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Subject: Hori's Xbox 360 TwinSticks
Hori just might have asked too much for their new Xbox 360 TwinSticks.  I really don't know how they can justify the asking price, when the unit is only slightly more complicated than the Dreamcast unit, and wickedly less complicated than the massive controller that came with Capcom's Steel Battalion.

Let's take a quick tour through the twinstick history, shall we?

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/Twinsticks-1.jpg]
Sega Saturn (1996)

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/Twinsticks-2.jpg]
Sega Dreamcast (1999)

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/Twinsticks-3.jpg]
Microsoft Xbox (2002) (Image from toughkidcst)

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/Twinsticks-4.jpg]
Microsoft Xbox 360 (2009) (Image from Hori)

Seriously, Hori, what the fuck.  What possible reason can there be for asking five times as much for the 360 stick as for the Saturn or Dreamcast?  How can there be any justification for the 50% price premium over the Xbox controller, which had four times as many buttons!?

The cynic in me can't help but believe Hori's fleecing Virtual On fans, but I must also allow for the possibility that Microsoft is charging a lot for the license, spreading the fan fleece around just a little bit more.

Disgusting.

Still, I wouldn't refuse one if I found it on my doorstep - and I don't even like VO.  =D
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NCS posted in today's update that pre-orders are greater than expected, and Hori expects to be able to fill all the orders based on demand. About halfway down the page:

http://www.ncsx.com/2009/062909/ncs0629u.htm

Apparently Virtual On fans are quite enthusiastic. :)
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To no one's great surprise, these things are fetching a 30% premium on Yahoo.  ¥40,000 seems to be about the starting point for speculators with unopened units, with one particularly ambitious soul wanting ¥60,000.  Kindly, he offers a reasonable Buy-It-Now of ¥100,000.  That's a cool grand, to you and me.

Pretty silly stuff.
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