MadCatz Street Fighter X Tekken FightPad SD Review

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Games like Street Fighter and Tekken have evolved into chess matches that require more skill and intellect as time passes by. Some of that intellect resides in the use of great gaming peripherals to achieve the outcome of victory.

MadCatz again provided such great gaming peripheral with the release of the Street Fighter X Tekken FightPad SD to commemorate the release of Street Fighter X Tekken on the Xbox 360 and PS3. The Street Fighter X Tekken FightPad SD is designed to be comfortable and easy to use, with its elevated D-pad and six button layout, which is a cross between the Genesis and Super Nintendo Controller.  The Xbox 360 version of the controller has a Turbo button on the left of the Xbox home button, with an LED indicator to the right, and the start and back buttons below, well away from you fingers getting into the action. There are only two trigger buttons on the top: the LS and LT buttons. The back of the controller has a switch for LS, DP, & RS, which allows the user to switch the controller into dual play mode.  The Street Fighter X Tekken FightPad SD features a 15% smaller chassis than previous FightPad designs, inspired by the gaming preferences of legendary Street Fighterproducer Yoshinori Ono.

 Does it Kick-ass???

Short answer – Yes!!! Long answer – Hell Yeah it does. I started playing games like Street Fighter and Tekken using a D-pad and that is my control mechanics of choice. Using the standard Xbox 360 controller can be an adventure at best and a hassle if you are trying to be competitive. This really solves the problem with an elevated D-pad that produces a superbly smooth 360 motion, plus fast reaction buttons, and I can’t say enough about having a six button placement. In all, I like it and if you are like me and enjoy your fighting games with the use a D-pad, you really need to pick this up pronto.