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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 22 September 2011
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Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro
Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Pro
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Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro

Manufacturer: Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
Product Name: Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro
Model Number: SXT883810SA1/02/1 (PS3)
Price As Tested: $159.99 at GameShark Store

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.

  • The legacy of the Tournament Edition continues with the brand new design of the FightStick PRO!
  • Authentic Japanese-style Sanwa Denshi 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
  • 13ft (4m) USB cable with internal cable storage
  • Connects to console via lag-free USB
  • Storage compartment for efficient cable management
  • 3-way switch enables joystick to function as left or right analog stick or D-Pad
  • Officially licensed by Capcom & Namco Bandai



# RE: Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Promilo 2011-10-16 13:25
this review's flawed for a few reasons...

olin says he has street fighter x tekken for the ps3 even though it hasn't been released yet, and is not scheduled to be until next year.

it's a licensed stick aimed at street fighter x tekken players so it is going to use the viewlix layout that the arcade units will use - this cannot be criticised as a flaw as the function is there for its intended purpose otherwise why not mention the lack of 2 analog stick type controls? if the buttons were to be rearranged this stick would be a heavily flawed "fightstick" and wouldn't deserve the licensing.

start and select buttons are positioned to make it difficult to accidentally pause the game which in a tournament situation could disqualify a player - strictly speaking use of turbo is also forbidden but its addition is for the casual fights.

a well informed gamer and windows user will know that xbox controllers will work on a windows machine (winxp will need seperate drivers, vista and 7 will work out of the box) so the xbox version of the stick will definitely do the same. this stick, the ps3 version, does not work on a pc because it's a ps3 stick but because the pcb inside it is pc compatible - an official ps3 controller cannot be made to work on a pc without some driver hacking.
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# RE: RE: Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick ProOlin Coles 2011-10-16 13:56
Milo: The reviewed product was the PS3 version of the controller, not the XBOX version. As a reviewer, I know better than to speak about products I'm not testing. It wouldn't be smart to assume the XBOX version works with PC, so I simply didn't discuss the matter. If it does, it does, but that's not my duty to discern in this review.

You go on about how it's a licensed product and I "cannot" criticize the layout or it wouldn't deserve the qualification, but I have clearly stated as much in my conclusion and added that "If there were to be follow-up to this product, I would recommend...". That means I'm making suggestions for consideration on their next product.

Finally, I said "Even though I have Street Fighter & Tekken combos such as: Street Fighter IV, Tekken 6, and Virtua Fighter 5 for the PS3...". However, I do have plans to buy Street Fighter X Tekken when it's available.

I hardly think these misinterpretation make my review of the product 'flawed'. Of course, you're welcome to write up your own full review.
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# good review but.Bryytown 2011-10-24 21:45
The start and select buttons is not a con (its superposed to be there so u don't accidentally press it, and is now a standard everyone knows which is which whos going to pay to buy a pro stick and they will learn in 20 mins.

Nor is the price for sanwa switches ect.

Im not saying there are no cons... just not the ones you picked.
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# RE: Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Proferalshad0w 2011-10-27 22:20
I bought the previous joysticks for the first streetfighter 4 game and were SERIOUSLY dissapointed in the clicky square-gate joysticks. They make it very hard to go perfectly down/up/left/right for difficult moves. Most serious players prefer 360 degree action circle gates for fighting games. I think I read on the first page that the joystick was three switch. Does that mean that its got left, right, and diagnal clickly switches? What shape is the gate (the whole that the joystick comes out of). Thanks. Great review otherwise.
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# RE: RE: Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick ProOlin Coles 2011-10-28 08:38
The gate is circular, and there are three switches.
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# mrdeen 2012-02-11 02:59
need arcade stick asap
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