I just got myself a WWE Brawl Stick for $30 on Amazon and I’d like to switch out the controls. (Incidentally, wow — that MadCatz clone stick is just awful. Mine had an issue with a washer inside the stick which I hear is quite common, and even after gluing it on, the stick still feels “chunky” and unresponsive, especially in the diagonals. And my only frame of reference is my MadCatz TE stick, which I’ve only been using for a couple of weeks. I’d always assumed that a novice like me would never be able to tell the difference between a good stick and a budget stick, but it’s really quite obvious!)
Now, I’m a heavy shoot-em-up and sidescroller player, and my current TE stick isn’t really suited for that. (Have you ever played Metal Slug with Sanwa parts? It’s a pretty miserable experience!) I figure I’ll probably keep my TE the way it is for fighting games and mod the WWE for general, non-competitive arcade gameplay.
I really like clicky, tactile, American-style buttons. In fact, they’re probably one of my favorite reasons for playing arcade games! Unfortunately, from what I understand, the standard Happ/IL buttons are just a bit too long to fit into my case. Are there any shorter clicky buttons out there (that won’t break after a month of use)? Or alternatively, can the Happ/IL buttons be “trimmed”? (I don’t want to mod my actual case just to get some buttons in there.)
I hear that Seimitsu sticks are pretty good for shoot-em-ups. I might go for the LS-32, but I’ve also been thinking about getting a “heavier” stick, like the bat-top sticks in American Metal Slug cabinets. Are there any heavier Sanwa/Seimitsu sticks, and will I have to get extra parts to make them compatible with my case? (Happ sticks are too big to fit into a WWE/SE case, right?)
Eventually, I’d like to be able to add PS3 (+other?) support to my stick. Am I correct in understanding that Toodles’ Chimp will work here? (And the Kitty won’t work, correct?)
In case I decide to go with the LS-32, where can I get an octagonal restrictor for it?