This Is The Ultimate Custom Arcade Fight Stick… For StarCraft II

This Is The Ultimate Custom Arcade Fight Stick… For StarCraft II

Fighting game fans go great lengths to create their own custom arcade controllers, personalised weapons carved from raw passion to wage a war against all comers. What if the same ingenuity and passion were applied to a non-fighting game like StarCraft II? I think it would go a little something like this.

Created by the amazing Mauricio Romano for a cross-over contest held by fighting game site Shoryuken, this astounding creation utilises precision Sanwa buttons in two sizes and a custom pointing device mounted on an Ultrastik analogue joystick configured as a mouse to simulate the traditional StarCraft II control scheme.

Does it work? Yes. Does it work well? Well, no, but that was hardly the point. In the dark mirror universe where professional StarCraft have the spare time to do arts and crafts, this is what they’re building.


Click here to follow Mauricio’s path to greatness from inspiration to end product.

Check out the Ultimate StarCraft II Arcade Stick [SRK]


  • The text in the image is difficult to read but it looks like it just uses arcade buttons for a keyboard.
    This could have had great potential.
    He should have used transparent buttons with command symbols printed on clear round sheets inserted behind the button and illuminated.
    The idea of simply creating a keyboard using arcade buttons is therefore wasted.
    Why not not have vital things and complex commands mapped to one button ready at the touch of a single button

    Oh well at least it it looks like some quality work.

  • As an experiment, I commend the resourcefulness of the creator but essentially useless as an actual controller. The buttons are no better than decent hotkeys (even the default SC2 one does this quite well all stacked to the left side) and that stick is probably far less precise than a decent mouse.

  • Buttons are good, mouse would never, ever work. Anything less than a traditional mouse just doesn’t have the precision that these kind of games require. Many, many times perhiphral makers have tried to make a new kind of gaming settup for PC gamers, but truth be told WASD + Mouse will always reign supreme.

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