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The original Mega Drive pad.  The one pictured above is one of the first made controllers with red letters painted in to the button grooves.  Later model pads were just black.  European pads had the blue start button replaced with a white one as was the reset switch on the console.  I'm not too sure about the US model though.

There are actually two different designs for the d-pad as well.  Some d-pads were set in to the controller while others were sort of more flexible thanks to being built on to a white cradle pretty much like more modern controllers such as the Saturn or Dreamcast.  I'm not too sure which I prefer to be honest.