Best Hori Fighting Stick

For many of the people out there, arcade fighting sticks or arcade games even are a lost art that was restricted in malls in the golden days. But, the truth is far from it. The arcade gaming community is progressing and growing more and more every day. The community is well aware of that and knows how important it is to have a fight stick that works well.

Fighting sticks are integral in deciding how your gaming experience is going to shape up. There are plenty of fight sticks available in the market since there are quite a few renowned manufacturers. Razer, Qanba, MadCatz and Hori.

Hori fight sticks are among the very pristine of them all. They are not only able to perform extremely well for a long time, most of them have a design that looks really good. Hori fight sticks have found their way in professional tournaments and matches.

This is a testament to the fact that even the pros rely on the sticks that Hori puts out. This article is going to be about that. We’re looking at the 10 very best Hori fight sticks that you can find.

1.  Hori Fighting Edge

The new and updated Hori Fighting Edge offers significant upgrades over the previous version. Quite often, an updated version of a stick means that add a couple of new artwork and make slight changes. That is not the case with the Fighting Edge. This upgraded model makes improvements in the right direction and earns the spot of number 1 in this list.

Build and Design

With the updated version, Hori has completely redesigned the look of the Fighting Edge fight stick. Black plastic frame with aluminum panels and a minimalistic look, this Hori fight stick looks really amazing. The edges are clean and there is a lot of space on the top to have your hands rest easily while you play.

The touch screen has been moved to the front side along with additional buttons that you may need. Tournament mode, PS Home, Share etc can be found there. And as another change which lets this Hori fight stick stand out, the Fighting Edge has the Noir layout instead of the Taito Vewlix one which you see just about everywhere.

Hori has used Hayabusa switches and buttons with this Fighting Edge fight stick. Hori buttons and joystick do an excellent job of replicating the feel that Sanwa switches have. Therefore, this can be a great model in stock as well since.

However, should you want to swap it out, you can. Modding on the Hori Fighting Edge may not be very easy since it is a bulky and quite tightly built fight stick. But, it can be done and you will be very pleased with the results too.

Performance and Features

This Hori fight stick’s Hayabusa buttons and switches are great and perform very well. There is not a lot of difference to be noted from when you’re using these buttons or when using a fight stick with Sanwa switches. That is because noticing the difference is bare bones.

The Hori buttons are still as responsive as you’d want them to be. For compatibility, the Hori Fighting Edge can be used on a PC and a PS4. This would have been a perfect pick had it been compatible with PS3 as well.

Verdict

The Hori Fighting Edge is a stylish looking fight stick that is tournament-grade and is used by professionals. Its large frame size and bulky design may not be what most people are used to. But, it can hold its own and withstand even the most rough of uses. There is very little that goes wrong with the Hori Fighting Edge fight stick.

Pros

  • Stylish and sleek looking fight stick
  • Hayabusa switches are very responsive
  • Modding is quite easy to do
  • Has a good weight to it which helps keep this fight stick in a stationary position

Cons

  • Not compatible with PS3

2.  Hori Real Arcade Pro N Hayabusa

Hori’s Real Arcade Pro is a fight stick that is known by just about everyone in the fighting game community. There are different variants of the Real Arcade Pro, the first one being quite outdated in today’s standard.

Just like how Hori redesigned the Fighting Edge fight stick, they did so with the Real Arcade Pro as well. The second one in this list is Hori’s Real Arcade Pro N Hayabusa fight stick.

Build and Design

The Hori Real Arcade Pro N is an excellent fight stick that is being used by many professionals. The case has been updated, however there aren’t a lot of very explicit updates. It comes in a black and gold colour scheme and follows the Noir layout of buttons. You can find the 8 buttons along with the joystick and additional PS buttons on this fight stick. The buttons have a matte surface which really feels good when being used.

With the updated version, you get the Hayabusa buttons that Hori normally makes use of. The control panel has been moved to the top side where you can find additional buttons as well.

A very useful feature is that you also get a headphone jack with the Hori Real Arcade Pro N Hayabusa fight stick. The plexiglass artwork looks quite good and it can be easily changed as well. You just need to unscrew the screws on the 4 corners and you can swap out the artwork.

Performance and Features

The Hayabusa push buttons feel great to the touch. The Noir layout and the matte finishing of the buttons are both big bonuses in the ergonomics department. These buttons are incredibly responsive and do an excellent job of mimicking the Sanwa buttons feel. The lever or joystick can feel a little loose than what you normally get.

However, there isn’t any major problem in that regard. You can easily swap out the Hayabusa buttons and joystick for Sanwa if you want to. All you need to do is pull out the panel and you’re good to go. Swapping out the buttons and modding is quite easy on this stick. Even beginners can try it out and be pleased with the results.

