I’ve had the urge to create a stick for Brawl for a while now, and I finally have a plan. Ideally something like the Hori Wii stick would work, but it has a Classic Controller PCB. It’s impossible to map directional movements to a d-pad for all of the Brawl compatible control setups except for the Wii Remote without nunchuck.
So, first and foremost the stick either has to have an analog arcade stick (I don’t even think these exist and if they do it seems like it would be harder to wire than a normal stick), or to use the Wii Remote PCB. I’m gonna go with the Wii Remote PCB, which I thought might be limiting at first but in reality has more than enough inputs:
I’m thinking of matching them up something like this:
Seems simple enough so far, right? The taunt button would be off to the side using the pictured 18mm pushbutton. Home and pause would probably also use the 18 mm button and be placed somewhere out of the way. I’m thinking Happ for the main attack buttons, and the case itself will probably be very compact and slim. As a side effect of using the Wii Remote’s PCB, the stick will be wireless, so it would be nice for it to stay small.
The only part I am undecided on is the stick itself, due to what is easily the stupidest part of this project. If you notice in the mock up of how the buttons will be mapped, I have Shield (“B”) on the stick. I think it would be cumbersome to have Shield be next to the other attack buttons since its so frequently used for dodging/throws, so I’d like to rig up a button on top of the joystick itself like this:
This way, dodging would be a matter of pressing down with your left thumb and flicking the stick, as well as being able to throw while dashing forward by tapping the stick and then pressing down with your left thumb and hitting the attack button.
So, does anyone actually make/sell an 8 way directional bat top stick with a small button on top? Obviously if one exists it wouldn’t be by Sanwa/Seimetsu/Happ, so quality might be an issue. Since one does most not likely exist, is it technically possible to be able to wire a small button on top of a Happ stick by drilling up through the middle?
Outside of the potential hardware impossibilities, does anyone see any gameplay problems that could arise from that setup? I know this seems like a lot of work for a game that won’t even benefit from using a stick, but I think it would be a fun/interesting side project.