Getting Good at Arcade Fighting Games

SofaKing posts this message at Ars Technica:

I’m building a MAME cabinet and it’s almost complete. I’ve purchased the (supposedly) best joysticks for fighting games: Happ’s Perfect 360s.

Even though I’ve almost NEVER played fighting games, I’d really like to start playing them on my new cab. However, I suck at them, BADLY. I can only barely (and rarely) throw a fireball. I’m not a newbie gamer, but for some reason moving a joystick in a pattern and pressing buttons seems to boggle me.

So, can anybody help me out? I don’t need a moves list, I have plenty of those (, but perhaps some help with actually doing the moves and how to get better.

For example, to throw a fireball (lets use Marvel vs Capcom for all examples), I move the joystick down, down-right, right (and HOLD) + press button.

Perhaps I’m releasing the joystick (so its beginning to return to center) before I press the punch button?

Anyways, I’m really hoping to improve at fighting games so any help you can provide I’d greatly appriciate it.

To learn some great tips that are posted in reply, check out the thread at Ars.

One Comment

Anonymous says:


You need to move the joystick down/down right/right..and as soon as you point right, hit punch.

After practice you can just roll the joystck with a flick of the wrist.

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