Evie Salomon, author of BackBit cartridge, has new hardware - GenAssister!
What is GenAssister?
It's joystick adapter that occupied both joystick ports on C64 on one side and it has one joystick port on other side allowing you to connect Genesis/Megadrive controller there.
Pressing "Start" button on Genesis/Megadrive controller switching port between joystick port 1 and joystick port 2.
But where this adapter really shines is allowing that one of three fire buttons on Genesis/MegaDrive controller is like you pressing Space on C64.
Yes, C64 gamer's wet dream FINALLY came to fruition after few decades of waiting - with GenAssister you can finally play games on one controller with C64 games that use SPACE as second fire button!
We all know pressing Fire on C64 Joystick port 1 is like you press Space bar on C64.
Many C64 games use Space as second fire button - with GenAssister you can play them from SAME controller because all of them using port 2:
"A" button is regular C64 fire button
"B" button is fire button on Joystick Port 1 (like you press Space on keyboard)
"C" button is second fire button that few C64 games use (like Super Mario Bros 64, Robocop 2)
GenAssister adapter also has two switches:
First one enables or disables auto-fire button on controller.
Second one enables or disables fire button "C" on controller to use as Jump button in platform games.
Some of C64 games using Space are on this list:
Turbo Out Run
Aviator Arcade II
Barbarian II - Dungeon of Drax
Enforcer - Fullmetal Megablaster
Chase HQ II - Special Criminal Investigation
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
Wonderboy in Monsterland
Last Ninja 1-3
Kung Fu Master
Knight 'n Grail
Aliens - Computer Game (Activision)
Expect my review of GenAssister here in few days - I received GenAssister prototype without switch for Jump button.
Initial testing showing excellent results, I didn't notice any lag.
Next week GenAssister will be available (in red or black case), pre-orders can be taken here:
Meanwhile, Evie is giving way of one of the prototype versions of GenAssister.
Just submit your email here for a chance to win:
YouTube movie showing GenAssister on Evie's channel: