Hey there guys and gals
I decided to sign up on SRK because I’m in a bit of a pickle and no one on the retro gaming forums I usually frequent had any idea what I was talking about when I tried to ask for advice on stick modding there.
To get to the point, I’m trying to set up my Wii as an emulation station for retro consoles (Atari 2600, 7800, ColecoVision, NES, SNES, and Genesis mainly) and I’d like to have an American style arcade stick setup to play these old games with. With that in mind, what I’d like to do is fit a MadCatz Tatsunoko vs Capcom fight stick (which is basically just their SE fight stick in terms of dimensions) with higher resistance concave buttons and a joystick with a similar feel to a Happ bat style stick.
At this point I’ve pretty well determined that Happ convex buttons will be too long to fit in the case, but I’m hoping these Yenox short barrel buttons with 75g Cherry microswitches will make a suitable replacement. They are 28mm and the button holes in the enclosure are 30mm, but I’m pretty sure they’ll be short enough to fit and I’m hoping that once I screw them down the 2mm of wiggle room won’t be an issue.
Now, what I really need advice on is the joystick! I was hoping to put one of these IL bat top joysticks with the addition of a universal mounting plate adapter in the enclosure, but I’m guessing that a IL or Happ Competition joystick is going to be too tall to fit in the Mad Catz TvC case.
Any suggestions for a bat top joystick with a similar feel that would fit? Or is there any easy way to mod a Japanese joystick like a Sanwa JLF to give it an old school American arcade feel? Ideally I’d like to have a purple plastic bat top on my joystick, but feel is more important than style so I’ll work with whatever the best option for giving me a classic American arcade feel would be. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!