Sega Genesis Switch controller release date, price, and six-button model

Genesis does what Nintendon’t.

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Blast processing is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch. During the September 23 Direct, Nintendo revealed Sega Genesis games will come to its Switch Online subscription service in late October 2021. Better still, you can play those classic games with a wireless controller that’s straight outta 1992.

Here’s everything we know about the Sega Genesis wireless controller for Nintendo Switch.

When is the Sega Genesis Switch controller release date?

The Sega Genesis Nintendo Switch controller is available to order now on the Nintendo Store. Controllers will begin shipping out October 25, 2021. Each subscriber is limited to four controllers each.

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What’s the price of the Sega Genesis Switch controller?

The Sega Genesis wireless controller for Nintendo Switch will cost $49.99.

According to Nintendo of America’s official Twitter account, the controller “will be available for purchase for $49.99 each to any #NintendoSwitchOnline members.”

At the moment, it’s not clear whether the controllers will be available through retailers or exclusively through Nintendo. What is clear is that you’ll have to be a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber to access that library of Genesis games. Currently, membership prices run between $3.99 per month or $19.99 per year. Those prices will likely go up slightly for the enhanced version of the service.

The Japan-only six-button Genesis controller for Nintendo Switch.

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Will the Genesis six-button controller be available for Switch?

A few folks online voiced concern that the Genesis controller coming to Switch was the original three-button model, not the six-button version released later in the console’s life cycle.

The six-button controller will be available in Japan, but not in Europe or North America. As yet, Nintendo hasn’t mentioned any plans to release it here, but you’ll probably be able to find one through importers or the secondary market — for a price.

Most Genesis games work just fine with the classic control scheme, and won’t require the additional buttons. But why not release it here too? Chalk it up to Nintendo’s legendary idiosyncrasy.

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What Sega Genesis games are coming to Switch Online?

At launch, there will be 14 Sega Genesis games available for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Here’s the full list:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Golden Axe
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • M.U.S.H.A.
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Ristar
  • Shining Force
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Strider

It’s a promising start to the library, with a mix of classic platformers and RPGs alongside some lesser-known shooters and puzzlers.

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack launches in late October 2021.

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