So I ordered an arcade stick for the Wii
a while ago… and now it’s here! I know lots of nerds do video unboxings, but this
nerd prefers photos. It’s faster for me AND for you. Want to bet?See? Quick and painless, like slamming a door attached to your lose tooth. Well, it was painless for me anyway.
The whole thing is really a novelty for me. Not only have I never owned an arcade stick before, for any system, but the time I’ve spent in arcades for my entire life probably amounts to a couple hours. We’re definitely talking single digit here. But as I said in that other thread, playing NEO GEO classics with a reasonably cheap stick might be fun, you know?
So the noob that I am will strictly attempt to tell you about the first few games he’s tried playing with this thing. No talk about modding here! Wouldn’t know where to start.
I decided to simply go by reverse VC purchase order.
A shoot’em-up should
play pretty well with an arcade stick, right? Well, I wish I had played an actual arcade shmup to be able to make the comparison. All I know is that while the stick is digital and should in theory give me the same responsiveness as a D-pad, the directions don’t “click” right away. There is some looseness to it, and it is really only when you’ve moved the stick the farthest it will go that movement registers. Not ideal for a game like this, I’m afraid. Still the autofire, which is way faster than the in-game autofire option, got me farther into the game than ever.
Next, a Neo Geo game which I bought after hearing it described as “Metal Slug-ish”. Well it’s true that it’s kind of a clone of that game, but it’s really not quite as good. Still, I had quite a bit more fun replaying it than I did the first time. But was it because of the arcade stick, or simply because I understood the game better? Probably the latter, actually.
The first obvious problem here is that the buttons cannot be reconfigured at all. So instead of using one neat row of buttons like a Neo Geo controller should, you are stuck using the four buttons crammed on the left. It’s really a shame, and it only makes me wish I had gotten this instead.
The second problem is that I’m obviously not used to playing with an arcade stick. I keep dying stupidly, thinking “I could have sworn I was pushing the stick straight to the right, not diagonally!”. I wonder just how long it will take to get used to.
Strange choice? Bah, Contra was in the arcades, surely this will be great! It’s been a while since I played it, but I did beat normal so I jump straight to the Hard difficulty. With my mighty arcade stick, I’m unbeatable anyway.
…except that the game was clearly made for a Classic Controller, and suddenly easy tasks like holding the “Fixed” button that allows you to spray death without moving is near impossible. Perhaps the NES Contra would feel better, but then again, it’s not on the Virtual Console.
Haha, kidding! Even the autofire would be no use here, since if you have your party all target the same enemy, and that enemy gets killed on the first hit, your three other characters waster their turns.
Super Street Fighter 2
Well it’s all been leading up to this. Ever since in the thread I linked to, Simba and co. explained to me the difference between an arcade stick and a fighting stick, I’ve been dreading receiving the thing. I tried to cancel the order. I don’t play
But maybe this stick will get me to actually enjoy fighting games more. So I fire up SSF2, I pick my man, Ryu, I’m pitted against Cammy and… I get my ass promptly kicked. How come I can’t pull off a fireball? Argh! I must be thinking I’m pushing the stick forward when I’m actually pushing it diagonally again. Let’s try one of those spinning kicks… the quarter rotations to the left are actually easier for me to pull off. Shoryukens? A disaster. At best, I’ll do an uppercut followed by a fireball.
Alright, I guess this was to be expected. Did I really think I would be decent at using an arcade stick right away, when all my life I have played these games with a D-pad?
…yes, I kind of did.
I suppose I can train myself to use a stick, but why bother? Again, I’m not really into fighting games, and it is kind of pointless for me to learn to use a new control method when I have no plan to start competing online or at my local (non-existent) arcade.
Still, I may start getting a few of the games available on VC Arcade. But they might just play better with the Classic Controller. Any perceived “extra enjoyment” would probably only come from the novelty factor.
Sigh. What was I thinking?
Please look forward to my reboxing photo thread, when I decide to sell this back on EBay!