Release Date: 11/18/2011
The Good: Super responsive buttons and sticks, feels exactly like an arcade cabinet, beautiful design, sturdy and well-built
The Bad: Not wireless, needs re-mapping for anything besides Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection, very expensive
Fight sticks are usually the only way to go when it comes to 2D fighting games. Mortal Kombat has finally started creating their own and this bad boy is almost flawless. The components are Suzo-Happ which are top-notch and the thing feels like a piece of an arcade cabinet. The buttons have that lightning fast spring and the joystick snaps around like you would expect. The layout is just like that of Mortal Kombat cabinets with the 5 buttons (think of a 5 on a die) and the Run button where you can tap with your thumb. The buttons are big and you can hit each one by just rocking your handing around and quickly slapping the buttons.
The Home button, Start, and Select are up top along with L2 and R1. The stick is designed for the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection and needed some re-mapping for Mortal Kombat (2011). I did feel like I was ten times better at the game in MK (2011), and I could pull off moves a lot faster on this thing than I could any controller. My win/loss ratio was boosted after using this thing.
The cabinet’s cosmetics are gorgeous with the classic MK1 design on the front and a soft velvet padding on the bottom for your lap. You can connect any mini-B USB cable to it, but I just wish it were wireless. Nothing can really beat this and is probably the best home console stick I have ever used. this also works for other fighting games but may need some re-mapping. I also had trouble pulling of X-ray moves in MK (2011) because the L2 button is up top so I had to take my hand off the stick to do this. Other than that the stick is perfect and everyone should get one. Be warned though because these are limited with only 6,000 produced (I have #1,069). The stick is very expensive running at over $200 at most places, so this is probably for hardcore MK fans only.