Hibachi’s TOP 7 Retail Arcade Stick Stock Overlay Designs (Fightstick Artwork)
While it is great that everyone is trying to make their fightsticks personalized with custom artwork and such, its also nice to look at what the peripheral makers have designed and appreciate the fresh off the box stock artwork. Here are some of my top picks of stock artwork on arcade sticks from the past few years.
I am only judging the artwork/overlay art, not the stick itself.
HORI Gundam EXTREME VS Arcade Stick for PS3
Key Points: It is a good lesson on making fightstick artwork that is in tandem with a particular game or character. It has a titular character at a very visible space, and is well highlighted and defined, it has graphical elements that complements the game or character, and it has a color theme that meshes with well with the hardware parts colors it uses.
DAT FLAW THO: Bandai Namco logo really stands out.
HORI Real Arcade Pro. V4 Silent
Key Points: The beauty lies in its simplicity. It is a toned down variation on the Vewlix design, but does it well without making it overly bland or not to similar either. Good subtle modern look. Great glamour shots can be seen here.
DAT FLAW THO: Looks great next to your Ikea furniture.
MADCATZ Fightstick Pro V.S. SH
Key Points: Madcatz Logo. Done. No overdone graphics like silly textures or ink splashes. This gets more props for holding back and letting the company logo do its job.
DAT FLAW THO: It’s by Madcatz, so it’s never in stock. ??
EXAR Guilty Gear Silent Stick
Key Points: It matches the game really well without even using any character art. It is almost like they designed the artwork to be representative of what an arcade stick would look like in-game.
DAT FLAW THO: I wish it was animated.
MADCATZ Tekken Tag Tournament 2 TES+
Key Points: A simple visual element which showcases a central concept pretty well.
DAT FLAW THO: It’s like a semi-funny joke design idea that went a bit too far by being real.
The Shinkirou Special (MADCATZ TvC Wii Stick & MVC3 TE, HORI CFJ RAP, EXAR TvC Stick)
Key Points: Let’s face it, anything with Shinkirou artwork on it is instantly visually appealing. His high contrast and defined art style shines through well in most situations. The Capcom Fighting Jam stick by HORI is especially good because of the color matching done effectively.
DAT FLAW THO: It’s Shinkirou art…?
MADCATZ Fightstick Pro Street Fighter x Sanrio edition
Key Points: I did not want to include this but 6 was a weird number to stop at. I guess props for the companies on doing something creative. It is visually satisfying and really catches your eye. It’s a good showcase piece.
DAT FLAW THO: For something this colorful it sure is boring as hell. The characters depicted are just awkwardly lined up as if waiting for dinner. Liek what’s up with that brick wall, are they in prison? Maybe that Rose player can share some of his Popeye’s chicken to some of these sad looking Sanrio characters. It’s a similar case to that of the Tekken Tag 2 stick wherein, it’s funny for 10mins but then the joke gets old. It’s Hello Kitty as Chun-li get it, c’mon guys get it, its cute Spinning Nyan kick amirite? guys?
BONUS ROUND: WORST 3
Heihachi Mishima is dead alright, they cut his head in half.
How much more subliminal can you get, you got six anime girls cuddling around a big black shiny joystick. Yeah that’s right wiggle it around, maybe you’ll get that “1CC”. The snowflakes are cute, but still.
Jesus Fucking Christ.