Retro Scan of the Week: Wico Computer Command Joystick

April 16th, 2007 by Benj Edwards
Wico Computer Command Joystick Ad

Back in the day, Wico was “king” of all joysticks. At least, they wanted to be. They had quite a variety of different models, this “Computer Command” stick being only one of them. I’ve never used this particular analog computer model, but I’ve definitely laid my hands on more than a few gangly Wico “Command Control” joysticks in my time. My brother loved using his Command Control joystick for Asteroids on the Atari 800, but I never could get used to it. He probably just thought it looked cool.

Did/does anybody have one of these and wish to share their thoughts on it?

[ From Personal Computing magazine, December, 1983. ]

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14 Responses to “Retro Scan of the Week: Wico Computer Command Joystick”

  1. Merman Says:

    Used to have a Wico Boss, grey base and black handgrip, with a thick metal shaft and a single white button on top…. uncomfortable, and I managed to break the shaft eventually. Would have liked one of those Wico 3-in-1 sticks with the interchangeable handles…

  2. SirPaul Says:

    I had an Atari 2600 Wico joystick once, when I was young. I don’t remember the model of it, but I do know that it broke after about a month of use. The switch changing it from 4-way to 8-way broke, and it was stuck on a semi 4-way/8-way thing which was very annoying, especially on certain games.

  3. KitsuneDarkStalker Says:

    Don’t ask me how I know this, but that joystick brings to vision the anatomy of an excited male dog…

  4. Benj Edwards Says:


  5. rhemas Says:

    You need to get out more

  6. rhomulus Says:

    You need to get in more

  7. Sharktar Says:

    I wasn’t a fan of their sticks. I thank God every day that I am in the trenches with my Suncom “Slik Stik”, word…

  8. Benj Edwards Says:

    Get “N” or get out.

  9. XCALBR8 Says:

    I came up on a Wico 3 in 1 Joystick with the bat style stick (others weren’t included / bought it at a thrift store). I am very happy with this joystick and prefer it to the original 2600 joysticks. They’re nice sticks, and are very sturdy if you don’t abuse them.

  10. YarsRevenge80 Says:

    Yeah Wico controllers are the shit i like mine ive got atleast 5 wico command controllers, these things were built like tanks. you could knock someone out with one of these bab boys

  11. Moondog Says:

    I had one with the bat-style stick and the white buttom on top and a red button on the black and red base. Like the others have said, the thing was nearly indestructable, and probably the closest thing you could get to the arcade controls.

  12. mike Says:

    I used one of the red ball joysticks with a c64 for about 10 years of solid gameplay. including a lot of those stick-snapping epxys olympics games. (summer games etc) I still have it and it still works.

    Never wore out and once you find your grip on the ball it’s awesome, never liked the bat as much.

    wish they made that stick now. they don’t do they?

  13. Graham Says:

    I have a Wico Command Control for Colecovision. I can’t find any info on the net about it. Anyone have any idea of the value/rarity of this controller?

  14. deankelly Says:

    I’m a quadriplegic and had a Wico. It’s simple design allowed me to operate an Atari with my mouth. With the multiple buttons and rollers now used my video games have long gone.

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