Mad Catz Promises More SFIV Gear Is Coming

Mad Catz Promises More SFIV Gear Is Coming

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Facing the wrath of a horde of angry fighting game fans holding backorder receipts for those super-swanky arcade sticks they (under)produced for Street Fighter IV, Mad Catz finally has good news to deliver: more sticks are coming in the next month.

For serious fighting game players and scrubs wanting to get serious for the first time, Mad Catz's Street Fighter IV FightSticks, both the pretty swell Standard version and the top-tier Tournament Edition, seemed like the way to go for their top-of-the-line fighting peripherals. It was perfect timing for Mad Catz - a whole new audience of players, many of whom didn't want to brave the back waters of modding and try building their own sticks.

If only they'd figured that out before they only produced enough product to meet a fraction of the pre-orders that were placed in the weeks leading up to SFIV's release. Some people got their sticks late, some didn't get them at all. For those sad folks, Mad Catz and Capcom have good news: There's more coming.

"We have been working closely with Mad Catz to get more; especially the Tournament Editions," Capcom wrote. "Rest assured, your patience will be rewarded. We will have a few more to send out this month and by the end of April, Mad Catz is confident that they will have most, if not all, of the orders completed."

Good news if you already have a pre-order placed, but maybe only relatively decent for people who are looking to pick one up fresh. You might have to wait a little longer for that, but at least they're coming.

Oh, and, for the record, I didn't use a TE FightStick to win our recent Escapist staff SFIV throwdown. I'm one of those guys still waiting on their stick to come. To best my opponents I used a budget-line Hori Fighting Stick EX2 with a half-broken X button, which meant I couldn't use Strong Punch or Focus Attack reliably. And yet I still triumphed (and am still gloating).

[Via Capcom Unity]

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Ryu headband and gloves for the men!
Smexy Chun-li outfit for the women!

Tenmar:
Ryu headband and gloves for the men!
Smexy Chun-li outfit for the women!

When I said gear I didn't mean it that way. No opposition on the Chun-Li costume thing, though.

Keane Ng:

Tenmar:
Ryu headband and gloves for the men!
Smexy Chun-li outfit for the women!

When I said gear I didn't mean it that way. No opposition on the Chun-Li costume thing, though.

Shall we begin the intarweb petition?

I'm starting to be afraid for my EX2 stick. It has served me well but I've heard so much about them breaking (especially buttons). A friend of mine broke his jab button a while ago.

The tournament edition stick sounds awesome (hot-swappable buttons!) but I'm not sure whether it's really worth all the money.

does it really make the game that much better???

Woe Is You:
I'm starting to be afraid for my EX2 stick. It has served me well but I've heard so much about them breaking (especially buttons). A friend of mine broke his jab button a while ago.

The tournament edition stick sounds awesome (hot-swappable buttons!) but I'm not sure whether it's really worth all the money.

To be fair I dropped mine once or twice, and I beat up the X button pretty bad using it for throws in HD Remix, but still, come on. I would fix it but since I've already got my TE Stick coming, I figure it's not worth it.

pyromcr:
does it really make the game that much better???

Not necessarily better, but if you want to get the most out of the game it's best with an arcade stick, or, if you like pads, one of the six button pads. So you can use all your attacks and abilities without mangling your hands. Of course, there are some people who just get hella good with regular pads, but that's an exception.

I've never trusted Mad Catz ever since I bought not one, but two Xbox controllers from them. the L trigger broke on both of them and i didn't even drop them.

I've had two Hori EX2s so far. One broke its light kick button and the other was having periodic issues with medium kick at the time it was stolen.

My current MadCatz SE stick works just fine. A little mushy maybe, but no more so than a regular Xbox controller.

 

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