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Arcade Stick For Soul Calibur II Announced

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the neat-peripheral-for-long-awaited-game dept.

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Thanks to IGN Cube for their article on the Universal Soul Calibur II Arcade Stick, which is being released by Nuby and Namco on August 31st, just after the launch of the ravenously-awaited Namco fighting game sequel for PS2/Xbox/GameCube. IGN explains: "The interesting detail about the arcade stick is that it works with all three consoles - no extra assembly required. All gamers need do is plug the appropriate end into the console of their choice and they'll be up and running." So you can use the same joystick to play Link, Heihachi, and Spawn, if you're insane enough to buy Soul Calibur II for all three platforms, as well as repurposing the stick for any other famous fighting games that take your fancy.

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missing images. (0, Offtopic)

JohnLi (85427) | more than 10 years ago | (#6693198)

Why is it that gamespot always seems to have rampant broken image problems?

This is off topic.

This is the first post :).

Big Up for WB (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6693202)

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

Re: Frozen Bubble (3, Informative)

muirhead (698086) | more than 10 years ago | (#6693406)

...load up linux[playstation2-linux.com] and play frozen bubble[frozen-bubble.org].

I agree it's a great looking accessory, but $200 for playstation linux is outrageous.
Stick with your PC and use a PS2 to USB adapter [levelsix.com]. It'll be cheaper, easier and, (if you happen to swing both ways,) you can also use the joystick to play Windows games.

Re: Frozen Bubble (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6694719)

hey mods, what does PS2 linux have to do with a home arcade stick?

Re: Frozen Bubble (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6694803)

very little, the point is you can use the joystick on a pc.

Re: Frozen Bubble (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6697309)

Just in case anyone is thinking of getting that adapter and using it in linux...

I have one, and have only been able to get linux to recognize a gamepad on the first port, ie, no player 2. (It does receive events from gamepad 2, but no matter what you press, it thinks it's button 15 on gamepad 1). Oh, and the right analog stick doesn't register at all, on either pad.

Namco (3, Interesting)

gazbo (517111) | more than 10 years ago | (#6693432)

It's good to see Namco are managing to continue to do so well, as they are one of the few truly innovative games companies out there. For example, they created an extremely exciting rivalry-based game called "Pinpoint Shot" which got virtually no exposure in the mainstream games press, but is available in a number of arcades if you search for it.

One of the things that was innovative in the game was known as a "focus-point" where the game could use sophisticated AI to tell if a player was off-form, and stop them. This pause was used to give the player who was below the chance to fully concentrste on the target, resulting in an altogether fairer game.

It's a shame the game was mostly ignored, as its innovations could have benefitted many arcade games.

Re:Namco (1)

loveaxelrod (544393) | more than 10 years ago | (#6693563)

I think I've heard of this game somewhere, maybe a small piece in Wired or something??. I believe it also introduced the dead-space concept and, due the cabinet sparsity, had a unique player-attraction mechanism.

It is truly an excellent game which you should play if you find it in your local arcades. I wouldn't recommend playing it with your friends, as intense rivalries may soon develop!

Back to the good old times (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 10 years ago | (#6693592)

It looks a bit like the joysticks I have for my Commodore 64. I always thought they were better than what you get with your average game console nowadays. Those tiny buttons may be much cheaper to make but they do not add much more to gameplay than a keyboard does.

Cross-console arcade stick? Sign me up. (1)

analog_line (465182) | more than 10 years ago | (#6693931)

This will probably get me to buy many more fighting games for my GameCube, which has a pretty crappy controller design for fighting games. I have bloody Roar: Primal Fury for the system, and it works OK, but still feels very wierd compared to the PSX controller.

Re:Cross-console arcade stick? Sign me up. (1)

Q-Kumbers (450640) | more than 10 years ago | (#6694822)

Another cross-platform arcade stick [x-arcade.com]. As a new platform is released, they produce a new adapter, so you can extend the life of the stick. Current adapters:

USB

Playstation 1 & 2

Xbox

Gamecube

Dreamcast

Re:Cross-console arcade stick? Sign me up. (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 10 years ago | (#6696986)

To bad it doesn't go for older systems. I've looked into this control before, but I really wanted it to support the N64 for Killer Instinct Gold. My brother in law and I used to go at it for hours, and face it, arcade style controls are the best for fighting games.

