The other night, I was playing Marvel vs. Capcom 3 online. I was running with my main team of Wolverine/Storm/Sentinel when something went awry: nothing happened when I hit the Sentinel button. Sure enough, my right trigger button on my Mad Catz TE had died.
Though I’ve had some bad experiences with fightsticks breaking in the past, the Mad Catz TE is a tank. I put in close to 1,000 hours into that fightstick on games like Super Street Fighter IV, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Mortal Kombat. Along the way, I ruined thousands of people’s days with my skills behind that controller. As much as I wanted to think nothing would ever happen to it, the reality is it was amazing that nothing had happened sooner.
Unlike the entry-level fightsticks I’ve had in the past that broke, simply tossing out this TE and buying a new one isn’t an option. Mad Catz TE fightsticks are very expensive and very hard to come by in my country. Simply buying a new one will likely cost me close to $200. They’re also built in a way to make the replacement of buttons a relatively cheap and easy process. That is, assuming it’s the button itself that is broken. If something is wrong with the wiring or the PCB board, then that’s another can of worms I don’t want to go into right now. The major stumbling block is that I’m a complete tool when it comes to using…tools. I would feel a lot more comfortable with paying someone to fix it rather than having myself give it a shot.
I’ll do everything in my power to keep that fightstick alive, as it’s a wonderful piece of kit worth maintaining. It also have some sentimental value to me, as it was a birthday gift to me from my girlfriend Steff. I haven’t quite decided how I’m going to approach fixing it, but I’ll be sure to write about whatever process I take from here!