Just a few weeks ago I was able to pick up a fightstick that I have been wanting for quite some time. It was available during EVO 2013 and at the Mad Catz online store. The Mad Catz Arcade Fightstick VS Series SH was what I was looking for. This hot item was only sold in Japan and it would of cost me and arm and a leg to have it shipped out to the states. I skipped the standard VS series with the Street Fighter X Tekken art and standard sanwa joystick and buttons.
Revealed at TGS 2012 (Tokyo Game Show). The difference from the SFxT stick to this one is the the SILENT HIT hence SH buttons. Definitely great when it comes to playing in tournaments so your opponents won’t predict your next move by listening to the buttons being pressed. Also its great for late night gaming as well. Doesn’t make so much noise at night especially those who are sleeping. Check it out! Also a video was made showing the difference.
Why launch the stick in Japan first? According to Famitsu, Mad Catz’s decision for the Japan test-launch is due to consumer demand there for a quieter joystick solution that would not annoy family members or neighbors during play, especially at night. Apartment complexes in Japan are notorious for their thin walls.
In addition, Mad Catz sponsored pro players Daigo “The Beast” Umehara, Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi, and Kenryo “Mago” Hayashi have also reportedly told the company that low-noise buttons provide an advantage in tournament matches, due to the fact that you are less likely to telegraph your combo inputs to your opponent in such situations.
There may be some truth to the notion that low-noise joysticks can lead to improved chances of winning. In a Daigo Umehara column published in Arcadia magazine a while ago, renowned Japanese Sagat player Bonchan revealed that Ryan Hart, a top European Street Fighter IV who plays Sagat, uses the negative edge technique (performing special moves by releasing buttons instead of hitting buttons) when throwing out Tiger Shots so as not to telegraph his fireballs.
Also currently gameshark.com has it posted but they sold out for now. I have no idea when they will have it back in stock but currently amazon Japan has it available if your willing to pay the hefty shipping price!