I have just bought an acade cabinet and am looking for replacement joysticks/buttons.
I am very interested in ultimarc’s analogue ultrastick (in fact I am one click away from ordering 2 of them).
What interests me the most is that ultimarc claim that this stick covers all bases…
“No need for any other stick as the UltraStik can operate in ANY mode, 4-way, 8-way, 2-way, 45 degree mode or any special mode you wish to define.”
It has a usb connection for analogue control and also has microswitches for conventional use. So, the important part is, when configured correctly in mame, street fighter games (and any non-analogue games) will simply just use the microswitches and the analogue control would only be available for the times it would be usefull.
I have one concern though. This will be my first time using japanese joysticks/buttons (I previously used an x-arcade) and I’m a little worried that using these ultrasticks will spoil the experience. I would love to go for the popular sanwa or Seimitsu models. According to ultramarc, these analogues will be just as good when used in digital mode, but will they really?
I also notice that ultimarc don’t say who manufactures their parts. They just say things like “genuine japanese parts”. Are ultimarc’s sticks cheap knock-offs or are they as good as sanwa/seimetsu?
While I’m at it, I’m also interested in their crome rimmed white buttons as I can’t find any sanwa/seimetsu alternatives, again, will utimarc’s buttons do the job as well as s/s ones would?
I need to get a j-pac for my jamma cabinet and I don’t know of anywhere to get one other than ultimarc, so I will be buying from there - so to save shipping costs, it would be nice to order some joysticks & buttions from them too.
forgot to mention, I have also looked at the seimitsu ls-64. But I cannot find any information about it other than the fact it is an analogue stick. I think the microswitch-only mode is an important feature of ultimarcs (plus also the fact that restrictor plates can be attached). The seimitsu is a bit more pricey but is it a jack of all trades like the ultrastick apparently is??