Controller:Sega Genesis Controller

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Sega Genesis Control Pad
Sega Genesis Control Pad cover
XInput support
Connection method
DB-9
Predecessor
Sega Master System Controller
Successor
Saturn Controller
Sega Genesis Controller on Wikipedia

Key points

First versions require adapter to connect to PC. Later revisions allows to connect to PC via USB or Bluetooth.
Genesis/Mega Drive control pads are the logical progression from Master System control pads, replacing 1 and 2 with 𝐁 and 𝐂 respectively, while adding an extra two face buttons, 𝐀 and sα΄›α΄€Κ€α΄› to bring the total number of buttons to four.
Originally controller connects to the system via a DE-9 port.
Lacks native XInput support, requiring the use of a XInput wrapper (see XInput wrappers) for games that do not support DirectInput or the controller natively.

Inputs

  • 4 Γ— digital buttons: 𝐀, 𝐁, 𝐂, sα΄›α΄€Κ€α΄›
  • 4 Γ— digital directional buttons (d-pad): ↑, ↓, ←, β†’

Controller variations[edit]

The Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Control Pad (γ‚³γƒ³γƒˆγƒ­γƒΌγƒ«γƒ‘γƒƒγƒ‰) is the official controller of the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. Three button controllers are known officially as Control Pads in both North America and Europe, and SJ-3500s in Japan (following a system set up by the SG-1000). There are many "updates" and alternatives to this controller, the most notable being the Six Button Control Pad. This article covers only the basic three button variants.

Six Button Control Pad[edit]

Six Button Control Pad
Six Button Control Pad
The Six Button Control Pad became the de facto controller for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, replacing the standard Control Pad internationally around 1993/1994. It is officially known as the 6 Button Arcade Pad in North America and the Fighting Pad 6B (フゑむティングパッド6B) in Japan.

Inputs

  • 1 Γ— digital shoulder buttons:: ᴍᴏᴅᴇ
  • 7 Γ— digital buttons: 𝐀, 𝐁, 𝐂, 𝐗, 𝗬, 𝐙, sα΄›α΄€Κ€α΄›
  • 4 Γ— digital directional buttons (d-pad): ↑, ↓, ←, β†’

SEGA Genesis Mini Controller[edit]

Control Pads are full-size replica controllers that connect through USB Type-A. Controllers do not require special adapter.
The North American and European Minis include three-button controllers, while the Japanese controllers have six buttons. Officially licensed six-button controllers made specifically for the Mini are also sold separately in North America and Europe.

SEGA Genesis Control Pad for 'Nintendo Switch Online'[edit]

In September 2021, when Nintendo 64 games and Sega Genesis titles were added to Nintendo Switch Online alongside the Expansion Pack, wireless Nintendo 64 Controllers and SEGA Genesis Control Pads were released for use with their respective services.
The North American and European markets have available only three-buttons controllers, while the Japanese controllers have only six-buttons devices.
Both versions have 3 additional buttons: α΄„α΄€α΄˜α΄›α΄œΚ€α΄‡, Κœα΄α΄α΄‡ and ᴍᴏᴅᴇ.
Wireless connection with rechargeable Battery – Use the included USB A-C cable to charge the controller.
Controllers are supported on PC through reWASD application. See more.

Use with PC platforms[edit]

Windows[edit]

reWASD[edit]

Supports Sega Genesis Controllers (3 and 6 buttons) via bluetooth adapter or USB cable, does not require manual driver installment.
reWASD does not work with third-party drivers. Unsupported yet adapters have to be reported on official forum to implement their support.
SEGA Genesis has an initialization page, where you will need to pick the version of your controller: Japanese or International version.[1]
LED shows which config slot is active at the moment.
Allows emulate virtual DS4 controller to play PS4 Remote Play, PS Now or Dualshock 4 compatible games. Including gyro and accelerometer control.
Allows emulate virtual Xbox 360 controller to play XInput compatible games.
Not free of charge. 14-days trial.
Custom configs for Sega Genesis Controllers can be found in official Community Configs Library maintained by reWASD users.

XInput wrapping[edit]

Acting as native DirectInput controller, it's possible to use any of the generic wrappers. See the controller article for those.

Hardware[edit]

Mayflash SEGA Genesis & Mega Drive Controller Adapter[edit]

The SEGA Genesis & Mega Drive Controller Adapter allows you to connect up to two SEGA Genesis & Mega Drive Controllers to PC or Nintendo Switch. With two Adapters, up to four SEGA Genesis & Mega Drive controllers can be used at the same time.
Directly compatible with PC. No driver needed, just plug and play. Supports Xinput and Dinput.
Supports Turbo/Auto Fire/Hold functions. The Left Stick and D-Pad can be switched.
Compatible with Nintendo Switch console.

USB Genesis RetroPort[edit]

Adapter to use 3 or 6 button Sega Genesis controllers.
No drivers to install or update.

