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Sega Genesis Accessories

The Genesis has had a large number of peripherals released for it, some more well-received than others. Among them are special controllers, adapters, and add-ons featuring system functionality upgrades. Below are descriptions of a few of them.

Genesis Controllers

Genesis Controllers

The Genesis has ports for up to two controllers, unless a multitap such as the Sega Team Player is used to allow more to be hooked up. There are two types of ordinary Genesis controllers - the 3-button version and the 6-button version. Both have plus-shaped directional pads on the left and single "Start" buttons, but the original variety has 3 buttons on the right (A, B, and C), while the 6-button variety has new, smaller buttons above the originals (X, Y, and Z). The 6-button version also has a differently-placed "Start" button and a smaller, differently-curved shape. The 6-button controller is very useful for "fighter" games originally released in arcades.

Sega CD

Sega CD

The Sega CD (also known as the Sega Mega-CD) is an add-on to the Genesis that had only limited commercial success. It allows the Sega Genesis to run disc-based games, greatly increasing the Genesis's power in the process. The Sega CD expands the sound capabilities of the Genesis, introduces graphical effects similar to the Super NES's fake-3D "Mode 7" graphical mode, enables full-motion video, and allows the user to play music CDs. The drawbacks that resulted in its downfall in the market seem to have been the extremely high price and its relative lack of popular games. There are two separate versions of it; the first is placed underneath the Genesis, while the other (pictured) is placed at the side.

Sega 32X

Sega 32X

The Sega 32X is a 32-bit expansion device which plugs into the top of the Genesis. It greatly increases the effective technical specs of the Genesis (notably in the area of color capabilities) and enables it to play new games. Back in the day, however, it fell far short, technologically speaking, of the next-generation systems it was meant to compete with, and ended up failing catastrophically, ending up with a very small library of games.

Sega Power Base Converter

Sega Power Base Converter

This passive device allows games from the Sega Master System, which preceded the Genesis, to be connected to the Genesis and played on it. The Genesis has the necessary hardware built in for running Master System games, but it does not have the proper slot, which is why the Power Base Converter is needed.

Sega Menacer

Sega Menacer

The Sega Menacer is a light gun accessory usable with a few specific Genesis games. It is conceptually very similar to the Super NES's Super Scope. The Menacer, however, comes in multiple parts which can be assembled and disassembled: a pistol-like main part, a stock, and a gun sight. Like the Super Scope, it uses infrared technology, is wireless, and requires batteries. It is also compatible with the Sega CD and the Sega 32X.

Sega Mouse & Sega Mega Mouse

Sega Mouse

These Genesis-compatible mice are similar to the Super NES mouse, and can be used with a few select Genesis and/or Sega CD games. The Sega Mega Mouse was released only in North America, while the Sega Mouse was released only in other countries. The two are very different from each other: the Sega Mouse (on the left in the image) has 2 buttons and a mouse ball that doubles as a trackball, while the Sega Mega Mouse has 4 buttons (including a "Start" button).

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