What is an arcade fight stick?
An arcade fight stick is a controller with a joystick and a six or eight-button layout similar to an arcade machine but designed for use in the home. Generally, the controller is much larger than most modern standard controllers that come with a console.
Are Fighting games easier with an arcade stick? If you are used to using a traditional controller, there is a definitely learning curve. Most modern games will not make use of an arcade fight stick as it does not have the same button configuration. 2D fighting games are one of the few exceptions in modern games. 2D platform games also work well with arcade fight sticks.
Mayflash Arcade Fightstick F101
At about $40, the Mayflash F101 is one of the cheapest arcade sticks on the market. Not wanting to invest a lot, I did a lot of research to get the best bang for my buck. After receiving the joystick, I am overjoyed with my purchase. It is quite sturdy in comparison to similarly priced arcade sticks. The buttons are not as stiff as I’d like but they work well and are very responsive.
Are fighting sticks worth it?
Anything that you are interested in is “worth it.” Aside from fight games, any arcade games are fun with an arcade fight stick. If you like old-school games such as Atari collections, Neo Geo games, NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and arcade collections will all work well with an arcade fight stick. Most of the games I’ve tried with the Mayflash instantly recognized and worked flawlessly. If there is one drawback, it would say that it is the setup. Because the F101 is designed to work with PC and all modern consoles, you have to select the correct settings before you start for the controller to work properly.
How long do arcade sticks last?
Arcade fight sticks generally last longer than a traditional controller. Most have buttons and joysticks that can be replaced or upgraded to better parts further extending the life of the controller.
If you are in the market for an arcade stick and have no idea which one to buy, the Mayflash F101 is the one to get. The quality is good and the price is excellent. The buttons and joystick are both upgradeable allowing you to double the value of your stick when the time is right. If you have experiences the Mayflash F101 or any arcade stick or you have a question feel free to leave it in the comments below.