Brand New Sega Mega Drive Controller

tl;dr A brand new controller feels so good. If you can find one, keep it for yourself.

I picked up a pair of Mega Drive controllers recently. They were wrapped in wrapped in plastic so I couldn’t get a good look at them, but were cheap, so it didn’t matter if they were broken – It’s always good to have spares for original controllers. Amazingly, one of them turned out to be brand new.

Most of the Mega Drive controllers I come across have squeaky D-pads and unresponsive or stuck buttons. They need a good clean, inside and out, before they can be used. But this one looks and feels so good. I can’t ever remember using a Mega Drive controller that felt so good.

Something I’ve never noticed before, probably because it’s been 25 years since I’ve held anything close to a new controller, is that the D-pad is actually textured for better grip.

Sega Mega Drive Controller D-Pad

Sega Mega Drive Controller D-Pad

Do all Mega Drive controllers have this textured D-pad originally? Comparing it with the D-pad of a well used controller you can see the difference. The D-pad is worn so much that it’s shiny.

Worn Sega Mega Drive D-pad
Worn Sega Mega Drive D-pad

I’ve just spent a few hours playing Castlevania Bloodlines and Streets of Rage 2 with the new controller and the responsiveness was unbelievable. This one will be going in in my personal collection!

Sega Mega Drive Controller