TE Mod Series – The Unboxing

Anyone following me on twitter (now “@GooSau” for my personal tweets) knows that I’ve been extremely excited about what came to my doorstep via UPS last night.  With Christmas gift cards reducing the cost to a mere $2.56 shipped, I was able to pick up my newest gaming project.  This post is the first in a series that I’ll be tracking as I make my planned modifications to the now owned MadCatz Tournament Edition (TE) 360 Fight Stick.  This is going to mark several firsts for me, as I’ve never made modifications to any fight stick before, never done any soldering, and only consider myself to be moderately good with Photoshop.

Yes, I absolutely love my PS3 Unastick™, and to this day, it is the best fight stick I have ever used.  Before you scratch your head too much, let me describe why I made this purchase and hopefully it’ll make more sense.  I received the Unastick™ as a birthday gift, and it is truly one-of-a-kind.  It is this uniqueness that makes me want to retire it, so that it can be displayed for years to come as part of my memorabilia collection.  Plus, the ability to get my hands in there and have it be my work is really appealing to me.  I also really wanted to double dip on the upcoming Super SF4, and required a stick to do so.

Due to the availability of the Cthulhu or ChImp boards, along with some other technical and licensing reasons I’m not going to delve into here (but might later), it’s easier to move from a 360 to dual-mod than it is from PS3 to dual-mod.  TE sticks are also notoriously easy to mod, in terms of their general design, so obviously the 360 TE stick was the way to start.  On a complete side note, I ended up picking up the 360 version of SF4, because I’m too impatient to wait for Super.

So, while I’m sure that a lot of people have seen the MadCatz TE stick before, I felt the need to post some pictures of the unboxing.  At least that way, as things start to shape up, you’ll have a frame of reference from where I started.  Hopefully with a decent amount of help from Jason (Unastrike, Interactive Distractions) and Mark (SavoryCade, PSNation), this will be a creative and successful undertaking.  I’m currently planning a brand new aesthetic that includes a new color scheme, some custom laser etched plexi, and some creative design work.  Tack the dual-modding on the inside in as well, and I’ll be all set for the next season of Scrub Sport.  (Yes, that is coming, and we have exciting changes to that as well).

Keep it tuned to the TE Mod Series category to see things as they happen.  It should be a fun ride.

The author Scott, spends too much time talking about games, and not enough time playing them.