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XE-1AP - rare Mega Drive analogue controller


Jul 6, 2011
I stumble into this just now. Was a cross platform analogue controller release only in japan in 1989. A few Mega Drive/Genesis games are compatible. Looks like the devil controller.


The XE-1 AP is an unusual analogue controller manufactured by Dempa. It is compatible with the Sega Mega Drive, but also with a number of other Japanese consoles and computers (some require extra adapters). The device was not released outside of Japan, though is revolutionary in many ways due to the fact it was released in 1989 - nearly a decade before analogue features of this nature became mainstream.

The controller has ten face buttons, four shoulder buttons, an analogue stick and an analogue slider (which can be rotated to suit the user). Many of these buttons exist as switches to maintain compatibility with the computers the controller supports. Others are turbo switches, or are simply not used in the majority of circumstances. There is also a switch to turn the controller back to "digital mode", allowing it to remain compatible with all games on each system (aside from computer games that do not support joysticks).

Mega Drive:
After Burner II
Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II
Fastest 1
Galaxy Force II
Musha Aleste: Full Metal Fighter Ellinor

Mega CD:
After Burner III
Night Striker
Star Blade

After Burner Complete
Space Harrier

Aug 6, 2006
Yeah, this thing is really, really cool. I definitely want one sometime, it'd be awesome!

In addition though, with the XHE-3 adapter, this gamepad, or the Sharp/Micomsoft Cyber-Stick joystick which it is a gamepad adaptation of, also work with the TurboGrafx-16 (PC Engine). It's a regular PCE port on the end of that adapter, but it'd work on a US TG16 too via a PCE-to-TG16 controller adapter. Unfortunately the XHE-3 is apparently rare and valuable, which is too bad, because the games look awesome in analog...

TG16 and TGCD (PCE 16/CD) games which support analog this way
Outrun (HuCard)
After Burner II (HuCard)
Forgotten Worlds (Super CD; did get a US release, unlike the other games)
Operation Wolf (HuCard)
Thunder Blade (HuCard)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0KC5DeMbZU - video of all five games being played on a Cyber-Stick.

It is also known to NOT work with Space Harrier (HuCard) or Battle Ace (SuperGrafx), among others; those five above seem to be it. These controllers do also work with a bunch of games on some Japanese computers of course, but for console games, the listed Genesis, Sega CD, 32X, and Turbografx games are it.