Treasure This Radiant Silvergun Arcade Stick

By Spencer . December 17, 2010 . 10:33am

imageNext year, Radiant Silvergun will be released on Xbox Live Arcade and Hori already has an arcade stick ready for it. The Real Arcade Pro EX RS-1 layout is based on the 1998 arcade machine, with more buttons to match a standard Xbox 360 controller.


Radiant Silvergun fans can add the stick to their collection for 13,500 yen ($160), which is actually a little less than their Deathsmiles IIXi stick.



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  • I never understood why they were called arcade sticks. The stick is only one component on the device. Shouldnt the true name be an arcade pad, or arcade controller? When I think of stick, I think the the things we used to use for the authentic Microsoft Flight Simulator experience in grade school.

    • Because the stick sticks out like a sore thumb? Arcade pad doesn’t sound right, since you don’t exactly hold it like a joypad/joystick. But hey, why bother about the naming convention when you’ve got a beautiful stick to ogle upon.

    • CrisSpiegel

      I always thought that the pad in gamepad was borrowed from the d-pad and since arcade controlers have no d-pad but ‘d-stick’, they were sticks.

      Here, they are all joystick. Arcade joystick, PS2 joystick, Atari joystick, Flight Simulator joystick. We call them either joystick or control.

  • malek86

    I take it Radiant Silvergun is not too far away? Hope so.

    Anyway, I’ll be content with my crappy EX2 for now.

  • AaqibRawat

    Lord have mercy!
    its gorgeous!

    Anybody have a specific date for when radiant silvergun comes out on XBLA ?

  • Anything based on the EX-SE gets my vote. Hotttt.

  • neo_firenze

    Looks like Seimitsu buttons from the pics, just like the RAP EX-SE (Seimitsu LS-32 stick, Seimitsu buttons). Which is probably the finest out of the box retail stick for shooters ever made, so not a bad one to imitate! Guess we need confirmation of what kind of stick it is, though I’d guess it is also Seimitsu. I <3 my RAP EX-SE though, I don't play any of the many great J-360 shooters (like all the awesome Cave ports) without it… though mine is a little customized, with one row of 4 manly pink buttons and one row of black buttons on that black background. Highly, highly recommended – and I'm kind of an arcade stick junkie, 12+ in my collection now.

    Comparing to Sanwa (the other popular high end Japanese button/stick maker) Seimitsu is generally more popular with shooter fans, and Sanwa with the fighting game crowd – though of course, individual tastes may vary. Seimitsu buttons are flat and have a little resistance to them, good for making sure you don't accidentally bomb, as opposed to Sanwa buttons being convex and being pretty hair-trigger with the need for only a tiny bit of pressure to register a button press. And the Seimitsu LS-32 stick has a more stiff throw and snaps back to center more crisply, as opposed to the looser feel of a Sanwa stick. Seimitsu sticks seem better for the tap-tap-tap movement of positioning your ship just so to avoid bullets, whereas the more flowing movement of a Sanwa stick makes them well suited to a lot of fighting games.

    And yeah, I'm with Tsunayoshi on this one. It's something I've also wondered before… why do we call it a "stick", when the stick is just one part? It's like people who call a whole computer a "CPU". I agree that something like "arcade controller" would be more accurate.

    • Code

      rar, hey thanks for interesting post to hear how different parts preform for different tasks >w<' I've always been curious about picking up a stick for shmups/fighters on the 360, but well cost is currently holding me back. But interesting to hear how maybe there is a little more of a divide even between game times as to which sticks preform best for what. I imagine it's mostly about whatcha get comfortable with though.

      • neo_firenze

        Yup, it’s definitely a matter of personal comfort too. I got used to playing PS2 shooters on my all Sanwa PS2 stick, and it’s certainly something you can get used to just fine. Some fighting game fans like the crisp feel of a Seimitsu stick too, as opposed to the more common feeling of Sanwa being the “best for fighters”.

        Sanwa has generally been more widely available to US players in the past decade, so they’re a little more well known and accepted. Seimitsu is good stuff too though, and I’ve become a convert for my shooting games :)

        • Code

          Haha awesome >w<' Hmm I'll have to make a decision then when that time comes, I knew of Sanwa, like you said it's more well known here, but I'll have to decide which I'll be playing with more perhaps. Still so expensive, it'll be awhile!

  • Code

    rar, good god, do want! Treasure you never fail to impress, having a stick printed for a downloadable release, A+ work in my books!

  • RupanIII

    Wow I didn’t even know Radiant Silvergun was coming to XBL, nice stick too!

  • The arcade version of Radiant Silvergun was played with three buttons. I would expect that to be emphasized in the color scheme of the buttons here. Oh well. At least the design is cool.

  • superdry

    Nice! Must resist the urge to buy as I do not need another Xbox 360 arcade controller….

  • puchinri

    This is why I need a Xbox…

  • Aoshi00

    That’s one good looking arcade stick.. like others said, it does look like the RAP EX-SE. I love the tighter Seimitsu stick and btns for both shumps and fighters. I got a Sanwa for PS3 to play SFIV before, but I ended up getting Super on 360 and play w/ the SE stick instead. Sweet looking, but I alrdy got way too many controllers at home (1 sixaxis, 2 Dualshock 3, 4 360 wireless controllers, 2 original Wii remotes, 4 Wii plus remotes, 1 HRAP EX-SE, and 1 HRAP EX-SA)… gotta love the Hori sticks w/ all seimitsu and sanwa parts, since I’m no modder myself.

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