SEGA Mega Drive II Six Button Controller megadrive

**Details specific to the 6 button controllers are at the bottom of this text.

The Model 1650 'Mega Drive Control Pad' game pad is the standard controller which was sold with the SEGA Mega Drive game console. (see other page on this site for images specific to the model 1650 controller)

It is a pretty standard directional pad affair with three action buttons and a 'Start' button. The controller is more notable for being one of the first game pads to break the rectangular brick design and go with a more comfortable, rounded and ergonomic style.

The 1650 links to the Mega Drive by a standard nine pin, D-Sub, non preparatory connector. It does not however conform to the 'Atari 2600' wiring / switch standard which the Master System's controllers did as the 1650 controller contains some 'smarts'. This means that while the Mega Drive is, for the most part, backwards compatible with Master System games with the use of a converter, some games require the player to unplug the 1650 controller and plug in a Master System one for the games to work properly.

When the Mega Drive was re-released as the smaller Mega Drive II the controllers were given a red Start button making them easy to distinguish from the original Mega Drive release versions. It looks like the Genesis II ones might have all had a blue Start button but I'm yet to confirm if that was release wide.

** With the launch of CAPCOM's 'Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition' for the Mega Drive, SEGA released a six button controller to accommodate the extra buttons needed for easy play.

Owing much of its styling to the Mega Drive II controller design the six button version, while angled, retains the original three action button with the addition of three additional, smaller action buttons above them.

While the controller below sports the red Start button traditionally linked with Mega Drive II controller hardware the six button controller functions on all versions of the Mega Drive and Genesis consoles.

SEGA Mega Drive II Six Button Controller SEGA Mega Drive II Controller Motherboard
Unit pictured has been sold and its location is unknown.