Stick for Mame


#1

Hi, I’m looking to get a stick for a PC to play Mame on. I’ve read on here that the x-arcade products are lousy for fighting games, but they’re ok for Mame. I do like the 2 player side-by-side controllers for that arcade feel (although the button layout does suck). My question is whether there are alternatives that I should consider. I am willing to spend more $75/controller if the additional quality/accuracy is worth it.

I read in the “WHAT STICK/CONTROLLER SHOULD I BUY?” thread that the Mad Catz SE series $59.99 is a good. However, I’m not sure if they would work well with Mame on a PC. Also, I haven’t been able to find them at the price mentioned.

Thanks. :slight_smile:


#2

Do you want American style controls, or Japanese? Are you willing to build an enclosure?


#3

Thanks for the reply. American.

Most likely I won’t be building an enclosure. I’m horrible with tools, but my dad has his own wood workshop in his garage with various tools/saws/etc. If it’s not too much work for him, I may be ok with asking him. Otherwise, I’d just rather buy one already put together.


#4

The only stick I know of that uses Happ/iL style sticks are the Nubytech SF 15th anniversary or the MK ones.
I have one with Happ/iL and a ps360+ pcb. It works great on PC and it is pretty beefy. (Big)
You should be able to find one second hand somewhere.


#5

There aren’t many off the shelf American style arcade controllers on the market at this point. Fortunately for you, building a panel for American style controls is comparatively easy due to the parts being designed for thick wooden panels, not to mention cheaper (at least for the levers themselves). I would recommend using iL parts (rather than modern Happ parts or some other knockoff) and an I-pac/mini pac (assuming you go with a 2 player build). Lots of useful information here: http://slagcoin.com/joystick.html


#6

After googling and ebaying i couldn’t find any used Nubytech sticks for sale.

I’ll talk with my dad about getting his help to build one. Is there a place that has shopping list for the buttons, board, stick, etc? I’m guessing the kits I found on ebay aren’t ideal:


If it’s too much work, I may just get the x-arcade.


#7

Paradise Arcade shop


#8

If you only want MAME, i would got with an Ultimarc Ultrastik. You get the feel of a US stick with the quality of a Japanese stick. The PCB can connect and control up to 8 buttons and the lever is a completely customizable Hall effect lever.


#9

He should be able to crank out the case in less than an hour and you could spend several days on the painting while the parts arrive.


#10

Looks like those kits have Chinese buttons and levers, I’d avoid them.


#11

BTW don’t buy the x-arcade. Find a stick builder near you. You can get a lot more controller for the same amount of money.