I’ve been an avid follower of the Namco Stick Appreciation! thread, and I thought it might be cool to start something similar for the Konami Hyperstick. It definitely deserves more appreciation.
What is the Konami Hyperstick?
A PlayStation 1 joystick released in Japan on June 28th, 1996 for an astounding ¥4500 ($50 or so at the time; the famous Namco Joystick, released that December, was ¥6090).
What makes it so awesome?
Great styling and a compact, weighty case, of course – in those respects, very similar to the Namco Joystick. There’s also plenty of room inside the case for mods:
But even cooler, the stick is full Seimitsu, like some Sega Virtua Sticks:
LS-56-01 (with a custom shorter shaft)
PS-15s (with custom PlayStation coloring).
Hypersticks are also highly moddable, with standard 30mm button holes and drop-in mounting for a Seimitsu LS-56, LS-55 or LS-33. Here’s a link to someone who mounted an LS-32 in the case.
Where can I get one?
Well, that’s the problem. There are far fewer of these floating around than the Namco, and it was never released overseas. I got mine from jap-sai, and they frequently pop up on Yahoo! Japan Auctions.
How about you hook me up with a Yahoo! Japan Auctions search string, son?
Use this, which will return all Hyperstick results and filter out any results for the recent “Hyperstick Pro” released for Otomedius:
(??? hyperstick “hyper stick”) -???(direct link)
By all means, try to find one. They rival the Namco in every way, and work perfectly with InPins and Xbox 360 Converter Pros. You can’t go wrong.
Finally, my Hyperstick mod with a new LS-56, OBSF-30s, and L1/L2 routed through the back: