Top Budget Arcade Sticks 2023

10. Hori Fighting Stick Mini

Hori Fighting Stick Mini

The buttons of the Hori Fighting Stick Mini are smaller than average, but getting used to them should be easy. The closer proximity of the parts requires less energy from you as a player. Most of the features of a regular sized arcade stick are present here, including multi-speed turbo.

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9. PXN-0082

PXN-0082 Arcade FightStick

Players who enjoy feedback in the form of joystick clicking sounds will likely enjoy the mini PXN-0082. There were no latency or dead zone issues detected during testing. The wrist space on the right side is to avoid overly enlarging the unit. For stability, there are suction cups that won’t detach deep into a match.

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8. Mayflash F101

Mayflash Arcade Fightstick F101

The Mayflash F101 is a simple arcade stick that is mini and multiplatform. Its stock parts are above average, and luckily, it is relatively easy to upgrade the parts yourself. Furthermore, the turbo works well. As for the build, it is high quality plastic with a metal panel that increases weight and stability, the latter of which is also boosted by big rubber feet.

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7. Mayflash F300

Mayflash Arcade Stick F300

Compatible with Sanwa parts, the mini Mayflash F300 arcade stick is multiplatform, weighty, and firm, and the joystick is hefty. Artwork fanatics can print out a decal to stick on top of the arcade stick. This arcade stick is quite customizable.

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6. Mayflash F500

Universal Arcade Stick F500 V2

This Mayflash F500 is a bigger variation of the Mayflash F300. The acrylic panel of this multiplatform behemoth eases customization. The metal cover and base increase the weight and security. The buttons function better than the predecessor. An octagonal gate is provided as an accessory item, and replacing it is relatively simple. The same applies to the buttons due to the easy-to-see screws to be found at the bottom. Another improvement over the predecessor is that there is finally a headphone jack.

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5. Dark Matter

Dark Matter Arcade Fighting Stick for Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Android

The Dark Matter Arcade Fighting Stick is a multiplatform arcade stick that contains an aluminum alloy frame, octagonal-gated Sanwa joystick, and Sanwa buttons. You can change the input type as you desire, whether it is D-pad, left stick, or right stick. There is a tournament lock in addition to a turbo mode.

Sanwa parts bolster the performance and durability. The eight-directional joystick makes movements easy, and the precise buttons complete the package. There is lots of room for comfort, and the heavy weight & rubber feet enhance the stability of this arcade stick.

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4. Qanba Drone

Qanba N2 Drone Joystick Arcade Fighting Stick

The mini Qanba Drone is a bestseller and a behemoth. It has a tournament lock switch in addition to LED indicators. There is an anti-slipping bottom pad. The joystick and buttons are spread apart conveniently and quite flexible. Instead of a USB compartment, there is room under the wrist space. You can stick an artwork vinyl to express yourself.

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3. 8BitDo Arcade Stick

8BitDo Arcade Stick

The joystick of this mini 8BitDo arcade stick feels decent. The buttons have quick disconnects for modding purposes. No latency issues were detected when testing across four platforms. The plastic top panel is impressively not malleable. The weight has been artificially boosted by a thick metal plate inside, which is clever. The 1000 mAh lithium ion battery can last up to 30 hours of play through Bluetooth and 40 hours through 2.4G, and the charging time is four hours.

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2. Qanba Crystal

Qanba Q2 Crystal Joystick Arcade Fighting Stick

It is quite hard to believe how moderately the Qanba Crystal is priced given how much quality it provides. This prolific arcade stick features LEDs with these three modes: activation, glow, and stealth. When pressing the Crystal’s buttons, the sound is minimal, and there is no input lag. There is plenty of wrist room for the player’s comfort, and there are rubber strips for stability when placing the arcade stick on one’s lap. This arcade stick is sturdy. The door is closed by magnets to avoid accidental opening. You can also pull out a magnetic carrying handle from the arcade stick.

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1. Mayflash F300 Elite

Mayflash Arcade Stick F300 Elite


This arcade stick is an improvement over the Mayflash F300 because of the Sanwa joystick and buttons. The joystick feels sturdy, and there is less travel distance to register an input. The arcade stick is weighty, and it is firm. Those who want to spice up the minimalist look can print out a sticker to stick onto the surface. We have a custom artwork service!

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RankFull ReviewBuy
1Mayflash F300 ElitePrice
2Qanba CrystalPrice
38BitDo Arcade StickPrice
4Qanba DronePrice
5Dark MatterPrice
6Mayflash F500Price
7Mayflash F300Price
8Mayflash F101Price
10Hori Fighting Stick MiniPrice