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09-15-2018 at 07:39 AM
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Something for You Fight Stick Collectors

Some of you know I've been spending some time on MAME D&D Shadow Over Mystara. I've always been a fan of fantasy and role-playing, going back to my childhood. Well, I'm also a collector of fight sticks, owning 7 total now. Only 2 of my fight sticks are actually game-branded - one a Mad Catz Street Fighter 4 "SFIV Arcade Fighstick" for PC/PS3, the other a Mad Catz Soul Calibur V "Arcade Fighstick Soul Edition" for Xbox 360. The SCV stick I got off craigslist for $40. It was in pristine condition, per the seller was only played on for about 20 hours (and I believe it), and it comes with all Sanwa parts, stock. It is a rock solid stick, and I love the feel of it. But, I've never really gotten into the Soul series.


So, I endured the stock graphics and overlay, because it is such a great stick, but always had it in the back of my mind that I would some day replace the overlay with something more suitable to my tastes. At the same time, I didn't really want another Street Fighter branded stick. I kicked around the idea of something with Morrigan and Lilith from the Darkstalkers/Vampire series, but never could find an image that would transfer well onto the field of a control panel surface.


And then, with my newfound interest in DDSOM, I thought maybe this is the thing that will complete the stick. I dug around online, and found some hi res graphics, played around with the template provided by tek-innovations.com for designing an overlay, and arrived at what you see below. For under $30 shipped, for the new overlay and imact-modified acrylic, I am very happy with the investment. For those of you out there that collect fight sticks and maybe want to do some personalization/customization, I highly recommend Art's Hobbies (tek-innovations.com).


New overlay and acrylic arrives in the mail:


The orignal artwork, great for some, but not to my liking:


And now it is a DDSOM arcade stick, in its full glory:

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  1. EVN's Avatar

    Those MadCatz SFIV sticks were such an awesome thing for the FGC. Still use mine on a weekly basis. It's pretty ludicrous what Razer and Hori are asking for new ones though, in store they cost more than a PS4 or Xbox one!

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  2. YesAffinity's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by EVN

    Those MadCatz SFIV sticks were such an awesome thing for the FGC. Still use mine on a weekly basis. It's pretty ludicrous what Razer and Hori are asking for new ones though, in store they cost more than a PS4 or Xbox one!

    Prices have definitely gone up. I see them all the time on CL now, even the Mad Catz sticks for anywhere from $100 - $200. People think they're going to retire on selling their old heavily used sticks. But, sometimes you find a good deal too.


    This is an example of the silliness (in case it disappears, its a SF4 Femme Fatale Mad Catz stick for $400): https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/vgm/d/street-fighter-4-femme-fatale/6680976421.html

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  3. KidsHeartJP's Avatar

    Not a fan of that stock SCV overlay either. Sweet skinning

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  4. EVN's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by YesAffinity

    This is an example of the silliness (in case it disappears, its a SF4 Femme Fatale Mad Catz stick for $400): https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/vgm/d/street-fighter-4-femme-fatale/6680976421.html


    Yeah man, people are insane, $400 USD! and just my opinion but that's a really really ugly Fight Stick :(


    Same sort of things happening here too: https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/north-ryde/playstation/street-fighter-x-tekken-mad-catz-fight-stick-pro/1195066318


    For around $400 USD, I got this a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully the last stick I'll ever want for home since I can break out with a fingerboard to whatever encoder I need:



    I wish I had more suitcase space coming home from Japan, there were Fight Sticks everywhere for the equivalent of $30Aus.



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  5. YesAffinity's Avatar

    ^ That's a solid investement right there! Nice git!

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