By Kevin "Methodone89" van Dongen on August 27, 2015

The Mad Catz Arcade Fightstick TE2 for PS4 and PS3 continues the legacy of the original TE FightStick. Premium Sanwa Denshi parts create a tough arcade stick that's always ready for a fight. Will the Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 help make you a better fighter?

General Info
If you play Fighting games with a standard controller, pick up a stick and you'll notice an immediate difference, a whole new world opens up to you. The TE2 FightStick uses high-quality Sanwa joystick and buttons, the very same parts found in Japanese arcade cabinets and cabinets around the world. The Sanwa JLF stick is the standard in tournament-grade FightSticks. A Vewlix-style layout with 8 action buttons offers a classic and ergonomic feel while providing full access to an arsenal of moves. Sanwa OBSF-30 action buttons respond with pinpoint accuracy and can withstand repeated use.

The Tournament Edition 2 opens up for access to inner storage and components. Dedicated storage compartments give you space for your extra tools and parts. You can easily swap artwork with the included screwdriver tool, complete with interchangeable hex and flat heads. The unique design has holes that go around the action buttons. This means you can easily swap out custom artwork without having to remove buttons or fiddle around with wires.

The TE2 has a Lock/Unlock Button which disables Start/Options and Select/Share, and prevents use of the PS button. which can be useful during tournament where pressing such button will forfeit the game. The TE2 can be used for arcade games that don't involve life bars or intricate combos. A 3-way button enables the joystick to function as the left or right analog stick or D-Pad, opening gameplay for a wide variety of game genres.

The TE2 includes
- Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2
- 9.8ft/3m ProCable
- Screwdriver tool with interchangeable hex and flat heads

Product Specs
- Authentic Japanese-style Sanwa Denshi™ joystick and buttons
- Intuitive top panel design for easy artwork customization
- Premium-quality components with genuine arcade layout
- 3-Way button enables joystick to function as left or right analog stick or D-Pad
- Controller lock/unlock button prevents accidental button presses
- Removable ProCable for easy storage and travel
- Internal storage compartments hold extra tools and parts

Compatible Games (at the time of writing):

PlayStation 4:
- Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-
- Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate Edition
- Divekick
- Mortal Kombat X
- Ultra Street Fighter IV
- BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND
- Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
- Skullgirls

PlayStation 3:
- Ultra Street Fighter IV
- Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-
- Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
- BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
- Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3
- The King of Fighters XIII
- Mortal Kombat X
- BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND
- Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

Since I didn't like the stock version of the TE2 and I'm a huge Street Fighter fan, I customized my TE2 and created a one of a kind Street Fighter Stick. I used the same type of buttons which are used in the stock TE2 (Sanwa OBSF-30 action buttons) but of different colors and some limited edition buttons. I replaced the stock dust washer with a custom Street Fighter dust washer, the same goes for the ball top which is replaced by a bubble yellow one.

The artwork underneath the faceplate can be switched out and if you download the template from the Mad Catz website you can create your own artwork customized for your stick. I printed the artwork at my local copy shop and cut it out to fit the stick. In my opinion the stick now looks better than ever. I also replaced the stock square restrictor and added an Octagon restrictor to my Sanwa JFL stick, this way the stick now has 8 resting points.

Customizing the stick is easy you can replace everything without ever breaking a sweat, once you lift the top panel all wires and screws become visible and are easy to detach or unscrew. The wires are color coded so you don't have to worry which is which. Next to the easy replacement of parts the inside of the TE2 also has space for the included screwdriver and 2 spare buttons.

The parts I used were ordered at Shadaloo and Arcade Shock but can be found at any and all arcade parts resellers.

In conclusion
I have been using the TE2 for 3 weeks now and I must say it takes some getting used to, the stick is quite heavy and robust. The buttons are great and hitting special moves in USFIV was never quite so easy. The top lid doesn't close all the way which is sort of a letdown and the plexiglass moves a little ( a custom one is on the way). Nevertheless the stick is a great addition for anyone who's into fighting games and doesn't already own a PS3 stick, which can be used for most games. I use the stick in my The Path Of The True Warrior Series which is a weekly stream on my Twitch channel of me winning and losing a lot of Street Fighter matches.

compatible with:

Mad Catz