Retro (4-Way) Arcade Controller
Retro (4-Way) Arcade Controller
Retro (4-Way) Arcade Controller
Retro (4-Way) Arcade Controller

Retro Arcade Controller

Presale Discount!

This product is currently in pre-production. Orders are estimated to be delivered in early August.

Place your order now and save! This discount will expire July 12th.

The Retro Arcade Controller provides the best experience when playing the most nostalgic arcade games!

  • Use stand-alone with your PC / Switch / PS3, or drop into the Polycade Sente arcade machine!
  • Includes a 4-way arcade joystick, which operates differently from the more common 8-way joystick.
  • Connect via USB (includes 3' USB cable)


Durable Powder Coated Steel Enclosure


Switch (optional)
PS3 (optional)


4-way Sanwa Joystick
Sanwa Buttons
Brook Controller Board


12.625 " W (320mm)
3.125" H (79mm)
9" D (228mm)
2 lbs (907g)


Polycade AGS
Raspberry Pi
Nintendo Switch

Nostalgia, Perfected

The Retro Arcade Controller is an absolute must for casual and hardcore arcade fans alike.

 It’s your go-to choice for enjoying classics like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Q*bert just as they were meant to be played. Dive into the golden era of arcade gaming with a joystick that’s built to bring those nostalgic moments back to life.

Nearly 800 retro games and many modern games are intended to be played with a 4 way joystick. See a full list of retro titles by clicking the link below:

See Classic 4-Way Arcade Games

Best-in-class Controls

A joystick and buttons that feel amazing, paired with quality, high-function controller boards!

Polycade uses the same joysticks and buttons favored by most pro fighting game players - Sanwa. We go a step further to create the most precise gameplay with the best feel by customizing the joystick with an octagonal gate - making your HADOUKENS easy to execute.

To complete the build, we use our co-designed Brook Accessory controller boards. After 7 years building arcade machines, we realized the perfect arcade controller boards didn't exist - so we worked with Brook and built them together.


What does this mean? It means you won't have to configure the controls for nearly any game, modern or retro.

No Mode Switching

Most controller boards allow you to switch modes, which results in a broken arcade experience.

Fixed Player Positions

No other X-Input native controller in existence has a way to set player position.

Hack & Mod

The Retro Arcade Controller is easy to take apart, swap buttons, etc. It features extra joystick mounting studs which allow you to mount your joystick at a 45 degree angle for games like Q*Bert.

You could also swap the controller board with another Brook product, depending on what systems you're aiming to play on (Xbox, Playstation, etc). 

Optional Firmware

If you want to play on a Nintendo Switch or PS3, you can update the firmware for this product to support these systems! Click here for more info.


Sente Compatible

The Retro Arcade Controller is compatible with the Sente swappable panel system! Easily switch arcade controls for an authentic all-in-one arcade experience!

The Retro Arcade Controller is a "half panel", able to be mounted with another half panel or center-mounted with our cupholder inserts!