Last Updated on October 20, 2023
Want a retro joystick that outperforms your classic kit? The Immortal Joystick is a new hand-assembled, heavy-duty two-button joystick that you can now back on Kickstarter. Compatible with a range of retro and current hardware (via adapters) this is an impressive-looking, zero-latency, traditional joystick.
The Immortal Joystick is the brainchild of Amiga for Mortals, a retro enthusiast. The device is currently backed to 33% on Kickstarter, so requires more support to reach the £25,000 goal.
If you back this project, you’re getting a hand-assembled, heavy duty joystick. Consequently, while lower pledges can be placed to support the projec, you’ll need to stump up £140 to get an actual Immortal Joystick.
For that price, you would expect longevity!
Immortal Joystick device specification
The Immortal Joystick has the following features:
- Aluminium alloy enclosure
- Authentic Sanwa Denshi and Seimitsu arcade parts
- Braided cable
- Standard moulded DB9 connection
- Switchable auto-fire
- Switchable ‘up to button 2’ mapping (up still functions normally)
- Enclosure size 145 x 121 x 39mm
- Hand-built in the UK
To clarify, this joystick has a 9-pin Atari standard connector, and as such works on the following systems:
- Amiga (all models)
- Atari (all models)
- ZX Spectrum (using Kempston interface)
- Commodore 64
- Sega Master System
With an adapter attacked, you can also use an Immortal Joystick with:
- USB for PC, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi and MiSter
- Amiga Mini
- MSX / Sharp X68000
- BBC Micro
While the Immortal Joystick is planned to be British made, there is a caveat: “I have also engaged with a manufacturer that has a factory in China. There is, therefore, a risk that I will have to drop the ‘UK Built’ statement. If this happens, I will be completely upfront and open about changes in costs and my focus will remain on providing the highest quality products.”
Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine and MakeUseOf.com.