I still haven't seen this show up in any of the Target, Wal-Mart, or Toys 'R Us stores around me. Maybe it really is Kmart-exclusive for the time being. I also haven't seen Jakks' Big Buck Safari
plug-n-play system (the follow-up to their Big Buck Hunter Pro
model from a couple of years ago) anywhere, which is supposed to have been available since late summer.
Well, finally picked mine up at the local K-mart in the "ghetto" of all places. I've definately noticed the difference in the graphics and clarity of games compared to the Namco version (which I find to be quite blurry, especially compared to this one.) The Taito one seems to almost look "HDish"..The controls seem to be great as well for all games, though I hav'nt played most on the actual arcade. I did notice that the joystick twist turns slightly with a click for some reason, almost as if switching modes?.. I am definately getting my 20 bucks out of this thing as it's pretty awesome all around. Great job, to the ones who developed this one!!
The Namco stick "twists" to act like a steering wheel for Pole Position.
I'm not talking about the Namco version, I'm talking about the Taito. The stick does a "click" when you twist it, but it does not turn like the Namco version.
I think you two are using different definitions.
The ball grip on the Taito stick is fixed and does not rotate
like the Namco one does for Pole Position
, but when moving the stick itself in a circular motion, like from "up" to "right" to "down" positions, it makes clicking sounds as the underlying switches are engaged and disengaged. It's an 8-way stick (also unlike the Namco one that's in the same form factor), so when moving "up" -> "right" -> "down," you'll hear "up switched on" -> "right switched on" -> "up switched off" -> "down switched on" -> "right switched off." The sounds are just because of the type of contacts they use under the hood.
I wish the stickers on the unit had been put elsewhere. In their current positions, they'll likely be worn off by sweat and friction.