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#1 MarkMan

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 07:17 AM

Hi, I am MarkMan and I love arcade sticks.

I was inspired to create this thread because of the discussion going on in the Soul Calibur IV Hori Arcade Stick (PS3/360) deal thread.

Let us use this thread as a resource and a place where we can ask questions and get answers for all things arcade stick related!

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ARCADE STICK LINKS

  • SRK Tech Area Forum - An excellent source of all things arcade sticks. From custom sticks, stick modding, to which stick is best for you... They have all kinds of information in this forum, so search around!
  • SD TEKKEN Arcade Stick Database - My site and it focuses on arcade sticks that can be used for PS2 and PS3. Mainly for Tekken and/or fighting game purposes.
  • NeoGAF Arcade Stick Thread - Another good resource for arcade sticks. This one is on another popular gaming forum.

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OTHER LINKS

Taken from SRK:

Buying/deciding on joystick:
Custom Sticks For sale Thread
http://forums.shoryu...ad.php?t=131127
Paik4life's sanwa/seimitsu FAQ
http://forums.shoryu...ad.php?t=118289

FAQs on making your own custom
ULTIMATE resource thread (thx chippermonky) (albeit he's the one editing this thread right now)
http://forums.shoryu...ad.php?t=117050
Chippermonky's where/how to solder guide
http://forums.shoryu...ad.php?t=118502
Another HOW to solder guide
http://www.epemag.wi...k/solderfaq.htm
Spiffyshoes Solderless A Series Hack (for those of you who lack the man factor to solder)
http://shoryuken.voi....ShoesAHack.rar
chippermonky's wii joystick guide (although he doesn't own the rights to it anymore :x)
http://www.gamesrada....07143457135083
check the resource thread for more.

Stick modding guides:
Tingboy's HRAP 2 Mod w/ Seimitsu Parts
http://forums.shoryu...ad.php?t=132472
Chippermonky's Hori DOA4 Stick Mod
http://forums.shoryu...ad.php?t=131221
SFAC Happ Mod
http://arcadestickmo...om/SFACmod.html
Urth's Guide: How to put art under clear Seimitsu buttons
http://forums.shoryu...ad.php?t=132705
HRAP FAQ All versions
http://forums.shoryu...ead.php?t=95713
Agetec Mods
http://www.tychom.org/stick/
http://jonesey.clawz.com/joystick2/
HAPP P360 on an Xbox 360
http://forums.shoryu...ad.php?t=133935

Misc
Toodles' UPCB Thread
http://forums.shoryu...ad.php?t=131230
Controller Adapter/Converter Thread thanks to tl613
http://forums.shoryu...ad.php?t=132493


Real Arcade Parts:
Akihabara Shop (currently closed Will re-open in June)
http://akihabarashop.com/
Ponyboy's Thread for Sanwa, happ, & now Seimitsu parts too
http://forums.shoryu...ad.php?t=116457
Lizard Lick Amusements
http://www.lizardlickamusements.com/
Gremlin Solutions (Located in the UK)
www.gremlinsolutions.co.uk
Starcab.net (Located in France)
http://www.starcab.net





The Official Custom Arcade Sticks Thread
http://forums.shoryu...ead.php?t=18815

The Official Custom Arcade Sticks Thread II: A New Era of Builders
http://forums.shoryu...ad.php?t=108857

Padhacking:
http://forums.shoryu...ad.php?t=113675

Official Sanwa mod thread
http://forums.shoryu....=72628&page=29
HAPP parts FAQ
http://forums.shoryu...ad.php?t=141741 thanks to evil samurai


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#2 MarkMan

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 07:18 AM

A few important links for custom stick makers:



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#3 MarkMan

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 07:19 AM

From my site, http://sdtekken.com :

GREAT DEAL: New Exclusive Hori Real Arcade Pro Sticks!


July 29, 2008

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SD TEKKEN’s good friend Stridajin has started selling the exclusive Amazon.co.jp edition Hori Real Arcade Pro sticks for the PlayStation 2 and PS3! Don’t miss out on this great deal for two quality arcade sticks, for the lowest price on the web guaranteed! Click below for more information on how to order from Stridajin!


