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QuickShot Joypad

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QuickShot VII
QuickShot QS-126

This page covers both versions of a gamepad developed and released by Spectravideo International (SVI) as part of their best-selling QuickShot series of game controllers.

It was first released as the QuickShot VII Deluxe Joycard Controller, which is compatible with the Atari VCS and Sears Video Arcade, as well as a number of home computers from companies such as SVI, Atari, Commodore, and NEC. It was later re-released for the Nintendo Entertainment System as the QuickShot QS-126 Joypad, with some changes to the previous version.

It is distinguished by the vertical layout of its controls, as well as its large directional circle pad.


  1. The QuickShot VII is black with red buttons, while the QS-126 is white with grey buttons.
  2. The QS-126 had start and select buttons (both worked by a single bar/bridge/etc. like a teeter-totter), as well as an autofire switch, while the QuickShot VII did not.

Why It Sucks

  1. The layout of its controls means that the controller itself is awkward and uncomfortable to hold.
    • The vertical layout is much more well-suited to a joystick rather than a joypad, as a matter of fact.
  2. The action buttons are quite squishy and their responsiveness leave much to be desired.
  3. The circle pad is unreliable, unresponsive, and not very definite.
  4. It doesn't work well one-handed as much as with both hands.
  5. It comes off as strange-looking with the layout of its controls.

The Only Redeeming Quality

  • The QS-126 has an autofire switch, but that's about it.



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