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X-Arcade Tankstick Dual Joystick Controller Review

It’s been a while since I’ve had this much fun. The X-Arcade TankStick truly recreates the arcade experience to a tee and I would highly recommend it to anyone with retro inclinations. Can you imagine how much fun it would be to play through classic NES and SNES games using the Wii Virtual Console paired with this machine? Can you imagine revisiting all those MAME arcade classics with a real arcade controller? The Tankstick truly performs and you’ll need to pry it out of my cold dead hands.  It’s mine!

X-Arcade Tankstick Dual Joystick Controller Review

While the cable for connecting the Tankstick to your PC is very long, it’s strange that the Wii adapter cable was so short. It measured only about six feet long, so you may want to invest in some extension cables (available on eBay for less than ten bucks). The feel of the surface on the Tankstick is slightly textured, but overall this is a no frills joystick that will not disappoint. Highly recommended and Editor’s Choice material for sure!


  • Exceptional build quality
  • Real arcade components
  • Great weight and size
  • Recreates arcade experience perfectly
  • So much fun


  • Cumbersome cable connections
  • Will eat up your time
  • Particle board feels a little cheap

Overall Rating: 9.5 / 10.0

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