Raspberry Pi Pico Fight Stick: A Beautiful Handmade Controller
The Raspberry Pi Pico has been used to power a gorgeous handmade fighting stick, with a wooden case and an all-button design that offers a very different gaming experience to traditional arcade sticks. This is one of the most diverse and remarkable projects we've seen yet, and it's also one of the most beautiful.
Created by a maker on Reddit under the name 'MadMaker', this Raspberry Pi Pico fight stick is made from scratch, with the case and buttons made from various types of wood. The case is made from guayubira and cancharana wood, with purple heart inlays to add even more beauty.
The Raspberry Pi Pico is the main board that powers this fight stick, with Sanwa OBSC clear arcade buttons wired to the Pico's GPIO pins. There's no joystick here, with the maker focusing solely on buttons.
The project also includes a Neutrik NAUSB-W-B USB gender changer, which allows the fight stick to be connected to the Raspberry Pi Pico's USB-A port. Check out the images below for a closer look at this project.
The fight stick is using GP2040-CE firmware, which is open-source and designed for RP2040-based boards. You can find the firmware on the official GP2040-CE website for download and experimentation, although it's currently unknown whether this particular setup is compatible.
If you're looking for more fight sticks, check out some of the best ones around, as well as our guide on how to build one for yourself. You can also follow RealHowl on Reddit for future updates on this project and more fight stick goodness.