Hit Box FAQ

What is a Hit Box?

The Hit Box arcade controller is designed specifically for fighting games.  It is the first all-button controller available, and can be described as a smart hybrid of a joystick and a keyboard.

What advantages do I get for having all buttons?

The core advantage of the Hit Box is that you have more deliberate control over your game, helping you make fewer mistakes in a match.  Random execution mistakes are significantly decreased when you use your entire hand for motions, rather than your wrist or thumb.  

Your inputs are naturally faster and your reaction time is improved by utilizing the sensitive Sanwa buttons for your movement.  Utilizing the sensitivity of the buttons allows for moves to come out in the minimum amount of frames possible.

The deliberate control not only yields higher consistency with your inputs, but it allows you to push the realm of what is possible in a fighter.  There are many Hit Box only techniques and shortcuts that you can take advantage of to help secure the win.  You can get tons of fantastic tips on our video page to see just how far you can push this controller.

Why is the Up button below the Down button?

The Up or "Jump" button is key to mastering Flash Kicks, Tiger Knee motions, 360 and 720 degree motions, triangle jumps, dash jumps, KoF hyper hops, etc.!  The specific placement of each button was specially designed to meet the demands of the tournament fighting game player, and the Jump button is the key to the whole design.

Why do you use smaller buttons?

The 24mm buttons fit your hands much more ergonomically than their larger 30mm cousins.  With the Hit Box you are able to "type" out each combo easily, rather than moving your hand around to hunt and peck each button.  Sliding and P-linking is easier on smaller buttons, and it is a comfortable design so that your hand does not need to move around while playing.

What games does the Hit Box controller work best on?

Hit Boxes work fantastic on any arcade-style fighting game; i.e., Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom, Mortal Kombat, Tekken, King of Fighters, Aksys fighters such as BlazBlue, Guilty Gear, Persona, and so on.

Hit Boxes have also been adopted by members of the speed run community, shoot 'em up "bullet hell" players, and even top Tetris enthusiasts.  The ergonomic layout will optimize your play in any game that uses digital inputs.

Is the Hit Box hard to learn?

No.  It is easy to pick up, whether you are a beginner or pro.  Once you get a feel for the buttons, the Hit Box will make you a better player.

Are Hit Boxes legal in tournaments?

Absolutely.  Hit Box has been respected at EVO and every major tournament for 4 years and counting.