December 9, 2013 AT 12:01 am

FRANKENTROLLER: NGPC + GRAVIS GP PRO

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Here’s a really great retro-fit project that uses Bluefruit from arfink via chipmusic.org:

I have here a Neo Geo Pocket Color (AKA NGPC) and an old Gravis Gamepad Pro. The Gravis has excellent button placement and feels great in the hand, but the d-pads on them always sucked because back in the day Nintendo still had a patent on the good kind. Well, as it turns out, there was one directional input which was still better than a cross-shaped d-pad, and that’s the clicky thumbstick on the NGPC. It’s amazing, and is the only thumb-control I’ve ever liked for shmups or fighting games, because you can actually pull off a dragon-punch move without breaking your thumbs. IMO, the thumb stick of the NGPC was the very best part of the whole system.

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So I’m transplanting the thumb stick into the Gravis, and converting the whole thing to bluetooth.

Check out the full post for more!


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