Successfully installed it last night, and brought it to a local weekly SSFIVAE2012 tournament, i went in fresh, not testing the parts (and wiring haha) beforehand, so I didn’t know if it was gonna work in the first place. but it did. anyways. someone already asked me about my initial impressions last night too.
But to add to that. Again, i’m gonna mention it once more… I FEEL like the Hayabusa is simply the “Fighting Stick” clone-like joystick they’ve been using for years, but with heavy, major improvements. For one better plastic and construction. I don’t discredit them for it, im actually glad that it was based on that. the FS clone sticks has some things going for it to begin with (nice engage, bigger actuator than JLF’s). The Hayabusa feels like the FS Clone stick, notably like the US Tekken 5 stick (hence why it is pictured in the background), but then HORI was like “okay time to take this seriously guys, how to we make this better”.
Then there’s the pivot thing, which, I personally feel does indeed improve the joystick greatly. The stick is floaty, not in a bad way, when I was playing, I forget that the balltop is attached to a shaft, it feels like i’m just moving the ball in the air (Like nothing at all!), until I hit the gate. I use a ZX/Umehara grip, with that, it feels that way.
As for the buttons, the Kuro’s.
I have major issues with it. Hitting the plunger near the sides causes it to either get stuck in the way (crunchy feel) or squeak. This is both audible and tactile hindrances. Hitting the button dead center of the surface makes for the best press quality. In my opinion it should not be that way. I shouldn’t have to worry about where I’m pressing the button within the plunger, I do not have a problem with this on Sanwa and Seimitsu buttons. I think it’s interesting how they optimizedthe design of the button, they used the least amount of material as much as possible to make it less audible. Overall still like the design choices, the larger plunger is good, just execution is a bit off. My best comparison for it is a cross between PS-15 (seimitsu) and OBSF (sanwa)
I wanted to give these parts a fair chance, and will do so before going into modding territory.