Avenue Pad 3

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Fast facts on the Avenue Pad 3
Manufacturer: NEC Avenue
Made for: PC Engine
Release Date RRP Code
PC Engine
¥2,980 NAPD-1001

The Avenue Pad 3 (アベニューパッド3) is an officially licensed three button controller for the PC Engine released by NEC Avenue in 1991. It was initially sold by itself, but was later packaged with Forgotten Worlds as part of a special bundle.

It adds a third fire button (
) in addition to the standard
buttons. Unlike the later Avenue Pad 6, the added button doesn't provide any unique functionality of its own but simply duplicates the effect of the
keys, which is assigned through a switch. This made the controller suitable for action games which had special moves or such assigned to either button such as Shinobi, Bloody Wolf and Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo, as well as the aforementioned Forgotten Worlds. There are also turbo switches for each fire button, although the turbo switch for button
works a bit differently, as it has a "hi" setting for turbofire and a "hold" setting for autofire, whereas the other two switches simply have two turbo settings.

The PC Blaster later released by Sur De Wave provided functionalities similar to the Avenue Pad 3.

Physical scans

PC Engine, JP
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PC Engine
PC Engine (1987) | CoreGrafx (1989) | CoreGrafx II (1991)
X1 Twin (1987) | PC-KD863G (1988) | Shuttle (1989) | GT (1990) | LT (1991)
Interface Unit (1988) | Ten no Koe 2 (1989) | Backup Booster (1989) | Backup Booster II (1989) | Ten no Koe Bank (1991) | Memory Base 128 (1993)