I've never been into fighting games, and I wasn't into the arcades much, either. But I hear accessories like these are big among the hardcore fans.

According to Shoryuken , Hori has revealed that they'll be producing a couple Soul Calibur V -branded arcade sticks, which will release alongside the game in January.

Presumably, these are only for Japan, but who knows? Maybe you could import one you're an avid fighting aficionado. Modeled after the NOIR Japanese Arcade Cabinet and featuring a pretty standard yet sleek button layout, the sticks will be available for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Hori hasn't confirmed a price just yet, but it could be close on to $150. The Sanwa-packing Real Arcade Pro goes for $140, ya know, so be prepared to shell out.

Now, I've never been any good with this sort of control scheme. Like I said, I wasn't big into arcades or fighters back in the day. Could someone who knows something about this please explain the appeal? Do you get better control from that joystick? And does it help to have those big plastic buttons? I would think it'd be harder to string together combos and stuff, but I'm probably wrong about that.

Related Game(s): Soul Calibur V