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[CotM 13] The Best Things in Life Come in Pairs – Beatmania IIDX V5 Doubles IIDASC

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC on September 29th, 2011

This past summer I decided to experiment further with the joystick-type design I had already extended to some of the other controllers I make to create something epic. I wanted to build the most elegant, stylish, and screw-less Beatmania IIDX controller that had ever been built. Sure, I had already made quite the attractive, screw-less singles deck but a doubles deck is so large that I was excited at the possibilities.

I knew that I wanted to use a red tone stain and a dark walnut, because I love the way that both colors bring the grain out of wood, and I also knew that of the woods that I have easy access to buying, I wanted to use oak because I love the way oak with a good grain pops and gives contrast when stained properly. As you may have gathered from my mentioning that it be screw-less twice in this post (make that three!), another important guideline for this build was that there be no visible screws — The abuse of screws in controller designs from other manufacturers give the product a tacky, cheap look and I wanted to go in the completely opposite direction to show people what true elegance in Bemani controllers is. Luckily, I think this Desktop Arcade original design does all that and more, but I’ll let you guys be the judge:

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was this controller. I built it over the course of about 5 days in between working on paid orders over the summer so that I could bring it to AnimeNEXT to debut it. Looking for the best IIDX controller that mimics the look and feel of the arcade, complete with the drab gray color and uncomfortable wrist rest? Well you won’t find it here; instead, you’ll find a beautifully handcrafted, stained wood body that would make most custom furniture carpenters jealous….All while still retaining that perfect arcade feeling you know and love. If Konami could do it all over again, perhaps they’d redesign the arcade deck to be this dignified and polished!

It’s also beautiful from every angle, even the rear!:

This whopper of a controller is 19 lbs, which is surprisingly light for a controller that’s this big with this much Lexan plexiglass (including on the entire top, obviously) and, it even lights up:

Want one?

Like most CotMs, this controller was sold before it ever hit the site! My good friend Mouse had an open order with me for a black doubles deck and after I showed him pictures of this controller completed, he asked me how much extra he’d have to pay to buy this guy instead. By Tuesday after AnimeNEXT (I needed 2 days to recover!) it was boxed up and shipped to him. If you see him on any Bemani forums, definitely ask him how he likes his V5 doubles IIDASC! Prices start at $600, and if you have a piece of art work or designs in mind, the large piece of plexiglass on the top allows for quite the large area for art work to be added! You could make your one-of-a-kind controller even more special with art work that’s completely protected by 1/8″ plexiglass. Just (email me) steve (at) desktoparcade (dot) com to inquire about having your very own V5 IIDASC doubles deck done!

Controller of the Month 12 – MUSHIHIMESAMA FUTARI Joystick!

Posted in [CotW] Joystick on August 31st, 2011

Controller of the week Month is back!

Bullet Hell shoot-em-ups are an especially popular genre among gamers, and Cave is probably among the more popular developers in the shmup genre. A few months ago at Anime Boston my friend Carlson at Mad-Gear Gaming referred one of his customers to me when he inquired about custom joysticks, and he requested a custom art layout. Unfortunately, we were unable to do the custom art layout he wanted due to lack of time from my artist and he gave me some links to alternates he wouldn’t mind. Luckily, I think his #1 choice for alternate art came out great!

This joystick in particular is wired for Xbox 360 and as you can see, the stick uses Seimitsu buttons, a Seimitsu bubbletop on a Sanwa joystick, has a really right, deep, even dark walnut stain, and the button holes were cut out and inserted into the buttons so that the art work doesn’t look like swiss cheese. (NOTE: Between me handing this to my photographer and the pictures being taken, the button containing the art for her arm got rotated, but that is easily remedied by just loosening the nut on the button and rotating it to line up again).

If you’d like to order a joystick of your own, or any other arcade controller, shoot me an (email ) steve (at) desktoparcade (dot) com!

