There is something special about playing a game with a joystick, maybe its nostalgia and bringing back arcade memories or maybe it’s because you are connected to game in more physical way than if you were using a joypad.
For me my weapon of choice has to be the Quickshot Maverick QS-138F. It’s comfortable, responsive, sticks to my desk like in was an arcade cabinet, it produces satisfying clicks and out of the box it has with 2 button support (just switch mode to D).
Popular choices for other Amiga uses are the Competition Pro and the Zipstick while these are excellent sticks which I have fond memories of, they lack being able to use both buttons without taking your hand off the stick.
This is fine for most Amiga games with one button but what if you could make the second button the up function! This would be extremely useful for many earlier Amiga platforming games.
So what other Amiga joystick has 2 buttons that can both be used without changing your hand positions on the stick, has excellent response and has sucker cups… the Answer the Quickshot Python 1
Here is how you can mod the Quickshot Python 1 to do just that.
Base circuit board – as manufactured
Amiga Joystick Port
Note in all Quickshot joysticks coloured cables are used for the following ports:
1 = Up white
2 = Down blue
3 = Left green
4 = Right brown
5 = Not used yellow
6 = Button 1 orange
7 = +5V red
8 = Ground black
9 = Button 2 grey
For some reason the 4 cables on the right hand side that go through the joystick to the top part do not follow the Quickshot cable colour code.
Vias/cables annotated with a pink star need to be changed.
- Remove/desolder cable 9 (grey) from its via and solder to B2 via so that both cables are connected.
- Add a cable link from via 1 to the via where cable 9 was in the previous step.
- Remove/desolder cable 6 (orange) from its via and remove/desolder B1 cable (red) from its via and join them both together. Twist the metal fibres together, flux and solder in place. Use heat shrink tube to protect the contacts.
A = Normal use with 2 button support
D = Button two now functions as up/jump
Quickshot Maverick 1
Quickshot Maverick 1 and Python variants
With both the Python and Maverick 1 as far as I know there are two variants made for the Amiga, one with micro-switches and one without.
QS-137F Quickshot Python with micro-switches
QS-130F Quickshot Python without micro-switches
QS-138F Quickshot Maverick 1 with micro-switches
QS-128F Quickshot Maverick 1 without micro-switches