Neogeo Arcade Stick Pro Review

Last modified: May 31, 2020

Price$119.99
ReleaseSeptember 27, 2019
PlatformPC / Android / NEOGEO mini

Quick Facts

  • This is a console-fightstick hybrid that runs games from series like The King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, Samurai Showdown, and more.
  • For the NEOGEO mini, a cable and adapter are included.
  • For NEOGEO gamepads, there are two USB-C connectors on the back if you would like to play multiplayer without a second arcade stick.

Performance

The joystick of the Neogeo Arcade Stick Pro is smooth and makes enough clicking sounds for proper feedback, though it does not pack the same quality as your state-of-the-art Seimitsu joystick. Nonetheless, the quality is still there. To stay faithful to the arcade layout, the first two buttons are not aligned with the rest, which is a positive ergonomic measure. All buttons activate within a few millimeters of pressing, which is the industry standard. That is despite the fact that the buttons are not Sanwa. When it comes to stability during frantic play, the arcade stick stays put like it should.

Hardware

This arcade stick is sturdy, and the weight is moderate. Besides the USB-C connectors in the back, in the front can be found another USB-C port for power, a USB port, and an HDMI connector. There has been at least one report of the stock HDMI producing choppy audio, so you might have to invest in a third party cable. All of the other buttons, such as options, select, and turbo can be found on the right. Switching between platforms is as simple as hitting a toggle switch. Other toggles are rather ambiguous, but there are instructions for the interested. Modification is achievable with a screwdriver, but it is not for the weak hearted or the inexperienced. There is a headphone jack.

Aesthetics

This arcade stick has one of the most unusual shapes in the history of arcade sticks, and that is not a bad thing. Besides that, the color scheme is minimalistic with some nuance to sort of resemble the colorfulness that we experienced back in the day when the retro games that come with the arcade stick were popping.

Price

If it only ran on consoles, this SNK beauty would be nothing short of a steal. Regardless, the fact that it is as good of a console as it is a standalone fightstick means that it is a fightstick that should go down in the hall of fame. All of that and it is still priced less than the average fightstick. Otherwise, you might be interested in the answer of Capcom to this concept of a console-fightstick hybrid, although Capcom’s iteration cannot be used as a standalone fightstick.

Verdict

ProsVersatile concept
Physical stability
Interesting silhouette
ConsImperfect joystick and buttons
Potentially flawed HDMI cable
Modification not beginner friendly
PerformanceGood
HardwareAverage
AestheticsAverage
PriceGood
Score⭐⭐⭐⭐

Links

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