- Manufacturing date around 1999-2000
- Rarity: A few hundreds made
- Two variants are known to exist.
- Pictures courtesy of ConsoleVariations.
- RJ-11 plug
- 1/2 Speed and 3/4 Speed
Strange prototypes with a unique layout. Features a red “menu” button in the place of the D-pad and no start button. Very large main stick, blue A button and green bean-shaped B button. The handles are very thin and long, and the Z-button is a simple purple switch on the top right. The “Speed” refers to the hardware it was used on; early development hardware ran on 1/2 Speed but was quickly upgraded to 3/4 Speed.
- There are two color variants, one Grey/Clear and one Indigo/Clear. It is unknown if there are any differences apart from the shell color.
- The Ver.A controller was shown to the public by ATI at Comdex Fall 2000. An Indigo/Clear variant was on display. (Source)
- The sticker on the back of the controller reads “Ver.A R&D3”. The acronym stands for Nintendo Research & Development No. 3 Department.
- The serial number is usually in the low 100’s.
- Those controllers were first used with 1/2 Speed DDHs (Dolphin Development Hardware), but those kits were quickly recalled by Nintendo and upgraded to 3/4 Speed, which makes 1/2 DDHs extremely rare.