When I say noob, I refer to my knowledge and use of hardware, I have been playing Street Fighter since back in the day when I was a teenager, I also used to own a Mas arcade stick with Happ parts.
I received my Sanwa JLF joystick and 8 pearly white sanwa buttons today from Akirahaba, and so the mod began.
First of all, it could not have been any easier. I don’t understand how people are complaining about sore fingers, things went in and came out with ease. Seriously, the Madcatz SE is a total breeze to mod. Most of you know this but someone may be on the fence reading this, if you can plug in and screw, you’re good to go.
Anyway, I have said this before in other threads, I glued down the silly washer on my Madcatz the second I took it out of the box, and it worked flawless ever since.
Reading on this forum, I figured that the parts were really junk and that using a Sanwa joystick and buttons would feel like night and day, well…not really.
Once I had all my new parts in there I sat down to play (oh, I also added the spring from the Madcatz to my Sanwa and it did make it a lot stiffer, which I like)
I notice the Sanwa joystick clicks a bit more and has less resistance noise than the madcatz stick, but the buttons feel nearly the same, as does the joystick really. I feel a little better about the longevity of the stick now that I have “name brand” parts in there, but if you blindfolded me and had me compare, I probably would fail at picking what was what.
I know some of you arcade stick fiends are going to bash me and say I don’t know what I’m talking about, and you’re probably right. However there are a lot of people out there who are pretty good at Street Fighter, but not hardcore enough to know which joystick is which. This post is for those people. I was really curious just what the difference would feel like going from the Madcatz parts to the Sanwa parts, aside from peace of mind, I play the damn same and really don’t notice that much of a different feel. I think piece of mind is worth the 60 bucks I spent on parts and shipping, but if money is tight and your stick works, I say leave it alone until you need to replace a button or the joystick. Just one mans opinion, don’t flame me for not wanting to dry hump my sanwa buttons.