Virtual On Twin Stick Project – BEGIN

Virtual On Twin Stick Project - BEGIN

Ever since Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram was announced for Xbox 360 i’ve thought it would be really cool to make my own twin sticks – especially when the Hori sticks were announced to cost $300! I milled around online and in shops looking for old 2-axis 2-button joysticks which could work, but without any other real idea how to make it a reality I only designed a faceplate and resigned the project to the bin.

Until now.

Nosing around the boards at gamefaqs I came across a link to this post – a worklog in which a guy had modded 2 NES Quickshots to work! Immediately enthused I started collecting together bits to try and build my own:

Utility box from Wilkinsons - this will act as the base
Utility box from Wilkinsons – this will act as the base. £4

2 NES Quickshots from eBay
2 NES Quickshots from eBay – ones covered in paint so just as well I plan to repaint them! £12

2006 Mad Catz 4716 Pad
A 2006 Mad Catz 4716 Pad from CEX – hopefully with the old PCB for easy trigger hack £10

Current Cost: £26

I’ll be keeping a worklog with updates to show the progress of this little project so keep checking back! In the meantime here’s a mockup of how I hope them to look when all done, enjoy!

Fingers crossed!
Fingers crossed!

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2 Comments

  1. Mrisa
    09/08/2009
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    Hehe used to work at CEX you’ll be lucky if that Mad Catz pad works at all!
    I only heard of virtual on when i was playing the various gundam games in Japan and my mate told me that is what they are based on, got the demo of it off XBL and didn’t grab me that much, also played some on a cab at a games expo the other week..I should love it..yet somehow i find it just meh >_<

    Great idea for a project though!! Ganbattekudasai!

  2. 11/08/2009
    Reply

    Arigatou! think I need alot more luck than anything else!

    The xbox version is a little weird, the best control scheme is type c – where the buttons are mapped to the d-pad and the face buttons, the others just don’t feel right. And yeah it’s alot shallower then Gundam games(especially Senjou no Kizuna) but it’s really fun when you get into it!

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