Options for 3rd party MSX controllers? Suitable replacements?

By R_Leo_1

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02-08-2021, 22:50

I just got myself an MSX about a month ago, unfortunately any original Joypads I see on Ebay are criminally expensive, so I was wondering if anyone is aware of 3rd party options, or other controllers that are compatible for 2 button games. Thanks Smile

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By Grauw

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02-08-2021, 23:01

You can get a JoyMega adapter and then pair it up with any inexpensive Sega Genesis controller.

My favourite MSX controller is the Panasonic FS-JS222 by the way.

By R_Leo_1

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02-08-2021, 23:02

Oh awesome! This seems perfect, I already have too many Genesis controllers lying around so I'll just make one my permanent MSX controller LOL!

PS: I've seen those controllers in pics before, and honestly I think the design looks so sleek and comfy as heck!

By Grauw

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02-08-2021, 23:05

Some homebrew games and software even support 3 or 6 buttons. SofaRun is also able to patch some games with support for the additional buttons, to remove the need for having a keyboard on hand to open menus (which is where the “sofa” in the name comes from).

By R_Leo_1

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02-08-2021, 23:05

Are most of the 3 or 6 button games for homebrew? Or did some official releases support it?

By Grauw

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02-08-2021, 23:08

Only homebrew, JoyMega is from after the commercial days (despite being a very simple circuit to build). I think it only came around in the late 2000s, at least I haven’t seen it before then.

By R_Leo_1

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02-08-2021, 23:09

Oh okay, thanks for all the info! Smile

By majors

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03-08-2021, 17:58

R_Leo_1 wrote:

...unfortunately any original Joypads I see on Ebay are criminally expensive...

I can to the same realization. Alternatively, you can hack up a Genny/MD pad buy moving some wires. A local store to carries MSX and has a surplus of 3-button pads that I modded so he can offer a "free pad" with every MSX computer purchase.

https://www.msx.org/wiki/How_to_get_joypad_very_cheap_for_MSX

It's been a while, but I recall using this guide also:
https://forum.digitpress.com/forum/showthread.php?138766-HOW...