Is the Madcatz SE stick fixed now?


#1

Hi, I recently got into SSF:IV and picked up AE a couple weeks ago. I’ve been playing on pad and was thinking of making the switch to stick. I’m not planning on spending $100+ and grabbing myself the TE just yet so was just going to start of with the SE.

I was checking out some reviews of the stick on the forums and everywhere I go, people say that the stick will break after a couple months of use. I did some more research and found that the problem is due to a moving washer in the actual stick which causes damage to the PCB.

Another thing I noticed was that majority of these reviews are from 2009 so I was just wondering if Madcatz has finally fixed the issue and that I can go to gamestop and purchase a fully working SE stick that won’t bust on me after a couple months.

Thanks.


#2

I think most ppl, like I, have already replaced the stick and buttons, mines is still kicking like a mule but the PCB for the start and back buttons went, rewiring directly to arcade buttons fixed the problem though, now I need to find out how to punch holes to accommodate the buttons, Anyone care to help me with that issue?


#3

Partially fixed, but no. They fixed the washer issue, but there is still a button dying issue and maybe a PCB issue with RT and LT.

To drill holes you need a 15/16 inch hole saw bit to put in your drill.


#4

Just FYI. We stopped making the SE awhile back.

You’re not going to find a new (2011) SE produced stick for SFIV. The latest iteration of this stick is the WWE All-Stars BrawlStick, which is essentially a black cased version of the SE stick but with our in-house engineered Mad Catz parts; which are IMHO light years better than the parts in the original SFIV SE FightStick.

Please let me know if you have any questions, thanks.


#5

Thanks a bunch, and MarkMan I haven’t seen you on Sole Collector’s UMvC3 thread in a while, It’s TBGA from there, I was a long time lurker here


#6

Oh wow they still have that issue? I have the original stick for my se and it didnt have that problem. A real cure is to replace the buttons and stick with sanwa parts. You can buy the stick first, then the buttons. They cost about 25 bucks each (buttons = 6 for 25 bucks normally, or around that price).

That will solve the issue and save you anywhere from 50 - 75 dollars compared to a TE.


#7

Thanks for all the responses. I am planning on eventually switching the buttons/stick with all sanwa parts but not just yet.

MarkMan, you said that the WWE All-Stars BrawlStick has much better parts? Would you recommend I buy this stick? Are there any known problems with the newer iterations of it?


#8

My personal suggestion is that you take the hit and buy a TE, if you can stomach the cost. You won’t regret it.

The cost of buying an SE and switching out the parts for Sanwas is only a little cheaper than a TE anyway, and the size of the TE is what makes it better, in my opinion, which is not something modding can do for your SE. Not cheap, anyway.


#9

Okay, I guess I will end up getting the TE. Thank you everyone, I really appreciate the responses!