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8BitDo's New Arcade Stick Is Quite Charming

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The fine folks at 8BitDo sure know how to put together attractive controllers. This is their new arcade stick for the PC and Nintendo Switch. It’s super-moddable, supports wired and Bluetooth connections, has easy button mapping, and even has a turbo function. All that tech, yet it still looks like a time traveller from the NES days.

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The $90 8BitDo arcade stick is built for PC or Switch fighting game fans who want ultimate control over their controller. If they want to tear it open and replace all the parts, they can do that. If they want to download some software and remap everything, fine, get on in there. The universal mounting plate supports Sanwa, Seimitsu, Happ, and IL stick bits.

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It caters for folks who might need to switch the stick from left to right analog functionality. There’s a switch for that. One of a couple switches, the other swapping between Nintendo Switch input and PC input.

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I play quite a few fighting games on my PC, but I already have a go-to arcade stick. I don’t play many fighting games on my Switch. The 8BitDo Arcade Stick might not be for me.

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Then again, it’s very pretty. Decisions, decisions.

Kotaku elder, lover of video games, keyboards, toys, snacks, and other unsavory things.

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DISCUSSION

TheSadClown
Nightshift Nurse

The quality of 8bitdo’s products frequently leaves a lot to be desired. (Their wireless Turbografx-16 pad is a goddamn travesty.)

In my experience, their controllers run a gamut from ‘ok, but not great’ to ‘utter shit’. Never have I owned one that can be comfortably described as a well made controller. And yet, people stan for 8bitdo like it’s Elon Musk. I think it’s due primarily to the fact that they were the first, and for a while only, company producing retro pads for PC that were consistently better (though only slightly) than the garbage tier to which most were accustomed.

At any rate, I’d caution anyone considering either this stick or any of their other products to do a little research first. And do your damnedest to avoid paying the full MSRP. In 8bitdo’s case it’s rarely worth it.