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Dreamcast Arcade Stick

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Dreamcast Arcade Stick
Manufacturer: Sega
Made for: Sega Dreamcast
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥5,800[1] HKT-7300
Sega Dreamcast
US
$59.99[2] ?
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£34.99[4] HKT-7300
Sega Dreamcast
FR
?F HKT-7300
Sega Dreamcast
DE
DM 99,95[5] HKT-7300
Sega Dreamcast
ES
?Ptas HKT-7300
Sega Dreamcast
AU
$99.95[6] ?


The Dreamcast Arcade Stick (アーケードスティック) is an official arcade stick peripheral for the Sega Dreamcast, released on the day of the system's launch in all major territories. It is a controller optimised for genres typically associated with arcades - one-on-one fighting and 2D shoot-'em-up games.

In North America it was released by Agetec.

Hardware

The Dreamcast Arcade Stick is an evolution of the Virtua Stick released for the Sega Saturn. Like the later iterations of the Virtua Stick (and the Virtua Stick Pro), it uses parts similar to those found in the arcades, though opts for a more Dreamcast-esque aesthetic rather than mirroring that of Sega's multi-purpose arcade cabinets.

The Arcade Stick consists of seven face buttons (the standard Start, A, B, X and Y found on a regular Dreamcast Controller, plus C and Z, which are effectively re-mapped versions of L and R)) and an eight-way digital stick (emulating the D-Pad), mounted on a metal faceplate. It lacks analogue controls and contains a single slot for a VMU.

The design has made the Dreamcast controller a popular choice for home modifications and projects, such as MAME cabinets.

Compatible games

Like the Sega Saturn and Virtua Stick before it, Dreamcast consoles do not recognise the Arcade Stick as a "special" controller, so, as with the standard controller, technically works with the vast majority of Dreamcast games. However, as the stick lacks analogue controls, many games are made more difficult, if not unplayable.

For example, in Sonic Adventure, characters are moved with the analogue thumb pad. This control scheme cannot be changed, so while the Dreamcast will happily let you try, it is impossible to play the game properly with an Arcade Stick.

The following is a list of games that were consciously designed with the Arcade Stick in mind:

Gallery

Magazine articles

Main article: Dreamcast Arcade Stick/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
100 №216, p66[7]
Sega Dreamcast
100
Based on
1 review

Dreamcast, US
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Dreamcast, EU
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Dreamcast, JP
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References


Sega Dreamcast
Topics Hardware Comparison | History (Development | Release | Decline and Legacy) | List of Games
Hardware Dreamcast consoles in Japan (Special) | Overseas
Add-ons Dreamcast Karaoke | Dreameye
Controllers Controller | Arcade Stick | Fishing Controller | Gun (Dream Blaster) | Race Controller | Maracas Controller | Twin Stick | Keyboard | Mouse | Third-party
Controller Add-ons Jump Pack (Third Party) | Microphone | VMU (4x Memory Card | Third Party)
Controller Connectors DC Tsunaident 123 | Dream Connection 2 in 1 | Dream Connection 4 in 1 | Dream Connection II | Super Converter 3 | Total Control | Total Control 2 | Total Control Plus | Total Control 3 | Total Control 5
Development Hardware Dev.Box | Controller Box | Controller Function Checker | Sound Box | GD-Writer | C1/C2 Checker | Dev.Cas | GD-ROM Duplicator
Online Services/Add-ons Dreamarena | SegaNet | WebTV for Dreamcast | Modem | Modular Cable | Modular Extension Cable | Broadband Adapter | Dreamphone
Connector Cables Onsei Setsuzoku Cable | RF Adapter | Scart Cable | S Tanshi Cable | Stereo AV Cable | VGA Box

Dreamcast MIDI Interface Cable | Neo Geo Pocket/Dreamcast Setsuzoku Cable | Taisen Cable

Misc. Hardware Action Replay CDX | Code Breaker | Kiosk | MP3 DC | MP3 DC Audio Player | Treamcast | Third-party
Unreleased Accessories DVD Player | Zip Drive | Swatch Access for Dreamcast | VMU MP3 Player
Arcade Variants NAOMI | Atomiswave | Sega Aurora