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MarkMan

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Hi, I am MarkMan and I love arcade sticks.

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 purposes.
Street Fighter IV Arcade Sticks/Controller Unveiled
- NeoGAF thread on the SF IV arcade sticks/controller by Mad Catz.

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OTHER LINKS

Taken from SRK:

SRK said:
Buying/deciding on joystick:
Custom Sticks For sale Thread
http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=131127
Paik4life's sanwa/seimitsu FAQ
http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.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.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=117050
Chippermonky's where/how to solder guide
http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=118502
Another HOW to solder guide
http://www.epemag.wimborne.co.uk/solderfaq.htm
Spiffyshoes Solderless A Series Hack (for those of you who lack the man factor to solder)
http://shoryuken.voiea.net/uploads/u...ShoesAHack.rar
chippermonky's wii joystick guide (although he doesn't own the rights to it anymore :x)
http://www.gamesradar.com/us/wii/gam...07143457135083
check the resource thread for more.

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

Misc
Toodles' UPCB Thread
http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=131230
Controller Adapter/Converter Thread thanks to tl613
http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.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.shoryuken.com/showthread.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.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=18815

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

Padhacking:
http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=113675

Official Sanwa mod thread
http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthre...=72628&page=29
HAPP parts FAQ
http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=141741 thanks to evil samurai
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For you Earthbound fans, check this one out, made by Big Pockets on SRK forums:

 

Jirotrom

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MarkMan said:
I wish I did... :(

I got my brother a Finkle stick... not a Byrdo though, those are BEAUTIFUL...

Here's the stick I got for my brother:

I had been trying to get a Finkle stick but he stopped responding to my emails, so I just quit. We were pretty set to:( Oh' well. Sweet stick btw.
 

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I'm considering ordering an arcadeinabox stick for the 360 out of sheer laziness. I just have to get around to actually designing the image.

Unless of course, someone can hook me up with a good builder, willing to piece together a PS2/360 stick ;D
 

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Chippermonky's Hori DOA4 Stick Mod
I can vouch for this mod. The Hori DOA4/VF5 stick is solid, but adding the octagonal gate totally ups the "arcade" feel. I put on a bat top too, and now SF2 Hyper Fighting feels like it's supposed to. Stick also works great for MAME (with the Windows XP XBCD driver).

For anyone looking forward to SNK fighters on the Wii, you'll love the unmodded Hori stick. I used to own a Neo Geo AES home unit, and the ball tops, the buttons, and the "clickiness" felt very, very similar.
 

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I only have the Tekken 5 arcade stick. I'm looking to upgrade to either the HRAP 3 or VSHG. Do both of these sticks work with PS2 games with 2.00 firmware?
 

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Doublethink said:
I only have the Tekken 5 arcade stick. I'm looking to upgrade to either the HRAP 3 or VSHG. Do both of these sticks work with PS2 games with 2.00 firmware?

Yes both do!

Laurent said:
Hori Arcade Stick for PS3 (not pro)... Yay or nay?

If you're not too hardcore about having arcade parts, it's a decent stick. I think they go for around $39.99 now? That's a good price. It does the job. My only complaint with it is the way the buttons are slanted for the default face buttons, it is pretty retarded as no Japanese arcade style setup ever haves you curve in the opposite direction like the FS3.


Odrion said:
How ideal is that Hori Fighter Stick for PC arcade game use?

It gets the job done. I've heard people having problems with Vista and the stick though. Personally I have no problem setting it up with MAME/Final Burn or whatever.
 

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Depends on what type you want...

US style or JPN style? (Teardrop vs lollipop/bat vs ball)...

If you're going for US style stick, I'd recc either a custom or the Street Fighter Anniversary Stick from Nuby Tech(RIP). Just modd em with Happ parts or get a Happ modded one. Another good choice is a MAS Systems arcade stick.

For Japanese style. Go for a custom stick or you can try to track down a Fighting Stick EX... although they are pretty rare nowadays.

They look like this:

 

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MarkMan said:
It looks very nice as is! + Ippo sticks = automatic win!

I've seen a few nice ones out there...
post pics post pics:D It took me forever to find art for this stick.

EDIT: Btw, I love the PS2 console stick... thats awesome!:lol
 

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MarkMan said:
Depends on what type you want...

US style or JPN style? (Teardrop vs lollipop/bat vs ball)...

If you're going for US style stick, I'd recc either a custom or the Street Fighter Anniversary Stick from Nuby Tech(RIP). Just modd em with Happ parts or get a Happ modded one. Another good choice is a MAS Systems arcade stick.

For Japanese style. Go for a custom stick or you can try to track down a Fighting Stick EX... although they are pretty rare nowadays.

They look like this:

So if I want an American stick, I need to buy a custom one.

And if I want a Japanese stick, I need to buy a custom one.
 

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MarkMan said:
If you're not too hardcore about having arcade parts, it's a decent stick. I think they go for around $39.99 now? That's a good price. It does the job. My only complaint with it is the way the buttons are slanted for the default face buttons, it is pretty retarded as no Japanese arcade style setup ever haves you curve in the opposite direction like the FS3
Well it would be my first one, and I am only concerned about an arcade stick on PS3 and from what I saw, there isn't a wide variety of affordable choices... Virtua Fighter 5 and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix are on my radar...
 

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This thread makes me very happy in my pants!

