Q: I am looking at buying a Sega Saturn HSS-0136 Virtua Stick. I've heard there are two different variants of this model, is there a way to tell what I am getting before I buy it?
A: The short answer is no - without having it physically in front of you (or a knowledgeable seller), you can't tell. They are identical on the outside, but a tell would be the feel of the lever. The proper way to identify which model you have gotten is by opening the arcade stick to see what lever is installed. A visual guide can be found below:
HSS-0136, Seimitsu version
HSS-0136, ASCII version