Update: The Switch Mega Drive Controller is now available to order from the My Nintendo Store in the UK. You can get one right here for £ 39.99:
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Original article (Tuesday 19 October 2021 7:00 PM BST): Since Sega Genesis / Mega Drive games are now available on Switch for Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack subscribers, you’ll probably want to play them with the controller they were originally designed for. Fortunately, Nintendo has released Sega Genesis wireless controllers that anyone who signs up for the Nintendo online service can purchase.
Sure, there hasn’t been a shortage of wireless Mega Drive pads for use with modern gaming systems over the years, but this one is specifically designed for the Switch and comes with a few handy extra buttons.
Below we have answered a few questions regarding the new tablet, its characteristics, how much they cost and where you can get them.
When can I get these Sega Genesis pads and how much will they cost?
Each pad costs £ 39.99 (free shipping in the UK) and $ 49.99 in the US. Since this is a Switch Online exclusive, the official Nintendo website in your region is the only place to buy new ones.
A maximum of four purchases can be made per Nintendo Account holder.
Are these Sega Mega Drive controllers identical to the originals?
NSO Mega Drive pads retain the size, shape and feel of the original, but add wireless convenience so you won’t be tethered to the console and forced to sit 3 feet from your 65-inch 4K TV.
Genesis pads are charged via the USB AC cable. Here’s a gripping annotation from Nintendo itself:
- Form factor – Play the enhanced SEGA Genesis ™ games the way they were meant to be – with a full-size SEGA Genesis-style controller.
- Accumulator battery – Use the supplied USB AC cable to charge the controller.
This new version also includes a tiny “mode” button at the top, which seemingly lets you uncomfortably play six-button Mega Drive games, although none of the launch titles in the service require the use of six buttons – and a real six-button keyboard. at the time of writing is exclusive to Japan.
The new panel also has Home and Screenshot buttons at the top.
Do I need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to buy a Sega Genesis controller?
Unfortunately yes. The NES controllers that came in a set of two were (and actually remain) available for purchase exclusively to Nintendo Account holders with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, and so was the SNES versions, N64 pads, and these too.
This must be a proper subscription too – you won’t be able to get them if you have a free trial. However, it looks like you don’t need to subscribe to the higher level of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass to buy the Mega Drive bar.
Do I need a Nintendo 64 controller to play Genesis / Mega Drive games with Nintendo Switch Online?
No! It is important to note that these pads are not required in any way to enjoy Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Online (breathe!) on your Switch – your Joy-Con or Pro Controller is great for playing classic games like Sonic 2, Streets of Rage 2, and Gunstar Heroes. These are optional add-ons that simply offer a more “authentic” feel for the nostalgic enthusiast and lover. However, they feel especially good in the hands.
However, remember that you will need to pay for an NSO Expansion Pass to access these Sega Genesis games.
Can I play games other than Genesis / Mega Drive on Switch using the Nintendo Switch Online Genesis / Mega Drive controller?
Yes, that should be completely fine, although different buttons can cause compatibility issues.
Why can’t I get the beautiful six-button version like in Japan?
Because as a child, you didn’t eat vegetables. If you are not a resident of Japan, it looks like you will have to visit ebay and overpay for this version of the tablet. What we did of course:
What is this Genesis / Mega Drive nonsense?
The Sega Mega Drive has been rebranded as Sega Genesis for the North American market, while in Europe and Japan it has always been the Sega Mega Drive.
In this article, we have used images from the Genesis tablet as a sign of solidarity with our lovely friends across the pond. The latter, however, is easy and objectively cooler name. Yarp.
We will update this article with more information as it becomes available. Questions about Mega Drive Wireless Controllers for Switch? Share them below and we’ll try to answer them!