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Virtua Stick

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Fast facts on the Virtua Stick
Manufacturer: Sega
Made for: Sega Saturn
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥4,800 HSS-0104
Sega Saturn
JP (2nd version)
¥5,800 HSS-0136
Sega Saturn
US
$64.99[1] 80112
Sega Saturn
UK
£? MK-80302
Sega Saturn
FR
?F MK-80302
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? MK-80302
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas MK-80302


The Virtua Stick is an arcade stick peripheral released for the Sega Saturn - the first officially licensed one built by Sega. There are two models of the Virtua Stick, the first (HSS-0104) was released internationally and features turbo switches, while the second (HSS-0136) only made it to Japan and is closer to what you might find built-in to Sega arcade cabinets.

Both Virtua sticks have nine face buttons, seven functioning like the regular face buttons on a regular Saturn Controller and another two for L and R. As the name suggests, the Virtua Stick was intended to be used with Virtua Fighter, one of the earliest Saturn versus fighting games.

The Virtua Stick was redesigned for the Japanese audience to make it more authentic. The buttons and joysticks were replaced those more common to the arcade, and the turbo switches were removed. The second Virtua Stick would go on to influence the Dreamcast Arcade Stick in the years that followed, as well as PlayStation 2 and PC versions.

The HSS-0136 model was also re-released for the Dreamcast by a third-party, including an internal Sega Saturn to Dreamcast controller adapter. It was re-branded as "DC GAMEMATE Fighting Stick" by sticking new foil labels over the old branding. Japan also received the Virtua Stick Pro, which adds space for a second player.

Magazine articles

Main article: Virtua Stick/Magazine articles.

Gallery

Physical scans

Saturn, US
VirtuaStick Saturn US Box Top.jpg
VirtuaStick Saturn US Box Back.jpgVirtuaStick Saturn US Box Spine.jpgVirtuaStick Saturn US Box Front.jpgVirtuaStick Saturn US Box Spine2.jpg
VirtuaStick Saturn US Box Bottom.jpg
Cover
VirtuaStickSaturnUSManual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
VirtuaStick Saturn EU Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSaturn MK-80302 box.jpg
Cover
Saturn, JP
Saturn HSS-0104 box-2.jpgNospine-small.pngSaturn HSS-0104 box-1.jpg
Cover
VirtuaStick1994SaturnJPManual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, JP (2nd model)
VirtuaStick Saturn JP Box Back HSS-0136.jpgNospine-small.pngSaturn HSS-0136 box-1.jpg
Cover
VirtuaStick1996SaturnJPManual.pdf
Manual

References

  1. File:GamePro US 074.pdf, page 120
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