Ipega Mini Review

Last modified: June 4, 2020

Price$25.99
ReleaseJune 3, 2019
PlatformNS

Quick Facts

  • This is a smaller arcade stick than a mini arcade stick.
  • There are home and turbo buttons.
  • It is also compatible with the Nintendo Switch Lite.

Performance

The buttons of the Mini Arcade Stick are responsive, and the joystick is not bad. In addition, the arcade stick is durable and also anti slip due to little rubber feet at the bottom. However, a little more width before reaching the Joy Cons would have been nicer to enlarge the joystick and buttons. For maximum comfort, place the arcade stick on a desk. The arcade stick derives its charge from the Nintendo Switch. The fact that the B/A and Y/X buttons are reversed can be remedied by custom button mapping, which is available for most games and especially available after Nintendo’s update. Otherwise, the button layout is akin to that of Xbox, and constant remapping is a hassle. There are no firmware updates. At least the connection with the Switch is stable.

Hardware

The unit is light, but it does not feel cheap. It is easy to set up. You can dock the Switch on to get the controls, and instructions are included. It is compact, lightweight, and portable. Make sure that wired communication is on before you actually use it.

Aesthetics

The arcade stick looks quite nice but nothing special. Truth be said, there is not much real estate for some elaborate artwork anyway. Regardless, there are enough Switch influences in the color scheme, and there are enough nuances to distinguish it from an official Nintendo product while giving it an Ipega touch. Otherwise, with the Switch docked, there is an undeniable satisfaction to looking at what appears to be almost an official little arcade cabinet that can surely revive some nostalgia.

Price

Being half of the price of a mini fightstick, Ipega’s charming little product is a steal, at least when buying it from Amazon. The performance is good, the fightstick does not move around despite its lightness, and it is simply synergetic with the Switch. The remapping hassle is negligible given the other upsides. If you want to upsize to a more traditional mini fightstick that runs on the Switch, consider the Hori Fighting Stick Mini.

Verdict

ProsResponsive buttons
High durability
Very stable
Excellent weight
Perfect fit
ConsCompromised real estate
Button remapping needed
Questionable Xbox layout
No firmware updates
No real artwork
PerformanceGood
HardwareGood
AestheticsAverage
PriceExcellent
Score⭐⭐⭐⭐

Links

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