BTW, here's what's IMHO the best SNES fighter stick ever, [enormousrecords.com] though it would be nice if they made an adapter for that to.

Re:Cross-console arcade stick? Sign me up. (1)

Golias (176380) | more than 10 years ago | (#6697110)

Love the idea, thrilled with the warranty, happy with the size, impressed with the adaptability, okay with the price... hate the button lay-out.

Oh well, you can't win 'em all.

I just might cave in and buy one of those, sooner or later. Thanks for the link, Q-K.

Don't need them anymore! (2, Interesting)

Mantrid (250133) | more than 10 years ago | (#6694057)

A few years ago (okay so a lot of years ago now) when Battle Arena Toshinden, Tekken, or Soul Blade were out I would've loved to have one of these..but after years of console fighting games, I think I actually do better with a gamepad now! Sad, but true!

SNES Advantage (1)

DrWho520 (655973) | more than 10 years ago | (#6694372)

I bought the SNES Advantage when I was a chittlin' so that I could train in Street Fighter II:Turbo at home for the arcade. That is one nice looking stick Namco is putting out. Very ergonamic. They will probably hook me, because I can use the stick with the PS2 as well, but I alread found [lik-sang.com] my gaming solution. There is just something about the way of the game pad, and the SNEW game pad is still the best IMHO.

They have PS to Dreamcast adapters too. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6694590)

You could use the PSX to Dreamcast [redoctane.com] controller adapter to play the wonderful dreamcast version of the original Soul Calibur in style.

Re:They have PS to Dreamcast adapters too. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6698950)

Or you could by the outrageously wonderful Sega made arcade stick for the dreamcast, and even be able to save your data.

Gamecube Fighters (1)

Rudy Rodarte (597418) | more than 10 years ago | (#6695073)

I many not buy this game, but I'll certianly rent it. The controller, however, it looks like it won't help in other games, since it lacks a C stick and the directional pad. So, Zelda and metriod are out. BUt, it still looks cool. I think I'll stick to the wavebird for now.

Re:Gamecube Fighters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6695218)

So you're one of those idjits that comes into Gamestop wanting to returning a arcade fighting pad because it doesn't work with your racing games, huh?

Re:Gamecube Fighters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6696895)

"So you're one of those idjits that comes into Gamestop wanting to returning a arcade fighting pad because it doesn't work with your racing games, huh?"

No, he's one of those people that doesn't buy controllers that don't work with the games he plays in the first place.

I think that, so far, the only idiot (mind the spelling) in this thread is you.

Re:Gamecube Fighters (1)

jesse.k (102314) | more than 10 years ago | (#6695995)

it's a fighter stick, it's made only for playing fighting games, why do you think you should be able to use it to play metroid (an fps) or zelda (an action rpg)?

This is like complaining that you can't use a keyboard to play Time Crisis 2.

This controller + XBox + MAME = Arcade fun? (1)

jfisherwa (323744) | more than 10 years ago | (#6697112)

Anyone care to purchase a specialized arcade cabinet (or kit) that fits an XBox and two or three of these things?

Given the construction quality of these sticks is good enough, that would be a nice little setup.

How's it interesting, again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6697766)

"The interesting detail about the arcade stick is that it works with all three consoles - no extra assembly required. All gamers need do is plug the appropriate end into the console of their choice and they'll be up and running."

The X-Arcade Fighting stick [x-arcade.com] does the same thing...so I'm not sure why it's such an interesting detail. It's probably only interesting since Nuby paid IGN to say it was.

Namco peripherals (1)

Tsuzuki (442471) | more than 10 years ago | (#6703914)

Namco do the sweetest console peripherals ever. The Negcon, PSone arcade stick, G-Con and G-Con 2 were all wonders to behold - particularly the arcade stick which I'd say was even better than the official Dreamcast arcade stick.

This one looks kinda like them giving into to "way funky cool industrial design!" but I wouldn't mind a universal arcade stick by Namco.
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