|Ascii Stick - PC-Engine: A Clone of the NES Advantage?|
|Genesis Arcade Power Stick|
During the 4th generation of consoles, most shooters for had rapid fire by default, lessening the need for a turbo function. The Genesis Arcade Power Stick was designed with the same ideology that carried the Genesis to success. It was large, built for adult hands, emphasizing that Sega was the next step after kids have grown out of Nintendo. The balltop is at least twice as large as on the NES Advantage, more akin to an actual arcade joystick. There is a comfortable grove for the left hand, although its not really necessary - probably more for aesthetics than purpose. It has a decent weight as well, and
|Genesis Arcade Power Stick, now with 6 buttons|
|The SNES Super Advantage|
The SNES Super Advantage was manufactured by Asciiware, as this time it says so right on the front. This suggests that Asciiware was also responsible for the NES Advantage, since the legacy is there and the build characteristics of the Super Advantage and NES Advantage are similar. This is another solid stick, and has many of the same attributes that the prior sticks mentioned have. I don't use it as much for some reason. Maybe because there aren't a lot of shoot'em ups on the SNES, and if I want to play Street Fighter I play it on the Saturn. Nonetheless, it has good build quality.
|Hori Fighting Stick Multi - PC-Engine, Genesis, SNES|
|Add captionVirtua Stick (Japanese)|
|Hori Fighting Stick SS - Saturn|
|Virtua Stick (HSS-0136) - Saturn|
|Hori Fighting Stick PS - Playstation and PS2|
The Playstation had its fair share of fighting games, and so arcade sticks are necessary here as well. Playing fighting games with the Playstation controllers is an exercise in frustration, in my opinion. The analog sticks are excellent for what they are designed for; which is not 2D gaming. The D-pad is an abomination, a shoddy design to get around the existing patents that other consoles have on superior designs. To play any fighting game on the original Playstation or PS2, a stick is necessary. There were a lot of sticks made, but the Hori Fighting Stick PS is the one I prefer for Playstation 1-2. It is a replica of the Fighting Stick SS shown above, and identical in every sense sans color scheme. While not at good as the Virtua Stick (HS-0136), it is the best mid-tier option. I have seen pictures of a Playstation 2 Virtua Stick, but they are are exceedingly rare, and thus priced to match. These appear to be the same build as the Virtua Stick (HS-0136), with a different color scheme. I can only imagine that it feels just as good. There were a few Mad Catz sticks produced as well, but I can't speak to those.
Ascii Arcade Stick (modded with Sanwa parts) - Dreamcast
So there are are the arcade sticks I have for retro consoles. Some are integral to the experience of the particular consoles, some aren't. Either way they are collectable and fun to play around with.
I have thought about getting a modern stick for newer consoles. Although I don't play them nearly as much, when I do I want the same tight control as an arcade would have. If anyone else is interested I ran across this site that reviews modern arcade sticks.