I've been looking for a good arcade stick option for my PC. A friend of mine suggested getting a good PS2 stick and just using a PS2 -> USB adaptor. What are your guys' recommendations? I absolutely refuse to play a single fighter with this gamepad anymore :(

edit: I should probably note that I'm not terribly good at fighting games, but I really want to get better, hence my wanting to purchase an arcade stick, but that being sad, I'm not about to spend $100 on an X-Arcade stick just yet.
 

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Odrion said:
So if I want an American stick, I need to buy a custom one.

And if I want a Japanese stick, I need to buy a custom one.
Well yea the sad fact is, not many GOOD out the box arcade sticks came out for the original Xbox. :( So a lot of people had customs made to fit their needs.

Laurent said:
Well it would be my first one, and I am only concerned about an arcade stick on PS3 and from what I saw, there isn't a wide variety of affordable choices... Virtua Fighter 5 and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix are on my radar...
For the casual gamer, the stick does it's job. It is very affordable and is built very well. Sticks are really all based on preference. If you like how it feels and you can perform how YOU want to on it, then stick to it.

Ryder said:
This thread makes me very happy in my pants!

I've been looking for a good arcade stick option for my PC. A friend of mine suggested getting a good PS2 stick and just using a PS2 -> USB adaptor. What are your guys' recommendations? I absolutely refuse to play a single fighter with this gamepad anymore :(

edit: I should probably note that I'm not terribly good at fighting games, but I really want to get better, hence my wanting to purchase an arcade stick, but that being sad, I'm not about to spend $100 on an X-Arcade stick just yet.
The Pelican PS2 > PS3 USB adapter is good if you want to use a PS2 stick on the PC. As far as X-Arcade goes, I'd stay away from it. X_X
 

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MarkMan said:
The Pelican PS2 > PS3 USB adapter is good if you want to use a PS2 stick on the PC. As far as X-Arcade goes, I'd stay away from it. X_X
I'm curious as to why you say that? Overpriced? Shitty products?

Anyway, the Pelican USB adapter looks really nice, so that's probably what I'm going to go with. As far as a PS2 arcade stick, I'm going to browse some of the links you posted, but if you happen to have any good recommendations off the top of your head I'm all ears. Just to reiterate, I'm willing to put down the cash for a great quality product, but the key is value here, I don't want to spend money on something I don't really need. Thanks! :D
 

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MarkMan

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Yea, TMO has WONDERFUL work... I really love that stealth black stick he did... Amazing stuff.

His transparent bottom on the sticks is a unique touch too...

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As far as X-Arcade goes. Yes, overpriced. And Shitty. More shitty because of the pricing.

It isn't terrible. But I won't say it is good either.
 

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damnit, it makes me so mad that Timoe isn't wiring sticks anymore, the stuff was just so slick. I would have to wait for an already made stick:(
 

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Seriously, that black one he made gave me the chills... The WIRING!

X_X

I should have bought it when I had the chance...
Right when I was getting ready to order a custom stick a while back from him, they stopped doing customs.... I was very sad:(
 

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Funny, I just emailed Finkle about his custom sticks. I hope he's not too busy...I wouldn't mind getting one before the end of the year. :lol
 

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Yea finkle gets SWAMPED with orders... I ordered from him when he was relatively new to the custom stick making(about two years ago)... His thread/work has really blown up since! Good for him too....

Jirotrom: that is an AWESOME picture... looks like it'll make good stick art...
 

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I'm planning on getting a new arcade stick later this month, but I'm torn between the VSHG or HRAP 3. I need a stick that's durable, BC with PS2/PS1 games, and one that's comfortable.
Any help would be appreciated.
 

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There is my Byrdo just in case some people didn't get a chance to see it in the pick-up thread.
 

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Yea finkle gets SWAMPED with orders... I ordered from him when he was relatively new to the custom stick making(about two years ago)... His thread/work has really blown up since! Good for him too....

Jirotrom: that is an AWESOME picture... looks like it'll make good stick art...
it was my original, but it needs clear seimitsu (sp?)buttons and I want to go with sanwa this time. I also would rather have it on a larger stick. I'll get a Seimitsu custom next year.
This was the other art I was possibly going to use.

http://poiuytre1255.free.fr/pics/colos/wyv14.jpg

EDIT: Also, Kaytrim's designs are improving pretty drastically, always cool to see someones art develop.

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Ravenn17 said:
There is my Byrdo just in case some people didn't get a chance to see it in the pick-up thread.
did you ask for this custom or was this one of the sale pieces?
 

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TrueReligion said:
I'm planning on getting a new arcade stick later this month, but I'm torn between the VSHG or HRAP 3. I need a stick that's durable, BC with PS2/PS1 games, and one that's comfortable.
Any help would be appreciated.
It really depends on what you'll be playing...

Both are fine for PS2/PS1 games.

VSHG is crap for Tekken though... it has problems with only T5DR on PS3 for 2 or more inputs simulateously... X_X

It sucks too because I think the VSHG is the best retail stick ever X_X....
 

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did you ask for this custom or was this one of the sale pieces?
Custom. Pretty much everything was picked by me. Case, art, color scheme, parts, etc.

It ran a bit high compared to most sticks, but I would say it's worth it just based on the aesthetic details.
 

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MarkMan said:
It really depends on what you'll be playing...

Both are fine for PS2/PS1 games.

VSHG is crap for Tekken though... it has problems with only T5DR on PS3 for 2 or more inputs simulateously... X_X


It sucks too because I think the VSHG is the best retail stick ever X_X....
That's really disappointing, I love playing Tekken--and I was leaning towards the VSHG since it has Sanwa components. This is a tough decision now.
 
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