Verdict

Long term fans of Hori and people who are new to this genre, they can all put Hori’s Real Arcade Pro N to great use. This Hori PS4 fight stick is a great pick for just about everyone.

It not only makes modding easier but also provides you with quality Hayabusa parts that you just can’t be disappointed with. It is compatible with PS4, PS3 and PC, making it viable for almost everyone.

Pros

  • Hayabusa buttons are quite good
  • Makes modding and swapping of buttons quite easy
  • Good compatibility options
  • Comes with a headphone jack

Cons

  • Joystick’s resistance can feel a little loose

3.  Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai

The next fight stick by Hori that I think is really worth mentioning is the Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai. Tournament mode, Turbo fire, great and highly responsive buttons and switches- the Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai comes with everything you need. And, Hori again brings out the interactive touch pad that you can use with the PS4.

Build and Design

The Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai by Hori has a similar artwork as compared to the previous RAP N Hayabusa fight stick. This time, the artwork has grey and silver accents unlike the gold one. The 8 buttons are arranged in the standard Taito Vewlix layout that we’ve all seen pretty much everywhere now.

The size of the Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai is quite decent. However, there could have been a little more room on the panel for you to rest your wrist. That could have really helped with the comfort levels.

As great as the artwork on the RAP 4 Kai is, it is a little disappointing that you can’t swap it out on your own. The Real Arcade Pro N Hayabusa had screws which you could use to change the artwork. That is not a possibility on the RAP 4 Kai.

Other than that, you can find all the usual tournament grade functions and buttons on the RAP 4 Kai which can come in handy. Turbo mode, Tournament mode etc are all present and can be turned on with the press of a button.

Performance and Design

The Hayabusa buttons on the Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai are of the same quality as the previous RAP 4 fight stick. The buttons make audible sounds that give the tactile and responsive feedback that you want from a fight stick. Hori’s fight sticks do a good job of mimicking the feel of Sanwa buttons and giving you the best performance possible.

This fight stick is compatible with PS4, PS3 and PC. However, there is a different variant which works with Xbox One and Xbox 360. Regardless of which you choose, you can still get an adapter and have it work with the other console.

Verdict

The Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai is a great fight stick with an excellent build quality and plenty of features. Tournament mode and other such modes are essential in fight sticks that are to be used at a high level of game-play. That and the great Hayabusa parts are what make this fight stick worthy of your money.

Pros

  • Solid build quality and base
  • Buttons and joystick are of great quality and feel very responsive
  • Has the features that you want from a fight stick at tournament level gameplay
  • Custom artwork is actually quite good

Cons

  • Artwork can not be swapped and changed

4.  Hori Real Arcade Pro V Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch may not have that many arcade fighting games in its library as PC, PlayStation and Xbox. However, as fighting games are becoming more and more popular, Switch’s library is expanding as well. And so, we have the Real Arcade Pro V, Hori’s fight stick for Nintendo Switch.

Build and Design

This Hori fighting stick is quite similar to the previous version of the Real Arcade Pro fight sticks. It follows the same Taito Vewlix layout of the 8 buttons which are Hayabusa switches. There is a compartment for storing your USB cable.

There isn’t a very noticeable design different in the RAP V Switch as compared to the previous RAP models. However, this stick is missing the headphone jack that comes with almost all versions of Real Arcade Pro fight sticks.

Performance and Design

You can swap out the Hayabusa buttons and lever for Sanwa Denshi switches just as easily as the previous models let you do that. It comes with a red artwork on the top panel as is the colouring scheme of Nintendo. As for how this fight stick performs and feels, well exactly how the RAP 4 does.

There isn’t a lot of difference in this except that it is compatible with Nintendo Switch. It is just as great as the RAP 4 was and feels excellent to use. You still don’t miss out on any high-end features since the Real Arcade Pro V does have them all.

Verdict

The Real Arcade Pro V Switch is somewhat similar to the previous models of the Real Arcade Pro lineup of Hori fighting sticks. It is compatible with Switch and PC when using Dinput. If you are looking for a fighting stick for your Nintendo Switch, this one is the best that you can get. You get all the essentials along with quality performance.

Pros

  • Hayabusa buttons are as responsive as ever
  • Price is quite decent
  • Modding is quite easy and friendly
  • Best fighting stick for Nintendo Switch

Cons

  • Does not have a headphone jack

5.  Hori Real Arcade Pro SoulCalibur VI Edition

What sets the Hori Real Arcade Pro SoulCalibur VI Edition apart from the rest is not only its great custom artwork and colouring scheme but also its compatibility.

