Pics for both the internals of the Hori Fighting Stick SS and the Ascii Fighting Stick.
The Ascii Fighting Stick was the only third-party licensed Saturn joystick that I’m aware of. Sega also produced a Virtua Stick for the Saturn.
Here is a pre-dissambled, pre-mod Hori Fighting Stick SS –
Hori Fighting Stick SS guts unveiled after removing the metal back…
Note 3 main sections – main action button PCB, Start Button PBC, and the Joystick assembly. The two PCB components should be kept since all the wiring flows through/into the Start Button PCB.
Here is the exterior of the yellow Start Button, front side.
Backside, interior of the Start Button PCB as it appears still screwed in.
The cover for the Start Button PCB was hard to remove after unscrewing the PCB… After so many years clipped together, it was hard to remove. However, after removal you can clearly see the yellow button and the white plastic plunger that rests under it. Note that this is NOT the normal position of the yellow button. It would be UNDERNEATH the white plastic. Saturn controllers were NOT directly wired between the buttons and PCBs. The action buttons and start buttons on these systems used a plastic plunger system to make contact with the PCB. Note two plastic plungers in the white plastic. Hori released a PS1 version of this stick so the “Select” button for the PS1 stick was probably to the right of the Saturn yellow Start button. Note that Saturn AND Dreamcast controllers never had select buttons…
Here is the Start Button PCB panel reversed. I’ve circled in red where I scraped off black “contact plastic” to reveal the contact that has to be soldered for the dual-PCB mod. Sorry for the cut-off in the picture but I’m still getting used to my digital camera!
Here are the joystick guts. I won’t be reusing much besides the wiring here. Like the Tekken 5 10th Anniversary US stick, there are 8 wires. I’m assuming half of those are ground wires although I still don’t know which in each pair are ground…
Here is the Main PCB/Action Button PCB with its plastic guard removed…
I chose to label the Action Button positions on the backside of the PCB. Hopefully, it will simplify wiring connections after I get wires soldered into the PCB contact areas. I plan on using a terminal strip instead of direction connection to the buttons.
As I stated before, the Saturn controllers used contact plastic plungers instead of soldering for the action buttons. You see what the Hori SS stick action buttons look like with the Main PCB removed…
Here is the Main PCB/Action Button PCB pre-mod…
The same PCB with the black plastic contact scraped off to reveal nail-sized contacts to be soldered. I scraped off a bit more than I had to on the upper left button area but didn’t make the same unnecessary effort with the remaining seven buttons. Scrape areas are circled in red.
This is as far as I’ve gone with this mod… I’m waiting on Sanwa parts for the T5 cabinet I plan to install this PCB in. I’m also soliciting help from anybody who knows or can figure out the correctage areas on the PCB to solder between this Hori PCB setup and the Hori T5 PCB. I honestly do not know where the voltage and ground connections are on the Hori T5 PCB or the Hori SS PCB…
NOTE: Larger versions of all these images are available at ImageShack. I used Thumbnails to save on bandwidth.
I will post images of the Ascii Fighting Stick PCB’s on Wednesday. The Hori upload took a bit longer than I expected!