I wish Mad Catz put even half as much effort into their fight pads as they do their sticks, even if they cost more, but it seems the new Mad Catz make the sticks and the old Mad Catz are still making the cheap crappy pads. If you’re lucky, the fight pads can be ok assuming you get a decent one, but it will break in no time and you might even have a bad one out of the box. I had an SF4 guile pad that worked fine for a few months, as soon as it died I bought a SSF4 Juri pad thinking I would be ok, but it wouldn’t register bottom right corners unless I put a metric ton of weight on it. I tried opening it up and swapping the dpad for my old pad but it didn’t work, the problem was with the cheap plastic casing around the dpad not lining up properly, so the pad is essentially useless now.
I’m currently using a PS2 Sega Saturn pad through an ettoki converter I bought from Laughs site, works fantastic but I’ve had this pad since they came out in 2004 and the right trigger which I normally map to 3XK is dead, so I have to press all 3 kick buttons manually which means I sometimes get EX Run instead of Ultra 1 :-(. That first batch of knock off Sega Saturn pads for the PS3 were great to, even the 2nd batch of fake ones that go for 10 bucks on Ebay are better than the fight pads and they cost 3 times less, if there was a 360 equivalent id never have bought a fight pad.
Would it kill Mad Catz to make a pad that’s better than one that’s probably made in a sweat shop in China ?. Give me something like the Sega Saturn pad but with the PS2/PS3 Dual Shocks DPad and slightly bigger face buttons for my bigger western hands, and for the love of god get rid of that switch between analogue and digital at the back, do you know how many time that thing has slid from the neutral position (digital) to the left of right while I’ve been playing ?, and all because I have the stupid thing resting on my knee. I hear the SFXT pads are just as bad, please Mad Catz, sort it out.