SRK Newbie Saikyo Dojo Arcade Stick FAQ (Read this before asking questions)

Famous last words from anyone who’s ever touched toxic substances. lol

Cleaning a stick is a pretty simple process. Now if your buttons feel sticky and unresponsive, THEN you might want to consider opening your case, taking apart your buttons, cleaning it, and possily adding dialectric grease. Also an easy proceed, but it’s not necessary, then don’t bother. Keep it simple.

Why aren’ t arcade sticks dual compatible with both PS3 and Xbox? Am I going to have to buy a whole nother stick just to play at certain tournaments just because I don’ t have both consoles?

Because it costs more money to buy dual-modded sticks. However, if you’ve got the cash lying around, there is a solution:

I personally recommend the Qanba. It’s $30 cheaper than the Eightarc (both of which are dual-modded for use on xbox, ps3, and PC), and is 85% identical. Qanba even helped to produce the Eightarc. Only noticeable difference is that the Eightarc has a different art design, re-located start button…that’s about it. I love my Qanba stick.

The alternative is to get your stick dual-modded. You can either do it yourself or find a modder in your local area to do it for you. Still costs money though.

Head on over to the Tech Talk section of this forum for more info on that.

Can you guys name me some good sticks between 30 - 60 bucks. I just want something cheap as to where I can decide if its for me or not with little risk. Im poor as hell right now and Im not even sure if I wanna be a stick player yet. If I like it Ill probably drop the $150 sometime down the road. Please dont turn this into a whats the best stick thread and tell me to just spend the extra off the bat because I literally cant. I just need a few examples of decent ones between the 30 - 60 dollar range. Preferrably with the 4 buttons on top and bottom as opposed to 3.

I played on the stick that came w certain bundles of tekken 6 and it seemed good…Thoughts? Also, quick opinions on tekken 6 for someone who only knows tekken from SFxT (In the past 15 years anyway)?

What about the SF4 stick from Hori thats about $40?

I always see a MvC2 stick at my local gamestop but i imagine its expensive. Curious as to what people think of it tho, if for no other reason than Im always seeing it.

Thanks in advance guys.

A cheap stick will no doubt be bad unless youre building one yourself. All you will find is frustration with crappy sticks that are even harder to be accurate with than good ones.

You’re better off trying out a stick at a store or something. If youre broke, dont be wasting money on video game crap.

Thanks.Ill check those out.

And Im not living hand to mouth lol, I just meant I dont have loot to be dropping 100+ bucks on a controller, especially when Im fairly new to them you know? Like I said I used the Tekken 6 one from I think Hori for a while and it seemed pretty good… Dont take offense when I say this, I just cant think of a better way to word it at the moment, but are you speaking as like, a stick snob or is anything less than $150 really garbage? Id be stoked to get even a year or 2 out of it just to get myself re aquianted with arcade style playing. Again, sorry if that sounded dickish, I just know alot of guys say anything less than the best is a waste, which is fine and I respect that, but it cant really be true… Theres gotta be a practical jumping off point, right?

Just keep playing on pad until you have $100 to spare. Every major there is a promo on some madcatz fightstick for $100. Having 6-8 buttons and a joystick do not make an acceptable stick and if you buy a cheap stick and you don’t already know how good your stick execution is you won’t be able to tell if you can’t do moves on a stick because of you or because of the stick. A bad stick i a waste of money.

I hope this paragraph wasn’t directed at me, since I literally did not say anything.

If you can’t afford a controller, don’t sweat it, the pad will work fine for now. However, if you feel strongly that you need a new pad or stick in order to execute better, there’s nothing with with the stuff in the $50-$100 price range. The PDP pads run even less than that, and function a lot better than your average pad. The Madcatz SE line is an excellent basic stick to start off with. If you should want to put in the high quality arcade parts that $100+ sticks have, it is VERY easy to mod the Madcatz SE in order to replace the joystick and buttons, and the cost of a brand new stick+buttons is around the $60. So, you buy a $50 stick, put in $60 worth of parts, and you spent $120 for a stick that has the same parts as a $140-$150 stick, without the badge value, or the weight of the more expensive sticks (they’re wider and heavier).

