I have never ever been able to do Zangief’s Spinning Pile Dive with the directional pad. All instances I was able to successful do it involved the analog thumbstick.
Not even using the Sega Saturn pad could I execute SPD or other 360 degrees attack.
Everytime I try to do a complete circular movement, my character ends up jumping (in particular in reverse when I try to execute SPD as according to the manual/arcade cabinet’s arrow descriptions). Even if I try to do it fast ASAP to complete a circle before the character could jump I don’t do SPD and after I press the button immediately Zangief jumps.
Is there a trick to doing 360s? It seems like the characters register jump much faster than the controller’s d-pad can register a circular movement.
Its the inverse with the thumbstick where the controller always register 360s before Zangief can jump. Basically I just literally move the thumbstick in a circle and press P and immediately I execute SPD.
Was the D-Pad (even those design for fighting games like the Saturn pad) simply not meant for 360s?