Upper Echelon

The two brands that deserve to be part of this caliber are Hori and Qanba in that order. Hori has been consistent for a very long time, and it always produces high end arcade sticks with various specifications, such as platform compatibility, to cater to different tastes, artwork included. Qanba is also on par, but its production rate is slightly less.

Lower Echelon

Although Mayflash’s products are quite average, Mayflash still put out enough arcade sticks to seem involved in the craft. In addition, Mad Catz held up pretty well despite its bankruptcy. Its products can be mainly found on third party sellers. If one can overlook that fact, it can bring a lot to the plate. While Razer is a legend in the industry, its couple of recent contributions have been hit or miss.

One Timers

All other brands have one arcade stick each. Quality aside, their lack of quantity does not justify them a position on the tier list, but only time will tell if they can keep putting out the quality that they might have presented with their initial products.


Hit Box Arcade and Mixboxarcade offer the Hit Box and Mixbox respectively, with the Hit Box using buttons for directions and the Mixbox using WASD arrows. Hit Box Arcade is quite diverse with the options that it presents players, and there is yet another product in the works by them. Mixboxarcade only put out one main model although they have provided much appreciated variations that include different positions of the components as well as compatibility options.