All you hardcore fighting fans will probably have to consider this, right?
One of you die-hard followers of the genre forwarded us this press release , which says a new Hori arcade stick for Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown is coming to North America some time this summer.
It's based on Hori's Real Arcade Pro V3 SA model, and it utilizes authentic Sanwa Denshi parts for the stick and buttons. It also tosses in some optional turbo settings for all the buttons, an adjustable turbo speed, and a "wide body and heavy weight" structure for extra stability. There's no knowing how much it will cost but just as a comparison, it retails for 13,800 yen in Japan, which is the equivalent of $170. Now, to me, that sounds crazy steep, especially when you consider that Final Showdown probably won't retail for more than $20 when it arrives on the PlayStation Network.
But then again, I'm no big-time fighting fan. I've met some, though…and I know what they're willing to pay for top-notch fighting sticks. By the way, this stick and the game in question should drop at about the same time.
Related Game(s): Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown