A Japanese player modded a Mikado arcade cabinet to use console pads

By on July 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Traveling to Japan, the mecca of fighting games, carries one condition with it: it’s better if you’re a player who can use arcade sticks, or else you won’t be able to perform at your best at numerous arcade centers you’ll want to visit. Though some tournaments in Japan ran on consoles, for the most part, you have to know how to play on a stick. But this could change in the future, and one person is showing a successful modding of an arcade cabinet that allows players to use some console pads.

TMF posted on Twitter about how they used a USB decoder to hook up pads onto a Mikado arcade cabinet. In further tweets, they said that PS3 and Xbox 360 tended to be less stable and more buggy, and of course, they have to remain wired.

Here’s a video of this in action, with the pad working and using a macro in Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2:

And here’s another video from Joniosan which shows a player successfully using this to play matches:

Maybe there’s hope for a future when pad and stick players alike can play on any platform, regardless of preference? This could be an important, first step for arcades to start including USB ports that let pad players bring their own devices.

Sources: TMF; Joniosan

Luke "Woocash" Siuty is a Chicago-based writer who specializes in ArcSys titles. A Guilty Gear veteran, he plays Baiken and commits atrocities by playing Sin when he's not busy pondering the ArcSys Cycle. He's always down to talk on Twitter, so send him tips. He's good at OS-ing in real life, not so much in video games, though.