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#4 CaoPi

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 07:42 AM

I know the Hori FS 3 is decent quality and pricy but looks like it went back up to 49.99 I grabbed it a month ago or so for 29.99 new in store!


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#5 eastx

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 08:52 AM

The thread is nice so far.

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#6 heavyd853

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 09:39 AM

Yeah, I'm pretty happy with my modded SCIV stick at the moment (octa gate + bat top + shaft cover + new dust cover!) since I got it pretty cheap. I'll maybe get a more expensive stick later this year or early next when I get some holiday money or something.


I wonder how the SFIV stick is turning out!
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#7 Dandeschain

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 10:49 AM

Nice thread MM. I need to get me a stick for the upcoming SF games.
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#8 Japakneez

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 11:06 AM

Great thread. I used to play Street Fighter competitively and actually built my own arcade sticks way back in the day...probably 12 or so years old by now! Sticks are beat up and I kinda want an upgrade. But i can wait till Street Fighter IV.

Is it confirmed that new sticks will be made for Street Fighter IV? Any news on its build quality? I know the Soul Calibur sticks aren't quite good enough and am hoping they go with something new instead of a rebrand.

Edited by makstaks, 30 July 2008 - 11:09 AM.


#9 Chibi_Kaji

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 11:41 AM

Is it confirmed that new sticks will be made for Street Fighter IV? Any news on its build quality? I know the Soul Calibur sticks aren't quite good enough and am hoping they go with something new instead of a rebrand.

It has been confirmed that SFIV will be having a stick. And MM has been saying that the stick will be a very good one.
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#10 Gabers

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 12:29 PM

That Real Arcade Pro 3 looks awesome. You'd probably have to cover it, though or keep it away from sunlight when not in use so it doesn't get suntanned.

#11 nlyonssmith

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 12:50 PM

Nice thread MarkMan. It is taking ALL of my will power not to buy a SC IV stick. I'm trying so damn hard to wait until the SF IV sticks are out.

#12 Chacrana

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 03:36 PM

Ima get a good stick later this year. I really, really want to.

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#13 MarkMan

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 04:53 PM

I'm going to tier the recent sticks that are still available(or coming out soon)... this is just based on my knowledge/experience and opinion. The ranking is based on quality, parts used, and performance. Please note that pricing is not taken into consideration in this list. Why? Quality is the more important issue here.

S - Rank

  • SEGA Virtua Stick High Grade (PS3)
  • Hori Real Arcade Pro 2 SA (PS2)
  • Street Fighter IV Arcade Stick Pro (PS3, 360) *
A - Rank

  • Hori Real Arcade Pro Amazon Japan (PS2)
  • Hori Real Arcade Pro 3 (PS3)
  • Hori Real Arcade Pro 3 Amazon Japan (PS3)
  • Hori Real Arcade Pro EX (360)
B - Rank

  • Hori Fighting Stick EX2 (360) - Same as Dead or Alive 4 Arcade Stick and Soulcalibur IV Arcade Stick.
  • Street Fighter IV Arcade Stick (PS3, 360) *
C - Rank

  • Hori Fighting Stick 3 (PS3) - Same as Soulcalibur IV Arcade Stick.
D - Rank


* - Not yet released.

If anyone has any other arcade sticks that you think should be added, let me know. Again this is just from my experience. And I've used them ALL... lol.

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#14 Chacrana

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 04:58 PM

Holy shit... the SF IV stick must be a beast the way you're talking about it. Any idea what the design is like?

And I'm guessing the Tekken stick is B-rank?

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#15 StarKnightX

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 05:25 PM

Got kinda a noob question here.

I've been thinking about finally buying arcade sticks for my various systems , but I was wondering , are most (some) arcade sticks sutible for playing most fighting games or are most of them designed for a specific series of games and aren't as good with other series.

This has partly been to blame for me never having bought a stick before , cause although I would like a stick for each of my systems , I don't really want to buy multiple sticks for one system (unless of course there really good or look cool;)).

#16 Chacrana

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 05:27 PM

Well from what I've heard, going with a Japanese style stick (with a ball on the stick as opposed to a bat) is better for really fast games like Guilty Gear or Melty Blood. A HRAP or Tekken stick seems to be good for basically everything, from my experience.

