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The Atari.io collective 2600 joystick collection

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I'm assuming that among the lot of us, we have a pretty boss 2600 joystick collection.  Please post the unique joysticks you have.  I'll bet that together,  we have every one made back in the day.

 

Here's what I have:

 

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Top row:  Pointmaster, Quickshot II, Epyx 500XJ, GemStik, Wico Boss

Bottom row:  Atari Flashback 2, Original Atari CX-10 (it has springs inside!), Atari CX-40, Slik Stik, Suncom Tac30, Kraft.

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Here are some more unique sticks:

 

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Top row: (Radio Shack) Archer Deluxe Competition Joystick, Wico Command Control Joystick (5200)*, Gemini Gemstick-Pro

Bottom row: Coin Controls Inc. Competition Pro**, Championship Electronics SuperChamp (with 10' retractable cord), Wico "Famous Red Ball"

 

*This has a 9-pin cable, but it's meant to plug into a Y-cable for the 5200 and is not compatible with the VCS without an adapter cable.  It snuck into the photo when I wasn't looking.

**The Competition Pro is the regular one with leaf switches, not the "5000" model with microswitches.

 

Last but certainly not least:

 

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I've never seen these referred to with an Atari CX- part number, and the 2800 owner's manual doesn't seem to list one either.  If they have an official name, I'm not aware of it.  Edit: Confirmed, these are CX28 controllers.

 

In case anyone's interested, the Gemstick-Pro and CE SuperChamp are available for trade/sale.  They're tested and work just fine, I just don't like them as much as some of the others.

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Here are some more unique sticks:

 

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Top row: (Radio Shack) Archer Deluxe Competition Joystick, Wico Command Control Joystick (5200)*, Gemini Gemstick-Pro

Bottom row: Coin Controls Inc. Competition Pro**, Championship Electronics SuperChamp (with 10' retractable cord), Wico "Famous Red Ball"

 

*This has a 9-pin cable, but it's meant to plug into a Y-cable for the 5200 and is not compatible with the VCS without an adapter cable.  It snuck into the photo when I wasn't looking.

**The Competition Pro is the regular one with leaf switches, not the "5000" model with microswitches.

 

Last but certainly not least:

 

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I've never seen these referred to with an Atari CX- part number, and the 2800 owner's manual doesn't seem to list one either.  If they have an official name, I'm not aware of it.  Edit: Confirmed, these are CX28 controllers.

 

In case anyone's interested, the Gemstick-Pro and CE SuperChamp are available for trade/sale.  They're tested and work just fine, I just don't like them as much as some of the others.

Sweet sticks! That sounds weird. I love that there's so many kinds of db9 joysticks that were interchangeable with so many systems. I guess that's coming back with USB, but I am not familiar.

 

It's too bad these are so hard to find these days. I'm sure I passed up dozens of sticks because I had a bunch of CX40s. I don't have much experience with 3rd party sticks, but I think the Epyx XJ 500 is my favorite of those.

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How do you like this one Rick? Paul from the Intellivisionaries swears by them, I've never tried one before.

I love it.  That and the Slik Stik are my favorites.  The Kraft is ugly, but very responsive and has a lot of movement in the stick.  Plus it's switchable -- 4 or 8 way with a simple twist of a switch on the bottom.  Highly recommended.  That brown one in post #1 has been one of my go-to joysticks for years. 

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Picked up a pair of CX78s while I was in Poland and had them shipped home -- they arrived today!  (I think they can still be considered 2600 joysticks since they were packed with Atari 2600 Jr systems in Europe.)

 

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So far after a little bit of testing with a few different games, I think they're... alright.  They're certainly not as precise as a stock CX40 stick, but they seem fairly comfortable to use.  Next step is to try them with the console they were designed for!

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One more... Suncom TAC-2.

 

I'd rate this one pretty high. It has a nice tight feel to it. Feels very high quality. I like it better than the Wico's.

I have two of these that I picked up for 5 bucks a piece at a local retro shop a few years back. They are by far the best stick I've used. I use them on my 7800 as well as with my Colecovision paired with adapter cables I bought from Paul Nurminen a while back.

 

I also have some CX-40's (one in a white box that says Replacement Part CX-40, I'll have to post a pic sometime), my CX-24's that came with my 7800 that I despise, some Gemsticks, some Wico bat sticks, and an Epyx XJ500.

 

In order of preference:

 

TAC-2

Wico

Epyx (would rank above the Wico but the microswitch noise can irritate people)

CX-40

Gemstick

 

 

 

 

And if I have to the CX-24 for two button 7800 stuff.

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I have those same tiny joysticks for the TI 99/4A.  They are a huge improvement over the TI branded sticks. 

 

PS -- Did you know these are made by Amiga -- yes, the same company that made the computer for Commodore?  They made joysticks to help pay the bills before the Amiga came out. 

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Another new one for me.  RGA International Video Controller RGA 1160

 

This one is just ok.  The hand fits the handle very well, and I like that you can use either button.  But the base is too small and too thick.  It makes it hard to hold.

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