I know all about making decisions and having limited money to spend…!
It’s not fun!
Always refer back to point #5 – IF you get in trouble, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
People are more understanding about others having modding issues/electrical help (needed bad!) than they are about someone asking about what’s the best joystick on the market for the millionth time.
It’s the opinion posts (“What’s better? This or that joystick?” “Do the Korean joysticks really work better for Tekken?” “IF I get the same joystick Daigo used to win the last EVO tournament, will it make me a better player?”) that drive the older SRK members and Mods crazy… Not technical questions. Technical questions are what Tech Talk forum is for.
For me, I went with the MC Cthulu (I have two joysticks equipped with these PCB’s) because I own enough retro-consoles to make it worthwhile and I’m BOTH a Sega (Saturn/Dreamcast) and Sony (PS2/PS3 and probably PS4) fan. I also have a GameCube but no plans so far to equip use an MCCthulu-stick with it… yet. I also don’t happen to own a 360 and dual-system compatibility was never the main issue for me… (Although ironically if I end up buying a Razer/360-only Atrox joystick I’ll HAVE to buy a Cerberus PCB to ensure compatibility with my PS3. The ironies!)
It also happens that I own a Mac AND PC (AMD/Nividia board). For the PC I have, the Cthulu seems to be most compatible PCB controller board to use with it. (NOTE: It makes no difference whether you use an MC Cthulu or “vanilla” original/PS3 Cthulu with Mac or PC. The computers detect the PCB in the joystick either way. For $5 extra, though, it makes more sense to go ahead and buy the MC Cthulu if you have enough retro consoles.)
I have not had the issues others with Mad Catz TE’s have had with the AMD/Nividia PC’s and it’s frankly been more compatible with PC OR Mac than even my Hori joysticks! I got lucky there and picked the better third-party PCB to use across the spectrum of emulators and PC freeware games (MAME, SNESx, NEStopia, Vanguard Princess, Typhoon) that I play. So far, I’ve had no issues using my Cthulu-equipped joysticks on ANY emulator or game playable on my personal computers.
Toodles has never made a bad product that I can recall in 4 years on SRK.
The MC Cthulu is really his masterpiece, IMHO… Within two years after getting my first MC Cthulu, he added Dreamcast and Saturn support to the PCB and worked out the bugs the PCB originally had with the PS2 and (to a lesser extent) GameCube. All I had to do to add the other consoles was to reflash and update the MC Cthulu’s firmware. Nice piece of electronical engineering!