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Mad Catz releases fight sticks for Tekken Tag Tournament 2

by: Sean Colleli -
More On: Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is fast becoming one of 2012's more popular fighting games, and Mad Catz never misses an opportunity for a hardware cross promotion. They have three new fight sticks for the PS3, 360 and Wii U, each with some pretty slick Tekken branding on them. I admit that the shattered glass design around the arcade stick is an eye-catching design, but on the other hand these controllers retail for $159.99. This is also the first fight stick available for the Wii U, and I'm glad 3rd parties aren't making everything in boring old Apple white like they did for the Wii. Gack.

Now supposedly Mad Catz has been getting better in the past few years--they made the decent Rock Band controllers--but I still remember when their name was synonymous with "cheapo." I have a couple of their controllers from the GameCube/PS2 area, and none of them lasted more than a month of normal use. All I'm saying is for that kind of scratch, these fight sticks better be built to last, although I doubt they'll be sturdier than the old Dreamcast arcade decks.

Mad Catz® Ships Tekken™ Tag Tournament 2 Arcade FightStick™ Tournament Edition On The Wii U™, Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 Platforms

San Diego – December 20, 2012 – Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT: MCZ) announced today the Company has begun shipping the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition S, the first fighting game controller released by Mad Catz for the new Wii U console from Nintendo® and the similar Tournament Edition S+ FightStick for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.  Licensed by NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc., the Tournament Edition fighting game controller has been designed for competitive play featuring genuine arcade components.

“We’re pleased to extend our relationship with NAMCO BANDAI Games and particularly excited to introduce a Tournament Edition fighting game controller to the new Wii U console.” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.  “We believe that the new FightStick will enable us to further grow our position as market leaders in this category.”

Both fighting game controllers use genuine Sanwa Denshi™ arcade components and the new Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition S+ features underside foam padding for sustained comfort and interchangeable graphic decals.

Additional information available at: http://www.madcatz.com/ttt2