View Full Version : Review: Retro-bit USB 9-pin joystick/controller adapter

2nd August 2012, 12:08
Spotted this on Ebay a little while ago, and at the price (BIN $12.95 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/170838656166?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649#ht_3302wt_1185)) couldn't resist. It arrived from the US today.

I have always wanted to use my original joysticks under emulation, but the price of adapters have always put me off a little, so this seemed to fit the bill nicely.

It is available as an Atari adapter or Mega Drive adapter, although I assume there is no difference between them. I opted for the Mega Drive one.

I can't fault it. 2 ports, nicely made and appeared under WinUAE no problem. No setting up or fiddling about. Plugged my Zipstik in and was playing straight away. I experienced no lag.

So it seems to be a great, cost effective solution for getting those old joysticks working with your preferred emulators.


2nd August 2012, 12:10
Nice find Craig, I might grab one :thumbsup:

2nd August 2012, 12:22
yep very nice:)

i use a Keyrah to do the same thing, it does make a difference using an original controller

2nd August 2012, 13:28
That looks pretty sweet, thanks for posting about it. :)

2nd August 2012, 15:21
Yeah thanks - had to buy one! :thumbsup:

8th August 2012, 13:49
Thanks for sharing! Ordered one also. :thumbsup:

16th August 2012, 09:14
Received mine yesterday. Works like a charm. :thumbsup: Absolutely no lag in Vice. Definitely a better alternative to the USB Prof Competition.

I wonder if the analog lines are connected too? With a simple Y-split adapter you could attach a legacy PC joystick into it.

28th August 2012, 12:22
I like the coloured DB9 Connectors... It is nice to see. :)


31st August 2012, 16:02
Clueless: how much did you paid with shipping?

31st August 2012, 18:41
Interested too but should i take the Atari or SEGA version for WinUAE?

13th September 2012, 20:41
Could you guys list a few emulators these adapters work with?
And what you had connected to them when testing.

I'm guessing they present themselves as some generic USB HID device?

I'm not really asking for myself but some newer retro guys at another forum who seem very sceptical about these things.

13th September 2012, 21:42
I got no anwser to my previous question but i bought the SEGA one.
It is recognized on my Win 7 laptop as SEGA USB device (with a gamepad icon) but i haven't tried it with anythiong so far.

13th September 2012, 22:51
I've tested it working in VICE with a Switch Joy connected to it.

16th September 2012, 19:02
Thanks for the heads-up about this item. I'm going to order the Mega Drive version to leave options open for using multi button controllers.

I have a Retrode which I use for MD/Atari/Amiga (and SNES) controllers, but this capable looks more hard wearing for carrying places.

16th September 2012, 21:37
Anyone tried these with 6 button Megadrive pads? :unsure:

24th September 2012, 16:50
Sorry guys, missed that there were a few comments and questions

Anyone tried these with 6 button Megadrive pads? :unsure:

Yep, just tried street fighter 2 on Fusion and it works fine, appears in the controller options, just set it to 6 button

Clueless: how much did you paid with shipping?
Just under 13 from the ebay link in the first post

Could you guys list a few emulators these adapters work with?
And what you had connected to them when testing.

I'm guessing they present themselves as some generic USB HID device?

Using my laptop on win Vista, appears as GENESIS controller USB 1 or 2. Used a zipstik and a genuine sega 6 button pad.

Works with
Thecompany exe's

Also works as a straightforward USB controller in windows, when defining keys the buttons appear as


Cant think of anything else I can add. - It works a treat!

24th September 2012, 18:46
Does the auto fire work (zip stick etc) using this adapter?

24th September 2012, 19:45
Yep, zipstik autofire and comp pro turbo buttons work.

21st November 2012, 18:28
Finally got round to getting one of these and all seems great when used on my 2 ZipSticks (yellow and purple) :thumbsup: However on my blue and silver Competition Pro 5000 neither the auto fire or the slow motion work :huh: Is it going to quick to be detected??? All testing has been done on my Win7 setup using WinUAE. I can confirm that my CompPro works 100% when running on my A4000D.

19th October 2013, 18:29
So, believe it or not this is the first time I'm trying to do multi-player with my adapter.
It's the GENESIS version and on my Mac it shows as one device with two sets of X/Y axes and two buttons.

What's the best way to set up the two joysticks in E-UAE or FS-EAE?

None of the default options let me use both.