The Sega Genesis controller for Nintendo Switch only has six buttons in Japan

When Sega Genesis games land on Nintendo Switch Online next month, Switch users in most regions will have to use the three-button Genesis controller to play them.Nintendo is producing a six-button version of the Genesis controller – but It will be sold exclusively in Japan, Nintendo confirmed to Polygon on Friday.

Nintendo announced the controller on Thursday as part of its upcoming expansion to the Nintendo Switch Online service, which will bring some Genesis and Nintendo 64 games to the Switch, adding additional fees to existing subscriptions.The company is making modern wireless versions of Genesis controllers and Nintendo 64 gamepads for use in applications such as Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with Mario Kart 64.

Each controller is priced at US$49.99 in the United States and is only sold to subscribers of Nintendo Switch Online. Nintendo has not announced their specific release date. (Of course, retro games on Nintendo Switch Online work well on Switch Joy-Cons or Pro Controller.)

“Different regions will make different decisions based on various factors,” a Nintendo US representative told Polygon via email. “For the United States and Canada, a replica of the original SEGA Genesis controller is an available model. This is the more widely used and well-known SEGA Genesis controller in these regions so far.”

This is of course true. Genesis introduced a three-button gamepad, and it was not until 1993—more than four years after the console’s debut in Japan—Sega released a six-button version of the controller.This model coincides with the fighting game boom in the early 90s, because its layout (two rows of three buttons each) is more suitable for the button settings of arcade games, such as Street Fighter 2 with Angry street 3. These titles make use of additional buttons to make it easier to perform various actions.

Nevertheless, it is strange that Nintendo will produce a more powerful controller in 2021 and restrict it to one region of the world, especially since the Switch is not restricted by region. (It is worth noting that Nintendo does not guarantee compatibility Between Switch consoles and accessories purchased in different regions. )