You know your game's made it when people start designing accessories specifically designed to further players' enjoyment of the one title. By that reckoning, it's hard to name a publisher who've put more titles over than Capcom: think of the Steel Battalion control deck, that ridiculawesome RE4 chainsaw controller, all the way back to the rash of arcade-style sticks released to ease Street Fighter 2's transition onto the SNES. So it's only fitting that Mad Catz should announce a stick designed just to make the upcoming Marvel vs Capcom 3 arcade-perfect.
Above: The PlayStation 3 version of the Mad Catz fight stick for Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Above: The Xbox 360 version
The peripheral builds on Mad Catz' well-received Street Fighter IV fight stick: like that joystick, this one features a ball-handle stick and buttons by leading Japanese cabinet manufacturer Sanwa Denshi, set out in the industry-standard layout popularized by Taito's Viewlix cabinet. Housed in a visibly sturdy build adorned with official MvC3 artwork, it all combines in a package seemingly designed to make players of a certain age wistful for the arcade experience – while provoking whipper-snappers raised on Xbox LIVE and PSN to ask why personal contact with your fellow players would ever have been a desirable experience. My lawn, get off it, etc.
The Marvel and Capcom approved stick will receive a limited production run of just 5,000 units. We’re expecting them to be expensive. But based on our experience with Mad Catz’ Street Fighter IV sticks, we’re also expecting them to be worth every penny. The Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Arcade FightSticks are scheduled to ship in time to combo in perfectly with the game’s February 15 launch date – and is expected to be available on the official Mad Catz web store.
Feb 2, 2011