Sanwa Mono Review

Sanwa Standard Arcade Stick
ReleaseDecember 17, 2014
CompatibilityPS4 / PS3 / PC
Dimensions14.4” x 11.2” x 2.6”
Cable0.19 m
Weight5.29 lbs

Quick Facts


As you may have expected, the joystick and buttons of the Sanwa Standard Arcade Stick are Sanwa, which is known for quality. The Noir layout was thought out so precisely that the centimeters from the edge were measured. For added wrist support, the end of the panel is slanted in an adequate way, but the short cable may have you playing closer to the screen than you prefer.

Back to the joystick, it does not feel exactly like other arcade sticks with Sanwa joysticks. For the tech savvy: the engagement distance for diagonals is shorter, probably because of a gap between the shaft or actuator and the restrictor gate as well as a small hole. The actuator’s size is actually different, and the shaft sits lower.


The unit is quite large and hefty. However, an unusual decision was taken when designing this piece as the top panel does not continue into the bottom part of the unit. Rather, it simply cuts off, and the remainder is a boxy base. Furthermore, while the cable has Velcro, stuffing it into the open compartment when not playing is not guaranteed to keep it there.


While the minimalistic stock design is appealing, the true star of the show is the Guilty Gear Xrd Sign edition. Since Arc System Works was directly partnered with to create this piece, it is clear why the artwork does the franchise so much justice. Even from a distance, one can easily tell that it is a Guilty Gear arcade stick. The player has a choice of three different artworks to go along with the arcade stick. Luckily, the top panel is quite easy to change. The plexiglass is solid. If there is one pet peeve, it is how distracting the LED can be.



  • Meticulous layout
  • Wrist support
  • Art conscious


  • Short cable
  • Unusual joystick
  • Awkward storage




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