Again, Mad Catz has provided serious gamer with a peripheral that brings the street arcade gaming experience into your living room through their latest creation: The Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Arcade Fightstick made especially for the Wii.  This fightstick is specially designed to work side by side with the latest installment of fighting game, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.

Again, Mad Catz has provided serious gamer with a peripheral that brings the street arcade gaming experience into your living room through their latest creation: The Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Arcade Fightstick made especially for the Wii.  This fightstick is specially designed to work side by side with the latest installment of fighting game, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars. 

Although Tasunoko vs. Capcom Ultimate All-Stars focuses on a simplified fighting control scheme that will grant any player the ability to easily use special moves like Hadoken and Shoryuken, but the veteran fighting game players can still play this game through traditional control scheme by doing special moves through a combination of directional movements and button combinations.  For the demanding veteran fighting game players who demands quick responses and accuracy when playing this game, they might turn to the Nintendo Classic Controller or the Nintendo Gamecube Wavebird Controller for a better overall experience.  Still, these cramped control layouts of these controllers can limit the true potential of gamers when compared to playing on an arcade cabinet.  This is where the Mad Catz Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Fightstick truly shines.

     

Upon inspection, this Madcatz Fightstick is constructed with the same Sanwa joystick and button hardware found on the full size arcade cabinet.  This gives any gamer the true feel of the real arcade experience with its solid construction.  Weighing in at approximately 4lbs with its rubber feet on the bottom, this fightstick will sit steadily on a flat surface while you are mashing down on the buttons.   With the authentic artwork of characters from Capcom and Tasunoko, any owner of this peripheral will be prideful in showing off this piece of hardware.   Apart from the superb hardware and aesthetic appeal, Mad Catz has some brought some additional special features to this fightstick to enhance the fighting game experience.  Through a toggle switch on the upper left hand corner, players can easily change the fightstick to fuction as a left or right thumbstick or as the controller D-pad.  The start and select button has been moved from the front of the fightstick to prevent from accidental pressing during combat.  Also, a lock switch has been provided to disable the control panel turbo and home button during gameplay.  Through the turbo button, each button on the fightstick can be programmed with two different turbo speeds.

   

When playing Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Ultimate All-Stars on the Wii, this fightstick made the game control and special moves feel easy.  The three main attack buttons and the partner switch buttons are blue colored for easy identification when trying out special moves.  The spacing between buttons seems just right, where placing your fingers on each button does not seem too wide apart or too cramped.  All the special moves for each in game character do not seem particularly difficult to perform through this arcade stick.  Besides being able perform Ryu’s Shoryuken and Alex’s Power Bomb with ease, even the mid air moves like Ken the Eagle’s Bird Shoot or Viewtiful Joe’s Voomerang were easily achieved.  Moreover, Chun-Li’s Hyakuretsu Kyaku (Hundred Rendering Kicks) seems to be easily performed with the large sized Sanwa buttons and layout.  The Mad Catz Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Arcade Fightstick is a marvelous piece of companion peripheral that will truly unleash the full gaming experience to the latest fighting Wii game, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Ultimate All-Stars.

 

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