Controller Build Update

Thank you everyone for your recent orders. I only have parts for 5 or so parts left on hand to complete the twelve (12!) orders that came through the amazing review on Youtube!

I have ordered new parts, they should be in around April 20-23, 2024.

In more serious news, my wife is in surgery for the treatment of breast cancer, so I won’t be able to fulfill orders the week of April 15-20, 2024. Hoping everything turns our well, I’ll know in a couple of hours how it all went. If all goes well, I can start to catch up on orders, if not, it may be a while before orders ship.

Thank you for your continued support and keeping Tiffany in your thoughts would be appreciated!

-David Nelson

Shopping is Back!

Brought back my shopping page. Click above or browse below for current products and services. I am trying not to spread myself too thin, so the selection is limited, and as always, I am open to crazy and zany projects.

Still Alive and Kicking

Have not posted much here, but I am very much alive and selling Atari 5200 controllers and taking on bizarre projects for anyone who wants to tempt me.

If you would like more timely posts, visit my Youtube, what’s on my workbench:

I have over 276 videos up, so please take a look and subscribe if you like what you see. Some day I will crack 500 subscribers. T’is a wee channel.

Inflation and Update

Sadly, due to cost increases in the parts, I had to increase the 5200 controller conversion to $119. The main component, the Jaguar controller, has increased quite a bit.

I am also working on a from scratch, analog controller for the 5200, using my new benchtop CNC. Hopefully, this will be a similar price point. I hope to be testing in a few weeks.

Happy New Year 2022

Happy New Year to everyone! I am still making 5200 controllers. I am trying to stay away from getting back into any major mod work, but if you have anything really interesting, you can contact me via the Request a Quote Page or e-mail me at retro at cyberphreak dot com.

I have been working on trying to come up with a drive/cart dump solution to the Tiger Learning Computer, but this little sucker is just fighting me.

Ahh, the Tiger Learning Computer

I am learning a lot, but still not where I want to be. I am cutting plain copper right now to make a proper card extender. The original did not work.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe new year and we get past the troubles we have been living through for the past 2 years.

-David Nelson

June 2021 Updates

Turns out my poor MySQL server was just overtaxed with the Woo Commerce plugin that used to run my commerce, since I pared down to 1 product, the Atari 5200 controller, it was just overkill anyway, so now I just have a simple cart. My apologies to anyone who has tried to order, I am not sure how long it was messed up. I always keep at least one controller in stock, but even if I have to order parts, it takes less than a week.
I am keeping up with my What’s On My Workbench over on Youtube, where I had a chance to play with a A’can from 1995!

Happy retro gaming everyone!

2021 looking forward

Looking forward, retro tech:

As you can tell, I have been moving away from taking outside projects and working more on my own retro systems.  As I have said before, I want to take more time for projects that have been waiting in the wings for a long time.

What’s coming soon:

  • Tiger retrofit a color screen and Raspberry Pi 3.
  • Raspberry Pi 4 based super retro system.
  • Repair Coleco Adam.
  • Repair? Atari Lynx 1 retro system.
  • Repair Atari Lynx II flex circuit for controller.
  • McWill GameGear LCD replace?  For brother.
  • Use donor Lynx II system, use part from the Lynx I?  Have not decided yet which way to go.
  • Design and test Jaguar to Colecovision controller.

Way out projects:

  • Put x64 but small computer into a ‘luggable’ case?
  • Play with RGB/Composite to USB convertor

Way Way out/Slightly Off Topic:

  • Palm Pilot and PocketPC/Windows CE video reviews.
  • iMac retrofit?  I have an old G3 Ruby, not sure if I should gut or replace the hard drive.  Not the most useful system at this time.

Lots and lots to do, and I have to honest, I am enjoying working on my own projects again.  All that remains for external projects, I have an Action Replay battery replacement and the Tiger Learning Computer card to reader adapter, so not a lot on my plate there.

Look forward to many projects, repairs, and videos on my workbench.


It is will heavy heart I have to simplify what services I offer.  To be honest, this is a long time coming, I am just burnt out from the repair and mod work, work is the key here.  This all started out as a hobby but it has slowly become my only hobby and miss being able to explore other parts of my life and ends up feeling like work.  I work full time and I just don’t have enough hours in the day to keep up with the large variety of modifications and repairs.  I appreciate everyone’s patronage, but for my own sanity, I am simplifying to providing Atari 5200 controllers and Sega Nomad battery pack modifications.  I may take on a project of it really interests me and if you have a lot of patience, but all the day to day capacitor replacements and the like just are taking too much of what little personal time I have left.  Again, I appreciate all the people who believe in me, but I need to explore my other passions like watch collecting, collecting Palm Pilots, and photography.  Thank you everyone and the Jaguar to 5200 controller is here to stay.

-David Nelson