'A Certain Magical Virtual On' Has A New Crowdfunding Campaign For A TwinStick Peripheral

, I cover gaming in Japan as well the pop-culture here. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.
Credit: Tanita

Tanita’s plan for the new pair of TwinSticks.

</div> </div> <p>Back in February, Tanita announced it had plans to <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/olliebarder/2018/02/20/it-looks-like-tanita-will-be-making-some-virtual-on-twinsticks/" target="_self">make a pair of new TwinSticks</a> for <a href="http://vo-index.sega.jp/" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:http://vo-index.sega.jp/" rel="nofollow"><em data-ga-track="ExternalLink:http://vo-index.sega.jp/">A Certain Magical Virtual On</em></a>. Well, there’s now a <a href="https://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/64929" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/64929" rel="nofollow">new crowdfunding campaign underway</a> to make that happen.</p> <p>The recently released <em>A Certain Magical Virtual On</em> ties into the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Certain_Magical_Index" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Certain_Magical_Index" rel="nofollow"><em data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Certain_Magical_Index">A Certain Magical Index</em></a> series and was released in February on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.</p> <p>However, what was absent for the PS4 release was a suitable TwinStick peripheral. This was the traditional means of control for the <a href="http://www.mechadamashii.com/features/features-virtual-ontaku/" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:http://www.mechadamashii.com/features/features-virtual-ontaku/" rel="nofollow"><em data-ga-track="ExternalLink:http://www.mechadamashii.com/features/features-virtual-ontaku/">Virtual On</em></a> games when they were originally released in the arcades back in the 90s.</p> <p> </p> <p>While Hori stepped in during the last console generation to make TwinStick controllers for these games, the company abstained for the new <em>A Certain Magical Virtual On</em>.</p> <p>This is where Tanita stepped in and <a href="http://www.tanita.co.jp/page/twin-stick" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:http://www.tanita.co.jp/page/twin-stick" rel="nofollow">offered its services</a>.</p> <p>The complication here is that <em>A Certain Magical Virtual On</em> has not been met with open arms by the <em>Virtual On</em> community and it’s clear that making a pair of TwinSticks for the game would now be risky.</p>

<p>So this new crowdfunding campaign is hoping to mitigate that risk by having fans support the project financially and to show that there is a demand for a new TwinStick peripheral.</p> <p>The campaign is now up on <a href="https://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/64929" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/64929" rel="nofollow">Campfire</a> and aiming for a target of 277,000,000 yen (or around $2.5 million). This is a lofty goal, but the deadline is still a good way off, as the campaign ends on July 30.</p> <p>The sticks themselves look very similar to the earlier Hori versions (shown in the schematic above) but whether Tanita will be able to make something as serviceable as those Hori sticks remain to be seen.</p> <p><em>Follow me on <a href="https://twitter.com/Cacophanus/" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://twitter.com/Cacophanus/" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cacophanus" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.facebook.com/cacophanus" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/Cacophanus" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.youtube.com/user/Cacophanus" rel="nofollow">YouTube</a>. I also manage <a href="http://www.mechadamashii.com" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:http://www.mechadamashii.com" rel="nofollow">Mecha Damashii</a> and do toy reviews over at <a href="http://www.hobbylink.tv/members/ollie/" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:http://www.hobbylink.tv/members/ollie/" rel="nofollow">hobbylink.tv</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Read my Forbes blog <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/olliebarder/" target="_self">here</a>.</em></p>” readability=”43.421875″>

Credit: Tanita

Tanita’s plan for the new pair of TwinSticks.

Back in February, Tanita announced it had plans to make a pair of new TwinSticks for A Certain Magical Virtual On. Well, there’s now a new crowdfunding campaign underway to make that happen.

The recently released A Certain Magical Virtual On ties into the A Certain Magical Index series and was released in February on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

However, what was absent for the PS4 release was a suitable TwinStick peripheral. This was the traditional means of control for the Virtual On games when they were originally released in the arcades back in the 90s.

While Hori stepped in during the last console generation to make TwinStick controllers for these games, the company abstained for the new A Certain Magical Virtual On.

This is where Tanita stepped in and offered its services.

The complication here is that A Certain Magical Virtual On has not been met with open arms by the Virtual On community and it’s clear that making a pair of TwinSticks for the game would now be risky.

So this new crowdfunding campaign is hoping to mitigate that risk by having fans support the project financially and to show that there is a demand for a new TwinStick peripheral.

The campaign is now up on Campfire and aiming for a target of 277,000,000 yen (or around $2.5 million). This is a lofty goal, but the deadline is still a good way off, as the campaign ends on July 30.

The sticks themselves look very similar to the earlier Hori versions (shown in the schematic above) but whether Tanita will be able to make something as serviceable as those Hori sticks remain to be seen.

Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. I also manage Mecha Damashii and do toy reviews over at hobbylink.tv.

Read my Forbes blog here.