1st post, thanks for having me this site rocks!
Background: I have wanted a good fighting stick since SFIV the 360 controller just doesn’t work, and I’d like the best I can get. I’m not hardcore tourney style but I’d play more and better with a stick. But it seems here where the snow flies, and ‘gamers’ talk about crap Wii games (I own a Wii, calm down) true gamers are left with little choice of where to shop, and worse what is stocked.
This is my thread, these are my questions…
The only place I can find with a selection of fight sticks is Amazon.ca
eb/gamestop seems useless site & store, there aren’t a lot of other game stores, if you have a suggestion I’d appreciate it.
I don’t want to order from the states because I will need to pay in US funds, pay for shipping, and be charged import taxes (it may be the same as my normal tax I’m not sure, I don’t want ‘extras’)
So I’m stuck with Amazon.ca
My choices are;
Hori fighting stick EX2 for $67.99
Tekken 6 Limited Bundle for $76.17
Hori Real arcade pro vx sa for $139.99 (Oct 11, 2010)
Mad Catz Street Fighter TE for $169.99
Pro and cons for each
EX2 Pros-inexpensive, so so reviews Cons-cheap, not easy to mod (I don’t solder, yet)
Tekken 6 LE Pros-inexpensive, stick seems decent, free game Cons-few reviews, cheap, not easy to mod
HRAP3 Pros-FULL SANWA (big plus), great reviews, not a TE Cons-more expensive, less customizable artwork/no plexi, not easy to mod (Sanwas already who cares), not a TE, doesn’t ship till Oct
Mad Catz TE Pros-Sanwas again, best reviews, easy to mod, the current ‘standard’ Cons-most expensive, ‘everyone has one’
Last option is build my own, or use one of these as a starting point for a custom stick. The EX2 and Tekken LE would be best for starting points but are less mod friendly, and may/may not fit the Sanwa parts I’d use (PCB for buttons, space for JLF sticks)
I like the HRAP and TE because they use the best parts and I’d like to have high quality products that will last, I may be tempted to mod the others to make them this good. All the Hori sticks will required soldering to mod, and at this time I don’t know how, and I would not like to destroy an expensive stick trying to mod it.
If the Street Fighter SE was sold at a decent price it would likely be my choice but thats not the case.
At this point the 3 Hori sticks are leading because of the price, but the TE is the standard to beat/match esp since it can be easily modded.
Sorry for the long post but with little options and big differences in price and quality I’m stuck and I don’t want to waste my money.
Any advice I can get would be great, I’ve been trolling and its been a huge help so far.