Mad Catz TE2 Review

Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2
ReleaseApril 2, 2014
CompatibilityXSX / XB1 / PC
Dimensions18.8” x 13.0” x 6.0”
Cable3 m
Weight4.43 lbs

Quick Facts

  • Featured are LED lights with 8 different settings.
  • Included is a hex/flat screwdriver for repairs and mods.
  • Available are Killer Instinct and PlayStation editions.


The Sanwa parts in the Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 mean that the quality of performance is there. The arcade stick feels good and weighty on the lap with little to no unwanted movement. There is ample space for wrist resting.


This arcade stick is slimmer yet heavier than others. Both are actually good things. The cable screws onto the back, and it is designed to quickly detach in the case of someone tripping over it so that the unit does not fall down with it. Popping an arcade stick open was never easier as all that is needed is the press of one big and easy-to-see button. The inclusion of a screwdriver was quite thoughtful for those who need to repair something that is rather farfetched or want to go the extra mile with their modding endeavors.


The standard edition looks okay with its black and red color scheme. One could say that it represents the trademark Mad Catz colors. All of the buttons are backlit, but fortunately, one can toggle the feature off. As for the Killer Instinct edition, although the color scheme might not be everyone’s cup of tea, the arcade stick does its namesake justice with elaborate Killer Instinct artwork for fans and civilians alike. The black plastic looks clean, and the top panel can easily be replaced for those who are not necessarily KI fans or simply prefer to have other art on there. The leftmost six buttons are translucent red while the rightmost buttons are translucent white.



  • Thoughtful hardware
  • Spacious interior


  • Button depth
  • Uninspired look