|Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 22 September 2011|
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Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro
Manufacturer: Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Mad Catz.
For as long as I can remember, I've been a huge fan of arcade fighting games: Street Fighter, Tekken, and Virtua Fighter. Street Fighter was the original arcade quarter-goblin, and its sequels were financed by my paperboy earnings. Tekken and Virtua Fighter absorbed any disposable income I earned as a teen. So when game consoles replaced arcades, I was among the first to jump onboard and practice my moves at a discount (with a Sega Saturn and Virtua Stick). Because of exciting characters, you could hardly master one game before the others lured you in - which is why Mad Catz "Street Fighter X Tekken" theme makes sense. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Mad Catz Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro for PlayStation3.
I've played in arcades across the land; from the beach boardwalks of Santa Cruz to New York City. Once upon a time I lived near Tokyo, Japan, and enjoyed the hysteria of arcade tournaments in Akihabara (see Before PC and Console Games: The Video Arcade). But regardless of my geography, arcade egos lived and died on the results of a fighting game. Thanks to the Internet, gamers no longer need to travel the globe to prove their skill, and the longest hours of dedicated play are often done from the home on a gaming console like the PS3 or XBOX360. With products like the Mad Catz Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro, I can recreate the arcade experience down to the Sanwa Denshi joystick and buttons used on cabinet systems.
Features and Specifications
Source: Mad Catz product website
Created to appeal to the serious fighting game enthusiast, nothing brings the arcade experience closer to home than the Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick PRO. Approved by both Capcom and Namco, and embellished with exclusive game artwork, the FightStick PRO uses arcade-quality components from legendary Japanese arcade manufacturer, Sanwa Denshi. Featuring a Japanese-style ball-handled joystick and 30mm action buttons placed to match the Vewlix arcade cabinet configuration, arcade gamers will feel right at home.
Screw-on rubber feet for solid-surface play and unobtrusive placement of the Start and Select buttons exemplify the detailed touches that went into the FightStick's design and creation. With a useful locking mechanism to prevent accidental pauses or activation of Turbo settings during tournament play, the Arcade FightStick PRO represents the best possible choice for competitive gamers.