Best Fightsticks 2020

Best Budget fightsticks 2019

At a Glance

Mayflash F300 Arcade Stick

Mayflash F300

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Mayflash F500 Review

Mayflash F500

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Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai Review

HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai

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Hori Real Arcade Pro N review

HORI Real Arcade Pro N Hayabusa

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Razer Panthera EVO Review

Razer Panthera EVO

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Qanba Obsidian Review

Qanba Obsidian

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Qanba Dragon Review

Nacon Daija

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Qanba Dragon Review

Qanba Dragon

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Best Fightsticks Guide 2020

Whether you want to become a better player or just want to replicate the feel of the classic arcade machines, a fightstick is definitely the way to go. 

There are, of course, other reasons for why you should get an arcade stick and I won’t list all of them here. Be sure to check out this post, however, which lists the benefits of using an arcade stick. 

The problem is that there are so many arcade sticks out there – which one do you choose? Well, worry not, my friend, I’ve compiled a list of the best fightsticks on the market right now. 

The fightsticks that i’ve listed below range from budget sticks to top of the range, so there’s something for everyone. 

There’s also a link to the full reviews if you want to read a bit more about the stick before making your decision. 

So without further delay, here are the best fightsticks in 2020.

 

Mayflash F300 – Best Budget Stick 

Mayflash F300 Arcade Stick
Credit: Mayflash

If you’re looking for the most affordable option, look no further than the Mayflash F300. 

As a beginner fightstick, it’s great; featuring the standard 8 button arcade layout and joystick. Perhaps the stick’s best feature, however, is the ability to play on almost any platform including Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC and even switch.

It’s a universal stick that’s fully customizable and can be upgraded to Sanwa Denshi parts. 

Mayflash F300 full review

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The Good 

  • The price – Excellent value for money
  • Customization – Can easily be customized
  • Looks and feels sturdy
  • Universal stick – can connect to almost any platform
  • Great beginner fightstick

The Bad

  • Buttons and joystick are non-Sanwa
  • Buttons feel mushy
  • Maybe too small for some people
  • Setup is slightly fiddly and the extra wires are annoying

 

Mayflash F500 – Bigger, better and more customizable than the F300

Mayflash F500 Review
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For not much more money you can get the Mayflash F500 which is bigger and better than the F300. 

The F500 sports a better design and added metal plates mean it’s better quality too.

Throw in a headphone jack, additional customization like the ability to swap out the artwork and, of course, the universal feature, means you have a pretty sweet deal. 

Mayflash F500 full review

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The Good

  • Excellent value for money
  • Bigger and better quality than the Mayflash F300
  • Headphone Jack
  • Customizing the fightstick is a breeze
  • Octagonal plate included
  • Universal Fightstick

The Bad

  • Parts are Non-Sanwa
  • Buttons feel slightly mushy
  • Setup is awkward

 

HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai –  Best Mid Range Stick

Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai Review
Credit: Hori

The HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai is a great fightstick built on a solid base and has quality parts to boot.

The RAP 4 has an appealing design which makes it look more expensive than it is. The joystick and buttons are non-Sanwa but still feel great to play with. 

If you’re looking for a quality fightstick but don’t want to pay a ridiculous price to get one – look no further than the RAP 4.  

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The Good

  • High-quality parts
  • Solid premium design
  • Sturdy base and quite wide
  • Joystick and Buttons are very responsive
  • Useful assign mode
  • A cheaper alternative to the Madcatz TE and Razer lines

The Bad

  • Difficult to swap out artwork
  • Buttons can get a bit loud
  • No headphone jack

 

HORI Real Arcade Pro N Hayabusa – A great fightstick with a unique button layout

Hori Real Arcade Pro N review
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Like the RAP 4, the RAP N is a fantastic mid-range fightstick, but with some added features that make it, in my opinion, better than the RAP 4. 

The fact that there is a headphone jack, the ability to swap artwork and the repositioning of the annoying OPTIONS button means HORI really listened to the complaints of the RAP4. 

The RAP N also has one more trick up its sleeve in that it also has the ‘Noir’ button layout, as opposed to the traditional viewlix layout you find on most sticks these days. This already makes it a unique fightstick and one that should not be overlooked. Read my full review by clicking on the link below. 

HORI Real Arcade Pro N Hayabusa full review

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The Good

  • High-quality parts
  • Noir button layout is quite comfortable
  • Solid premium design
  • Joystick and Buttons are very responsive
  • A cheaper alternative to the Madcatz TE and Razer lines
  • Headphone jack
  • Easier to add custom artwork

The Bad

  • Buttons can get loud
  • Joystick feels a little loose at times

  

Razer Panthera EVO – Best PS4 Stick

Razer Panthera EVO Review
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Razer really went all out with the original Panthera and made it one of the best fightsticks on the market. It’s follow up, the Razer Panthera EVO is an improvement in many ways. 

Designed with the most serious players in mind, Razer have installed their own high-quality buttons into the stick. Add to that a Sanwa joystick, high-quality base, the ability to swap artwork and you have a stick that is truly built for the fighting game enthusiast.  

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The Good 

  • Premium and sleek design
  • High-quality parts
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Highly responsive buttons and joystick
  • Spacious Internal storage compartments
  • Can now swap artwork

The Bad

  • Not as mod-friendly as the original Panthera
  • Razer buttons may sometimes stick after extended use

 

Qanba Obsidian – Beautiful premium stick with Sanwa parts

Qanba Obsidian Review
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If you don’t like the look of the Razer Panthera but want a premium stick that plays just as good, then get the Qanba Obsidian. 

This is a beautiful fightstick that is fully equipped with Sanwa parts so you know it’s good. Whilst it’s size makes it slightly impractical this is still one of the best fightsticks on the market. 

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The Good

  • Beautiful design
  • Solid build quality
  • Sanwa buttons and lever
  • Cheaper than the Qanba Dragon

The Bad

  • Awkard to travel with because of its size
  • Difficult to customize artwork
  • No easy access option for modding

Nacon Daija – A premium fightstick that is easy to mod

Nacon Daija
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The Nacon Daija was built with the help of pro fighting game player Kayane so you know it’s good.

A solid premium design, Sanwa parts, and easy to mod capability makes the Daija one of the best fightsticks on the market.

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The Good

  • Solid and sturdy size
  • Clean looking design
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Sanwa joystick and buttons
  • Very easy to mod
  • Can easily swap out artwork
  • Performance is excellent
  • Headphone jack
  • Spacious internal storage for wires

The Bad

  • Hefty size for some
  • Difficult to swap out lever for something other than Sanwa

Qanba Dragon – The best fightstick money can buy

Qanba Dragon Review
Credit: Qanba

Is money no object? Do you want the best fightstick? Then here comes the Qanba Dragon. 

Subtle isn’t the word I would use to describe the Dragon. It’s big, it’s heavy and it’s the most premium fightstick on the market. It has too many features to list here but make sure to read the full review by clicking on the link below. 

The Qanba Dragon is expensive but remember, you get what you pay for. So if you want the supercar equivalent of a fightstick, then get the Qanba Dragon. 

Read Qanba Dragon full review

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The Good

  • Solid premium build quality
  • Hefty design reinforces it’s premium look
  • Sanwa buttons and joystick
  • Performance is top notch
  • Unique method to store cables
  • Understated artwork
  • Easy access to inside for modding
  • Headphone Jack

The Bad

  • Hefty size means difficult to travel with
  • It’s expensive
  • Artwork difficult to customize

 

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