A Good Look at MadCatz's Street Fighter 4 Sticks

By Nick Breckon, Jan 07, 2009 3:33pm PST Peripheral designer MadCatz today announced its line of official Xbox 360/PS3 Street Fighter IV peripherals, and we have the first images of the massive pads.

The Street Fighter IV Arcade FightStick will serve as the company's entry model of fighting sticks, while the Tournament Edition--sourced directly from an arcade cabinet--will surely be sought by only the true Street Fighter diehards.

Left, the MadCatz SF IV Fightstick. Right, the Tournament Edition.
MadCatz is also manufacturing a Fightpad peripheral that resembles the shape of an Xbox 360 controller, with an arcade-style, six-button setup.

Amazon has listed the FightPad at $39.99, the FightStick at $79.99, and the deluxe Fightstick Tournament Edition at $149.99 [Thanks Brainsick]. Amazon also lists the sticks as shipping on February 20, a short time after Street Fighter IV's February 17 release.

More details on the sticks below:

Official Street Fighter IV Arcade FightStick -- Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3

Designed to offer authentic arcade style play, the Street Fighter IV Arcade FightStick offers gamers precision control and quality engineering complete with stunning official artwork. Dual-speed Turbo functionality for each button complete with LED Indicators allows gamers to execute moves with lightning speed while the eight-button Street Fighter IV arcade configuration means that those familiar with the arcade will feel instantly at home. An integrated D-Pad switch allows gamers to alternate between D-Pad and Analog Sticks for maximum control flexibility, while the ergonomic slanted top panel ensures maximum comfort during sustained play. Start and Select/Back Buttons have been moved to the rear of the FightStick thus minimizing the risk of accidental interruption during play and specially created Character Cards ship with the Arcade FightStick which insert into the top panel and display a selection of special moves.

Official Street Fighter IV Arcade FightStick: Tournament Edition -- Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3

Designed for the serious Street Fighter enthusiast, nothing brings the arcade experience closer to home than the Street Fighter IV Arcade FightStick: Tournament Edition. Overseen by Capcom and legendary producer Yoshinori Ono, the Tournament Edition features an unparalleled level of detail and uses arcade quality components. Sourced directly from arcade manufacturer Sanwa Denshi, the FightStick: Tournament Edition uses the same Japanese style ball-handled joystick and 30mm Action Buttons found in the official Street Fighter IV Vewlix arcade cabinet, marking the first time such components have been used for a commercial product outside of Japan. With the D-Pad control switch, dual Turbo functionality for each button, and exact button layout matching the Vewlix Street Fighter IV arcade panel, the FightStick: Tournament Edition delivers an experience unlike any other arcade styled controller. Complete with detailed touches such as screw on rubber feet for solid surface play, unobtrusive placement of the Start and Select/Back Buttons along with a locking mechanism preventing accidental activation of Turbo settings for tournament play, the FightStick: Tournament Edition represents the best possible choice for the hardcore and dedicated Street Fighter fan.

Official Street Fighter IV FightPad -- Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3

Ideal for gamers favoring a traditional console controller without wishing to compromise on features, the Street Fighter IV FightPad features an enlarged circular eight-way floating D-Pad and arcade style six-button configuration. An integrated D-Pad switch allows gamers to alternate between D-Pad and Analog Sticks and combined with official artwork featuring an assortment of famous Street Fighter characters, the Street Fighter IV FightPad is destined to be the controller of choice for discerning fans and those seeking a competitive advantage.

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