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Switch Online’s Sega 6-button pad is a scary horror that shouldn’t be, but we’re glad it does

NSO Mega Drive Pad
Image: Nintendo Life / Damien McFerran

If you could hop on a time machine and fly back to the early 90s and tell a young gamer that Nintendo would one day make a piece of Sega hardware, they’d probably spit out their sugary Sunny D and laugh in your face. “Sega and Nintendo are mortal enemies,” they would reply; “Which planet is yours, Poindexter?” (Or at least words in that sense).

But even though the 90s are the “in” decade, we are no longer taking this particular time; Today these two Japanese companies have much better conditions, so much so that – Yes sir – we now have a piece of Sega consumer hardware produced by Nintendo.

With the release of Mega Drive / Genesis games on the Nintendo Switch Online service, subscribers were given the option to purchase a wireless controller based on the original that came with the console all those years ago. Western players have the larger 3-button pad, while in Japan you can buy the smaller 6-button version (known there as the “Fighting Pad 6B”) that comes with the Sega port. has been published Street fighter II. That’s the block we see here, and boy is it? adorable.

Although it’s based on the original 6-button pad, it actually is one touch smaller than the one we got in the west and is the same size as the Japanese version of the controller (which also came with the Japanese version of the Mega Drive Mini). It has a fantastic rolling D-pad, six very responsive face buttons and a ‘start’ button in the middle of the pad. The “Mode” button – which was used on the original controller to troubleshoot games that didn’t go well with the 6-button setup – is used here to access the NSO Suspend menu and that rewind current game. There’s also a ‘Home’ button and a screenshot button, as well as a USB-C charging port. Below is the LED bank that shows which player you are, as well as a sync button.

The cute dimensions of the pad Power People who are gifted with big hands cause some problems, but ultimately this is the ideal way to experience these games – although it’s worth noting that, at this point, none of the Mega Drive / Genesis games that are on Nintendo Switch Online are -Service are available, all six supported buttons. We can imagine that will change in the future, but for now the main reason to choose one of these is to take advantage of the superior D-pad and (arguably) more ergonomic design.

However, if you don’t know someone from Japan who can buy you one, get stuck on eBay or the 3 button version which you can order below.

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Massive, massive thanks Lowell Bell for sourcing one of these controllers for us.


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