Bliss-Box Gamer-Pro[edit]

Directly compatible with PC. No driver needed, just plug and play.
A wide variety of controllers are fully supported right out of the box. See the Compatibility List.
Global Button Mapping - starting with 3.0 this layout has changed for modern gaming. The internal button mapping is set up so that buttons on different controllers match each other's layouts as closely as possible.
Adapter can update firmware and be used on PC, PS3 (up to 4 players), Xbox (single player only) or Switch (up to 4 players). Each controller port has its own firmware chip so multiple firmware versions can be used if desired. See more.
Allows to use special API to communicate with applications (eg. RetroArch). See API tool documentation.
A 12v power supply is completely optional and simply allows the HUB to be self-powered and supplies additional power for a stronger Playstation Force Feedabck effect only.
Adapter work on Windows, OSX, Linux, Raspberry Pi, most all Android device.
Hot Swap support. This feature makes it easy to switch between controllers in mid-game. If Auto Pause is enabled (default setup). The adapter will pause your game while you switch, and you can continue playing when you're ready. The new controller is detected automatically.
Auto Pause: when the adapter senses the controller has become unplugged, it presses the pause button.
Single-Player Mode, the adapter can be switched to Single-Player Mode. This will allow for some advance features like using the adapter on an Xbox with special firmware, or up-linking to other future Bliss-Box add-on accessories.
Native Support, adapter have the ability to allow communication from the emulated game directly to the controller and back with any of the supported controllers.
Do not natively support Xinput. It can do so however, with the use of 3rd party software (ie. x360ce or XOutput).
Hotkey: Pressing and holding sα΄›α΄€Κ€α΄› will trigger a Hotkey combo. You may configure this combo for a hot key in front-ends like RetroArch.

Support In Games[edit]

Support for some controller features may be only available on certain systems. Refer to game-specific articles for details.

Games with Nintendo button prompts[edit]

Total number of games: 112.
The controller's button positions and colors, and the amount of buttons, differ considerably from those of other Nintendo controllers. As such, the list below should be treated with some caution.
Please note, that this is only list for games that offer Nintendo button prompts.
Some may require use of Switch Pro Controller emulation. Refer to game-specific articles for details.
Nintendo layout do not display 𝐂 and 𝐙 buttons which have to be assigned to Switch's ZL and ZR buttons. XInput layout do not display 𝐙 buttons at all, offers LB and RB buttons.
Game Series Developer Publisher First release Available on
20XX 20XX Batterystaple Games, Fire Hose Games August 16, 2017
Windows
American Truck Simulator Truck Simulator SCS Software February 2, 2016
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Angry Video Game Nerd I & II Deluxe Angry Video Game Nerd FreakZone Games Screenwave Media October 30, 2020
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Anodyne 2: Return to Dust Anodyne Melos Han-Tani, Marina Kittaka Analgesic Productions August 12, 2019
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Another Metroid 2 Remake: Return of Samus Metroid Milton "DoctorM64" Guasti August 6, 2016
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Ara Fell Stegosoft Games DANGEN Entertainment June 2, 2016
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Auralux: Constellations Auralux War Drum Studios, Edward McNeill June 1, 2016
Windows
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Bloodstained ArtPlay, DICO, Disruptive Games, WayForward Technologies 505 Games June 18, 2019
Windows
Boomerang X DANG! Devolver Digital July 8, 2021
Windows
Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling Moonsprout Games DANGEN Entertainment November 21, 2019
Windows
Carrion Phobia Game Studio Devolver Digital July 23, 2020
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Cat Quest II Cat Quest The Gentlebros PQube Limited September 24, 2019
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Celeste Extremely OK Games January 25, 2018
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Charge Kid USPGameDev June 30, 2020
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Coffee Talk Coffee Talk Toge Productions January 29, 2020
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Cook, Serve, Delicious! Cook, Serve, Delicious! Vertigo Gaming October 8, 2013
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! Cook, Serve, Delicious! Vertigo Gaming September 13, 2017
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! Cook, Serve, Delicious! Vertigo Gaming October 14, 2020
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Corpse Party (2021) Corpse Party Mechanic Arms, City Connection, MAGES., Team GrisGris XSEED, Marvelous October 20, 2021
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time Crash Bandicoot Toys for Bob, Beenox, Activision Shanghai, Heavy Iron Studios, Hardsuit Labs Activision March 26, 2021
Windows

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Other information[edit]

Technical information[edit]

Mayflash SEGA Genesis & Mega Drive Controller Adapter[edit]

Controller button Button label and axis
A Button 1
B Button 2
X Button 3
Y Button 4
C Button 5
Z Button 6
Mode Button 9
Start Button 10
D-pad up POV up
D-pad down POV down
D-pad left POV left
D-pad right POV right

Bliss-Box Gamer-Pro Adapter[edit]

Standard mapping:
Controller button Button label and axis
A Button 1
B Button 2
X Button 3
Y Button 4
C Button 8
Z Button 7
Mode Button 5
Start Button 6
D-pad up POV up
D-pad down POV down
D-pad left POV left
D-pad right POV right
Alternative mapping:
Controller button Button label and axis
A Button 1
B Button 2
X Button 3
Y Button 4
C Button 10
Z Button 9
Mode Button 5
Start Button 6
D-pad up POV up
D-pad down POV down
D-pad left POV left
D-pad right POV right