A Kick Harness is an extension over the original JAMMA controls standard, which specifies 2 "START" buttons, 2 Joysticks, and 3 buttons per player. Harnesses come in a range of varieties, but in most cases are used to extend the game's control set to allow 6 buttons per player.
CPS2/CPS3 - 2 Player Harness
There are quite a few sources for CPS2 kick harnesses on the internet, but a lot of them are either overpriced, badly made or both. The harness is compatible with the Sega Naomi I/O board by Capcom and CPS-3 games.
Courtesy of forum ne'er-do-well Devil Soundwave, here are all the details you need to make your own top quality kick harness, including pinout, connector details and the hard to find part numbers!
- 1 x CPS2 Kick Harness Connector (see below for part details)
- 8 x Connector Pins
- 12 x Quick Disconnects to suit your buttons
- 12 x 2.5cm lengths of 6mm diameter Heatshrink
- 6 x 120cm lengths of 24/0.2 wire in your choice of colour, lets say Red.
- 2 x 120cm lengths of 24/0.2 wire in Black
- 4 x 15cm lengths of 24/0.2 wire in Black
- 3 small cable ties
- Small long nose electronics pliers
- Wire stripper
- Wire cutters
- Lighter for heatshrink
- Crimp tool (optional)
- Strip both ends of all wires about 1cm
- Using the small pliers (or crimp tool), affix quick disconnects to one end of each of the 6 Red wires.
- Take one long black wire, and twist the end together with a short black wire, then connect a quick disconnect.
- Next, twist a second short black wire onto the end of the first short black wire and affix a quick disconnect.
- Finally, affix a quick disconnect to the end of the second short black wire.
- Repeat the last few steps again with the remaining black wire.
- On all your wires, if your quick disconnects have a red plastic cover, snip this off carefully with wire clippers.
- Next, slide a heatshrink tube over the end of each quick disconnect so as to cover them but leave the end exposed, and heat with the lighter.
- Make a cup of tea.
- On the other end of each of the eight long wires, use the small pliers to crimp on the kick pins.
- Finally, plug the pins into the kick connector as per the following pinout
|Function||Pin #||Pin #||Function|
|10||09||Player 2 Heavy Kick|
|16||15||Player 1 Heavy Kick|
|18||17||Player 1 Medium Kick|
|20||19||Player 1 Light Kick|
|22||21||Player 2 Light Kick|
|24||23||Player 2 Medium Kick|
|Volume Down||30||29||Volume Up|
|Player 1 Common||34||33||Player 2 Common|
One thing to note is that JAMMA pins c and 25 are also used for the fourth button of player 2 and 1 respectively in both Dungeons & Dragons games.
CPS2 - 3/4 Player Harness
It can also be used for and 3rd and even 4th player, Alien Vs. Predator and the Dungeons & Dragons games use the port for this purpose.
|Top row||Pin||Pin||Bottom row|
|Player 3 Coin Lock||7||8||Player 4 Coin Lock|
|Player 3 Coin||9||10||Player 4 Coin|
|Player 3 Start||11||12||Player 4 Start|
|Player 3 Up||13||14||Player 4 Up|
|Player 3 Down||15||16||Player 4 Down|
|Player 3 Left||17||18||Player 4 Left|
|Player 3 Right||19||20||Player 4 Right|
|Player 3 Button 1||21||22||Player 4 Button 1|
|Player 3 Button 2||23||24||Player 4 Button 2|
|Player 3 Button 3||25||26||Player 4 Button 3|
|Player 3 Button 4||27||28||Player 4 Button 4|
|Volume Up||29||30||Volume Down|
|Ground Player 3||33||34||Ground Player 4|
The volume up and down buttons in the harness have the same effect as the ones in the board.
Note: You need the connector and enough pins (at least 8) for your project. They are two seperate part numbers.
You only need the Board End Connector if you are making a kick harness extension, adapter or repairing a motherboard
All parts are manufactured by Hirose Electric Japan and are part of the DF1B series.