From fully modular sticks to classic controllers with modern twists.
Accessory manufacturer HORI had plenty of new peripherals on display on the Evo 2018 show floor for fighting fans of all levels, with a strong emphasis on the Nintendo Switch.
Prototype Modular Stick
HORI will soon be releasing a fight stick that is completely modular out the gate; simply unfold the device and access to the entire unit becomes available, even with easily swappable artwork. There is also plenty of space inside the unit to use as storage for more parts, and the cable wraps nicely on the internal rack. On top of having a large amount of physical modding potential, the device will also ship with an application for smartphones that can change the inputs for the buttons as well as the color of the LEDs. The stick is currently unnamed with no release date, but be on the lookout for more information coming soon.
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HORI is releasing two new Real Arcade Pro fightsticks to commemorate the release of the highly anticipated title, SoulCalibur VI. each with stellar artwork and slick translucent cases. The blue Siegfried and Nightmare stick will release exclusively on the PlayStation 4, while the red lady fighters stick is exclusively made for the Xbox One. Both sticks retain the same features with a headphone jack, touchpad, share, L3, R3, and turbo buttons, and a cover for the start button on the top. The SoulCalibur VI sticks are set to release simultaneously with the title on October 19, 2018.
Joy-Con D-Pad Controller
HORI also sets out to solve one of the major problems for Nintendo Switch with their new D-Pad Joy-Cons. Ordinarily, the left Joy-Con features four buttons instead of a traditional D-pad, in order to match the right for multiplayer use. For those wanting to play fighters on the go, however, the traditional Joy-Con is less than user-friendly with its four button directional layout. The new HORI D-Pad Joy-Cons allow for smoother control in 2D titles. With the ever-growing library of fighting games coming to the Switch, these D-Pad Joy-Cons are essential for any fighting game fan. One caveat for the new Joy-Cons is that they must be used in handheld mode, since they do not have their own power source or wireless functionalities, so there is no functionality with the Joy-Con grip. The new D-Pad Joy-Cons still succeed in what they set out to do by bringing traditional control to the popular hybrid console in its portable configuration. The new Joy-Con are set to release on September 18, 2018.
Nintendo Switch Character-inspired GameCube Controllers
HORI has a new series of GameCube-style controllers heading to the Nintendo Switch just in time for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. These new controllers continue the translucent motif for the most part — not counting Pikachu — and are all stylized to match a particular character or franchise. The controllers will immediately feel familiar to those who have found the GameCube controller to be their smashing weapon of choice, but features a few differences that should make things more efficient for players. The controllers all connect via USB so there is no need for the GameCube controller adapter; the L and R buttons have a much shorter draw distance as opposed to the deep press required for the original accessory; and the C-stick also has a high level of resistance so there is less of an opportunity for the stick to flick in an unwanted direction. There is also a very nice texture on the handles of the controllers similar to the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 and the most recent iterations of the Xbox One controller. Another welcome feature for the controllers is that the controllers are compatible with any Nintendo Switch title, thanks to the ZL and ZR buttons.
Nintendo Switch Multiport USB PlayStand
HORI had one last item for their Nintendo Switch lineup, the Multiport USB PlayStand. This accessory allows up to four players to connect their USB controllers while the Nintendo Switch is in tabletop mode. Perfect for fighting game tournaments and conventions, all it needs is to be plugged in via the Nintendo Switch AC adapter (sold separately), and players will be able to compete nearly anywhere without needing a television. Unlike the other items on the list above, the Multiport USB PlayStand is already available now.