Silver Back Posted January 23, 2022 Share Posted January 23, 2022 Back in the day we didn’t have many choices for playing our 7800. We had the proline, for some select games we could use the traditional one button controller, and there was one aftermarket controller floating around from Telegames. But that Telegames controller wasn’t common. European 7800 owners had the gamepad, but us yanks wouldn’t know about that for some time. Today we have choices. Many choices. We have adapters for Sega controllers, import game pads, arcade joysticks, and 3D printed NES style controllers. There’s more than that even when you get into DIY projects and adapters. Below I’m going to go over a few of the choices I’ve acquired and my feelings on each. Obviously I neither own every possible controller, nor am I any sort of authority on the subject. So feel free to comment with your opinions and if you agree with my assessment. Lets go! 7800 Proline Controller These are the original pack ins here in the US. They are painful to use and the years have not been kind to them. I find most of them to be mushy and unresponsive. Even when they were new, they weren’t ideal. There isn’t much reason to use them today, but if you collect for the 7800, your going to end up with quite a few probably. Variant! 7800 Proline Rebuilt With Best Gold Components! If you want a proline or 2, I would recommend going this route. I bought a set of these myself, and the difference is night and day. They feel more clicky and responsive, but they retain their awkwardness in use. Their a big step up from a non-rebuilt proline, but those are bottom of the barrel anyway. Telegames Quick Fire Joy Stick While similar to Ataris original, I was actually surprised how much more I liked this stick. The rapid fire is nice for a few games, and I actually prefer the clicky buttons and joy stick to the original. I’d probably say that a Best rebuilt is still preferable, but this isn’t bad if you want something authentic to the time. Still doesn’t compare to some of the other options though. 2 Button Gripstick from Video61 Atari Sales I wasn’t sure what to expect here, but what you get is a fairly nice flight stick style controller. The suction cups are kind of pointless, but these are a well made alternatives at a fairly low price. While there’s nothing specifically wrong with it, it’s not my preferred controller either. If you want a 2600 style joystick with more of a flight stick flair for your 7800 games, this might be the one for you. Atari 7800 Euro Gamepad These are highly sought after by us in the US and rightfully so. They have a nice NES style feel and a removable thumb stick for those who want a d-pad. The issue, like with the proline controllers, is time hasn’t been kind to them. They are starting to become unresponsive and failing in various ways. But finding a good one can really change your 7800 experience, although I feel their not as good as the hype would have you believe. Variant! Best electronic 7800 gold rebuilt gamepad! Now these are good! I didn’t realize how pad my Europad was getting until I got my hands on one of these rebuilt pads. It’s overall the same but the responsiveness and quality has been much improved. With how hard these are to obtain, I would just order a rebuilt from best and be done with it. Trust me, it’s worth it! 7800 Arcade Joystick I’ll update the user that makes these in this post after I look it up, but you can get these from the for sale forum here, on eBay, and on Etsy I believe. And they are fantastic! Great clicky arcade buttons, responsive arcade joystick, and a base that is comfortable to hold and sit in your lap! This was my go to for a long time and I still use it for arcade style games. If your 7800 console is used for its fantastic arcade ports, then this is what you want! Variant! Edladdin Arcade Stick! Some may say I have this backwards as Edladdin uses high quality real arcade parts and the other is a step down. But I did it like this because I haven’t purchased one of these yet. If you have, let us know down below what it’s like! Retrogameboyz NES Style Gamepad This is my current go to for the 7800. It is perfectly responsive, comes with both a thumb stick (with grip) and d-pad, and is second nature to hold. These are reasonably priced and come in several variations of layout and color. I can not recommend these enough, especially if you prefer the European joypad over arcade controls! Seagull 78 Sega Adapter by Edladdin And this is my ultimate recommendation for most people. Sega pads are easier to come by (you probably already have one) and are more comfortable to use than most other options. And at roughly 20 bucks, this is one of the cheapest choices as well. Unless you absolutely hate Sega pads or want authenticity, then this is the way to go! And that’s it! Later I’ll make a follow up post for light guns, trakballs, and robotron controllers. Let me know what else is out there or which controller is for favorite! See you next time Atarians! 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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