The real tragedy is that the two controllers I got with this system never worked right. One of them barely works at all. Normally I can get controllers to work easily but nothing I did would work to fix these. The only other thing I could have tried was to re-solder them but my soldering iron is not with me and I cannot find it.
Therefore I use the regular Genesis controller you see above you. These work just fine in the SMS with no ill effects to the console. The third button doesn't work but that is a small price to pay.
Last but not least my cover-less cart of Space Harrier. A very nice game for a bit of meaningless blasting fun!
Overall I am happy with my collection and I really am not on the lookout for anything else (unless it's super cheap).
More media projects next week!