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Handmade SFIV Sticks Don't Skimp On The Heavy Stuff

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Mekishiko916 likes Street Fighter, and is handy with circuits and a soldering iron. Combining those two, he's come up with these amazing hand-made arcade sticks that aren't just heavy-duty, they're wireless as well.

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Being a patriot, he eschews Japanese components in favour of American HAPP parts (though you can ask for Seimetsu/Sanwa parts if you're picky), and there are two variants available, a Ryu and an Akuma.

The sticks are for the 360, and include a rechargeable pack that can be juiced from your console's USB port. And finally, for that extra touch of old-school authenticity, he's measured the exact dimensions of the button layout from the old SFII arcade cabinets and replicated them on the surface of these sticks.

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Being hand-made, they're not cheap, with both going for $190. But hey, for a hand-made, wireless controller, that's not too bad.

Illustration for article titled Handmade SFIV Sticks Dont Skimp On The Heavy Stuff

Mekishiko916 @ Etsy [Etsy, via technabob]

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DISCUSSION

This stick isn't terrible, it isn't exceptional, but it isn't terrible.

The fact that it uses superior happs parts gives it a leg up over the crappy hand-made "rice burner" sticks though. Happs sticks are completely indestructable and they've been used in american arcades since the pacman days for this very reason. If you ever played street fighter (any version) in an american arcade then these are the EXACT controls you played it on.