If you’re an avid gamer who can’t get enough of the fighting game genre, then you’re also a pretty hardcore follower of the FGC.
Whether it be through Twitch live streams and YouTube highlights, the internet is a wild world that’s filled with footage of pro fighting game players and the game they’ve mastered. Most pro FGC members compete with the one tool we’ve all come and recognize – an arcade stick. This list is packed with 10 of the best arcade sticks that are currently on the market.
If you’re ready to hop into EVO or some other major FGC tourney, then make sure you have one of these legit arcade sticks.
10. Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade FightStick – Tournament Edition 2 – Xbox One
If you treat your Xbox One like a Killer Instinct machine, then this is the arcade stick that was made solely for your enjoyment. It not only sports some official video game artwork, it also features the familiar Japanese-style SANWA Denshi joystick/button layout. As far as next-gen console arcade sticks go, Mad Catz’s Xbox One fight stick is the way to go.
9. HORI Fighting Stick VX – Xbox 360/PS3
This HORI arcade stick is the cheaper option for beginners who’re looking to delve into pro fighting game playing. For just $70 or a much lesser asking price, you’ll get this somewhat simple looking joystick. It comes with just six buttons and two turbo settings, but it still performs like many other top-quality arcade sticks.
8. HORI Real Arcade Pro: EX Premium VLX – Xbox 360/PS3
This arcade sticks comes in at a longer length than some of the other offerings on this list. The red face plate skin should make Taito Vewlix F arcade setup enthusiasts very happy. It also features the SANWA Denshi joystick/button layout, which makes this stick the best of both worlds.
7. Mad Catz Street Fighter X Tekken Arcade FightStick V.S. – Xbox 360/PS3
This Street Fighter X Tekken-branded fight stick is a lit bit heavier and larger than more sticks, but it’s still one of the best ones you could buy. There’s plenty of space on the top of this controller that will allow you to go crazy with your hand’s button inputs. One of Japan’s best FGC members, Daigo Umehara, has thrown his approval behind this one. That should be all the reason to get this joystick.
6. Razer Atrox Arcade Stick – Xbox 360
Razer’s pretty knowledgeable about the world of PC gaming, but they also have some expertise when it comes to console peripherals. The SANWA Denshi button layout is instantly familiar and comfortable to use and the panel can be popped open with the push of a button. It looks pretty sleek, so you have an arcade sticks that has the looks and mechanics needed to make it awesome.