[SOLD] [CoTW RETURNS!] CoTW 11 – The V5 Pop’n Music Desktop Arcade Style Controller

Posted in [CotW] Pop'n Music on May 23rd, 2011

This particular Pop’n Music V5 is sold but you can contact me with your requests to purchase a new one!
It’s been rumored for a while and now it’s here and I’ve got one available for shipment! It’s the 5th incarnation of my Pop’n Music controllers, and much like the V4 was to the version before it, this new design is visually appealing and built to withstand the hardest and longest Pop’n Music sessions!

  • Let’s take a look at what’s new:
    • Controller construction inspired by our new line of joysticks, with hand-selected, quality, stained wood sides.
    • A 1/2″ thick wood top with a 1/8″ thick piece of Lexan plexiglass on top of it, flush with the sides of the controller. The wood top can be stained, left “natural”, painted, or artwork can be inserted and preserved thanks to the protection of the plexiglass top!
    • The bottom is stained to match the rest of the controller, creating a complete masterpiece from all 360 degrees.
    • This controller is built to impress, and it’s built to be an attractive, solid addition to your gaming controller collection; something you wouldn’t be ashamed to leave out to be seen, no matter what your age is!
  • Now that you know all of that, let’s take a look at one!

    “Looks great! I want one!!!”
    If you want to inquire about getting your very own, customized Pop’n Music V5 DASC, as always you can (email me) steve (at) desktoparcade (dot) com to get it completely customized to your liking. You can also (email me) steve (at) desktoparcade (dot) com If you want to purchase the controller pictured, which I have on hand and ready to ship!

    Controller of the Week #10: O&A Party Rock!

    Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC on October 7th, 2010

    This week’s controller is one from my personal collection, and it’s one that means a lot to me as you’ll see from the images. There used to be a trade show from Ziff Davis (A company known for their “great” planning skills!) called “Digital Life” that ran out of the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. In 2004 I had a comped booth with Pop’n Music 9 set up running on a DASC, obviously, and I caught wind that at the XM Satellite Radio booth Opie & Anthony were going to be doing an autograph signing during the show. Wanting to get something special autographed but having nothing on hand, I shut down my booth for 15 minutes and grabbed the Pop’n DASC I had and had them sign it. They were obviously confused as to what it was I was having them sign, but they joked about it and were very friendly. I didn’t want to be “that guy”, plus I had a booth to run so I split after talking to them for a minute or two, but I was very excited to have met them and had such a unique interaction!

    The following year they started promoting (kind of) that they would be at Digital Life signing at the XM Radio booth again, so I asked Sarah to do some special artwork for me so I could get their signatures on yet another controller. I had just begun making IIDASCs, so I threw together an XM202 themed controller (black with golden yellow plexiglass, like their iconic black and yellow WOW stickers) and lugged it to NYC and all around the Javits center to bring it to the appearance.

    Opie & Anthony themed IIDASC!

    Opie & Anthony themed IIDASC!

    Opie & Anthony themed IIDASC!

    As you can see, it’s been signed by lots of people from the show. Of course besides O&A, Ron & Fez, Jim Norton and Lazlow these people aren’t exactly celebrities, but being a huge Opie & Anthony fan since 2000, this controller will always have a special place on the display shelf in my work shop!

    Controller of the Week #9: Hadoken Spam (FOR SALE)

    Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] Joystick on September 24th, 2010

    As I’ve explained on Flickr, Memorial Day I woke up with a burst of inspiration to create, so I began taking a more serious look at creating joysticks as a product to sell here on I spent a couple of hours looking at dozens of different sticks from several different sources, from “people like me” (hobbyists/garage work shop enthusiasts) to mass marked products like Mad Catz and Hori. After close consideration and analysis, I came to the conclusion that the mass marketed sticks are plastic/metal hunks of junk that STILL take shortcuts (even the Mad Catz TEs take shortcuts in my opinion, feel free to disagree if you wish). I noticed that a lot of joysticks from “people like me” had a certain formula, so I made a trek to my local hardware store to get a nice piece of wood and I began building.

