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Imagine walking into a tournament wielding Cloud's buster sword from Final Fantasy 7 that doubles as an arcade stick, well it can be a reality now

You'll also probably be forced to play from Player 2 side forever afterwards

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • December 5, 2020 at 10:13 a.m. PST • Comments: 15

Fighting game players have been modifying their arcade sticks from the first day people started bringing them home, but there are some out there who take things a step further and build their own with some wildly creative ideas. This one might take all of the Gil, however.

Custom controller and part maker Fightstick Guy created a full-scale replica of Cloud's buster sword from Final Fantasy 7, and it is big, heavy and also for sale.

The buster sword controller is listed as over five-feet long and made out of actual steel, so while it wouldn't be the easiest thing to carry around at events or locals, that stick would certainly make a statement.

Fightstick Guy did attach a leather handle as well meaning you could hold it like the actual blade, but the case is a good bit too thick to actually cut anything.

If you were to somehow bring that in to a tournament, you'd probably be stuck playing on Player 2 side so that the blade isn't sitting on the lap or jabbing the opponent.

There are a couple of opportunities to even control Cloud with the arcade stick in modern games like Dissidia Final Fantasy NT or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

As for the arcade stick parts, Cloud's iconic weapon comes sporting gun metal Sanwa buttons and balltop though perhaps maybe there's a bit of a missed opportunity there to make some of the buttons a transparent color like Materia.

Huge Final Fantasy 7 fans looking to pick up this possibly one-of-a-kind arcade stick will have to shell out $800 USD, but that's a small price to pay for something that special.

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Fightstick Guy also has more custom sticks, balltops and buttons on his website for other games like Dragon Ball, Dragon Quest and NieR Automata along with a stick commision for those perhaps looking to turn their big idea into a real controller.

He's apparently not done with sword arcade sticks either, as he recently shared a new project to use Guts' Dragonslayer from Berserk as a hit box.

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