What could I possibly say about this stick? it's the gold standard for most fighting games out there right now.
Replaced the joystick in my Venom Arcade Stick (remember to purchase the JST-XH cable). Easy to fit and really nice quality joystick- feels light and precise and was a big improvement on the existing joystick. The joystick comes with a 8/4 way (square) gate which was surprisingly smooth for circular motions... however I've since upgraded to the 8 way (octagonal) gate to make things even smoother.
My favorite joystick by far. It is responsive and tactile. This was put in a custom stick I made for my little brother who is getting in to fighting games, so I wanted him to have good parts.
Great stick for fighting games, but if you play a lot of Neo Geo fast games like magical drops 2/3 then think about getting the harder return spring. I will be modding mine since the stick is made to have constant 3 finger fightstick grip in magical drops type puzzle games. They are so fast you play with an open hand and rely on the spring to centre the stick as fast as possible, so a harder spring would make it 5/5 for me. But all in all a superb stick and the unit received is genuine Sanwa, lots of copies on Ebay I've heard....
Everything received fast and with good packaging.
Good to know:
1. You need to order the cable to go with it. Does not hook up like a Happ stick.
2. It is top mount or mount from under a very thin metal board. So you need tools to cut out and recess for top mount in wood control panel.
3. I first tried to bottom mount to my 2cm thick wooden cabinet panel and fit an extension shaft. It kind of works but the sensitivity gets too high .
I also have ball and bat tops for these - get both! bats are great for Nintendo 8bit games, pacman, magical drop and balls for fighting games.
I have the standard and the octagonal gates. For fighting games newer ones like the octagonal but if you play a lot of SF2 Champ Edition, then the 4 gate is best. Also for Neo Geo games and Nintendo 8bit.
I was looking for pro parts to uptake my venom fight stick, these Sanwa parts are the perfect replacements. Much more responsive than standard and well worth the cost of upgrade. You will not be disappointed
The stick is responsive and a very good quality build (as you would hope to expect from Sanwa). If you are looking to replace your joystick then this is a very strong choice if not one of the best. It uses responsive micro-switches which click clearly on engaging, it has an option of colours so customising to your taste is easy and installation is quick and easy with the multiple screw holes in the mounting plate to choose from.
You can use this stick as a replacement or in building from scratch. I installed this into a custom stick made of wood and the plate fixture kept it sturdy in place.
On top of this the service was quick and the package was well cared for during delivery.
Got this stick to replace the one on the Venom Arcade stick. Please note that the PCB inside takes the 5-pin JST-XH Female To Female Connector Cable and NOT the one that goes along with this stick from the drop down menu.
The product has arrived in perfect condition and very fast shipping, great website, I always buy here for the security and confidence of this website.