotary knob, if that's more your style.
Games with Rotary Support
Only Tempest 2000 includes rotary support from the original Jaguar library. However, several homebrew games have included rotary support. Here's a list of games we know that include rotary support. If you know of a game that has rotary support and it's not on this list, please let us know, and we'll add it!
- Arkanoid (ST Port)
- Impulse X
- Kaboom (In Development)
- Kobayashi Maru
- Project W (Warlords)
- Tempest 2000
- Virtual Xperience's Pong
Unfortunately, the game Breakout 2000 does not include rotary support.
To enable rotary support in Tempest 2000, please perform the following steps:
- Plug your rotary controller and another controller into the Jaguar.
- While on the title screen, press "B".
- Press "OPTION" to enter the Options screen.
- Simultaneously press "PAUSE" on both controllers.
- At this point you should see a third menu choice called "CONTROLLER TYPE".
- Select "CONTROLLER TYPE" and press "B" to enter the Rotary Selection screen.
- You can now select which port you have plugged your rotary controller into.
Once you've enabled rotary support in Tempest 2000, the game will remember that you've done so and the "Controller Type" option will be visible in the "Game Options" menu in the future.