The Agetec Arcade Stick features a heavy duty metal base for stability, six large buttons in a traditional arcade layout, and a fully micro-switched (same as commercial arcade machines), Japanese-style arcade stick that will stand up to the heaviest competition.
The only thing that keeps the Agetec joystick from highest praise is that the buttons aren't micro-switched as well. This isn't a deal-breaker, however as the buttons are still very responsive and feel great.
The Arcade Joystick is tightly fitted with a steel plate at the bottom to give it a bit of weight which gives it that quality feel. The main body of the unit is also made of a very hard and thick plastic to improve its durability. This is a stark contrast to the cheaper joysticks that I have dealt with that had rather flimsy plastic construction with a metal plate screwed in just to make it heavier. On the Agetec stick, there are also 4 sponge pads on the bottom that prevent the stick from sliding when you have it on a table top.
In addition to the tight controls and bulky fit, there is also a VMU slot so you can save your games. However, keep this in mind: do not put a Nexus 4MBIT or any other unofficial VMU in to this stick?s slot because you'll have quite a challenge getting them back out !!
As with nearly every other Dreamcast joystick, there is not an analog stick included so not all games are compatible with the joystick.
The Agetec Dreamcast Arcade Stick is not only the best native, mass-produced Dreamcast stick out there, but it is one of the best "official? arcade sticks available for a home console. Even for newer consoles, it is hard to find quality that rivals this joystick, especially for its reasonable price.