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Quite hard to find but Asda have them instore for £15 compared to £29.99 from Play.com

Great for playing old school games.

Comes with codes to unlock full versions of Frogger®, Timepilot & Astropop on Xbox Live Arcade.

Blurb from Mad Catz site.

With its unique styling, full size joystick and spinner control, the Mad Catz Arcade GameStick for Xbox 360 provides the best gaming experience for Xbox LIVE Arcade. Officially licensed by Microsoft, the sleek design compliments your Xbox 360 console and allows for new gaming experiences. Take the Xbox LIVE Arcade gaming experience to the next level with the Mad Catz Arcade GameStick for Xbox 360.

Full-height joystick for the ultimate arcade experience
360° spinner control allows for all new types of gaming experiences
Includes 3 Xbox Live® Arcade games: Frogger®, Timepilot & Astropop
Includes FREE Xbox Live® Gold Trial membership
Works great with all Xbox 360 games
PC USB compatible
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#1
Voted hot, because it's a great deal.

However... I'd avoid this controller. It's meant for playing arcade games, presumably recreating the arcade sticks of old. Good idea for playing frogger and so on, but it's analogue, which doesn't really have the same effect as the old school sticks.
#2
spotted this last week in asda myself and nearly bought it, hoping to bring back those days of playing frogger on the atari as a kid but then I read some reviews on it and decided against it. I would recommend anyone considering buying this to check reviews first. Good price though.
#3
great deal
#4
i'll have to say this is a good deal just for the 3 classic arcade games themselves
#5
Does anyone know how long the gold trial is for.
#6
Gold Trial will be for 1 month.

Edit - Got it wrong it's a 48 hour trial.
#7
Frogger, Time Pilot & Astropop games are 400,400 & 800 pts respectively from Live.
Why would trial be 1 month & not 48hrs as bundled with some games ?
#8
J9STL;1850153
Frogger, Time Pilot & Astropop games are 400,400 & 800 pts respectively from Live.
Why would trial be 1 month & not 48hrs as bundled with some games ?


This makes it quite simply a fantastic deal, scorching hot, i'm gonna get one :w00t:
#9
I have one of these, I use it for SWOS and a few other XBLA games. It's a nice little joystick for the price, but does feel a bit flimsy so don't get too overexcited! Could also do with suckers on the bottom like a proper oldschool joystick.
#10
Bought one the other day & now 'er indoors can play pacman & frogger "properly".
3 XBLA game codes included & a 48 hr pass code.
Not bad for 15 squids :thumbsup:
#11
I want a good fighting stick.
#12
I got one a while ago at Argos but took it back for a refund. Its good, but is really best suited for left handed players ... look at the picture - the buttons should be to the left of the stick with your right hand holding the stick. The setup makes it rather clumsy, it just doesnt work and can be rather uncomfortable.

Abvance
I want a good fighting stick.


... It certainly does not make a good fighting stick (unless you are left handed). The Hori Arcade stick is the only option - although even that aint perfect.

.... still its a tenner cheaper than Argos were selling it, and if you aint got the Arcade games then its probably a good buy. I also thought the build quality itself was good. So im voting hot anyway.
#13
thinking this is worth it just for the arcade games
#14
Abvance
I want a good fighting stick.


Just need a good fighting game then...

Can't wait for the new Street Fighter... might have to buy this especially for it.
#15
omisnad
I got one a while ago at Argos but took it back for a refund. Its good, but is really best suited for left handed players ... look at the picture - the buttons should be to the left of the stick with your right hand holding the stick. The setup makes it rather clumsy, it just doesnt work and can be rather uncomfortable.

Sticks are designed to be held with the left hand (for a a right handed player), with the right hand pressing buttons. Saying that it could do with the right thumbstick and the digi-pad being removed all together with the actual stick being moved down and the buttons made bigger.

To those saying it's not "oldskool" because it's analogue, my first stick (for the Dragon 32) was an analogue stick, the first digistick I got was for a c64.
#16
Gamestation used to have these at £7.98, do check in ur local branch as they have been discontinued at station since January due to poor sales
#17
Deleted User Name 3
Sticks are designed to be held with the left hand (for a a right handed player), with the right hand pressing buttons.


Yes i agree for the proper arcade Hori type controllers with its big face buttons spaced away from the stick , but not for 80s style handheld joysticks which were genrally designed to be held in the left hand with the right hand on the stick. Still maybe its down to what someone is used to, but i do remember reading the same comments on various reviews and thought 'how bad can it be' - until i tried it. Maybe my c64 days has limited my abilities.

