|Fast Facts on the XE-1 AP|
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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).
Several games support the XE-1 AP's analogue controls (including some first-party Sega releases):
Support for this controller largely remains in the westernised versions of these games, with the notable exception of After Burner III, which instead features 6-button support (the Japanese version is 3-button or analog only). It is not known whether this holds true for the two 32X games. It is also unknown if any home computer ports of Sega arcade games support the unit.
|Third-Party Controllers for the Sega Mega Drive|
|ASCII||ASCII Pad SG-6 | Capcom Pad Soldier MD | Fighter Pad | Fighter Stick SG-6 | Mega Pad | Rhino Pad|
|Beeshu||Gizmo Stick | Jet Fighter | Striker Stereo Control Pad|
|Champ||Explorer-I | Power Pad Plus | PowerPad 100|
|Cheetah||BolliStick | CharacteriStick|
|Dempa||XE-1 AP | XE-1 SG|
|Euromax Electronics (Phase 9)||Graduate | Mega Dome|
|Fire||Freedom Fighter | Smart Card | Patriot|
|Honest Soft||Power Pad | Power Pad 6|
|Honey Bee||SG-6 | SG-8 | SG-18|
|Hori||Fighting Stick Dual | Fighting Stick Multi | Mega Commander|
|Innovation||Arcade Stick | Mortal Kombat II Kontrol Pad | Mortal Kombat 3 Kontrol Pad | The Pad | The Pad Plus | Smart Card | The Stick²|
|Logic 3||Action Pad 16 | Action Pad SG | Explorer SG | Phantom SG Six | SpeedPad | Sprint Pad 16 | Sprint Pad SG|
|Mad Catz||High Frequency Control Pad | Mad Catz 3 Button Controller | Mad Catz 6 Button Controller|
|Naki||Action Pad | Pro Control 6 | Pro Fighter 6 | Pro Player | Turbo Touch 360+|
|QuickShot||Aviator 3 | Chimera 3 | Conqueror 3 | Eagle 1 | Intruder 3 | Invader 3 | Maverick 3 | Python 3 | Starfighter 3 | Starfighter 3+3 | Starfighter 3B|
|Recoton (QJ, InterAct, Performance)||Arcade Pro | Footpedal | Game Pad 3 | Game Pad 6 | Recoton 3 Button Control Pad | SG ProgramPad | SG ProPad | Super Pad|
|RockFire||QF-5S High Performance Joypad | QF-7s Deluxe Turbo Joystick|
|Saitek||MegaGrip IV | MegaMaster II | MegaMaster VII | MegaPad IV | MegaPad IX | MegaPad X | MegaStick IV|
|Winner||Winner 500 | Winner 555|
|Others||3-in-1 Power Stick | 929 Fighter | Aqua Pad | The Arcadian | Batter Up | Blaster | Capcom Power Stick Fighter MD | Competition Pro Star | CyberPad | Dual Turbo | Dualist | Energiser | F-16 | Grip-It | Konami Justifier | Konix Power Pad | Pro-5 | Professional Control Pad | Professional Fighter Pad | Remote Control System | Star Cursor | Stealth | Suitable Fighting Pad | Super Arno | Super Turbo Fight II | Tac50 | The Tank | Tatsujin Control Pad | TeeVGolf | TIJ-308 | TPC-2 | Turbo II Joypad | Turbo Touch 360 | Others|