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  • Review: Retro-bit USB 9-pin joystick/controller adapter

    Spotted this on Ebay a little while ago, and at the price (BIN $12.95) couldn't resist. It arrived from the US today.
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    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.


  • #2
    Nice find Craig, I might grab one
    OS4Depot http://www.os4depot.net/ - Its like Aminet for OS4!
    RunInUAE http://cshandley.co.uk/ - No NextGen Amiga should be without this!

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    • #3
      yep very nice

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





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      • #4
        That looks pretty sweet, thanks for posting about it.

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        • #5
          Yeah thanks - had to buy one!
          A1000 & A1200, 48K Speccy and IF1 & Microdrives, Speccy 128 Toaster & divIDE plus, +2(Grey), 2A, +3E, Saturn, Dreamcast, Gamecube, N64 Everdrive, Megadrive / MegaCD & Everdrive, SNES & Everdrive, PCE & EverDrive, Atari Jaguar, C64 & Utimate II, MAME Cabinet,. J'Tag Xbox 360, Original Xbox, Xbox One, PS1,2,3 & 4 , Wii, Wii U, Loadsa PCs.

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          • #6
            Thanks for sharing! Ordered one also.
            AMIGA 4000 060/50, AMIGA 1200 030/50, AMIGA 500, C128D, C128, C64C, C64, C16, Vic-20, Atari 520 STE, Atari 65 XE, Philips NMS-8250 MSX2, Sinclair Spectrum +3e, Sinclair Spectrum 48k, Amstrad CPC 6128, Amstrad CPC464, Oric Atmos, Apple Macintosh Classic, Apple IIGS, BBC Master, Memotech MTX500

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            • #7
              Received mine yesterday. Works like a charm. 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.
              AMIGA 4000 060/50, AMIGA 1200 030/50, AMIGA 500, C128D, C128, C64C, C64, C16, Vic-20, Atari 520 STE, Atari 65 XE, Philips NMS-8250 MSX2, Sinclair Spectrum +3e, Sinclair Spectrum 48k, Amstrad CPC 6128, Amstrad CPC464, Oric Atmos, Apple Macintosh Classic, Apple IIGS, BBC Master, Memotech MTX500

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              • #8
                I like the coloured DB9 Connectors... It is nice to see.


                Cheers,
                Oge

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                • #9
                  Clueless: how much did you paid with shipping?
                  64 ('84 original 1541 drive and 1702 monitor), 500 ('89 original with 1011 drive) 2000HD ('90 original 1080 monitor and Video Toaster) http://www.retronicdesign.com/

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                  • #10
                    Interested too but should i take the Atari or SEGA version for WinUAE?
                    A4000/CSMKII60/ZZ9000/Deneb/CatWeasel/A2386/STBNitro/SB16/MT32
                    A1200/B1260/SCSI/IndiMK1/Subway/MASPlayer
                    A500Plus/A600/A2000/CDTV : back one day
                    PC-AmikitXE

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                    • #11
                      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.
                      Amigas: #A500+, 1MB #2xA1200, 8MB RAM, #MS: XBOX (latest)
                      C64s: #C64/C, 1541C/-II, w. AR-IV and 2 Red Balls
                      Segas: #Megadrive, Everdrive, Arcade Stick #Dreamcast, VGA (shmup station)
                      Sonys: #PS1 #PS2+80GB HD #PS3, Hori Arcade Stick

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                      • #12
                        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.
                        A4000/CSMKII60/ZZ9000/Deneb/CatWeasel/A2386/STBNitro/SB16/MT32
                        A1200/B1260/SCSI/IndiMK1/Subway/MASPlayer
                        A500Plus/A600/A2000/CDTV : back one day
                        PC-AmikitXE

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                        • #13
                          I've tested it working in VICE with a Switch Joy connected to it.
                          AMIGA 4000 060/50, AMIGA 1200 030/50, AMIGA 500, C128D, C128, C64C, C64, C16, Vic-20, Atari 520 STE, Atari 65 XE, Philips NMS-8250 MSX2, Sinclair Spectrum +3e, Sinclair Spectrum 48k, Amstrad CPC 6128, Amstrad CPC464, Oric Atmos, Apple Macintosh Classic, Apple IIGS, BBC Master, Memotech MTX500

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                          • #14
                            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.

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                            • #15
                              Anyone tried these with 6 button Megadrive pads?
                              “First learn computer science and all the theory. Next develop a programming style. Then forget all that and just hack.”
                              (George Carrette)

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