All-in-One Joysticks

2013-11-10 11.20.04

These “all-in-one” joysticks were all the rage a few years ago. Each one is a self-contained gaming unit containing retro games. All you need is a television and a set of AA batteries to start gaming. The games are recreated using emulation and because of that not all of them are 100% accurate to the classics, but many of these I picked up for pennies on the dollar from garage sales and thrift stores so they are still enjoyable to play.

These don’t get a lot of use these days (if you can’t tell, this photo was taken of a shelf in my closet). From left to right, that’s the Commodore 64, Atari 2600, Konami, Activision, Intellivision, Activision (2nd model) and Namco all-in-one joysticks. We have a few others somewhere in the kids’ rooms, including SpongeBob and Star Wars themed sticks. One thing I like about these joysticks is if you have other people’s kids over that you don’t want to turn loose on your classic gaming consoles, these are a great alternative.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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6 thoughts on “All-in-One Joysticks

  1. Yep, got the Atari one. The day is coming, quickly I may add, when we will no longer be able to buy the original hardware, so these will probably be my next collection. Emulators makes sense, but having hardware is fun.

  2. plcary says:

    I keep buying these too. Find them cheap at thrift shops and yard sales. I found plans to build a mini arcade cabinet for these. I am just too lazy to get started.

  3. I remember going to Target and Walmart and find all sorts of these littering their shelves. Now they are no where to be found.

    The best one to get is the Commodore one since you can hack it by adding a keyboard to get it to work as a full-blown Commodore C64.

    The Atari 10-in-1 is nice too. If you have the Flashback 2 (not pictured), you can hack it to take original Atari 2600 carts.

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