Hands-On With New MadCatz FightSticks At CES 2010


Posted January 8, 2010 - By bleahy

Hands-On With New MadCatz FightSticks At CES 2010

A quick visit to MadCatz's suite at CES 2010 yielded some hands-on time with the new Wii Tatsunoko vs. Capcom FightStick and new Super Street Fighter IV Tournament Edition sticks for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

First up, the Wii stick is based on the Standard Edition sticks released with Street Fighter IV. Functionally, it's the same, but the stick has gotten a nice weight boost over the other SE sticks. The stick will also connect directly into the Wiimote instead of plugging into the console. Unfortunately, this means that you'll have to find someplace to put the Wiimote while you play. A dock for the Wiimote would have been killer. If you're going to put any serious time into TvC, however, you'll probably want to grab this peripheral for $70.

Hit the break for impressions of the Super Street Fighter IV Tournament Edition FightStick.

Hands-On With New MadCatz FightSticks At CES 2010

The Super Street Fighter IV TE has the same parts as all the previous TE sticks. MadCatz isn't going to change what isn't broken. There are two changes, however. The body of the stick is a bit smaller, which is less of a platform for your hands, but a lot easier to haul and store. The weight, however, is unchanged. Finally, the button lock, which previously locked the turbo controls and console buttons will now also lock the start and select buttons for even more tournament disqualification protection.

If you don't already have a TE, you'll want to wait for the new sticks, but there isn't anything major going on to warrant an upgrade if you're already rocking the TE.

For photos of all of MadCatz's CES 2010 products, head right over to our photo gallery! No? How about I tempt you with a picture of the new FightPad's for Super Street Fighter IV?!

Hands-On With New MadCatz FightSticks At CES 2010

I thought so! Click for the full gallery.

What stick do you play with? I have an original issue TE myself.

Hands-On With New MadCatz FightSticks At CES 2010


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