As you know, we are big fans of all things arcade sticks here at SDT… Our good friends at Play-Asia (The #1 place for online purchases & importing arcade sticks) recently shared their full catalog of arcade stick offerings with us and we’d like to go over all the offerings in a special 3 part series focusing on different types of sticks! Today we focus on some of the Korean sticks… Click below for the full scoop!
NOTE: Opening/attempting to modify any of these arcade sticks will void any warranty.
The newly released Gammac Fanta Stick is largely based on authentic Korean arcade machine controls. The placement & layout is similar to the official Street Fighter IV and TEKKEN 6 layouts found in arcades all over S. Korea.
For those of you unfamiliar with Gammac, they are a well known (yet fairly new) controller making company based out of Korea. Most notably, they manufactured the arcade style controllers for the PC release of DJ Max Muse-On Limted Edition. Please note that this stick does NOT use Myoungshin or Taeyoung parts. The buttons are similar to Crown buttons but aren’t exactly arcade quality. For the price, the case is quite nice and the PCB feature is really cool, opting for individual settings for both PlayStation 3 and PC use. For those of you who love stick modding and upgrading parts, this stick is perfect for you.
Continuing on with Korean arcade stick offerings, long time contender, Saulabi is in the market with several different versions of their popular 4K series of sticks.
The Saulabi Online Fighter sticks are available in black and white and are pretty much identical in build to the 4K series . The earlier Saulabi sticks used authetic arcade parts, but have since moved to a more clone type lever and similar type buttons. The best feature about the Saulabi is this amazing commercial:
It is fairly easy to mod a Saulabi stick with Fanta/Crown sticks and buttons. Requires basic knowledge of soldering and wiring. For under $50, this is probably the best value out of a stock Korean styled stick, although the industrial design is a bit dated and does not look as modern as the newer Gammac stick.
In general, Korean styled arcade sticks are very popular amongst hardcore TEKKEN players. Most notably with Mishima (Devil Jin, Kazuya, Heihachi) players who require the stick to bounce from neutral to forward at a fast rate.
If you’re interested in purchasing any of the sticks covered today, please check out the links below!