- 2014/01/28: Updated information on 4-way restrictor for flight stick.
- 2015/02/18: A note about the HAPP joystick, and restrictor plates being made for it.
A friend of mine is in the process of building a custom arcade controller for home use. Here is some of the research that may be of interest to others trying to replicate the 1982 TRON arcade game controls. (A flight stick with a trigger button, and a paddle spinner controller).
The TRON handle can be bought from Groovy Game Gear. They claim they are using the original molds and also used the original color key chip to match the color as close as possible to the originals that were made in 1982:
This handle is designed to replace the one for an original arcade stick, but folks have been modifying other types of joysticks to make it attach. No details on this, yet.
Next, there is a low-cost trigger stick from RetroCade.us. It is available in several places:
$20 – Paradise Arcade Shop in Hawaii:
They also sell it on Amazon.com, for $22, but shipping is cheaper there (currently $26.83 for the stick and shipping):
RetroCade.us also sells it direct through Holland Computers:
The stick is incorrectly described (on Amazon and at Holland) as a 4/8 way switchable stick. It is not. You need a restrictor plate to make it 4-way like the arcade TRON stick is. I have not located a restrictor plate for this joystick yet, but Paradise Arcade Shop says they may be able to custom make one.
Update: There is also a higher priced HAPP joystick commonly used for TRON:
That stick is also an 8-way, but my same friend who is building the custom arcade controller now has a 3-D printer and has designed a 4-way restrictor plate for this. He will be offering them for sale, so contact me if you are interested.
As for spinner controllers, there seems to be two candidates. One is sold by Groovy Game Gear. It is the Turbo Twist 2 and it runs about $70:
Ultimarc also sells a spinner for the same price called the SpinTrak:
No details on which one is better for this purpose.
More to come…
i’m interested in the Tron restrictor plate for the Happ controller
I just let Mike know so he can get in touch with you (and I will update this page with details).
I realize this is now a bit old, but did you ever sort out the restrictor plate?
I’ve been searching the interwebs for some time now and it seems like the
holy grail of arcade parts!
My friend got a 3-D printer and printed one for his flight stick and we can do the same for the cheap $25 stick. I need to get my control panel built and that will motivate us working on one. Which flight stick?
I have two of the MiniGrip Sticks from Ultimarc:
I then got 2 of these “universal” restrictors and attacked them with a dremel:
Not the best of solutions, but it kinda sorta helps with the Lightcycles.
Well, not really that much but better than nothing, I suppose ;-)
I even tried to match the Tron restrictor by dremelling out the corners just a little. Again, not the best solution…
Hi – are the restrictor plates still available?
For which joystick?
Think I rambled a bit in my earlier reply.
If possible, I would be mega-stoked on a restrictor plate for the
It’s the same cheap $25 stick as the Night Mission Mini Flightstick.
If it’s possible, please just let me know what you need from me…
I’m curious what the results were for the restrictor plate from the 3D printing. I’m looking for the ideal Joystick to get to fit GGG’s Tron handle. I know it’s been a few months but I know there’s going to be others out there looking for the same.
I’ll check with my friend. He printed one for his flight stick back then, and is willing to make them for folks.
Awesome. I know this is an obscure topic but the people who want this (like me) obsess over trying to find a solution to recreating a Tron stick. I want to do it the right way that doesn’t cost over $200. This page has been a lot of help towards my goal.
Has anyone actually used the Night Mission Sticks yet? I’m curious about how they perform…
Do you know what the dimensions are of the restrictor plate? I may have some resources as well.
I too am looking for a true 4-way restrictor for the Night Mission/Trigger Stick/Flight Stick joysticks.
It’s a great joystick, though with very clicky micro switches. The base looks like it’s made to take a restrictor, but I can’t find one.
If anyone can make them (even 3D printed), it would be like a license to print money for lot of us. Take my money, please!
My friend got his 3-D printer set back up and did a test print of his big flight stick, and is going to work with my on the Night Mission one I have. He thinks he can get a 4-way restrictor made for it, and also an adapter to allow the TRON replica handle to fit on it (maybe). (Is this the stick you mean? http://groovygamegear.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=399)
Yep – That’s the one.
I’m looking for a pair of these restrictors.
I’m quite sure he does have a ton of them with a pinch of advertising on Reddit and other forms!
The plates are different depending on the joystick. Mike recently bought a dead TRON machine so he now has parts from an original to try to get working. But, the plate he made was specifically for the HAPP stick or whatever $$$ one I mention in the article.
Reviving this topic. I’m looking to get a buddy to 3D print the Tron restrictor with rubbery plastic to emulate the original. Allen, any chance your buddy wants to share the file? I’m curious to take a peek at it instead of starting from scratch.
I’ll ask him.
Looking for restrictor plate to convert Happ model 50-9970-00 (8 way HD trigger joystick) into 4 way restricted joystick for Tron. Anyone 3D printing them?
