Hey people of SRK,
Years ago, I wrote this thread about modding a Datel Arcade Pro (remember those? ) with Sanwa parts and Bayonetta artwork.
Nothing unusual for the people here I know. But now my baby is busted - some wires came loose and I tried soldering (with bad solder skills) them back, but melted the circuit board…doh!
I tried finding a new or second-hand Datel Arcade Pro, but there doesn’t seem to be anywhere that sells it.
I really don’t want to scrap this Bayonetta stick, so I wanted to turn to the hivemind of SRK for advice.
Bearing in mind that I really like the multi-format nature of the stick, and whilst I’m not a hardcore fight game player, I’m looking forward to getting Streetfighter 5 on either Ps4 or PC (probably PS4, haven’t decided yet). Also, I’m thinking of getting a CronusMax Plus (£50) anyway so I can use my 360 wireless controllers for PS4 and a friend’s XBone, so I can use it for my arcade stick on any format as well I figure.
Also, I’m based in the UK and time-poor (full-time PhD, father to a young baby! Still want to game!).
Seems I have a few options:
- Try to replace the PCB. Looks like I might be able to do this from etokki.com. If I remember correctly, Datel Arcade Pro was similar/same as Paewang/some Mayflash sticks at the time. This PCB looks similar to what I have (ruined!):
About £45 or so including shipping I reckon.
- Buy something like the Venom stick for PS4/PC, use my Sanwa buttons (OBSF-30s) and joystick (JLF-TP-8Y-SK) in there to make it feel good, and just take a hit on losing the art. If I ever want to use it on other formats, I can use the CronusMax Plus.
More expensive - £70.
- Try and bag an old-skool tournament edition stick (price variable) which has the Sanwa parts already (although more boring artwork) and use it with the CronusMax Plus to adapt to other systems. (Small problem here actually is that it’s too big to fit in the display cabinet I have for controllers and consoles, but I’m sure I’ll find a way around that!).
Have I missed an option here? Is there a stick that you guys and girls know about that I would have missed that would help me out here? Even better - is there a PCB out there that wouldn’t require me to spend ages soldering?!
I hope you have some good advice for me. At the moment, I’m kind of leaning towards the first option - spending money to ‘refurbish’ my stick with a new PCB, but I’m open to correction and other thoughts/options.
Thanks in advance (and sorry for lengthy post - wanted to show I’d thought about it).