About a year ago, Escher changed some drivers for Mame v59
that altered most of the rotary joystick games to be handled
properly with the SNK LS30 mechanical rotary joysticks (and also
the Happ 12-position rotary joysticks). Check out Escher's page on the
subject here. People on the BYOAC message board
brought up the topic again, and some were interested in having
the latest version of Mame (63) with the fix added. I went
through and found the parts of the drivers that Escher changed
(with a diff program) and moved those changes into the Mame
drivers. It was really easy, but I still can make no disclaimer
that it works right, or that the file is Ok, so use it at your
Here's a quote from Escher's page:
"I've been getting lots of requests for the patches that I did to change MAME input scheme for SNK rotary games... Well, this is the ugly, but functional version for everyone to play with. unzip these into your $MAMESRC/src directory (with -d flag) and recompile.. In each Rotary game, set BUTTON 4 to input for LEFT rotation and BUTTON 5 to input for RIGHT rotation. Have fun!"
Download the driver files (for Mame version 63) here.
windows mame.exe (for version 63) here.
Email me at email@example.com if you have any questions or something doesn't work like it should. Enjoy!
Here's a little bit of bonus information about the rotary joysticks for Mame while I'm on the subject:
ROTARY JOYSTICK GAME LIST
Search and Rescue
Top Gunner Bootleg (jackal clone that adds rotary)
FIXED WITH ESCHER'S DRIVER FILES & WORKS GREAT
ikari3 (not fixed)
Caliber 50 (not fixed but still good)
topgunbl-jackal+rotary (not fixed)
Downtown (not fixed)
Search and rescue (not fixed)
xybots (in the arcade you could hold a direction to keep turning)
Forgotten Worlds (optical spinner w/pushdown knob but works well with LS-30):
Touchdown Fever (optical rotary but works well with LS-30):
Number of Buttons
Bermuda Triangle 2
Caliber 50 2
Forgotton Worlds 1
Guerilla War 2
Heavy Barrel 2
Ikari Warriors 2
Ikari III 3
Midnight Resistance 2
Search and Rescue 2
TNK III 2
Time Soldiers 2
Top Gunner Bootleg 2
Touchdown Fever 4!!! (In cocktail mode, ?supported in Mame?)
Victory Road 2
Written by BYOAC member jerryjanis January 23, 2003.
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