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Information
Primary Name
Genesis 3 Button Controller
Alternate Names
Mega Drive 3 Button Controller
Release Date
1988-10-29
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The 3 button Genesis controller is basic controller originally released with Genesis and Mega Drive. The controller has 3 play buttons (A, B, & C), a D-Pad, and Start button.

The controller utilized three different D-Pad designs. The early ones used an internal plastic nub that tended to wear out. The middle ones used a metal ball bearing that did not wear out easily. The final ones that were released used a two part D-Pad mechanism. This type also tended to wear out over time.

Official Controllers

Below are main differences between the controller models:

Japan

SJ-3500
ABC Buttons - Red
Stat Button - Blue
D-Pad Arrows - White
Text - SEGA Computer Video Game Control Pad
D-Pad Internals - Plastic

North America

Model 1650 v1
ABC Buttons - Red
Start Button - White
D-Pad Arrows - Red
Text - Sega Genesis
D-Pad Internals - Plastic

Model 1650 v2
ABC Buttons - Black with no coloring
Stat Button - White
D-Pad Arrows - White
Text - Sega Genesis
D-Pad Internals - Ball Bearing

Model 1650 v3
ABC Buttons - Black with no coloring
Start Button - White
D-Pad Arrows - White
Text - Sega Genesis
D-Pad Internals - 2 Part Plastic

Europe

Mega Drive v1
ABC Buttons - Black with no coloring
Start Button - White
D-Pad Arrows - White
Text - SEGA Mega Drive Controller Pad
D-Pad Internals - Unknown

Mega Drive v1.1
ABC Buttons - Red
Start Button - White
D-Pad Arrows - Red
Text - SEGA Mega Drive Controller Pad
D-Pad Internals - Unknown

Mega Drive v2
ABC Buttons - Black with no coloring
Start Button - Red
D-Pad Arrows - White
Text - SEGA Mega Drive Controller Pad
D-Pad Internals - Unknown

Brazil, Asia, & South Korea
Super Aladdin Controller
ABC Buttons - Red
Start Button - Blue
D-Pad Arrows - White
Text - SAMSUNG Computer Video Game Control Pad
D-Pad Internals - Unknown

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Mega Drive 3 Button Controller
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Japanese SJ-3500 Mega Drive 3 Button Controller
Rel Date: 1988-10-29
Manufacturer: SEGA Corporation
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Genesis 3 Button Controller
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North American Model 1650 v1 Genesis 3 Button Controller
Rel Date: 1989-08-14
Manufacturer: SEGA Corporation
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Genesis 3 Button Controller
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North American Model 1650 v2 Genesis 3 Button Controller
Rel Date: 0000-00-00
Manufacturer: SEGA Corporation
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Genesis 3 Button Controller
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North American Model 1650 v3 Genesis 3 Button Controller
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Mega Drive 3 Button Controller
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PAL v1 Mega Drive 3 Button Controller
Rel Date: 1990-00-00
Manufacturer: SEGA Corporation
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