If that’s a different model from the one my friend did, not that I know of yet. Can you get me a good scan or picture of the current plate? I have a printer of my own now for taking in this project.
This one? https://na.suzohapp.com/products/joysticks/50-9970-00
Yeah, it’s the same Happ joystick that has the fire buttons on top. The one you linked to has no fire buttons on top. But I believe the innards are the same. Here’s a topic where a guy modded the stick. I’ve done this mod in the past and it works great. However, the guy no longer sells the restrictors (slightly rubbery) since the mold he used no longer exists. Here’s the topic (with pics) on the mod: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=78233.0
I have seen the article and it looks relatively simple to modify. However, I do not have the actual (4-way Tron) restrictor to install. I understand that theses are very hard to get. I have considered buying material and trying to cut/create a restrictor but would prefer to buy one as I know it would probably work better than any one I could attempt to fabricate.
I won’t if the one my friend designed for his will work on this one.
Is this Scott?
Sorry .. Brain freeze I (Scott) not connected with Dels’ Arcade. I am new to this forum.
Who is Del’s Arcade? Are there two folks interested right now?
I believe that Dels’ Arcade made his/her post in response to my inquiry to purchase a restrictor plate. Their comment linked me to an article on how to do the conversion with the proposed 50-9970-00 flight stick and they let me know that they have modified a similar flight stick 50-9975-00 similar to the one I want to purchase. I am not sure if they would be interested in purchasing a restrictor plate or not, but I would be.
I may have missed this message (or accidentally re-marked it as Pending). I am up and running with my 3-D printer and could try to get the plate from my friend to see if we can print some now.
I’d be interested to see what you come up with as well. Let me know. :-)
I’d like to get measurements for the original plate that it comes with, too. I may have to order one.
Yes that is the one or the 50-9975-00 which is identical except has 2 additional fire buttons on top.
If so, then my friends restrictor plate might work.
That sounds good. Any info you could provide on that would be great. I have been holding off on purchasing the flight stick until I get the restrictor plate issue resolved or at least the part located.
Just spoke to Mike, and he has the other stick installed with his plate and says it works great. He even added an additional button up too, apparently. Let me see if I can get him motivated to make some.
Ok thanks. Just keep me posted.
I too am seeking a restrictor plate for the Happ Joystick! If Mike can make these please let me know!
He got his printer going again and made a few. I’ll find details.
Thanks Allen! I’ll buy a couple!
I’m also interested in this topic but it would seem that the restrictor plate would no longer be necessary if the Mame Joystick Map Emulator (http://headsoft.com.au/index.php?category=mame&page=joymap) was used according to what I read here: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,86315.msg906216.html#msg906216
I will take a look. When I was working on an Apple iPad USB joystick interface (using iCade protocol), I tried to simulate a 4-way with the 8-way stick I had. I gave up, because if you are going LEFT, then want to move up and it hits LEFT+UP, the code has to decide if LEFT+UP means LEFT or UP. I thought “oh, well, if we are going LEFT and I see LEFT+UP/DOWN, I’ll keep going LEFT.” This was horrible in actual use since I’d often try to go left, then want to immediately hit UP and it would keep going LEFT if I wasn’t perfect on UP. It was at that point that I realized the full reasoning behind the restrictor plate. It physically eliminates those “DIR+DIR” situations so there is no decision needed by the software. I am eager to see what they have figured out — thanks for sharing!
I need to grab one of the 3D printed ones for an episode I’m planning on doing on my channel. Youtube.com/delsarcade
How can I go about obtaining one of these?
I sourced an original NOS for comparison just recently. Also I have a repro in my possession that was molded by hand from an original . I am in the process of creating a mold to replicate it. I will of course share my results for the greater good.
I forwarded your message to Mike. He was wanting to find someone to test his design so it’s not something that was only tested on his system.
Mike’s comparing his version to the one from an original 1982 TRON to make sure the design it good. We are also talking about an adapter kit that will make it easy to mount the reproduction handle on the $30 flight stick from Groovy Game Gear.
I know that someone on this forum is working on reproducing Tron restrictor plates on a 3D printer. Does anyone know if they are available for purchase yet. If so, can you please provide information on how to purchase one.
I’ll nudge Mike. He recently got his 3-D printer going to print some things for Arcade1Up machines, and he did some test prints for the restrictor plate.
Thanks. Please keep me posted when they are ready!
He is planning on getting one to a tester and letting them verify the design works on theirs, then he will have them available.
I’d be interested in the restrictor and the tron handle adapter for the night mission sticks. I ordered a pair and a set of handles and was going to try and rig something myself but if yall already have it figured out and available I’d just as well get them from you and not risk messing up.
I too would be interested in Tron Handle and restrictor plate for night mission stick
Now that we have a TRON stick available for $50 on Amazon, I not sure we will ever see this restrictor plate project done.