Mortal Kombat X is getting its own controller

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When it comes to standard controllers made for fighting games, none are as close to perfect as

The thing is just about the best thing for fighting games that isn’t an arcade stick. If you had to make a controller for a fighting game, it would be the smartest choice to copy. Mortal Kombat’s getting its own controller it seems – and it looks a lot like the Genesis 6 button arcade pad.

The thing was shown off at a Gamestop expo last week (via Gaming Judgement), and features 6 face buttons for faster combos and an odd asymmetrical design. The strangest thing about it though is that it’s missing an actual d-pad, replacing it instead with something that looks like an analogue stick.

Don’t worry though; in all likelihood it’s not really an analogue – but is rather more like the 8-way microswitch sticks on the Neo Geo Pocket colour. If it’s strong, and has a bit of a click to it, it could well be quite suited to fighting games. It’ll certainly be a cheaper proposition than buying a whole new set of arcade fight sticks because all of your old peripherals no longer work on the new consoles.

It’s made by Pelican, and seems to be a skinned version of this thing – which, unfortunately, like most Pelican products, is largely cheap junk. It doesn’t help that it’s a little bit on the hideous side either.

Mortal Kombat is coming to new and old systems, as well as the PC in April next year – and I’m rather excited for it. It’s faster, more fluid and more brutal than any Mortal Kombat before… and judging from my time with it so far, plays like a dream.

Last Updated: September 15, 2014

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