It's been awhile since I used a fight stick. As a teenager, I would venture into my nearest arcade and spend what little money I had on Dance Dance Revolution. Once my legs had turned to mush, I would hobble over to the Tekken cabinets and get annihilated by a fighting game fanatic who never seemed to leave. I enjoyed our infrequent bouts but had no interest in replicating the experience at home. Arcade sticks were fun, but not something I wanted to seriously invest in.
The gaming peripheral masters at HORI recently announced that they are working on a new arcade stick for the Nintendo Switch. If you are not overly familiar with HORI's hardware output, they are pretty much the go-to company in terms of high-end arcade sticks. In the case of the PS4, I own the Real Arcade Pro.V Hayabusa Silent and it is thoroughly excellent. The Real Arcade Pro series also has a long lineage behind it and is famous for using parts found in most arcade cabinets. Fighting game and shmup fans then will be happy to hear that the same Real Arcade Pro.V Hayabusa will also be getting a Switch variant.
As of April 2, grab it for only $99.99. While video games are great, using the same old stuff can get tired after some time. That's why so much of the gaming community has fully embraced game mods. These mods can include replacing characters, making visual upgrades, adding new experiences, or even switching up the tools you use to play. If you're looking for a fun way to do just that, check out this Mayflash F300 Elite Arcade Stick.
Taito, the Square Enix subsidiary behind arcade classic Space Invaders, is jumping on the mini hardware trend in a big way. The Japanese company has unveiled a desktop replica of its sit down arcade machine, the Egret II. Originally released in the mid to late-nineties, the so-called candy cabinet stood out thanks to a rotate mechanism that allowed the screen to be configured vertically for tate-mode games like shoot-em-ups. Fittingly, the micro-version retains that feature with a 5-inch 4:3 LCD display that you can pop out and turn to fit in either orientation. The main controls include six primary buttons and a stick that can be adjusted from four to eight directions based on the game.
I build my computers from scratch. I fix and improve stuff around the house. Simply, I love a good project. That's what I found so appealing about AtGames' Legends Ultimate arcade cabinet. That's not to say this $600 machine is about to challenge the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series S/X for market dominance. It's also specifically for fans of older things, with a library of 300-plus built-in games, almost all of which were released in the '80s and '90s.