Retro-Bit Official Sega Genesis USB Controller 6-Button Arcade Pad for Sega Genesis Mini, PS3, PC, Mac, Steam, Nintendo Switch - USB Port (Clear Blue)
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- Official SEGA Licensed Controller (Original Grade Quality)
- 10ft/3m Cable Length
- Classic 6-Button Layout
- Compatible with Sega Genesis Mini, Nintendo Switch, PS3, PC, Mac, Steam, RetroPie, Raspberry Pi
- For USB, swap between D-Input and X-Input by holding the START button for 5 seconds
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But I came across one issue that turns out to be a design oversight, and a bit of a major one if you ask me. Apparently, for Steam and Switch compatibility, they decided to implement a unique macro/command that would bring up the Home or Guide screens, which is initiated whenever you press A and Start together. However, this creates a conflict with any games that require you to press both buttons, such as the cheat codes for Sonic 1 and 2, which normally require you to press A+Start to access the level select menu after putting in a code. Since pressing A+Start initiates a separate command that these games won't recognize, they won't recognize any input on your end, preventing you from accessing the Level Select codes in those games and any others that use those to buttons together. I was able to pull it off once somehow with Sonic 1, but it was likely a fluke I haven't been able to replicate since.
I had contacted Retro-bit regarding this and confirmed that it was a design choice and not the result of having a faulty controller. Interestingly enough, pressing X and Start as the same time on the Genesis Mini also brings up the menu, and since the Mode button already does that with a single button press, makes me wonder why the macro couldn't be assigned to Start+X instead. They also confirmed that this issue exists in all controllers with Switch compatibility, and since given that many of their upcoming Sega controllers will be Switch-compatible going forward, this will likely affect all of those as well. Playing the games on an emulator presents the same issue.
Now of course, you could simply use the controller with the original 3-button ones that came with the Mini. But if you wanted to buy these for both the Mini and the PC like I did, hoping it would be the definitive Sega-branded Genesis/Mega Drive controller to use for both (and let's be real, that's the purpose of these), as much as I appreciate their efforts into making it identical to the originals as much as possible, and boy they absolutely nailed the look and feel of the controller, this one design oversight prevents it from being so.
Any other games that don't use these buttons, it's great. But still, so close...
they look and play just like the originals
and have long cord so buy it.