With some of the best ever fighting games series such as Street Fighter, Tekken and King of Fighters gushing out from game developers, you need some of the most suitable arcade fighting sticks controller to give you the nostalgic feeling like the good old days back in the 80s and 90s when arcade gaming arena fighting games was at it’s peak.
Which are some of the best arcade fight sticks in the gaming community right now? We give you a breakdown.
Mayflash F500 Arcade Fight Stick for PS4/PS3/XBOX ONE/XBOX 3600/PC/Android
Pros: Cheap and good + an interestingly improved surface deco design over its predecessor
Cons: Overall feel and touch quality on the lower end
If this is your first ever arcade controller stick, I suggest you look at this Mayflash F500 Arcade Fight Stick. A great improvement over it’s previous F300 design, not only can Mayflash F500 be used across platforms and consoles, the price is definitely worth your first try. But if you are looking for better arcade fight stick experience, this may not be the one for you.
Qanba Drone Joystick for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 and PC (Fighting stick) Officially Licensed Sony Product
Pros: Good enough for it’s economic price + Light
Cons: Not really that suitable for larger hands
The new kid on the block hailing from asia. This entry level Drone Joystick deserve it’s relatively good ratings. The stick is smooth and responsive enough, although for its price you can’t really expect top-notch casing finish.
If you prefer the higher premium level of fight stick controller, go for the Qanba Q4 Q4RAF, where the joystick and buttons come from Sanwa.
HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC & HORI Real Arcade Pro V Kai Fighting Stick for Xbox One, Xbox 360, & Windows PC
Pros: Long wires + mid-tier pricing + additional toggle switches smartly located at the side, making the surface simple and clean
Cons: Slightly light weighted with plastic feel casing
One of the market leaders in the world of gaming controllers, Hori has been in the gaming controller market for as long as we had our console games. Originated out of Japan and have been a partner to many of the premier game developers such as Capcom, Konami, Namco-Bandai, Sega, and Square Enix, you know they can do no wrong.
Not sure if they took leaflet out of iPhone design or what, but Hori’s developers expertly situated the toggle buttons at the side of the controller, making the top fully focus on just the few key buttons that is required to kick your opponent’s b***.
Mad Catz Street Fighter V Arcade FightStick TE2+ for PlayStation4 and PlayStation3
Pros: Solid surface quality and size + Appealing Surface
Cons: Not really cheap for the quality
Tied up with Capcom (developer of Street Fighter fighting game) to manufacture limited fighting sticks controllers for Street Fighter. Of course, they don’t sell just on what is on the surface of the arcade stick controller. Their parts are sourced from the famed Sanwa, the fight stick also allows the easy to modify and flexible customization with just a press of the button.
Casing is highly durable and the excellent measured weight of the box allows you to have the actual arcade fighting stick movements and sensitivity.
Razer Atrox Arcade Stick and Gaming Controller Designed for Xbox One
Pros: Excellent touch and feel + Internal compartments for easy storage when travelling
Cons: Sorry Playstation fans, Razer Atrox Arcade Stick only for Xbox users
Razer is renowned within the gaming committee for its relentless pursuit of gaming control perfection, as expected for a company that creates controllers for professional gamers. This Razer Atrox Arcade Stick and Gaming Controller is no different. Absolutely stunning in both design and utilization. Every turn of the controller and push of the button, you can feel the work and effort of Razer’s engineers and designers into this well-established arcade stick.
When you use this Razer Atrox Arcade Stick, you will finally understand why there are throngs of crowd at their San Francisco retail shop. It’s not a budget controller, but it’s not priced out of market either.
Hey, as their company logo put it, this arcade stick controller is for gamers, by gamers, after all.
HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai Fight Stick King of Fighters XIV Edition for PS 4 & PS 3
Pros: Reminds you of the familiar KOF touch + excellent spacing of buttons
Cons: Sorry Xbox fans, PS fan rejoice here
Although Street Fighter is the grandaddy of all fighting games, my first taste of fight sticks came only during the King of Fighters Neo Geo console era, the first of the fighting games that allow you to select a team of 3 for duels. The Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting crossover consist of tonnes of characters each with their special combo final move fully maximises the Fight Stick, making this version especially memorable given that KOF King of Fighters XIV is one of the best ever fighting game in the series.