Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro Review

Features

  • 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 Cable with Internal Cable Storage
  • Connects to the Console via Lag-free USB

Compatible and tested with ALL Major Fighting Games, Including:

  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • SOULCALIBUR V
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • King of Fighters XIII
  • Super Street Fighter IV
  • Tekken Hybrid
  • Mortal Kombat

Review

I haven’t really used many fightsticks since my arcade days, but recently with the rise of fightsticks at our weekly tournaments I’ve been exposed to several different models and makes all of which I’ve messed with while playing in the tournaments. So when MadCatz offered me a chance to review their new Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro I jumped at the chance.

To celebrate the release of Capcom’s Street Fighter X Tekken game Mad Catz has released Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro which comes in two versions PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The Mad Catz Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro weighs exactly 5 lbs 6 oz, and the base measures 10″L x 15″W x 3″H, which is great for traveling. At the top of the unit are eight buttons, one joystick selectable as left/right analog stick or direction pad, and turbo assignment button with Xbox 360 button.

The control stick can be assigned as a Left-Analog Stick (LS), Direction-Pad (DP), or Right-Analog Stick (RS) from the Control Module switch. The Turbo/Control Stick buttons can be locked using the ‘Locked/Unlocked’ switch on the Control Module. This can be useful when preventing settings from being assigned, or keeping custom settings from being changed.

The ‘Start’ and ‘Select’ buttons are both located on the back of the Mad Catz Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro base, which keeps them out of the way when button mashing, some people complain that it’s a hassle to pause a game because of the location but I never experience any trouble. Next to these two buttons is a storage compartment panel that opens to reveal the joystick’s 13′ long USB cable, which is ridiculously long enough to reach pretty much any seating arrangement you might have.

Mad Catz has offered their FightStick series with previous game releases, and the new FightStick Pro offers some advantage over competing joysticks from Hori and Namco. Sanwa Denshi is the premier supplier of arcade joystick components in Japan, and Mad Catz has tapped their technology for the Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro. This FightStick features Sanwa Denshi’s ball-handled joystick and 30mm action buttons, which match the Vewlix arcade cabinet configuration.

One particular advantage the Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Pro series offers over other joysticks and game pads is Turbo Control Module functionality. Each key can be programmed to enable variable-speed rapid actuation by holding the ‘Turbo’ button on the Control Module, and then pressing the desired action button: one time for fast turbo, two times for slow turbo, and three times to cancel turbo on that button. Turbo settings are cleared when the ‘Turbo’ button is held down for five seconds, the unit has been unplugged from the gaming console, or when the Xbox 360 is turned off with the master power switch.

As I previously mentioned I’ve used my share of FightSticks and by far the Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro has to be one of the, if not the best FightStick  I’ve used thus far. Large enough to not feel cheap or that it can easily break but also not too large or heavy for easy travel. As stated before buttons and control stick are amazing, in terms of response and accuracy. This is a must buy for any fighting game fan; I give the Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro a 9 out of 10. If I had to pick something wrong with the stick (which is pretty hard to do) is that I wished it was for both the PS3 and the Xbox 360.

I took the Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro to our tournament that week and let my team loose on it so they can tell me what they thought of it as well.

The Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick Pro is now available for $159.99. Only 1000 sticks were made for both consoles combined, so it’s very limited in quantity.

And if your in the San Diego area, checkout our tournament schedule for up coming events.