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Controller port 1

When I plug a Sega Genesis controller into Port 1 on the console, the buttons work, but on the d-pad, the only direction I can control is left. When I try to go down, up, or right, nothing happens. I need to know how I can get controller 1 to go in all directions like controller 2.

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I had the same prob a few years ago when i had my frist one probly dry jonits

Posted on Oct 01, 2008


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