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REAL ARCADE GAME CONTROL PANELS BY GOPODULAR!
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Frequently Asked Questions:

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Frequently Asked QuestionsSpecific to GOPODULAR! Controllers:

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What makes GOPODULAR! arcade controllers "the best"?
What games and emulators are supported?
Are the control panels compatible with MAME?
What consoles are supported by GOPODULAR! control panels?
How do I hook up a panel?
Can I use a GOPODULAR! control panel with a game that only uses keyboard inputs?
Can I change the button assignments in games?
Can I use adapters with GOPODULAR! panels?
Can I get a different button assignment layout?
What parts do you use in your arcade controllers?
Why do you not recommend using the Happ P360 joystick?
Do you offer custom artwork?
Do you offer "blanks" or can I get a custom controller layout made?
How much are your arcade control panels and/or encoder cartridges?
What forms of payment do you accept?
Is there a volume discount if I buy several control panels?
How long before I get my GOPODULAR! controller after ordering?
How is my control panel shipped?
Can I pick up my panel and save shipping?
Do you have a "brick & mortar" storefront?
What if my question isn't answered in this FAQ or the docs that came with my product?
Where can I find your warranty information?

General Questions About Arcade Controllers

What are "8-way" and "4-way" joysticks?
What are "balltop" and "bat-top" joysticks?
What is an encoder?

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What makes GOPODULAR! arcade controllers "the best"?
Our controllers are made with the highest quality parts by people experienced in both design and construction.  With the Swappable Cartridge Encoders, our panels are forward compatible with consoles that aren't even in development yet.  There are no compromises made in our products.

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What games and emulators are supported?
Any game or emulator that supports gamepad inputs is supported "out of the box".  In addition, Using a program like RB-Joy enables our controllers to function like a keyboard on the PC.

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Are the control panels compatible with MAME?
Yes.  100% compatible.

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What consoles are supported by GOPODULAR! control panels?
Please see the Console Cartridge page.

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How do I hook up a panel?
Computers use USB inputs.  For consoles, it is the appropriate plug type for that system.  You just plug it in.

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Can I use a GOPODULAR! control panel with a game that only uses keyboard inputs?
Using a program like RB-Joy enables our controllers to function like a keyboard on the PC.  Our Owners Manual walks you through how to set this up.

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Can I change the button assignments in games?
Yes.  In any game that supports remapping the gamepad controls, you may have any button do anything the game allows.  This allows each game to have it's own controller configuration.  You can also setup RB-Joy to imitate keyboard input.

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Can I use adapters with GOPODULAR! panels?
Sometimes.  Read below:

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Can I get a different button assignment layout?
Yes!  You can even swap the top and bottom rows at no charge.

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What parts do you use in your arcade controllers?
We use genuine Happ, Cherry, Sanwa, and iL parts.  Each arcade controller has a list of the specific parts and their manufacturer in its description.  We do not use "imitation" parts like our competitors.  Are we afraid competitors will copy our stuff?  No, we expect it because we build stuff the way it should be built.

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Why do you not recommend using the Happ P360 joystick?
Not all platforms are guaranteed to work with the Happ 360 joystick:

We designed a work-around for the low voltage supply on the PlayStation & PS2, but it uses the rumble feature as a power source.  Many systems have that port blown out from unplugging a controller while the unit is turned on.

The Xbox 360 system does not currently work with a P360 joystick due to the grounding matrix it uses.

There are alignment issues with the joystick itself.  The original design of the P360 did not suffer from these issues, but the current generation does.

For these reasons, we do not use the P360 in our panels.

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Do you offer custom artwork?
Yes.  But bear in mind there are restrictions regarding copyrighted images.  You may use only images you created yourself or have permission to use by the artist that originally created it.  We have a transfer of copyright agreement that needs to be filled out.  All images submitted become the property of GOPODULAR! for use in promotional/marketing and for others to order.

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Do you offer "blanks" or can I get a custom controller layout made?
We do not offer blanks at this time, but we do offer custom controller layouts.   See the "My Minions" page for details.

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How much are your arcade control panels and/or encoder cartridges?
Available Arcade Control Panels Available Swappable Cartridge Encoders

CONTROL PANELS: US $: ADDITIONAL ENCODER CARTRIDGES: US $:
Fighting Minions (US) - including "PC" Cart $225 "PC" $55
Fighting Minions (JP) - including "PC" Cart $250 "PS1&2" $55
Classical Minions - including "PC" Cart $225 "Xbox" $TBA
Combat Minions - including "PC" Cart $250 "X360" $75
Golf Minions $TBA "Dream" $55
Grid Minions $TBA "Cube" $TBA
My Minions $varies "Saturn" $55

Want a different cartridge than what is included?   Encoder Cartridge substitutions can be made at the time of purchase.
Just add/subtract the difference in pricing. (ie: changing from PC Cart to X360 = +$20, so Fighting Minions (US) with a "X360" Cart = $245).
USPS shipping for Continental US is ~$15-$20.  Includes insurance & delivery confirmation.

PAYMENT OPTIONS:

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What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept PayPal, cashier checks, and personal checks.  Checks must clear prior to shipping.

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Is there a volume discount if I buy several control panels?
We may be able to discount our prices slightly for a very large order, but our prices are already as low as we can get them.  Any savings would likely be due to shipping expenses.

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How long before I get my GOPODULAR! controller after ordering?
Control Panels usually ship within 10-14 days.  You will be notified when your panel is shipped, and delivery takes ~2-3 days.

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How is my control panel shipped?
USPS Insured, 2-3 day shippingWe ship USPS insured "Priority Mail" with a delivery confirmation request.

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Can I pick up my panel and save shipping?
Not at this time since we do not have a storefront.  If you are in the Minneapolis area, contact us prior to placing your order and we can probably work something out though.

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Do you have a "brick & mortar" storefront?
In order to keep our production costs to a minimum, we do not.

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What if my question isn't answered in this FAQ or the docs that came with my product?
Contact us.

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Where can I find your warranty information?
Right here.

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What are "8-way" and "4-way" joysticks?
The "8" and the "4" shows the number of directions the joystick can send out.  Diagonal moves require an 8-way joystick.  There is an advantage to have a 4-way joystick though.  In games like Donkey Kong, if you accidentally push diagonally, your character will not pause like he would with an 8-way.  Games like Pac-Man are also best played with a 4-way because you can't accidentally "hit" a diagonal.   It only registers as up, down, left, or right.  With an 8-way, you'll think you went up, but Pac-Man keeps going to the side.  Games can be very frustrating to play without the proper controls.

The difference between a 4-way and an 8-way arcade joystick

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What are "balltop" and "bat-top" joysticks?
A "balltop" joystick has a handle that is a ball.  Examples are Pac-Man, Neo-Geo games, and Donkey Kong.  A "bat-top" joystick has an oblong handle.   Examples are Street Fighter and Mortal Combat.

Balltop Joystick vs. a Bat-top Joystick

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What is an encoder?
An "encoder" is a circuit board that accepts a switch from something like a joystick or button and translates it into an input the PC or console can understand when the switch is pressed.

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Do you sell ROM images?
No.  Not at this time.

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