Build and Design

The Real Arcade Pro fight sticks by Hori are available in quite a few different variants and there aren’t a lot of changes in them. The SoulCalibur VI Edition in the Hori fight sticks lineup is of the same descent.

You have the same Hayabusa buttons and joystick which are quite good. In fact, many people aren’t able to quite distinguish the difference. And you have to admit, the artwork on the Hori Real Arcade Pro SoulCalibur VI Edition is simply fantastic.

It is a high quality picture that you can appreciate a lot. Especially if you’re a fan of the SoulCalibur games. The top right corner has the Start button which has a cover on it. You can use it to close it and prevent any accidental touches.

Performance and Features

There are two different variants of this Hori fight stick, one is for the PlayStation consoles and other is for the Xbox. Both of them can be used with a PC though, so that’s good.

In addition, the PlayStation version lets you remap the buttons where you can use the joystick as an analog stick or a directional pad. The buttons are as good as ever so complaints on that department. This fight stick feels just great to use and is a very good buy.

Verdict

There isn’t a lot of change in the SoulCalibur VI Edition. You can remap the joystick for the PlayStation variant which is great. However, the price takes a bump up without offering any over the top features. If you’re a fan of the SoulCalibur games, this fight stick is going to be really good for you. Not for just its amazing performance but the great artwork as well.

Pros

  • Start button has a cover
  • The artwork is phenomenal
  • Remap joystick to be used as an analog stick or directional D pad

Cons

  • Price is a little high
  • Not a lot of different features offered over the base variants

6.  Hori Fighting Commander

In the arcade fighting community, a lot of people prefer to play these games with a joystick. Arcade fighting sticks are primarily designed for that since that is how they originated. Plus, a big portion of the fighting community uses them.

However, there are also quite a lot of people who use their PS4 or Xbox controllers. The Hori Fighting Commander is designed for them. This is a specially designed controller with a 6 button layout instead of the normal 4 button layout.

Build and Design

The first thing you’ll see about the Hori Fighting Commander is how similar it is in shape of a normal controller. That is because it is made for people who use the PlayStation and/or Xbox controllers.

However, instead of having the Lb and Rb or L1 and R1 buttons in the front, they are on the top right beside the 4 buttons. And, there is no joystick or analog stick. Along with that, it also has buttons such as Turbo for when you want uninterrupted gameplay.

Performance and Features

Despite being of such a small size, it still has the features that you normally get from a full arcade fighting stick. Hori made sure that D-pad players are not left out by equipping the Fighting Commander with the essentials. As for the buttons, they are larger than the normal controller buttons.

That is so that you can easily press them instantly without having a lot of travel time. These buttons are quite soft however. Pressing them is quite easy because of that however, the spongy feeling isn’t as good. You can accidentally press them sometimes. However, if you have gotten your hands down on a controller, using them shouldn’t be a problem.

Verdict

The Hori Fighting Commander is made for the people who are used to playing on a controller rather than an arcade stick. That is why the audience for the Fighting Commander is quite restricted. For what this controller is intended, there isn’t a lot of wrong that it does.

However, there aren’t a lot of advanced features that you might find on a controller. The Turbo mode is good but that’s pretty much it. It is easy to carry and doesn’t cost a lot so that’s a big plus.

Pros

  • Buttons are responsive and feel great to the touch
  • Has a very nice and compact design
  • Doesn’t cost very high

Cons

  • Not a lot of features
  • Only suitable for 2D games and those who play on a D-pad

7.  Hori Fighting Stick Mini 4

The next fight stick is a small and very compact little one by Hori, but it sure does pack a punch. Not always do you want a big and heavy arcade fighting stick. As great as they are, they can propose certain problems for people who are not looking for something like that. Hori’s fight sticks do a good job of diversifying their lineup, and the Fighting Stick Mini 4 is a testament to that.

Build and Design

The Hori Fighting Stick Mini 4 is a much smaller fighting stick when compared to other normally sized ones. It has a little flimsy plastic used for its construction which does make for a light weight build overall. In addition to being small, the buttons are also thinner and smaller than normal sized ones.

Where 30mm wide buttons are what you normally get, Hori’s Fighting Stick Mini 4’s are only 24mm. You can find the PS Share, Home and Start buttons on the top panel where they are fixed. It has the 8 button layout.

With its small size, there is a problem which is that it does not hold a fixed position. You have to make sure that you’re also weighing this stick down as it can move around quite a lot.

Performance and Features

The Hori Fighting Stick Mini 4’s features are quite bare bones. Where you normally get other things such as a storage compartment or a Turbo or Tournament Mode button, that is not the case with this stick. Its primary selling point is its small size and that’s about it.

The buttons are also not really that snappy or responsive. They’re not Sanwa or Hayabusa but rather special designed ones which are made to be small. This fight stick is compatible with PS4, PS3 and PC.

