I can see that twisting D pad thingy breaking after a while. I am one of those people who complain about the D pad, because I play Street Fighter and BlazBlue, and also some of the retro style sidescrolling games like Streets of Rage and Golden Axe. But this isn't terribly impressive... the problem was never the outward design of the pad, but the floaty way it feels, like it only vaguely knows which direction you're pushing it in.

As Kat pointed out though, I bought a fight stick like any other serious fighting game player, so I could ultimately care less. I already have two wireless controllers on my living room console and one for the one in my bedroom, I don't need any more.