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Discuss Intellivision, Atari, Colecovision, Nintendo, and More! » The Atari Section » The Atari Forum » Sweet controller alternative

Sweet controller alternative

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1 Sweet controller alternative on Sun 22 Sep 2013, 10:08 pm

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I picked up one of these at Salvation Army this weekend. It works in combination with a custom PC to 5200 adapter I had made. I tried it out with Pac Man, River Raid and Boulder Dash. The analog thumb stick offered tight control on all three games. Too bad nothing like this released with the console back in 1982.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NIB-MAKOPAD-PC-GAMEPAD-JOYSTICK-COMPUTER-INTERACT-SV-234-/111171146455?pt=US_Video_Game_Controllers&hash=item19e25112d7

2 Re: Sweet controller alternative on Mon 23 Sep 2013, 7:04 am

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That looks like a nice controller!


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3 Re: Sweet controller alternative on Mon 23 Sep 2013, 10:29 am

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Cool that you made your own adaptor! It really would have been a nice alternative back then.

4 Re: Sweet controller alternative on Mon 23 Sep 2013, 5:37 pm

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TrekMD wrote:That looks like a nice controller!  
Thanks. It is nice to play games with. My favorite system from early 80's is the much maligned 5200. Anything that makes playing games on it more enjoyable is always a plus.

onthinice wrote:Cool that you made your own adaptor! It really would have been a nice alternative back then.
Actually, I bought two home made adapters from Bohoki over at Atari Age some years back. One of the best investments I ever made. There are schematics readily available on the net, but he only asked $10 a piece and I didn't have to do the soldering work.

5 Re: Sweet controller alternative on Mon 23 Sep 2013, 7:41 pm

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Sounds like you got a great deal with those adapters! I would have rather payed the $10 than do the soldering work myself as well!


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6 Re: Sweet controller alternative on Mon 23 Sep 2013, 9:01 pm

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Even better!

7 Re: Sweet controller alternative on Mon 23 Sep 2013, 9:25 pm

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I have done some soldering and it didn't look out of my league, pretty simple really. But Bohoki offered and makes a good product. Very Happy 

Unfortunately, he doesn't post much over at AA these days.

8 Re: Sweet controller alternative on Mon 23 Sep 2013, 9:50 pm

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Seems to be a common theme. Members drop off and new ones take there place. Maybe he has been busy on another project.

9 Re: Sweet controller alternative on Sun 20 Oct 2013, 10:41 pm

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I will be making and selling 5200-PC controller adapters on ebay soon. Just waiting for one more batch of components to arrive. I am hoping there is a fair amount of demand and they sell well. I really believe these make the 5200 a nicely playable system.

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