I’d like to present my newest expression…
The RAGE Pad
Featuring unique color and material combinations with insane style inspired by the gaming era of the 90s, The RAGE Pad is an arcade-styled fight stick controller. It houses six 30mm pushbuttons and a joystick in the top acrylic plate, system buttons and connection port in the body inlet, and the controller PCB and wiring inside. The RAGE Pad is a “purist”, 6-button case that is compact in overall size yet spacious in all the right areas with a built-in carrying handle. The SuperHex textured body provides great grip and a stunning visual appeal while the base features a supple vinyl with excellent gripping properties and a comfort that will make you smile!
The RAGE Pad comes as a DIY case. No buttons, joystick, or PCB are included. You get to choose your own unique colorway from the options listed below as well as the layout for the system buttons and connection port. A matching acrylic dustwasher and stainless steel hardware is included for chassis bolts and joystick mounts. Also included is the stock “RAGE Pad” logo artwork which can be used as a template to cut your own personalized artwork.
Choose from 4 unique, light reactive acrylic top colors, 4 SuperHex textured body colors, and an oh-my-goodness-this-feels-amazing base in black or white to create your own unique RAGE Pad!
Acrylic Top Colors
Blaze (Hot Red/Pink)
Electric Slide (Orange)
SuperHex Metallic Body Colors
Vinyl Base Colors
There are two different joystick mounting arrays that you can choose from
The stock joystick mounting array on The RAGE Pad fits a standard JLF/Seimitsu joystick or any others that utilize the 4 corner mounts that match those sticks. An alternative joystick mounting array can be chosen for Korean Joysticks such as the Taeyoung and Myoungshin. The maximum depth of any joystick to fit in The RAGE Pad is 1.5" (38mm) including mounting plate.
There are four options to choose from for the button layout
Rising Fury 6-button
Japanese Arcade 6-button
Namco Noir 6-button
Namco Noir 8-button
I recommend Sanwa and Seimitsu screw-type buttons for optimal mounting through the thick acrylic plate (any 30mm screw-type buttons will fit). Snap-in style can work, but the pressure tabs do not lock and can become damaged from being fully depressed. Please note that the maximum depth inside the case is 1.5" so take that into account when choosing your buttons to mount into The RAGE Pad.
The original design “Rising Fury” allows greater spacing between the joystick and buttons as well as a golden curved rising button array. This layout offers a nice width and the largest palm resting area of the different options. In my opinion, this button array suits a more “emotionally outburstful” type of gameplay where the arm, hand, and fingers can swing more freely.
The next layout is the “Japanese Arcade” 6-button standard configuration. The buttons are closely fit and form equilateral triangles and a square. This layout is excellently balanced with The RAGE Pad and features a nice palm resting area. In my opinion, this array suits a crafted, controlled player with tight spacing for quick response.
Up next is the “Namco Noir” layout which seems to be derived from the Sega arcade cabinet layouts with some nuances. The joystick placement is widened to 95mm and the buttons feature slightly more space between them. I think that the 6 button array fits nicely with The RAGE Pad although there is less palm space than with the other layouts featured. In my opinion, this array offers a comfortable spacing with refined curvature that fits players with a uniquely tuned style.
And finally, for all you 8-button fanatics out there, I was able to fit the “Namco Noir” 8-button layout onto The RAGE Pad. In my opinion, I feel that this layout creates a slight imbalance with The RAGE Pad’s sizing, but now there’s an option if 8 buttons are a must.
The system button and connection port inlet is customized per order. 24mm is the maximum diameter I recommend for this area, but I can also do custom sizes as well as bolt holes for a connection port such as the Neutrik USB passthrough. If you have any questions regarding this section or layout possibilities, please ask and I will go over all the possible options.
Length = 16.25”
Width = 7.5”
Height = 2.0625” (1.5” Internal)
Wiring is an art as we all know and wiring up the RAGE Pad requires a thoughtful approach. For the most elegant solution, I recommend installing a 12 pin “mini-pin” molex style plug between the top plate and the PCB. 7 pins for the main buttons and 5 pins for the joystick. Obviously, if you have LEDs or auxiliary outputs for your buttons and joystick, you will need a plug with more pins. Or, you don’t even have to wire in a molex plug, just go straight wire if you like!
I will be offering full builds and custom artwork options soon, but full builds take time and are always unique per owner so I will only take them on in a limited quantity.
Each RAGE Pad is hand-crafted, by yours truly, right here in Salt Lake City, USA with unreasonable levels of detail and quality!
Please check out my Etsy shop where you can create and purchase your very own colorway!
SRK, use code FDDFP for $15 off.
Thank you for your interest and I look forward to RAGING out your new RAGE Pad!