I now own two Hori sticks, the Tekken 4 and the Hori Fighting Stick 3. The standard Japanese button layout puzzles me. Who twists their hand 30 degrees to the right to push the buttons? The natural position for the hand should be 30 degrees to the LEFT, not right. Is Japanese anatomy different? It got me thinking what my personal idea of the ideal button layout should be. Armed with a compass, some paper, a scanner, my right hand, and Photoshop, this is what I came up with:
The top 4 buttons would be ABCD for SNK games. The bottom left thumb button and the first two in the top row would be G, P and K respectively for Virtua Fighter, the cluster of six in the middle for Capcom fighters, and the left four for Tekken. If you view the image at 90 DPI, the buttons should be actual size (30mm).