Verdict

If you’re traveling a lot and you want a lightweight fighting stick that you can carry around, the Fighting Stick Mini 4 is the choice. Don’t expect any over the top features on this fight stick either. Nor does it really perform exceptionally well. It is a very reasonably priced fight stick that is just quite small. However, it can be a good option for beginners.

Pros

  • Small and compact fight stick
  • Quite easy on the budget

Cons

  • Features are just bare bones
  • No tournament mode
  • Buttons are quite spongy and not as snappy and tactile

8.  Hori Switch Fighting Stick Mini

The next and final stick in line for you is the Hori Switch Fighting Stick Mini. Just like the Mini 4, this is also a very compact and small fighting stick. That is its primary selling point however, it is also compatible with the Nintendo Switch. Seeing as the market for Switch’s fight sticks is a little low, this can be a great option for you.

Build and Design

This Hori fight stick is a miniaturized version of the normal and traditional sized arcade fighting sticks. It has all the essentials such as an 8-button layout so you don’t miss any important features. The joystick uses a special micro switch activated mechanism that is made to be used for this small fight stick.

This Hori fighting stick does have rubber feet at the bottom however, you may still find it problematic. The light weight and low resistance means that the Hori Switch Fighting Stick Mini is going to move around. You’ll especially find this to be a problem if you’re a bit of an aggressive player.

Performance and Features

The 8 buttons on this Hori fight stick are smaller and thinner than normal ones. First, you’ll see that the space on this fight stick is quite small. So resting your hands comfortable may be a problem for many people.

In addition to that, they are not quite as good feeling and tactile as Hayabusa or Sanwa buttons. This fight stick gets the job done but that’s pretty much it. However, seeing as the Switch is also a small device, the Fighting Stick Mini may be able to find good use in your hands.

This Hori fight stick has a grey colour design on its stock model. However, there is a Street Fighter edition available. One of them has a Cammy and Chun Li artwork on it and the other has Ryu and Ken. Ryu and Ken are red in colour whereas Cammy and Chun Li variant is blue.

Verdict

The Hori Fighting Stick Mini for Nintendo Switch is not exactly a high quality fight stick that you can expect to see in tournament level gameplay. It is made to be portable and lightweight so you can carry it around anywhere you want.

However, as the features go, that’s about it. There isn’t much of a highlight with this fight stick apart from its size. If you don’t want to spend money on a fight stick that you can use in the long run, going for this can be viable.

Pros

  • Lightweight so it can be carried around anywhere
  • A low and attractive price

Cons

  • Lightweight makes it hard to keep it in a fixed position
  • Only compatible with Nintendo Switch
  • No tournament mode or any other high end features

Hori Fighting Stick FAQs

1.  What games are compatible with the Hori Nintendo Switch Real Arcade Pro V Hayabusa?

The Hori Real Arcade Pro V Hayabusa is an excellent fight stick and is available in a version compatible with Nintendo Switch. Any arcade fighting games that are available for Nintendo Switch, you can use the Pro V Hayabusa with them. There aren’t a lot of them available on the Switch as of yet, however there are a few notable titles such as Skull Girls and Street Fighter.

2.  Which Fight Stick is Best in the Long Run?

If you are looking for a fighting stick that you can rely on in the long term, going for one that is of good build quality and has good quality parts is a good option. You also want something that will let you mod it easily so that you can change the look or buttons when you want. The above mentioned fight sticks are a great choice for that.

3.  Are Hayabusa Parts any Good?

In the arcade fighting sticks, the Sanwa JLF buttons and joystick are of the best quality. They are the choice of almost every professional not because of how responsive they are but also because they are quite durable.

Even if you are smashing the buttons, these Sanwa switches will not give out. Compared to Hayabusa, they are quite better however, there isn’t a lot of difference. Hori has made a lot of work on their Hayabusa parts and they are very reliable as well. Only veterans who know what to look for can really spot the differences.

Conclusion

Having read this list, you should know which one is the best for you. Hori fighting sticks have been around for a long time and they have made a name for themselves. These high quality fight sticks are going to work for you for a long time, provided you use them with care. Ranging from expensive and very high-end to just bare bones and essentials, this list has them all.

For instance, the Hori Fighting Edge is in the top position of this list of best Hori fight sticks. However, it can be quite expensive for some and it may have its drawbacks that are particularly a dealbreaker for you. Therefore, explore your options and look for what are your requirements and which stick fulfills them the best.

So read them carefully and look for what kind of arcade fighting stick you are looking for. There is no harm in experimenting so don’t be afraid to try something new as well. The comments below are always open so feel free to ask anything.

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