Right in abosulte dollars, worng in dolalrs per console it works with. I’ll probably spend $300-$400 for this system for parts and labor.
A single console joystick, if new is $200. You can find one used for $100 when the system is current, and $50 if considered retro.
My retro stick, when done, will play
(Atari 2600 not necessary because it works with 7800, Colecovision, and Genesis, unless I want a Booster Grip-compatible)
Genesis 6-button (which will work with most games, usially holding mode fixes it. But depending on my games I might need a 3-button, and I think I have the one SMS game than needs a real SMS controller, Montezumna’s revenge)
Game Cube (also for certain Wii, and Switch stuff)
Wii classic controller (also works with some Wii U)
If I bought used sticks for current systems, assuming I can the cheapest buy it now price now on ebay this is what I get if i buy fight sticks for these consoles, of course most of them have problemsd with me because right-stick is needed.
NES Retrobit $15
Switch Ipega $18 Subtotal $33
PS3/PS4/PC/Switch $49 (but you can subtract the Switch ipega if you don’t want to Street Fight on the road. Subtotal $64-82
Xbox One $37 subtotal $101-119
Wii Classic $35 subtotal $136-154
PS2/PS1/ Xbox/Gamecube: $50 subtotal $186-204
Dreamcast $60 subtotal $246-264
N64 $75 subtotal $321-349
SNES $33 subtotal $354-382
Genesis 6 button $40 subtotal $394-422
Turbo Grafx 16 $20 for a 2-button stick
Turbo Grafx 16 $40 fo a 6-button pad
There are only 2 ways to get a 6 button stick on Ebay buy-it-now right now. Hori TG16+SNES for $135 or Hori TG16+SNES+Genesis $185
If you have to have the TG16 6 button, need SNES and Genesis, and want to pay as little as possible add $135, subtract $33 for not getting the SNES net cost $102 subtotal $496-524
3DO stick $70 subtotal $566-594
If you own a Genesis game that needs a 3 button and glitches on 6, pay an extra $22. subtotal $566-616
If you have a game that doesn’t work with a 6 Button (w/ or w/o mode button) or 3 button, you have to buy a SMS joystick. The cheapest is a $17 joystick. But there are 2 problems. Judging by most of the comments on my posts, right hand is unacceptable. Plus if in most games, you want index-to-index mapping, this joystick gioves let-to-left mapping. One search for the cheapest left handed joystick at $107. But I remember the Sega Beeshu has the prporer left handed buton arrangement, so
that was $20. SInce I haven’t seen a game where left-to-left mapping is preferable on the SMS (then agin, I don’t have that many games) I assume al are better with index-to-index, and if your goal is to gsave money, byu the $20 beeshu. Subtotal 566-636
No Atari 7800, Jaguar,or digital 5200, but look what I found.
All the Atari optionsgot me that was interesting was $143 analog pad for the Atari 5200. It advertises self centering. I some games that is good, in other games it is bad. There is no such thing as a swiss army knife fo the 5200, arguable tyou have to get analog non-self centering (standard 5200, most of the alalog games were best non-centreing, like Kaboom, Star Wars. I’ve played Atari Paddle games on Atari Flashbacks by using an analog stick in absolute mode, which is closest to an actual paddle, and you ache your thumb when trying to instantly “dial-a-position” like you have to do in Star Wars and Kaboom, alternatign between fighting resistance both with you and againsg you, making it hard to hit your target exactly. But good 2600 paddle players can hit anywhere on the axis in the nick of time.), analog self-centering (if a game is a full analog game and you have to stop on a dime.) and digital (if a game is necessary to stop on a dime, but doesn’t need 8 bit x and 8 bit y and would be better as a fight stick game) There was no Jaguar, no 7800, and no digital 5200.
Currently, there is a Colecovision Fight stick auciton. Oy is ambodextrous, has a button on the side and a button on the thumb that might possibly be Coleco’s second button. You have to add a Y adapter to use the keypad on a regular Coleco controller. Also super aciton-required games won’t work. $43. Also the user is unsure if it’s a 2-button coleco stick or just a 1 button.
I thought the Colceo Super Action controller was the best controller for games that didn’t require a manual rapid fire in the Pre Crash era. Tankfully most game required buttons and either stick, keypad and roller. Nothing needed the roller, keypad, and stick simultaneously, excpert Mouse Trap, but you don’t need the action buttons for Mousse trap, so adjust your grip. Also I found bugs when playing Activision Decathlon and Q Berts Qubes with a super action controller.
Intellivision has many problems in terms of todays standards. The default controller is a 16-way, yet 1-intensity plus neutral thumb/finger pad. Another probe is tat the INYV sticks were hard wired into first version of the console, but there were a couple used for the second model, but if yuo’;re used to a Street Fighter stick this wll take a lot of getting used to. Ussually you have to snap a stick on the disc. If you want to make a street fighter stick that is 8-way (I don’t think a digital joystick can be made 16 way with 1 intensity plus neutral. And the fact you have 16 discrete direction inputs makes the normal joystick logic of “2 cardinals equals a diagonal” impossible You could get an analog stick and break it into regions, or you. The only options I see are using logic gates and hard wiring the stick so that only 1 of 8 ways are actuated singly , and is determined by NSEW.
There are no Astrocade joysticks, but if you have a 2600 stick, and Maybe a compatible, like 7800, Colecovision, and Genesis if a discrete-to-discrete remapping so you can either wire it directly, or take one of those other standards, or a genuine 2600 stick, by using a 9-pin remapper.
A Genesis, 7800, or Colecovioisn wired stick can be a standard Atari 2600 controller without modification.
So if you have my collection, like me, and you don’t have a PS4, and unlike me, don’t need 7800 or pre-crash systems you cost for finding the cheapest “off the shelf” combination on Ebay is $566-636.
If you can build one joystick, and add a NES-PS3 adapter a PS3/PS4/360/One/Wii U/Switch US adapter, and the appropriate connectoirs of the Cthulhu. I Paid about $70 for my completely assembled 360 joystick in 2008, Recently I paid for a Cthulhu cost $30, adapters cost $10-20 for NES, SNES, PC Engine, a PCE->TG16 converter, Saturn, Dreamcast, PS1/PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, PS3/USB I also bought a GC-> N64 converter for $25, and a Coleco circuit board for $25. I paid $200 in extra labor since I started this stage. Plus $20 each for PS2->Xbox 360, PS2->One PS2-> Wii and PS3>Switch
70+200+30+25+25+ (15x10) + (20x4) $530 so far. I got a little more to go, I need labor for a Genesis and 3DO pad hack to get an eqivalent joystick.
but remmer, you control the parts and layout in you custom joysticks. If I buy cheap randoms from ebay, I’d probably pay the same amount, and have less consistent quality.
In the absolute sense of the word price, as many systems as I have gets you to same price for all in one custom as separate random cheap ones. But in terms of value, you get better quality parts, and have it your way, for the same price of buying random cheap sticks if you have a collection like mine.