I recently undertook a minor project to acquire a new arcade stick and mod it with SANWA arcade components. This is something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while, but has always been held up by costs or the need for additional tools for the processes involved.
I still have 2x Dreamcast Agetec sticks that I would like to adapt, but the need to widen the holes for buttons and cut spacing for changing the PCB etc has enabled my natural tendency towards procrastination. However, a desire to replace my current 6 button Xbox 360 stick & cronusmax combo with a new 8 button model for my PS4 sent me to Google.
A little research found that this “budget” stick from venom was fairly well regarded, and even better all of the parts are compatible with standard SANWA arcade components. As a bonus, it even has easily replaceable art. The stick itself I picked up from my local GAME, it was pretty much the same price as everywhere online, and I had a bunch of trade-in credit that made it extra cheap.
There are various guides for this mod around, but I found this one most useful. I used Arcade World UK for all the components, and purchased these:
- 8x SANWA OBSF-30 buttons (6 red with yellow surround, 2 yellow with red surround)
- This SANWA JLF-TP-8YT ball top joystick (in red, of course)
- A cable to connect the stick to the PCB
Some people also suggest getting an octagonal gate, but once I found out what they were talking about, I decided I was happy with the standard square one…
Street Fighter V was the primary motivation for getting involved in this, and I decided straight away that I would be going for a “Ken” theme. I found this artwork online that someone else had shared to use for now. I have asked a friend to look at maybe making a new custom design for me, so hopefully I’ll be changing to something new later. Cutting the artwork wasn’t as bad as expected, I had it printed onto A3 and with patience and a decent blade it was pretty painless:
Changing the components over and fitting the art was all straight-forward, no messing at all!
I am really pleased with the results, and very much enjoying using the controller online. I intend to re-purpose at least the original buttons from the Venom Stick, putting them into one of the Dreamcast sticks once I get my hands on a dremel…