When I build the final panel, I’ll give a full review on what I hope to be a much better controller: the “Hydrogen” from Atom Arcade:
I bought one of these because of its price to features value.
This controller supports:
- 14 inputs for each player (1 and 2)
- That’s a joystick, eight buttons, a coin switch and a start button for each player!
- One input can even act as a “shift,” giving almost double the possibilities!
- Downloadable software to program the controller
- Remembers programming without power
- Optical inputs for a trackball
- On board! No separate interface required!
- Inputs for L/R mouse button
- Use the trackball as a mouse!
- USB no-driver-required interface
- Plug it in and you’re ready to go with standard MAME keys
All that, at about US$45 with free shipping to the US. The price is about comparable to an Ultimarc I-PAC2, or some of the Groovy Game Gear offerings, but with free shipping and built-in trackball interface, this offer is hard to beat. That said, I did beat it… I found one on eBay for about half the normal cost.
The only down side I see for some is that the Hydrogen has solder connections rather than the screw-clamp type connections on the Tokn controllers I bought. This won’t be a problem for me though, since I rather enjoy a little soldering!
I’ll let you know how it works out!