Four Score

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The NES Four Score and NES Satellite accessories allow four NES controllers to be connected to the NES's two controller ports. Controllers connected to this accessory are read using the same process as the standard controller. After the normal 8 reads from one port to get one controller data, 8 more are done to get another controller.

D3 and D4 are not connected on the Four Score, so accessories like the Zapper and Power Pad will not work.

Input ($4016 write)

7  bit  0
---- ----
xxxx xxxS
        |
        +- Controller shift register strobe

Writing 1 to this bit will record the state of each button on the controller. Writing 0 afterwards will allow the buttons to be read back, one at a time.


Output ($4016/$4017 read)

7  bit  0
---- ----
xxxx xxxD
        |
        +- Serial controller data

Read $4016 8 times to get the 8 buttons for controller #1.

Read $4016 8 more times to get the buttons for controller #3.

Read $4016 8 more times to get the signature, $10.

Read $4017 8 times to get the 8 buttons for controller #2.

Read $4017 8 more times to get the buttons for controller #4.

Read $4017 8 more times to get the signature, $20.

Button status for each controller is returned in the following order: A, B, Select, Start, Up, Down, Left, Right. 1 if pressed, 0 if not pressed.

Controllers #3, #4, and the two signatures are only sent when the Four Score switch is in the 4 player position. When the switch is in the 2 player position those reads get the same result as a normal controller, either $00 or $FF depending on the controller.