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#17 JEKKI

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 05:30 PM

Holy shit... the SF IV stick must be a beast the way you're talking about it. Any idea what the design is like?

And I'm guessing the Tekken stick is B-rank?

modded Tekken stick is niiiiiiiiiice.

it's the only stick I feel comfortable playing on my lap, Im so used to playing on the floor but my room is so cramped it takes to much effort to create an ad hoc environment

#18 kainzero

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 06:01 PM

man, you know you're a stick geek when you see someone's HRAP 2 and say

"Man, nice stick. i noticed you modded it with seimitsus, nice."


also, nice sticks are great but i've seen good players play on cheap sticks so to each his own =)
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#19 Chacrana

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 06:04 PM

Yeah, I don't expect a nice stick to make me any better, but if I'm going to be playing as many fighting games as I think I will, I want something that feels like... damn nice. As in, like, "man, Fuck that arcade bullshit" nice.

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#20 MarkMan

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 06:10 PM

Most sticks will be fine with every other fighting game, unless that fighting game has some weird/wonky setup (recent Mortal Kombat titles).

And yea I'd stick the Tekken 5 Anniversary Stick in B.

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#21 Japakneez

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 06:30 PM

S - Rank

  • SEGA Virtua Stick High Grade (PS3)
  • Hori Real Arcade Pro 2 SA (PS2)
  • Street Fighter IV Arcade Stick Pro (PS3, 360) *
A - Rank

  • Hori Real Arcade Pro Amazon Japan (PS2)
  • Hori Real Arcade Pro 3 (PS3)
  • Hori Real Arcade Pro 3 Amazon Japan (PS3)
  • Hori Real Arcade Pro EX (360)
B - Rank

  • Hori Fighting Stick EX2 (360) - Same as Dead or Alive 4 Arcade Stick and Soulcalibur IV Arcade Stick.
  • Street Fighter IV Arcade Stick (PS3, 360) *
C - Rank

  • Hori Fighting Stick 3 (PS3) - Same as Soulcalibur IV Arcade Stick.
D - Rank


* - Not yet released.



Thanks, this is very helpful. Seems like Hori is going to be making the Street Fighter sticks. Any idea on the prices?

#22 eastx

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 08:06 PM

I would pull the Virtua Stick High Grade down to an A Rank since it has that problem with 3-simultaneous button presses... Last time I checked (back in April or so), people still had issues with it.

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#23 Halo05

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 12:56 AM

Awesome news about the SF IV stick. I knew it was going to be good. I didn't dare hope that it would be that good.

As many of you know, black ops 2 is plaid with bugs, lag etc which many people have been suffering including me.


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#24 Shingin

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 02:17 AM

Any word on when the REAL ps2 to ps3 converters will be back in stock? I'm going to be getting HRAP1 soon and I was thinking of picking up one.

#25 Dr Mario Kart

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 02:35 AM

speaking of which adapters are real, surely there must be one other than that expensive Pelican one that works. Amazon has a bunch of different ones available on the cheap. Can anyone vouch for one of the non-Pelican ones?

#26 SmallWind

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 03:01 AM

The REAL converter when it comes back in stock and some elusive Korean converter that's only sold in Korea.

Any word on when the REAL ps2 to ps3 converters will be back in stock?

Some time after the Olympics.

#27 MarkMan

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 03:30 AM

The Korean one is InPin, I'm going to try and get a couple to review soon hopefully.

The VSHG, IMO is still S. Just my opinion though. The multi input issue is only with Tekken 5 DR and some emulators. Is there any other games anyone has experienced it with?

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#28 Jest

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 04:16 AM

I modded my HFS3 today. AKA I put hockey tape on the ball cause my hand kept sliding off. Shitty mod for a shitty stick.

#29 CaoPi

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 05:49 AM

still got a new SF ann arcade stick myself, gonna unload this beast on ebay sometime, but a SF IV arcade stick? sounds nice any pictures or what not of the thing confirmed yet?

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#30 MarkMan

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 07:10 AM

The SF IV arcade stick hasn't been unveiled publicly yet.

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For feedback/other customers Stridajin has dealt with check here:

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