Mag Stik Arcade Joystick

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This stick has one outstanding feature (literally!): A "switch" on the side which changes from 4 to 8 way. The ingenious design of the mechanism actually rotates an internal restrictor plate and also rotates the microswitch actuator for a perfect 4-8 way action.

The Mag-Stik is not centred with a spring, but instead uses an internal magnet. A light action gives the ultimate in joystick feel and sensitivity. When mounted, this stick can be switched between 4 & 8 way by sliding a lever on the side of the joystick. This joystick keeps the panel arcade-real but still gives the ability to play all 4 or 8 way games with the true feel of the correct mechanically-limited stick.

Mag-Stik Dismantling.
If your mounting method required removal of the joystick knob, this is done by removing the entire shaft. The Nylock nut on the rear end of the shaft is removed first. On the Mag-Stik Plus note carefully the order of assembly of the parts, especially the location of the toothed lock-washer, under the U-bracket. Beware of the spring which is under pressure! In case you forgot how it fits together there is a diagram showing the assembly in the images above.


  • 5
    Superb all round arcade stick

    Posted by Lee Hodgson on 24th Jun 2020

    Brilliant, well made and solid, arcade stick. Very short throw that took a little getting used to but I soon forgot about that. Recommend the pro version so you can switch between 4 and 8 way easily. I upgraded mine with a kit and its fab. Highly recommended.

  • 5
    Best joystick I've tried

    Posted by John Hardie on 17th Jul 2017

    Brilliant joystick. I went from a zippy stick to this and because the joystick has less travel, it makes it idea for shooters. If you buy one, make sure you don't tighten the nut fully on the shaft, as it will make it stiff.

  • 5
    Great stick for smashups

    Posted by Globber on 15th Nov 2013

    I just bought this stick and am quite impressed by it.

    I own an X-arcade which is a great base for arcade gaming but the original sticks are cheap and underperform with long throw and engage dimensions. They also feel a bit muddy and do not work as exact as I wished.

    So I modded it with the Mag Stick plus and the imrovement is exceptional.
    The stick has a very short throw and engage zone (which give a much faster reaction), feels rock sturdy, works very precisely for movements and I also had no issue with hitting diagonals. Additionally it can be switched from 8 to 4 way by stick mechanism without demounting, which is a great feature I really love (just takes 5 seconds to switch it).

    Only small shortcome is the mounting plate which will not fit for standard arcade stick mounts (you have to mod this probably)and the longer stick shaft dimensions below the mounting plate (so check if you have enough space for mounting it in your case).

    Besides this it is a great stick I can highly recommand for any smashup fan who want to improve his gameplay.

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