Okay, I don’t have school today, and I am sick and tired of seeing these type of threads EVERY OTHER DAY!
Basically there are two “sub categories” of sticks. American and Japanese.
American parts are almost always Happ, or some knock-off brand. Happ is the shit you see in American arcades.
They’re bat-top stick that is very stiff, usually have a hard spring in them. Buttons are either concave or very flat buttons that seem like you have to press down all the way to respond. I mostly see the flat buttons around.
Many people who make custom sticks like using American parts for Marvel vs Capcom 2.
Sticks you can buy with parts that are American that are worth getting are that follows:
Street Fighter 15th Anniversary Arcade stick by Nubitech (most people mod out the buttons)
MAS System sticks, people generally use these for MvC2
Then there are the Japanese parts. Mostly made by either Sanwa, or Seimitsu.
They are the shit you find in Japanese arcades (see the pattern?).
The stick is usually ball top (but bat tops for these stick do exist), You usually do not have to use too much force using this stick, as they are looser than Happ-type sticks. Buttons are nice and rounded, very, VERY sensitive, and you do not have to press them all the way.
Many people use these parts in custom sticks for MOST games, as they are nice and responsive.
Stock sticks that are worth getting with Japanese parts are that follows:
Hori Real Arcade Pro’s (Most of these have Sanwa parts mixed with Hori stock parts)
Tekken 5 10th Anniversary Arcade Stick (US, All Hori Stock parts)
Capcom Fighting Jam arcade stick (I think it’s an HRAP iirc)
Arcana Heart arcade stick (It’s an Hrap 1)
Q: How do I know which one I would like?
A: Easy, Do you like the feel of parts in your local arcade? (if your in North America), if they’re too stiff for you, you might like Sanwa/Seimitsu.
Q: How about if I like American stick, but Japanese buttons (or vice-versa)
A: You’d have to go to custom-stick land for that, I do not know of ANY stock sticks that do this (correct me if I’m wrong). Byrdo, and many custom stick makers here on SRK can probally make one for you, but Byrdo is more of a store where he makes it, then you can buy it, I don’t know if he still makes requests.
Q: I bought a stock stick from the store, can I swap out parts for same country parts (Bought HRAP, want Sanwa parts)
A: Yes, you might have to do a little modding, there are FAQ’s littered all over the place in this forum. Look.
Q: I bought a Tekken 5 stick, and I want to modd it with Happ parts, is that possible?
A: Honestly, I don’t know. I’ve never met/seen anyone who wanted to do this. I think it’s possible, you just have to gut everything out and mod it to hell and back.
You can! Poon and markR has done this before.
Basically it’s alot of work, but if you put effort in and you like happ you should be satisfied.
Sticks you WANT to avoid:
Pelican, Mad Catz, any crappy American 3rd party maker shit.
XArcade, I heard that it lags like on every converter known to man, and it just sucks period.
Asian bootleg arcade sticks. Seriously. There are TONS of Hori bootlegs out there, they’re mostly crap iirc, but I guess you can use it for a nice sturdy case.
If there are anyone else who wants to add anything constructive, be my guest. Oh and any mod, can you please sticky this?[/COLOR]