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Title: best joysticks 2014?
Post by: iamscottyb on May 19, 2014, 10:57:15 pm
I bought a set of arcade joysticks and pushbuttons off ebay and I'm really disappointed with my joysticks bc they are 8 way sticks but they are not responded to any any of my angled stick movements. Yes, they are in the 8 - way position I just think these sticks are just plain crap on a stick. What is the best 8 - way sticks I can buy separately?  SANWA maybe
Title: Re: best joysticks 2014?
Post by: shponglefan on May 19, 2014, 11:02:18 pm
There is no "best stick".  It largely depends on what you want to use it for (i.e. which games), if you want microswitches or not, etc.
Title: Re: best joysticks 2014?
Post by: iamscottyb on May 19, 2014, 11:04:10 pm
I just want a universally good stick. I mostly play nes and snes games...Some mame games but I do want my fighting games to work properly
Title: Re: best joysticks 2014?
Post by: JDFan on May 20, 2014, 10:00:50 am
What type of panel are they mounted in and did you cut a proper size hole for them -- could be the stick can not move enough in the opening to activate the 2 switches properly for the diagonals or might need to adjust the micro switch position so they activate properly. (ie. if the hole in the CP is too small the stick may not be able to reach both micro switches)
Title: Re: best joysticks 2014?
Post by: Generic Eric on May 20, 2014, 10:21:15 am
The way you mount your joystick can impact they action on your stick.  For example, my panel is 3/4" thick on the top.  I think the whole is too small and the stick doesn't appear to have the range it should. 

There are so many different assemblies to build a joystick around.  In some cases you can mix and match parts.    There is one product targeted to the folks that take their fight sticks to fighter tournaments. (

I shouldn't get overly philosophical for something that doesn't require it, but its kinda my thing.  Think of building your control panel and your machine overall akin to a Jedi building his lightsaber.  You've got to use the force to find the crystals, detect their impurities and align them.  You will become one with your control panel as a Jedi with his lightsaber.  It will become one with you as well.

Keep in mind, that some joysticks lend themselves to be mounted on metal rather than wood. ( tends to target the fight stick tournament market.   They have a lot of the different pieces I was referring to.  Even an optical pcb ( for your joystick.  Paradisearcadeshop  ( has some too.

Title: Re: best joysticks 2014?
Post by: Well Fed Games on May 20, 2014, 01:22:42 pm
Yeah, everyone's going to give you a different opinion. For my money, I am loving a Seimitsu LS-58 or 56 with an octagonal restrictor for general gaming. There is also a site, ( that is a pretty good starting point.