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I can confirm these work PERFECTLY for the retro systems that use a 9 pin Atari style joystick and a single fire button, unlike many other options such as the Hyperkin Ranger which DO NOT work on the Commodore 64 etc.
High quality stick with a nice feel and construction and well priced.
I’ve been playing Atari games since 1983, having used a lotta lotta different 9-pin joysticks over the years, on three 8-bit Atari platforms. Only to say I’m a veteran of the consoles and their controllers.
Having now used my Trooper joystick for several months, I’m able to provide a fair review.
I highly recommend it, with two caveats: 1) the stick itself can become unscrewed. It requires tightening quite frequently... occasionally mid-game; and 2) there is a lot of play on this stick compared to the original 2600 controllers. Quite simply, the stick needs to move further to make contact. This can hinder gameplay when very quick back and forth movements are required.
If you can tolerate these issues, you will be very happy with this controller. The fire button in particular is quite responsive.
If Trooper could combine its brilliant fire button with tighter movement, it could likely be the best Atari controller yet.
Nevertheless, the fact Trooper is putting this excellent though not perfect joystick out there in this day and age merits five stars.
Right out of the box this thing showed a number of features I'd always wanted on an Atari joystick. Detachable stick, ambidextrous buttons, sloped edges, heavy base, a non-rubber, non-perishing joystick, and a room-spanning cord length make Hyperkin's design the last word on the classic atari controller layout. It's so pleasant to hold, I actually keep finding myself sitting in front of the TV not to play the game, but just to hold the controller, it really is that satisfying to use. I truly hope that Hyperkin will follow the 'Trooper' up with a set of paddle controllers just as thoughtfully devised as this magical thing.
My only question is the packaging. They box this thing fully constructed. Why did they make the joystick removable, then choose to package it in a large box with the stick screwed into the base? The whole thing could have been shipped in a box smaller than a hardcover book, but instead you think you got a 1-litre carton of milk in the mail. Not really an issue, but it's oddly frustrating.
A new joystick is twice the cost of a used one. I paid for a new one and what I got, was a box that had been opened and then re-taped shut. Inside was a scuffed up, used joystick. I'm guessing that this is a one time oversight, but I specifically made sure to buy a brand new item. I'm hoping that the seller can send me a replacement. I'm sorry for sounding grumpy, but I was really looking forward to this and it's hard not to feel frustrated and disappointed. :(
While the item description states the color may vary, there’s no information on just what it will vary to. So I was pleasantly surprised to receive mine today, along with the Ranger, to find out the new color scheme is now to match the two. The color pattern, though applied as a decal, looks both modern & yet retro at the same time, complimenting the original Atari very well. While I appreciate the wood grain look (and wish such a thing could come back), I appreciate that Hyperkin is trying to make controllers and systems that are both evocative of the originals (as with the Retron HD / Super HD, and 77) but have their own design cues.
Hyperkin has designed some nice looking controllers at a low price point here, but the joystick is also a nice improvement (as is the Ranger game pad). The 4 decade old controllers the Atari came with, though lightly used, really felt worn out (and not to mention the Joystick/paddle Sears II controllers that felt even worse). The Trooper feels much closer to what the original controller should be based on my vague childhood recollections. A great replacement for the originals (and to save the good looking but poor feeling originals)! The stick itself doesn’t feel quite as rubbery, as I think the stick is hard plastic and only the rippled boot is rubbery, unlike the original where it was one piece of rubber overtop of plastic. Overall the Trooper probably isn’t as durable as the vintage Wico ones you can find around, but is probably the best close replacement for the originals, and should last about as long.
its a pretty good joystick. it has some weight to it and the stick feels/moves better then the ones the Flashback systems come with. i havent tried any of the other brands that supposesdly sell better quality joysticks but from what i read people seemed to like/have good things to say about this ''Trooper'' by Hyperkin. thanks!