Building Arcade Joysticks Compatible with the Atari 5200
There was no love lost in replacing the myriad of buttons from the Atari 5200 joystick controller to a rugged gaming beast that took all the punishment a gaming session could dole out. Of course replicating a 10-button keypad with arcade buttons may have been a bit excessive.
The 5200 controller was always the weakest link of the Atari 5200. Almost everyone who owns one has 2 lousy controllers eager to be donated to the Arcade cause. The 5200 games were so spectacular, after playing the 2600 counterparts that the lame controller was a constant source of frustration. This might be the incentive you need to build your won custom joystick for the Atari 5200!
Images of the Joystick 102 Project for the Atari 5200