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N64 and Sega Genesis Wireless Controller

Nintendo Adds Wireless N64 and SEGA Genesis Controllers

Nintendo is returning to the glory days, with the video game company announcing the return of its old yet new wireless N64 and SEGA Genesis three-button controllers. Compatible with the Switch console, Nintendo unveiled the retro devices as well as a new six-button controller during a recent Direct stream.

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Launching a “new membership plan” sometime next month, Switch Online subscribers will gain access to a bevy of games from both N64 and SEGA Genesis. Unfortunately, the six-button SEGA Genesis version will only be available to Japanese consumers, with Polygon confirming only the three-button option will be available internationally. While consumers may be able to import the larger variant, Nintendo stated that they can’t guarantee compatibility between different regions.

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“Different regions make different decisions based on a variety of factors,” said a representative from the company. “For the U.S. and Canada, a replica of the original SEGA Genesis controller is the available model. This was by far the more widely used and well-known SEGA Genesis controller in these regions.” While consumers may be able to import the larger variant, Nintendo stated that they can’t guarantee compatibility between different regions.

Wireless versions of the Nintendo 64 controller and Sega Genesis (Mega Drive) gamepad will be available to Switch Online subscribers. Arriving in late October, they’re priced at USD$49.99 (AUD$68.50) each and are expected to launch around the same date as the expansion pack.

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