Now, if you had $150 to blow, I would HIGHLY suggest the Qanba Q4. Best value-for-money ever.

Nah the only part of that post that was directed at you was where I said thanks. And thanks again for your follow up reply. :slight_smile:

And apologies to the dude I was directing it to if I came off raw.

There’s a defined difference of quality between lower end and higher end sticks. Durability and responsiveness are night and day. So if your in the market for a stick, you may just want to save up for a TE Mad Catz or Hori


Kind of a convoluted question but I’m going to be purchasing an arcade stick soon (dual-console). I’m a big Tekken guy but I also like to do MvC,SF4,Blaz. I don’t want to be switching joysticks/gates all of the time. To play all of those games competitively (but not at tournament levels) what type of jstick would you recommend, Korean or Japanese.



Thanks for sending toward the FAQ’s… read them both. I’m probably just slow but didn’t get a clear cut answer. Just want to get peoples opinion that have tried both Korean and Japanese sticks. the $150-$200 investment isn’t an easy one for me.


Uhhh…you’re not really playing competitively if you’re not gonna go as far as you can go at some point. Well, whatever. The two topics above basically cover what you want to know, and it’s really down to your preferences. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go into much detail about Korean products on the first page of those topics. The easiest option (probably the most affordable too) is the Omni, but since you’re a Tekken player at heart, I don’t know if I should recommend Japanese or Korean parts. Apparently, Korean sticks are generally not as loose as Japanese ones are and the buttons require a bit more pressure (as in if you feather buttons, the risk of accidental presses goes down.) Korean sticks generally don’t use square gates either afaik. This can be nice for non-fighter use, especially shmups (personally, I can’t stand the default TE parts with Mushihime-sama Futari on 360.)

More of an issue with that though is that the Omni is basically fucking awesome compared to buying two TEs and modding them yourself, and I don’t see it in stock anywhere.

Breaker, thanks for taking the time to respond… makes a lot of sense.

Easiest and most affordable is the Omni? Are we looking at different sticks? Because the Omni is like $195. If so, who in their right mind would buy this? Just get the Qanba Q4. By FAR it’s the best value-for-money stick on the market.

Just stick with Japanese parts. They’re good for any variety of games and come with a variety of gate options if you want to switch. They’re the most widely used and popular arcade stick parts for a reason.

Eltrouble - thanks for the feedback… much appreciated.

Really, I started out on Japanese parts. They’re pretty solid. But my game actually leveled up markedly when I switched to Korean parts.

It does take a learning curve to get used to without the gates. But it was negligible for me. Maybe one or two days and my play was already good. Maybe I’m biased, but give me a Myoungshin Fanta and crown buttons over a JLF, or even my previously favored LS-32, and OBSFs any day. That’s with every game I play. I also play Tekken and when you’ve played it on both, you’ll understand why the preferred hardware for the game is Korean.

And as far as SF4 plinking goes regarding the sensitivity of Korean parts. Yes, crown buttons are less sensitive than OBSFs, but they are far more sensitive than my previous Seimitsu buttons. I have zero problems plinking or anything on K-parts.

Actually, my accuracy in inputs is markedly better on Korean parts. For whatever reason, I was not doing hazanshu cancels from crouching position in SF4 on Seimitsu parts. I would get accidental inputs, including ones that would instead net me SBKs, I have never had an accidental SBK on a Fanta.

So yeah, maybe it’s biased, but I definitely feel Korean parts are better.

The Brawl sticks aren’t that bad for $35 shipped on Amazon. The parts obviously aren’t as good and the stick itself is significantly smaller than a full-priced stick, but it should be sufficient to decide whether or not you like playing on stick, and upgrading it is simple.