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Topic: Why do the PAL and NTSC SNES controllers have different coloured buttons?

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the8thark

Why do the PAL and NTSC SNES controllers have different coloured buttons?

Simple question, but one I never knew the answer to. Does anyone here know?

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HobbitGamer

Same reason Famicom and NES are different; marketing.

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Bunkerneath

Because the multi-colour is better, especially as there is no concave buttons.

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@the8thark Famicom is not Famicom Disk System.

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ThanosReXXX

@the8thark The actual reason is marketing and differences in target audience, or rather: target area. There's documentation available about how Nintendo's local marketing team decided to change the design of the US version of the SNES, as well as the colors on it, to be more suitable/attractive to an American audience. They thought that the European/Japanese design would not go down well, and wouldn't sell as good, so it basically comes down to a marketing ploy to make the console more attractive to that specific audience.

A couple of years back, Nintendo Life also made a short article about it. Here it is:
https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2017/06/random_heres_the_re...
Underneath the article, there's a link to the entire interview, in case you're interested.

As for two of the buttons being concave: there's no real documentation on that, far as I know, but I think that the most simple reason for it could be to make them immediately distinguishable to the touch, or for ergonomic reasons. Or perhaps it was just an easy way to differentiate between the primary (A, B) and secondary set (X, Y) of buttons.

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KingMike

I think I read in Nintendo Power years ago that the button shape was to make them easily identifiable.

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