In a more than likely completely unsurprising move, Mad Catz has announced a line of pads and sticks that will be launching along side the hotly anticipated Street Fighter X Tekken fighting game mash-up.
The company has been on a roll in the last few years. They’ve put out several series’ of very well made (not to mention pretty) branded peripherals and controllers. These bad boys (all available in both Xbox and PS3 variety) are no exception.
“We are excited to support the Street Fighter® and Tekken® franchises with our new range of fighting game controllers.” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “Our new V.S. FightStick and FightPad demonstrate our ability to continue innovating in this category and we believe that the fighting game community will react enthusiastically to our new product designs.”
There’s a community? Huh, I didn’t even know there was a fighting game community. In any event, these pads/sticks are pretty slick, but perhaps the coolest of the bunch is the Fight Stick V.S. This particular joystick features real Sanwa Denshi parts and can actually be hooked up with a second stick (sold separately) via a special connector (also… sold separately) for a “highly realistic arcade presentation”.
That way you can sit uncomfortably close to your buddy as you beat each other’s fighter bloody! It’s just like in the arcades! Well, maybe not just like in the arcades. There usually isn’t anywhere to sit in an arcade and I’m going to wager that you don’t have odd burn marks and graffiti in your living room.
Also cool about the stick? It’s 15% smaller than past versions that Mad Catz has produced. Why is that cool? Because they did it to suit the preferences of Street Fighter creator Yoshinori Ono.