About the Product
- Authentic Japanese-style joystick & buttons
- 8-button layout with additional multi-speed Turbo functionality
- Premium-quality components with genuine arcade layout
- Controller lock/unlock switch prevents accidental button presses
- Storage compartment for efficient cable management
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Top Customer Reviews
The control offered by this particular stick is phenomenal. Granted, I've only recently gotten serious about using one exclusively, I've been around the bloc a few times with these sort of products.
The Sanwa stick is very responsive and follows a square gate restrictor (stick moves around inside a square). When a gate is activated, you'll know as an audible *click* is heard. It may be a bit loud for casual home users, but it's part of the experience, in my opinion. Nothing to gripe about!
The buttons are also extremely sensitive. Contrary to the construction of the stick, these buttons DO NOT click! In a competitive sense, it's logical to reduce the amount of effort required to trigger the button, so no click. This is not to indicate that they are faulty, but fantastically responsive and dutiful in their purpose of translating your most complex inputs.
For stability, the several pounds that it does way are easily justified. To fanatics, input consistency is very important and they don't need their devices flying around because they're feather-light.
Other reviews may be bashing it, but the thought process in this product is quite legitimate, bringing together some revered names in the target audience and collaborating with them. Now, of course, it's a mass produced item, so there are going to be some business choices that not all of us would prefer. However, what you see is what you get and I've found a fantastic product in this.
Oh, it's also easily customizable with a bit of tinkering around. Even the face plate can be swapped out for one of a different design.
The stick uses Sanwa buttons, a Sanwa JLF stick, and the famous square-gate that is favored by Japanese arcade fans and tournament pros. Very very nice.
This may be a bit expensive but it is a bit cheaper than those Hori sticks which in my opinion and the majorities opinion. Basically this stick beats the expensive Hori Stick period. And mainly it is not because of the Sanwa parts but the durability, weight, design and how nice and snug it feels on your lap.
This stick has 4 rubber stands on the rear of it to keep it nice a stable when played on a coffee table or something.
The stick has a turbo option which doesn't really make me cry out with awesomeness because it isn't so great and the cheaper SE sticks have them. (Nothing intuitive and turbo buttons are for scrubs!!)
I love how the start and back button are on the front of the stick instead of being on top of the stick with the joystick, and 8 playing buttons. The Xbox or PS3 home button has a lock mode. (Basically you won't hit start or back or the home button and make any mistakes that can get you disqualified.)
And modders unite as I modded my stick. Sure it voids your warranty but you're adding better parts and if something breaks you can fix it with new parts that are quite cheap. This stick is a modders haven, the stick can be modded so easily and all you need is a 3mm Allen wrench/hex key, a Flathead screwdriver, and a Philips head screw driver.Read more ›
Buttons were covered in gunk and took ages to clean with alcohol, case had lots of scrapes and every metal component was rusting. Even the ball top had been stained from the post supporting it. This thing was clearly used a lot by its previous owner.
Faceplate looked relatively nice, despite tons of rusting on the edges and back.
On the plus side, it functions great. I'm almost positive the seller justified "like new" by putting in new springs and switches because it feels great. Supporting that theory is the fact that I can 100% guarantee at least some of the parts aren't original: they replaced the buttons, and some of them are the wrong color.
Seriously. Its not even like they aged or got sun exposure. It's got two prestine smoke and black buttons replacing it's original white ones, for a total of four white buttons and four black buttons. Since they used a generic picture for it, and didn't mention, I had no way of knowing I'd have to go out and buy replacements to make it look like it should.
I'm feeling generous, I'm not a hardcore collector, and I'm savvy enough to do what I need to do in order to make it right, so I'm giving this 3 stars, but high warning to anyone buying from this seller. If it isn't listed as new in box, be ready to put some work into it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awful company with zero customer service. I will no longer purchase any Madcatz products.
The stick itself is of reasonable quality but a complete lack of support from... Read more
This is a high end stick for the serious player. After doing a lot of research, I settled on this stick and am not disappointed. Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Clayster
Bulky and expensive, but the size & cost are most definitely worth it -- the joystick has almost fluid-like movement and the buttons are quick and responsive. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Adam
Although I am very much a core gamer I didn't really grow up in the arcades. Sure, I was there from time to time, but more often than not I would be play at home on the consoles. Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by Joel McGee
There comes a point where you just cant go up the leaderboard rankings anymore with the xbox controller, why? Read morePublished on June 18, 2011 by Jr
Anybody doing the research for one of these probably already knows what they're getting themselves into, so I'll keep it brief. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by Chaide
I haven't used an arcade stick since 1999 when I was playing Marvel Vs Capcom 1 on the Sega Dreamcast. Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by DarkAdonis