To quote one of the professional online reviews :
'Mad Catz’s decision to put the joystick in the upper-left hand corner of the pad can make it awkward to play for right handed gamers. Since this is a majority it seems like a bit of a strange design choice, as the controller feels like it would work much better if it was mirrored.'
#18
omisnad
Yes i agree for the proper arcade Hori type controllers with its big face buttons spaced away from the stick , but not for 80s style handheld joysticks which were genrally designed to be held in the left hand with the right hand on the stick. Still maybe its down to what someone is used to,

Strange, but throughout the c64/spectrum days and then onto amiga pretty much everyone I knew held a zipstick/competition pro/quickshot in their left hand, with right thumb on the button. tbh neither way felt comfortable to me, and the first time I used a pad (a megadrive one) I never wanted to use a handheld stick again.

I do agree that putting the stick in the top left is very stupid - old sticks were usually in the centre (or slightly off) so that you could use whichever hand you wanted.
#19
The 3 main C64 (and amiga) joysticks that i remember having (not including the usually **** ones) in chronlogical order are :

http://www.ko-gathering.com/wiki/images/f/fd/Quickshot_ii.jpg
(Quickshot 2)
Which obviously been right handed i felt more comfortable controlling with my right hand.

http://www.ko-gathering.com/wiki/images/7/72/Zipstick_super_pro.jpg
(Zipstick super pro)
TBH I cant remember how i held this one.

http://www.ko-gathering.com/wiki/images/6/6f/Konix_speedking.jpg
(Konix speedking)
Theres no way you could hold the stick in your left hand and smash the button with your right.


... So maybe my joystick history is to blame. But having searched the web for those photos above ive seen that practically any joystick from the 8/16 bit days that had only one off center button always placed it to the left of the actual stick. So i reckon i was right, and you and everybody you knew were awkward freaks of nature. ... PS Im only having fun with you BTW - dont get aggro and flame me for it.
#20
I picked up the Hori fighting stick in Gamestation for 20 quid a few months ago and it works well on many arcade games, they only had one though so I don't know if they were getting rid... still, its worth looking for as I'd imagine it beats this mad catz one and is much better for beat em ups
#21
omisnad
you and everybody you know were awkward freaks of nature.

This is certainly true, but as you shown with the pics you pasted, only one of those sticks was designed for one particular "handedness", the other two like pretty much all sticks were just as comfortable (or not) in either hand.

I'd imagine thats why the Competition Pro/Zipstik was so popular.

I think the quickshot 2 (original leaf switch version) was prolly the worst joystick I ever used (along with the Cheetah Bug), but the quickshot 2 turbo (the red one) was quite good.
#22
Deleted User Name 3
This is certainly true, but as you shown with the pics you pasted, only one of those sticks was designed for one particular "handedness".


Unfortunately that one was my favourite and lasted the longest.

Deleted User Name 3
I think the quickshot 2 (original leaf switch version) was prolly the worst joystick I ever used


I know m8 - it was pretty naff (despite been so popular). But i was a joystick virgin and it was my first one - i didnt know any better. :oops:

... My god that cheetah Bug was one ugly ****** ... and i thought some of my sticks were bad LOL
#23
omisnad
http://www.ko-gathering.com/wiki/images/f/fd/Quickshot_ii.jpg
(Quickshot 2)


Brings back memories! :thumbsup:

Voted hot, just a shame there's no Asda near me untill June.
#24
2Thumbs
Voted hot, just a shame there's no Asda near me untill June.


My nearest is about 75 miles away. They are also in the process of building one nearer to me (12 miles away) ... but as part of the planning permission they are not allowed to sell anything other than food. :x ... Your new store isnt Bideford by any chance is it ???
#25
I had one of these - it's an utterly monstrous piece of tat, sadly. The horrid, flimsy analogue stick has a dead zone the size of Russia and is almost unusable - totally useless for games with digital controls. Like, y'know, the arcade games it was supposedly designed for. Attempting to play Street Fighter 2 on this was an experience I'd rather forget.
The Dpad is stupidly oversized and horribly unresponsive - far worse than the standard 360 pad one, and that's not great in the first place. I got the lovely Hori stick from Gamestation for £20 new and I strongly recommend trying to find one of those.

If you happen to want all three games, though, and you're going to Asda anyway, then it'll save you a couple of quid.
#26
The actual controller is ****. It has one fo the longest throws of anything I have ever used. I bought one last year and apart from the 1st day I bought it aint used it since.
#27
A Hori Arcade stick is probably a better option... or build your own, which is more expensive but you get to pick quality parts.

http://arcadecontrols.com/

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