Silver Flash 100/100
Custom all sanwa stick with optical sanwa flash + octagon gate makes both 2d and 3d games a breeze for me. Custom art and silver pearl paint job also makes this one a real eye catcher. The case is small yet heavy so it doesn’t move around on me at all and overall I prefer this stick over my others because of its portability and versatility. The nice thing is it also has a toggle switch to swap button configs and I can easily swap the gate for a square one. The bottom is also see through for an extra coolness factor.
Pelican Real Arcade Universal 60/100
It gets the job done but the parts are poor quality arcade clones. The joystick is comparable to the x-arcade, both of which seem to be happ super clones just not as good, but my biggest gripe is that the buttons are stiff and will often stick, at least mine did anyway. All my problems with this stick is what eventually got me into building my own.
New Ditty 95/100
Custom art on all 5 sides + Happ p360 with competition buttons. I use this one all the time on 2d games and I almost never miss a move and when I do, I know its by my error so I have no real complaints about this one. I think it plays perfectly but I like to do little “tweaks” here and there to make sure all my sticks play up to their potential anyway.
Soul’z Calibur 100/100 (for soul calibur only)
I swear this is the sickest stick I’ve ever used on soul calibur 2, everything about it is perfect for that game. Sanwa JLW with custom octagon gate + sanwa buttons along with custom art on top, back, and sides. It’s a specialized stick, so it can only really be used for the game it was made for since it lacks the rest of the buttons for other stuff. I know this should knock my rating down quite a bit, but since it’s so superb at soul calibur and because that’s my main game I just feel that it deserves a perfect score since I’ve racked more playing time on this one than any of my other sticks.
DC Agetec 75/100
Nice stick, this is an “as is” rating but with a swapped pcb and sanwa components it’d be even better.
Yellow Namco 80/100
Good stick and pretty durable. The small size makes it a good tournament stick and even though the parts are decent they can be swapped for better.
Xbox Nuby Stick 5/100
Complete crap, steer clear of this thing. The joystick broke after a day of my nephew mashing on it, but the stick was never very responsive to begin with so I just tossed it to the side and let the neighborhood kids have their way with it.
SC2 Hori 70/100
An okay stick, but I hate how close the joystick is to the buttons. The button layout isn’t the best when it comes to other games, but my real complaint is that the parts don’t seem to be very durable and the case is just too light.
Hori Real Arcade Pro 80/100
I have a friend with one of these. The joystick itself is good, being that it is an actual sanwa jlf, the buttons aren’t sanwa but they’re still pretty decent. It’s just that the overall design is just too “clunky”. The thing is big in areas where it doesn’t need to be, as a builder I believe in efficiently using space but this stick, for its size, shouldn’t have the sel/start buttons situated so close to the action buttons. Once again Hori likes having the joystick right next to the buttons instead of using that extra space on the left side and moving it over about 1-2 inches, the joystick is also mounted a little too low. The stick is good, don’t get me wrong, I’m just not fond of the design…at all.
Old Red Octane 30/100
This is the one with the generic white clicky buttons and the long ball top Japanese joystick clone. The case is great for modding into your own personal custom stick. The joystick isn’t accurate and the buttons just feel cheap. I messed around and tweaked the joystick a little but in the end this stick just isn’t very good.
Happ cloned parts, and way too expensive. The stick is okay the buttons are okay, but the button layout is pretty odd though. Overall it’s a mediocre stick that should cost half the price, it’s parts are comparable to the ones used in the pelican real arcade sticks.