FEB 18 2011
Today the stick pretty much died.
It does light up when plugged in at times, but it won't work at all.
Stick and buttons all don't work.
Will be returning the stick on Tuesday after Family day (Monday)
Thankfully, Amazon has amazing return/exchange policies.
FEB 16 2011
After playing it for about 10 hours on solely Marvel 3, it started having problems.
It wouldn't start up a couple of times, it would also freeze on inputs.
I might've gotten a lemon =\
FEB 15 2011
I've owned 2 V3 SAs, the original and this re-release.
They're both identical and they're both well made.
I'm actually more fond of the HRAP model of premium arcade sticks (I've also owned an EX and VLX) compared to the Madcatz TE sticks (I've owned a couple of TE RD1s and I have a Chun-Li S stick)
All premium sticks HRAP, Madcatz, Qanba, etc. All have Sanwa parts, the same exact layout other then the start button placement.
They're all practically the same, 'cept for the shell of the stick and design. I prefer the newer HRAP sticks and I do like how light-weight the V3 is for it's model/case, but I do prefer the VLX if I had to choose from all the sticks that I've ever owned.
The only thing I wish the V3 SA had was a longer USB cord, it's a bit shorter compared to the Madcatz TE sticks.
Other then that, the V3's been good so far. Everything is working flawlessly out of the box, buttons are extremely responsive, JLF square-gate (4gate) is great. Very easy to transport if necessary. (Tournaments, casuals, etc)
I would recommend this arcade stick to everyone who's looking for an amazing, affordable, light-weight and fully-loaded arcade stick.