Its my SEGA GENESIS Arcade power stick!
with a secret inside!
Started life like this…
But I really wanted to put a sanwa stick in it!
So I did…
I had to flatten the posts and remove the steel mounting plate to make it almost fit. It was off by the thickness of the foot plate meaning I had to cut that hole in the bottom. I considered trying to shave the bottom off the stick itself but it was much harder steel.
2 part epoxy was used to secure the stick in the end as there was no longer any extra material to attach screws.
The wires almost matched but had some colors that were different. the correct pinout was (not pictured) to match by color with purple matching green.
After doing this I was told that in Japan these sticks were always mechanical! And that the Neogeo arcade stick hardware fits inside perfectly with not cutting.
Dang. (Still like this stick better tbh)
Anyway this thing is an absolute godsend for shooters (which I am bad at). It also makes anything requiring diagonals a breeze. Landstalker for example is fantastic.
I also have a 6 button Id like to convert eventually.
I had to do the 3 to start its such a visually wonderful stick with its light up button LEDS and turbo slider.
I think it looks even smarter now with the sanwa stick’s dust disk fitting perfectly into the stick base.