    By the end of the day, only a few hours later, I had this to show for my labor. I was very happy with what I made, so I did some light Google Image searching and one of the first things that popped up for “Ryu” looked perfect given the nice, rich “Sedona Red” stain I had given the prototype joystick. The next morning I had the design printed at my local place of choice, and I added it to the controller. What I had before me was like nothing I created before:

    PS3 Joystick (Ryu from Street Fighter) picture #1
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    Controller of the Week #8: More Lights Than a Rave and Better than Glowsticks!

    Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC, [CotW] Pop'n Music on September 15th, 2010

    One day several years ago I was in my workshop working on orders when I caught a glimpse of my stock shelf (located in the back of my work shop) and saw the pile of large, 4 foot wide boxes I built up for IIDX doubles decks. I had built up way more than I had orders for, and I was in the mood to create so I grabbed one and did some measurements with my drill guides for the Pop’n and IIDX controllers. It was possible for me to squeeze the Pop’n Music buttons (with arcade spacing, of course) and a Beatmania IIDX controller on one of these 4 foot monsters. I didn’t create it intending to sell many (if any) of them, I just did it because I could. Just because one can create something, does that mean they should? I don’t know, you guys tell me…

    God this thing is huge!
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    Controller of the Week #7: Why Does Nyami Always Wink Anyway?!

    Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] Pop'n Music on September 9th, 2010

    This one is from deep in the archives and was built in the Fall of 2004. Pop’n Music 10 was just being released for PS2 and a customer requested a Pop’n Music 10 themed controller which of course Sarah and I happily did because the character art for Mimi and Nyami are adorable for Pop’n 10′s theme!

    The controller not only features Mimi and Nyami in their cheek-pinchingly adorable Halloween garb from the game’s theme, but it also features a beautiful night time fade as the background of the controller, taken right from the game’s start screen! This controller was requested a couple of times after I posted the pictures of this on Bemanistyle, and each time I was pretty excited to do it because I love the character art from 10 a lot.

    Here is a picture of the controller before the big holes are drilled for the giant dome pushbuttons (Unfortunately this picture does not resize, for some reason I saved it really small and since it’s from 6 years ago I can’t seem to find the raw images from my camera)
    Before the controller box gets the big holes drilled!
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    Controller of the Week #6: Mega Man + IIDX = Challenge Mode

    Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC on September 2nd, 2010

    What do you get when you cross Mega Man and Beatmania IIDX besides one hard game? Why, an awesome custom controller from Desktop Arcade and Sarah Moulder, of course!

    This controller was commissioned long ago and comes to us via the archives. It features a flipable key panel (so that you can play “right side” and “left side”, “Mega Man blue” paint under the plexiglass (along with an awesome, hand drawn Mega Man logo) and “that blue guy” hand painted on the controller shell striking that iconic pose of his from the Mega Man 1 title screen. Thankfully the customer wanted his game appearance and not that awful box art version of Mega Man, which as we all know is quite a horrid depiction.

    And now, the pictures!

    Shot 1 of the Mega Man IIDX Controller.  Click to Enlarge
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    Controller of the Week #5: Arcade Perfection

    Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC on August 26th, 2010

    Here’s a style of controller I’m quite proud of, my IIDX arcade replicas (usually referred to as IIDASCs) featuring faux metal plexiglass underlays that’d make anyone do a double take as to whether or not it’s real aluminum or not, my closest approximation of the arcade deck color, and of course Sanwa buttons.

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    Controller of the Week #4: Milk, it Does a Body Good!

    Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] Pop'n Music on August 18th, 2010

    This week’s CotW is one I rescued from a memory card I found in a drawer and had long forgotten about. Before I discovered the card and dumped the images, this was one of the few art controllers that I didn’t have a finished picture of. The controller features Milk from Pop’n Music on a larger Pop’n music controller box (dubbed the xL DASC) to allow for more room for the art work.

    COTW4: Pop'n Music xL DASC: Milk from Pop'n Music.  Click to enlarge!

    I’m happy the pictures of this controller turned up, because I was very bummed out to have completed pictures of this one missing!