[Coladam] Coleco Controller v. Atari Controller

Geoff Oltmans oltmansg at bellsouth.net
Fri Oct 26 14:54:52 CEST 2012


No, I don't think so. The Coleco Vision uses all the normal up, down, left, right, and fire that you'd find on an Atari compatible controller, so Joe is correct that it will partially work. Unfortunately, the "aim" button, and the keypad are decoded using the same connections that the normal atari connections use, but uses a separate power/ground connection than the atari one uses. The system alternates between decoding one or the other set of buttons, so in essence the Coleco controller looks like two separate controllers.

On Oct 26, 2012, at 12:43 AM, Kevin Powers wrote:

> My understanding is that the RetroZone Atari usb connector works with Sega
> Genesis controllers, which could have as many as 6 distinct buttons.  If
> that's the case, then wouldn't it also work for the Coleco controller?
> I think my main concern is, do the connections line up?
> On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 1:38 AM, Joe Blenkle - Comcast <jblenkle at comcast.net
>> wrote:
>> I would say...not completely...the Coleco controller has two separate fire
>> buttons...Atari only one...games that utilize the second button would be
>> difficult to play with only one button. Plus you usually need the keypad to
>> start the game. I have successfully started a game like Donkey Kong Jr.
>> with a Coleco controller and then unplugged it and plugged in my Atari
>> compatible Amiga powerstick and played just fine.
>> But recent messages here...or was it on AtariAge???...suggest hot swapping
>> controllers is not a good idea. Now I have something else to be paranoid
>> about...
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Kevin Powers" <kjpmail at gmail.com>
>> To: <coladam at adamcon.org>
>> Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2012 8:33 PM
>> Subject: [Coladam] Coleco Controller v. Atari Controller
>> Is the Coleco Controller interchangable (as a matter of pinouts, etc.)
>>> with
>>> the Atari controller?  I'm asking because RetroZone has a USB interface
>>> for
>>> Atari controllers and I'm wondering if that same interface would work
>>> (albeit probably not for the numeric keypad) with the Coleco Controller?
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