Hopefully we aren’t breaking any rules by posting this here but we thought some of you may be interested in this.
William “Semi” Johnson is a fighting game enthusiast (like all of you) and used to frequent fighting game tournaments. He was actually among the best Soul Calibur 2 players in the country and part of the famous (or infamous) “Lakewood Crew”.
William noticed that with current joystick designs there was a bit of a design issue that many of us have to deal with. When a Sanwa button goes out on a current Joystick it usually means having to pop open a top and removing the bad button by using some type of screw mechanism, disconnecting and reconnecting wires, and sometimes even using tools. During a tournament situation this could be entirely too time consuming. We’ve seen it happen before and its not pretty.
This inspired William to design something that would make changing buttons become much easier. The result of his work is the MARK1 arcade controller. The MARK1 features an eject mechanism for each Sanwa button. If a button goes out all the user has to do is eject it and then plug in a new button. It is that simple.
William would like to mass produce this joystick and has turned to kickstarter to help raise the funds.
We would appreciate your support by helping us spread the word on this or pledging if you are interested in the MARK1. If you have any questions or feedback please post it in this thread or you can reach out to us on twitter our handle is @PrimeMk1.