Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Arcade Stick Coming From Mad Catz And Atlus

By Ishaan . June 30, 2014 . 12:00pm

Mad Catz are releasing new arcade sticks based on Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Atlus announced today. The design of the sticks has been supervised by the Persona development team.



The stick will be compatible with PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and will allow you to easily open up its housing and customize the faceplate and buttons. More information, such as price and release date, will be announced at a later point in time.

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  • KingGunblader

    I don’t use arcade sticks when I play fighters (although I am curious and have wanted to get one for a while) – is there really any difference between these sticks other than the branding of the chosen game?

    • Shippoyasha

      Just slight differences. Mainly the plastic shell really. This stick looks like it has more surface area for your hands under the buttons. Looks really good.

    • Land of Green Pasture

      it seems it’s more accurate then regular analog? their D-Pad feels different, maybe you won’t make any failure when you do 236, with regular gamepad or analog sticks sometime I fumbled to 2369 even from slight graze

    • Tehfalewhale

      This stick is currently one of the only dual PS3/PS4 sticks available right now so that’s a big plus for people who still play PS3 fighters and are looking to play PS4 fighters in the future.

      • Stephen Mc Devitt

        This sounds really good but I wish all Hori and MadCatz PS3 fightsticks could support PS4.

        • Zeik56

          Seriously. I bought a PS3 fightstick several years ago, and as much as I like it for certain fighting games I really don’t want to spend another $100+ on another one for PS4. Maybe someday, but it looks like I’ll probably be playing Guilty Gear Xrd with a controller.

    • Brandonmkii
      • Afternoon Intergalactic

        Wow, this is really informative! Thanks for sharing.

    • mikanko

      Outside of cosmetic differences the main thing with sticks would be button layout, buttons, and the stick itself.

      Sanwa sticks and buttons are the most common ones used in Japanese arcade cabinets these days and what most people prefer. Seimitsu sticks are also found in cabs, though mostly for shmups or older Neo Geo machines. Majority of other cheaper options are far inferior and won’t last nearly as long.

      This Persona stick along with the majority of sticks Madcatz releases these days use full Sanwa parts. Hori’s sticks often do as well, but tend to have more variants. The nicer sticks are generally really easy to open up and replace parts if/when something does stop working as well. Some of the cheaper sticks out there not so much.

  • I don’t use arcade sticks but I’ve been wanting to try one for a long that. Guess I’ll get this, depends on the cost though.

    • mikanko

      This same stick for the xbox one without the Persona art retails at $200. I’ll assume the upcoming vanilla and Persona Madcatz sticks using the same parts which support both PS3 and PS4 will be the same.

      Madcatz has been running a bit of clearance on PS3 sticks. Sale promos during fighting game tournament streams can probably get you one for around $80. So long as they’re using the same Sanwa parts found in arcade cabinets you can’t go wrong.

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  • Hagaren

    I’ve never used an arcade stick and honestly I simply can’t see myself using one, don’t know why. But I’d sure like to try. Also, this one looks really cool.

    • Alex Sargeant

      I jumped on for BlazBlue, and I don’t really want to go back. I was pretty happy playing Guilty Gear and the like on a PS2 controller.

      I’m not saying I’m a better player at all with an arcade stick, it’s just a lot more fun to be battering buttons. I got one of the SF4 TE sticks when they went half-price after the newer stick came out so it might be worth checking the prices of those if you feel like giving one a shot.

      Alternatively if the price isn’t so bad this one would be a good bet since they’ve a solid base for these sticks and being able to play Guilty Gear Xrd on PS4 with it is kind of… impossible to resist.

      • This is MadCatz first PS4 compatible version of the TE2. I would expect a $200 price tag on this bad-boy without any real deals coming for a while.

        Alternatively, Hori has release the Real Arcade Pro v4 which is also PS4/PS3 compatible and is running pretty much the same price as the HRAPv3s, around $120.

        Personally I’m looking to pick up one of these so I’m ready for some PS4 GGXrd. HRAPs were always a little too light feeling for me.

  • Makoto Yuki

    The design looks good, I think I will get one to practice if it’s not super expensive….

    • Afternoon Intergalactic

      Madcatz TE sticks generally run from $150-200, but there are usually special deals during major tournaments that drop the price to around $100. Pretty sure that a limited manufactured stick such as this one will probably not have that opportunity, though.

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    If I didn’t already own a stick I’d be all over this. I was so sad that they didn’t offer a p4a vanilla stick when it came out in 2012; if I hadn’t gotten my SC5 Hori for free, I would’ve built my own.

    • MaruluGames

      There actually was a official arcade stick for the original P4A, it was made by Hori.

      It actually was covered here on here is a link to a article about it:

      • Afternoon Intergalactic

        Interesting, was this JP only? I remember that hori made a few custom sticks for p4a that they gave away at tournaments, but I never knew that they manufactured sticks for sale to the public also.

  • SlickRoach

    I question the quality of Mad Catz products but I’ve never used a stick before. But I’m average at fighting games at best and wouldn’t dare tryi going online with the people who seemingly dedicate their lives to this genre like a career choice. I did want the TvC one at one point though…

    • Zeik56

      I remember thinking the same thing when I initially heard about them, but MadCatz is kind of the defacto source for quality fightsticks. They’re not the cheaply made garbage you would associate with most MadCatz products.

      The best time to go online with a fighting game if you’re not very good is around the time it comes out. You won’t have much trouble finding mediocre players to fight. After about 6-12 months it’s basically just hardcore players that are left.

    • Arkana

      Fightsticks are the best stuff MadCatz puts out because they use arcade parts instead of manufacturing parts on their own.

  • Love the decails on the stick though. Meh gusta!

    I’m also happy they made it so you don’t have to buy another stick for it’s brethren (PS3 -> PS4 and vice versa)

    No love for X360 and ONE owners? :(

    • Revolver Jesus Super Pimp

      Doesn’t look like it.

  • Ann Weschenfeller

    Looks pretty cool, but Madcatz PCB’s are known for not being too reliable…

  • Mc-kun

    MFW I want a stick but can’t use a stick worth crap.

  • CK Blaze

    I’m a huge fan of this.

  • Jadfish

    “The stick will be compatible with PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4”
    Time to start putting money to the side for a stick.

  • Ren Yuumei

    “compatible with PS4”
    PS4 Verison CONFIRM!

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