TL;DR Version - These sticks may look ugly, but seem to get the job done well, though I question their longevity because they are made by Mad Catz. This is probably cheaper than you'll find them online, and seems like a good offer, particularly for 360 players that want to play fighting games but don't want to invest a lot of cash on a fight stick. I've used mine and it seems to work well so far. You might want to call ahead and make sure they are in stock.
Perhaps nobody cares about this, and if that's the case I apologize, but I personally wish I had found a thread on it earlier. I really enjoy fighting games, but having recently sold my PS3 the genre was made somewhat unavailable to me, because I know how bad the standard 360 controller would be for playing them. But I finally found a solid solution that I could afford, Gamestop has what's left of their Brawlpad's for $20 bucks, which seems to be a good bit cheaper than you will find them anywhere online.
These controllers may have some unattractive art to some, but seem to get the job done quite well. From my understanding they are designed pretty much exactly like the Street Fighter Fightpads made previously, except the D Pad may be slightly more elevated. The critic reviews I've seen so far seem overall positive, particularly for 360 buyers.
For those 360 players that play too seriously to cope with the standard 360 controller for a fighting game, yet too play casually to justify spending $75 or more to buy a Fight Stick, these controllers may be a worthwhile solution for games like the upcoming UMVC3. I've used mine already for MVC3 and it feels great so far. As long as it holds up I think I'll be well pleased, and it feels like it will... The only thing that worries me is that it is made by Mad Catz, and in the past I've had issues with their products breaking over time.
However, these controllers have several features, fit comfortably, and probably even work on PC, as they are indeed wired controllers. They may even be worth checking into for PS3 players, or those looking for a more 'classic' style controller for XBLA/PSN arcade games. 20 bucks for a controller like this doesn't seem too shabby, to me.
But if you're interested in buying one, you may want to check ahead, I got the very last one from my store. It's also worth noting that more serious tournaments possibly won't allow this controller to be used, as it does have a turbo mode. Not sure what the ruling is on that, as such things are never in my area.
Anyway, I had a 10 dollar off coupon from Power Up Rewards, so this was a real steal for me, and I hope someone else will find this useful as well. Also feel free to leave feedback if you've had these controllers. I already have mine, but other potential buyers may be swayed by positive or negative feedback.
Edited by TheGuardianWolf, 24 September 2011 - 05:34 PM.