Sure, these days handheld controllers are all the rage. But back in computer gaming’s youth everything was done on a joystick. Indeed, whether it had twelve buttons and rubber suction cups underneath, or was a plain coloured knob poking out of an arcade machine; you couldn’t get anywhere in the 80’s unless you could drive stick. And surprisingly little has changed. Just look at the mini versions on your Xbox 360 or PS3 control pads. See, joysticks have still got it. But have you?
Well now you can find out with the Ultimate Capcom Vs. Marvel Arcade Stick for Xbox 360. Hailed as the ultimate piece of kit for beat ‘em up fans, this old-school button basher puts all of your controls in easy reach. Used by pro gamers and novices alike, the oversized joystick and buttons make dropping combos and making subtle movements a doddle – far easier than trying to tweak a tiny thumbstick, anyway.
Joystick, buttons and artwork
Styled on Hori’s massively popular Arcade Pro V series, this is one of the finest arcade sticks on the market. Sanwa – leading manufacturer of arcade machine parts – have kitted out the interior with their most responsive and durable hardware, including two turbo settings (10 times/sec and 20 times/sec). While Marvel and Capcom have given it their blessing by emblazoning their iconic characters across the face of it.
Short of giving change for a fiver and churning out Slush Puppies it’s the closest you can get to the original arcade experience. And it’s a superb way to get one up on your mates in any button bashing games. Now, do you side with Ryu and Ken or Spidey and Wolverine? Decisions, decisions…