Atari Game Console Gamepad Style Controller - Dismantled for reference and curiosity
After complaints arose due to the poor ergonomic design of the Atari Pro-Line / Deluxe / Super Controller (see separate page on this site for details) the Atari 7800 was re-released with the Atari 7800 Joypad. The Joypad was also released in later distributions of the Atari 2600 Jr.
Featuring two independently functioning action buttons (single function if used with the 2600) and a removable joystick atop a more contemporary looking d-pad (directional pad) the Joypad looked a lot more like something you'd expect to find plugged into a Nintendo NES.
Inside it features an odd design with two PCBs (Rev 2 and 3 in this unit) where one would seemingly have done just as well. This may have been a material cost VS assembly cost, cost saving exercise.