Papilio Pro from the Gadget Factory
Arcade Mega Wing from the Gadget Factory
In order to be able to play the games I had to do two things....wrestle with the Arcade Blaster Software to get the system working....(more on this later) and I needed an atari joystick to control the games. Atari 2600 original joysticks are rare and expensive. Clones are also expensive....Therefore rather than spend money, I would rather spend time making a joystick clone!
The joystick circuit itself is well documented and very simple. It's basically 5 switches connected in sequence to a nine way female D type connector.
The pin connections are as follows:
1 - Up
2 - Down
3 - Left
4 - Right
5 - not connected
6 - Fire button
7 - +5V (output from the console or FPGA development board)
8 - Ground (output from the console or FPGA development board)
9 - not connected
Here is the schematic diagram:
|Atari 2600 Schematic|
|PCB bottom layer|
1x 9 way D-type Female Connector
1x Straight through 9 way D-type cable (not Null Modem) male connector at one end and a female connector at the other end.
Here are some renders of the circuit once the PCB has been make and populated:
|Atari 2600 Joypad Isographic|
|Atari 2600 Joypad top down view|