By Aris ‘Aris’ Bakhtanians
The Mortal Kombat Tournament Edition Fight Stick is apparently being made in a very limited quantity. Now originally when I saw this stick, I couldn’t believe that they decided to use the old MK layout and American style parts. Eventually I found out that the stick is being produced by PDP which is the offspring of Pelican. As you can imagine, this was very discouraging. However, I decided to pre order one from my local GameStop.
Weeks went by, and deep down inside, it just didn’t feel right paying $90 dollars ($150 for the whole bundle with the game) for for an arcade stick that looks like it was made in the early 90s and is being manufactured by one of the worst peripheral companies of all time.
Then Mad catz comes along.
Now it’s obvious that the Mad Catz “Combat Panel” is just Mad Catz telling PDP to go fuck themselves and stop living in the past. What Mad Catz is doing here is merging two worlds. Combining the bootlegged MK layout of the past with the arcade stick parts and technology of the future. I mean there is a reason why American parts are extinct.
So naturally, my pre order for my MK TE was canceled. I refuse to support a horse shit company like Pelican. Now I’m not saying I will definitely purchase a Mad Catz Combat Panel, but what I am saying is, why the fuck would I pay a shitty company like Pelican for an arcade stick that I would literally be buying just to put on my book case and never use.
I’m a fan of Mad Catz fight sticks because I’m a fan of innovation, Fuck Pelican.