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Wasn't sure whether to post this in the retro section or not, feel free to move it if this is the case.

Well, aside from my Nintendo whinge that seems to be snowballing elsewhere on the forum, I've actually gotten round to posting pictures of my Neo Geo stick project I made in December.

It was inspired after watching Gamesmaster on ChallengeTV, they were playing Baseball Stars and it looked so cool, I did a bit of searching and got a Neo emulator up and running. Still, on the show they were using Proper SNK sticks that looked great and I was using a crappy sidewinder pad...

I then had a brainwave, I had bought a Super Nintendo controller off Ebay ages ago that was totally ripping off a Neo stick, but when I got it i found it was only suitable for NTSC consoles, rendering it useless. I dragged it out of the drawer and got to work. The captions with the pictures tell the story, but in short I butchered the two and have ended up with a fantastic controller, and I'm hooked on Metal Slug and Magical Drop!

Comments welcome...

Photo album is here!

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That looks fantastic mate, well done.

How did you interface the stick/buttons with the MS controller? Did you bypass the MS pad's buttons, and wire the sticks/buttons straight to the IC that read in the MS pad's ones?

Come to think of it did you take any pics of that side of the process?

It really must help Neo Geo emulation with a proper controller. I find playing the fighters and stuff too difficult to remember what button does what on a PSX pad.

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How did you interface the stick/buttons with the MS controller? Did you bypass the MS pad's buttons, and wire the sticks/buttons straight to the IC that read in the MS pad's ones?

I assume it's like converting, say a DC pad, to be used in an arcade machine.

The setup is this - you have the DC wired up to the arcade monitor in the cabinet but want to use the proper arcade stick and buttons. Basically you open up the pads and solder wires from the contacts in the pads to the microswitches for the arcade controls. In reality for an Arcade machine you would be better wiring the consoles controls to a 25pin socket (like a parallel port) so then you can disconnect the DC joypads and put something like a Saturn in there instead.


I've done this, so from my actual arcade controls, the 1P and 2P controls go to 2 25pin plugs and I can either plug it straight into the 25pin socket connected to the Jamma interface if I want to play on of my arcade games or connect them to the hacked pads of consoles that i have (or will have in there).

Sorry to go on, but the same principle could be used to make a standard arcade style joystick that you can use on any system - console, pc, whatever just by swapping the leads.

www.happcontrols.com have the parts


www.arcadecontrols.com have the knowledge

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For the neo stick, i got rid of all the snes innards and just kept the stick and the buttons i wanted. Then it was a case of replacing the sidewinder's buttons with these, i rubbed the contacts on the PCB down and simply soldered wires on to link it all together. It did end up being a little trial and error in the end, ground contacts and loops got a little confusing. Worked on the third attempt! It would have actually worked first time, but the directional connection was from a series of copper strips once i had removed all the black. I worked out what they all were, wrote it on the PCB and then rubbed it off again with the wire wool! I thought I might have ruined it but it works a treat now.

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