4-way Pacman type arcade joystick. Heavy duty design gives this joystick a great feel!
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Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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I was skeptical when I first looked at it, but in reading around it appears that this “Zippy” brand joystick as actually pretty well regarded in the fighting game/MAME/arcade cabinet communities as a decent budget stick.
I took a leap of faith, and while I haven’t used it yet in its intended configuration in the fight stick I’ve been building, it has impressed me.
Though, I will say this: It doesn’t say on the product data sheet, but the stick needs a ~28mm hole for actuation. I ruined a sheet of acrylic plate because the necessary measurement wasn’t on the schematic. My fault for not waiting, but learn from my mistake.
For anyone curious, it’s a clone (or otherwise very heavily inspired by) of the Semitsu LS-32 stick. As such, restrictor plates and switches intended for the LS-32 will fit on this.
Overall I would say that this is a generally high quality joystick. The motion is smooth and repeatable and all parts seem pretty durable with one exception. The limit switches are cheap and the tabs can break off. It is easy to fix and even easier to replace, but it is a problem. The problem is compounded due to the fact that the limit switches hang off the side and are greater than the necessary hole size. Also various components exceed general perimeter and make mounting difficult.