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Alt Lab ControllersBy Alt Lab Controllers
First created
Alt Lab ControllersBy Alt Lab Controllers
First created
$28,226
pledged of $55,000pledged of $55,000 goal
99
backers
15days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, January 3 2019 2:01 PM UTC +00:00.

About

The Smash Stick is the first arcade stick designed for both platform and traditional fighting games. 

Featuring a custom-built analog joystick and ergonomic design, the Smash Stick pioneers a new class of tournament-grade arcade sticks for the competitive Super Smash Bros. & Fighting Game Community.

 Smash Stick - Prototype Beta v2
Smash Stick - Prototype Beta v2

See more player's thoughts on the Smash Stick:

"SleepyK": https://twitter.com/sleepike/status/1013886420489064449

"Ghoul02": https://twitter.com/ghoul02/status/1043560541728514049

"Captain L": https://twitter.com/captainlpika/status/1013634566094024704

Get an in depth view into what playing the Smash Stick is like. 

We showcase the Smash Stick playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and talk about the philosophy behind our button layout and analog joystick. 

Control your in-game movement speed or attack angles for the first time on an arcade stick using the Smash Stick's custom-built analog joystick!

  •  100% analog - The analog joystick can perform all angles/values just like a controller's analog stick. No modifiers required.
  •  Octagon Gate - Easily angle your attacks with the joystick's octagon-shaped gate ("notches").
  •  Aligned for "Shield Drops" - The bottom-corner "notches" of the joystick are aligned to perform "shield drops" in Super Smash Bros. Melee. No modding required.
  •  Hall Effect Technology - The joystick uses non-contacting analog sensors so your joystick's performance does not degrade over time.

The Smash Stick is shaped for your hands to limit stress to your hands and wrists. Featuring shock absorbing button cushions and raised button caps.

  •  Home-row layout - The Smash Stick uses a home-row layout, so you don't have to shift your hand while playing.
  •  Shaped for your hands - The Smash Stick's button layout is curved to keep your wrists straight and minimize your finger movement during gameplay.
  •  Button cushions - The Smash Stick uses modified Sanwa Denshi buttons that absorbs impact, speeds up your inputs, and are almost silent while playing.
  •  Raised button caps - Inspired by ergonomic keyboards for typists, certain buttons are raised higher than others to further reduce finger movement during gameplay.

Using a detachable cable design, the Smash Stick works on your: PC, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, Wii-U, and Switch

  •  3 cables - PC (USB), Nintendo 64, and Nintendo GameCube.
  •  Detachable cables - Swap the cable and the Smash Stick automatically detects what console is plugged in.
  •  A/B Button Layout - While using PC (USB) mode, flip the rocker switch to toggle between two button layouts: platform fighting game & traditional fighting game.
Traditional Fighting Game Layout
Traditional Fighting Game Layout

Note: Wii-U/Switch compatibility require adapter (sold separately): 

  •  Not charged until January: Even if you pledge on day 1, you won't be charged until the END of our Kickstarter campaign on January 3, 2019.
  •  10% off retail price: We decided not to do an "early-bird" pledge for our Kickstarter and instead make every Smash Stick 10% off our MSRP.
  •  FREE U.S. shipping: If you live in the United States, we covered the shipping cost for you! For international shippers, we will also subsidize the cost for you.
  •  We listen: We have always been about open communication and transparency. We are prompt answering any of your questions or concerns, and value backer feedback.
  •  Kickstarter backers come first: You'll be the first to own a Smash Stick before anyone else. We won't start any future production-runs until every Kickstarter backer receives a Smash Stick. 
  •  Because we need you: Over the past 4 years, we developed the Smash Stick by hand using our own time and money. But we can't get the Smash Stick ready for mass-manufacturing without your support.

Group Buys are available. Just add the price of each additional tier desired to your pledge. This is a great option to save on shipping for our International backers.

We tailored the shipping prices to accommodate US, Canada, European, and Australian customers. For our United States backers, we will cover the shipping costs for you! 

For the rest of our International backers, we are subsidizing the cost for you and partnering with fulfillment centers in your regions to minimize the chances of additional duty and taxes being charged to you. Shipping to areas outside these regions may result in additional charges out of our control. 

We already have created functional Smash Stick prototypes and have the rest of our development planned out. We just need your support so we can complete development and make the Smash Stick ready for mass-manufacturing. 

Here is our timeline once we reach our funding goal: 

  • November - December 2018 - Our Kickstarter
  •  January - February 2019 - Smash Stick finishes development
  •  March 2019 - Smash Stick Beta v3 created
  •  April 2019 - Tooling process starts
  •  May 2019 - Sample production-run & revision
  • June 2019 - Smash Sticks (Beta Builds) ship
  •  July 2019 - Final production starts
  • October 2019 - Smash Sticks (final version) ship

Alt Lab Controllers was co-founded by Joshua "TheBlackHombre" Laroche and Zachary "Broasty" Gelzinis.
 

Joshua "TheBlackHombre" Laroche (left) and Zachary "Broasty" Gelzinis (right)
Joshua "TheBlackHombre" Laroche (left) and Zachary "Broasty" Gelzinis (right)

We're a 2-person team who co-founded Alt Lab Controllers so we could complete the Smash Stick's development.  We've been developing the Smash Stick since 2014 and have paid for everything out of our own pocket so far. 

Throughout this time, we've shared our progress online, demoed the Smash Stick at events, and listened to your feedback. Every decision behind the Smash Stick’s design has been molded by the competitive community.

Joshua "TheBlackHombre" Laroche: Josh's main motivation behind developing the Smash Stick is so he can finally play Super Smash Bros. and other platform fighters with an arcade stick. Coming from a competitive traditional fighting game background, Josh didn't want to give up his love of arcade sticks. With no other analog arcade sticks out on the market, Josh knew we had to make one. This is how the concept of the Smash Stick was born.

Zachary "Broasty" Gelzinis:  Zach's main motivation behind developing the Smash Stick was so he could play and compete in Super Smash Bros. Melee again. Coming from a competitive Melee background, Zach had developed hand/wrist problems which eventually turned into Carpal Tunnel, Cubital Tunnel, and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He needed an ergonomic controller to play again, and developing the Smash Stick has allowed him to compete again.  

We need your help to spread the word about the Smash Stick and raise awareness. Every time you share our Kickstarter to someone else, its way more effective than advertising could ever be.

Thank you for all your love and support throughout these past 4 years. We look forward to finally getting to play the Smash Stick with YOU one day.

Risks and challenges

Alt Lab Controllers is a 2 person company based in the United States. Currently all Smash Sticks have been created by-hand, which takes up a lot of our time. Getting the Smash Stick ready for mass-manufacturing will be our biggest hurdle.

However we have already done all the research and development needed to make it happen. We have secured our manufacturers, accounted for delays, and completed our shipping logistics to ensure that the Smash Stick will be completed and shipped on-time. We will also keep you updated every step of the way during development.

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