Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade Fightstick Tournament Edition 2 for XBox One should be a familiar name to you if you are a hardcore gamer who’s also in love with fighting games llike Street Fighter, Tekken and Soul Calibur.
Dunno’ about you, but I remember the era of arcade machines and arcade saloons where all the neighbourhood kids have gathered and fought like crazy on the arcade machine. Street Fighter (previous editions) were the gem at that time in arcade gaming. Those times had passed, but is the arcade machine concept gone forever? OFCOURSE NOT!!
You didn’t really think that the whole arcade machine concept is over, did you? It is retro, and retro never dies. Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade Fightstick Tournament Edition 2 for XBox One is a new age arcade controller “fightstick” which gives you the exact same great playing taste of an arcade machine.
I must admit that I was really missing all those great days of arcade machines. I desperately wanted to achieve the same feeling of an arcade machine, but that was not so easy in this new age of high-tech and mobility. Or, was it?
Maybe some of you hardcore gamer buddies have heard of Mad Catz. If you haven’t heard, you must get your ears checked up. Mad Catz is a major gaming peripherals manufacturer which has it’s really epic signature “wild” design. I’m also using some of Mad Catz products myself and I really adore them. Their Cyborg Mice are my favourite.
Now I must really have to raise my glass and propose a toast to Mad Catz for representing us the joy of old school arcade gaming. You’ve done a great job Mad Catz!! We love you!
So I present you: Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade Fightstick Tournament Edition 2
Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade Fightstick Tournament Edition 2
Manufacturer: Mad Catz
Our rating: 9/10
If we have to shortly define this killer gear, it would be “a mobile arcade machine controller for your lap AND tournament”. Killer Instinct Fightstick is a tournament grade arcade fightstick and it is widely used by professional gamers.
And if you’ve been to gamingmiceplanet.com before, you may know that I’m always trying not to be promotional. But there are sometimes such products that they really have so much pluses and so little minuses that I can’t help myself praising them. And Killer Instinct Fightstick TE2 is one of those products. Before our review gets deeper, let’s discuss it’s main features:
- Tournament grade controller, designed specially for professional gamers.
- High quality components and original arcade layout.
- 8 pressable Sanwa Denshi buttons and a genuine Sanwa Denshi arcade stick on top of the layer.
- joystick and buttons.
- Screw-lockable wired USB connection.
- Lock/Unlock button to disable Menu – View – XBox buttons for prevention of unvanted interruption.
- Adjustable LED lighting.
- Modeled after modern Japanese arcade cabinet.
- Fully modifiable. Changable buttons, parts and artwork.
- Made from hard solid plastic.
- 3,4 kg / 7,6 lbs weight
- Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.4 x 11 inches / 5,8 x 39 x 27,9 cm
So, let’s talk about what Killer Instinct Fightstick comes with. Killer Instinct Fightstick comes with a power cable, wired USB connector which is screwed and locked to the Fightstick to avoid any accidental interruptions, the directions manual, a Mad Catz screwdriver and MADCATZ STICKERS! STICKERS FOR EVERYONE!!!
Actually this baby is pretty simple but has a very charming use. It’s very easy to open up and modify. Everything is just there. I think even a little kid can figure out how Fightstick works.
When you unbox it you will see a little button in front of the Fightstick which opens up the interior of your gear. And woila! It’s all there.
I know that some of you guys prefer visual content, that’s why I’m sharing you a video review of Mad Catz Killer Instinct Fightstick Tournament Edition 2, enjoy it:
Killer Instinct Fightstick has a killer sharp design with an original artwork on it. I must say that the artwork mesmerizes me. One of the great features of the Fightstick is that you can change the artwork and replace it with any other of your own taste. You just have to loosen some screws, get the original artwork out from it’s place under the plexiglass and replace it with the new one.
Foamy metallic texture under the Fightstick fits great to the surface no matter what if it’s your lap or top of a desk. It’s designed not to slip from the surface below.
Inside the Fightstick there are placement spaces for your screwdriver, additional buttons and power cable. Also there is a big gap at the middle of them which you can place anything of your taste. Some additional weights maybe? The great thing about Killer Instinct Fightstick is that it’s so portable. You can just place all the cables, screwdriver and additional buttons (if you have) inside The Fightstick and carry it anywhere you go.
I’ve mentioned the Mad Catz Screwdriver right? You will be using the screwdriver if you are going to modify your Fightstick. I mean if you are going to change your artwork or your buttons then you will need the screwdriver. It has two sizes. There is a flathead and the other head of screwdriver is square. You can stick out the rod of screwdriver to change the heads. Then you can use it to loosen the screws to modify your Fightstick.
Design of the box is kinda user friendly that you can do every adjustment by your screwdriver. You can use it to remove screws of your showcase to change the artwork of Fightstick. By removing artwork from the showcase you can place any artwork of your taste.
Buttons and layout
You can find all XBox One buttons on Killer Instinct Fightstick. Buttons are laid out as two rows of curvy lines, each of them have 4 buttons. Top row of four buttons include X, Y and two bumpers while bottom row include A, B and the trigger buttons.
Buttons and joystick which are used on Killer Instinct Fightstick are Sanwa Denshi brand. I really like the style of buttons and joystick. They really give you the feel of classic Japanese arcade cabinet. Especially the red ball-shaped joystick. If you don’t like the joystick and buttons, you can change them without any problem.
Buttons are not only looking freakin’ cool, but they’re also highly responsive. And they give you the classic “click” sound of an arcade machine when you press them. That was a sound that I’ve missed for a long time.
One of the great things about buttons are the lighting system. They have LED lighting system which you can switch on-off or adjust the light strength from the button which is at right whiletop of the console.
At the back of our Fightstick you can find two white buttons. These are your Menu – View/ Start – Select buttons. These buttons are also lockable from your lock buttons which are at the right top corner. Just in case if you wouldn’t like your game to be interfered by an accidental push to those buttons.
There are also 2 shoulder straps if you would like to carry your fightstick around at your back. It comes handy especially for professional gamers while walking around in big gaming events.
There is also one additional button that gives you access to the interior of Killer Instinct Fightstick. In front of our Fightstick there is this little button which lets you open it’s upper panel and expose you the interior of it. Inside the Fightstick there are spaces specially meant for screwdriver, power cable and additional buttons if you have any. And there is plenty more space if you are planning to put something else inside of it.
Here’s a video review about the design of Mad Catz Arcade Fightstick. It’s all the same, only the Killer Instinct artwork is not present in the review, but in general they all have the same specifications. Here it is:
User Feedback – What others think??
There is actually a great feedback for Madcatz Killer Instinct Fightstick. We can easily judge by checking out the user reviews at Amazon.com. These actual reviews are from real users who have purchased Mad Catz Killer Instinct and tried out for themselves, that’s why they’re pretty reliable sources. Here are some of them:
Where To Buy??
For almost everything Amazon.com is my first choice due to great retail service, chance to catch incredible discounts and simplicity with millions of users around the globe. Last time I checked it was $200, it also depends on sellers. Here’s the link if you want to get Mad Catz Killer Instinct Fightstick Tournament Edition 2:
Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade Fightstick Tournament Edition 2 for Xbox One – Conclusion
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