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8Bitdo Bluetooth NES Controllers on Atari Systems


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If this has already been discovered by someone else, I apologize for rehashing old news. I did not find a similar thread anywhere, so this may be of great interest to many of you. After longing for quality wireless controllers for Atari systems since the 80's, the wait is finally over. This is the best option available that I know of currently. I have tested it on my 800XL and 7800. Here's how to accomplish it.

 

1. Buy one (or two for multiplayer) 8Bitdo NES or SNES style Bluetooth controllers. https://www.amazon.com/NES30-Game-Controller-PC-Mac-Linux/dp/B00MB6CNN8/ref=sr_1_9?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1493082481&sr=1-9&keywords=8bitdo

 

2. Buy an SNES receiver for each 8Bitdo controller. https://www.amazon.com/8Bitdo-SNES-Adapter-Bluetooth-Retro-Receiver/dp/B01K1T9CZS/ref=sr_1_2?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1493082537&sr=1-2&keywords=8bitdo+snes+receiver

 

3. Buy an SNES to Atari adapter cable for each 8Bitdo SNES receiver. http://www.raphnet-tech.com/products/snes_to_db9/index.php

 

This setup works flawlessly. Stability of the connection between the controller and Atari is rock solid. It is hands down the best wireless experience I have ever had on an Atari system, and it completely blows away the RF garbage such as the wireless Genesis controllers, original wireless 2600 controllers, and crazy setups that run through NES Four Scores and a bunch of other equipment. The 8Bitdo products are available for lower prices on ebay. I linked to Amazon for ease of viewing.

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OK, Let's figure out the parts to put the BT module into a CX-40 with a rechargeable battery and anything but a Micro-USB charging port.

A nice little dongle for the joy port, and we're all set.

 

Just so it could co-exist with other controllers and SIO2BT. That is important. Also consider WiFi interference. If it all checks out, this could be a potential new product.

 

Yes / No / Ideas?

 

.Edit: Remember, I thought of it FIRST!

:)

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OK, Let's figure out the parts to put the BT module into a CX-40 with a rechargeable battery and anything but a Micro-USB charging port.

A nice little dongle for the joy port, and we're all set.

 

Just so it could co-exist with other controllers and SIO2BT. That is important. Also consider WiFi interference. If it all checks out, this could be a potential new product.

 

Yes / No / Ideas?

 

.Edit: Remember, I thought of it FIRST!

:)

 

My guess is that 8Bitdo will develop a receiver for DB9 ports in the next year or so. The adapter cable from Raphnet simply allows us to use BT controllers on an Atari now instead of waiting on 8Bitdo to make the DB9 receiver. The beauty of using 8Bitdo controllers is that the same controller may be used across multiple platforms. The only product specific to the console is the receiver. Currently, I use the NES30 controller on my NES, SNES, and Atari systems.

 

Your idea would be great for purists who want Atari-style BT controllers, but many people are already going to great lengths to adapt original NES pads to Atari. This gets them there quickly, easily, and wirelessly.

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I like the idea of connecting standard joysticks over Bluetooth to a smartphone, tablet or a PC:

https://learn.adafruit.com/diy-bluetooth-gamepad/overview

Tutorial explains how to build a new controller, but you can also put it into CX-40:

http://www.kantoks.com/just4fun/ataristick4_en.php

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That's real awesome. I like how the adapter gives you the option of using the A or B button for "jump up" which is useful for Amiga/ST platform games, plus the wireless part with the Bluetooth receiver is a bonus.

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8bitdo now has sega genesis controllers so this got even easier. with that being said are there any bluetooth joysticks out there? For me most Atari games are better with a joystick.

 

Do you have link for that sega controller ? Can't find it anywhere.

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8Bitdo M30 2.4G Wireless Gamepad for the Original Sega Genesis and Sega Mega Drive - Sega Genesis,Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HB1XFQW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Lv19Bb3Z6ZW55

 

Looks a bit like a knock-off to me, I thought 8bitdo were exclusively Bluetooth developers not rf

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Looks real enough. Not a word about it on 8BitDo site though. It's also somewhat no a cheap side, which is suspicious.

Also no telling how it's going to work. On normal Sega controllers directions and 1 button should work, as they are connected directly.

But Sega +5V is on the different pin than on Atari. It's possible it won't work at all.

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Bumping for those who might have missed it. It got a bit bogged down by talk of other setups, which was not my intention. The original post explains a simple method for hooking up quality wireless controllers with no work required.

This 2017 method is a little simpler than my 2016 method with the 8bitdo Retro Receiver (NES version). My 2016 presentation is found here if you're interested: https://youtu.be/DceJ_vNQv0I

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