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Offline geebus

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New Joystick and/or game pad
« on: 16:19, 05 December 18 »
Hi folks,

I'm thinking of making a prototype of a joystick and/or a game pad, then maybe getting some "mass" produced. Is there any interest in this here? or are you all making your own?
I'm thinking of using machined stainless steel for the base and the shaft of the joystick (to give it a good lifespan and not brake when someone rage quits their game) but all my ideas are in my head at the moment so it'll change a lot once I actually draw it out and make a prototype.

Not sure if I want to make it a 2 or 3 button with auto fire (or even what the options really are!).

I'm really starting from scratch learning these things, so this is a learning project for me that might take me a while to get my first one made. I only just ordered my soldering station yesterday to replace my old crappy on/off soldering iron. I'm starting with the simple things before I try to move on to more complex items.

I'm sure i'll find swathes of information on these forums of people who have done it before. So expect many new posts from me asking random questions.

As for the connectors, I was hoping to find the right connector with a stress relief area on the cable (assuming those can be bought separately anyway). I haven't found any so far, but I've not been looking very long. I could always cut and smooth off the connector tabs if I can't find any without the tabs on them.

Any pointers or advice is always appreciated.

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Re: New Joystick and/or game pad
« Reply #1 on: 19:44, 05 December 18 »
For the cables you have to simply buy MegaDrive cable extension for a good price.


If you intend create a gamepad you could start from a snes style gamepad (pc usb model). There are a lot of button and you could wire them in the following manner:


Y = 1st Button
Z = Up direction (for those platform where it need to jump)
B = 2nd Button
A = 1st Button
LEFT Shoulder = Down Direction
RIGHT Shoulder = Up Direction
(these useful for racing games)


Select and Start can be omitted.


It's only a personal idea.

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Re: New Joystick and/or game pad
« Reply #2 on: 20:50, 05 December 18 »
I made my own by buying a simple plastic enclosure and an off the shelf arcade stick and buttons.

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Re: New Joystick and/or game pad
« Reply #3 on: 23:50, 05 December 18 »
It's worth remembering that the non plus CPC's can support a third undocumented fire button!

I use a 1st generation neogeo controller with a conversion dongle on my CPC (the non-bean shaped one)... they had no electronics in them - all the buttons were just dumb switches, so it makes a good 3 fire arcade stick for the CPC!
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Re: New Joystick and/or game pad
« Reply #4 on: 10:17, 06 December 18 »
Anyway no game support 3rd button.


Good idea for the NeoGeo joystick/pad.
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Re: New Joystick and/or game pad
« Reply #5 on: 10:46, 06 December 18 »
Anyway no game support 3rd button.

Good idea for the NeoGeo joystick/pad.
ChibiAkumas and R-type support the third button!... also please note the NeoGeo CD Gamepad does not work with my dongle (unfortunately!) - it may work if you gave it a 5v power line, but I've not tested it.
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Re: New Joystick and/or game pad
« Reply #6 on: 10:19, 07 December 18 »
Are you referring to R-Type 128k Enhanched version?
I did not know. And what is the purpose of the third button in this game?
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