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Control Pad (Master System)

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Fast Facts on the Control Pad (Master System)

Made By: Sega
Made For: Sega Master System

Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System JP 1987 ¥? 3020
Sega Master System US 1986 $?  ?
Sega Master System EU 1987 £?  ?
Sega Master System BR 1989 $? 011770
Sega Master System KR 1989 ₩?  ?


The Master System Control Pad or Sega Control Pad (コントロールパッド) is the official controller which came packaged with Sega Master System consoles. The controller connects to the system via a DE-9 port, so it is also compatible with various other systems of the day including the Sega Mega Drive.

The control pad is very similar to the first generation of NES controllers, and all models contain a D-Pad and two buttons labeled 1 and 2. Button 1 also doubles up as a Start button, meaning it is only possible to pause a game by pressing the pause button on the console itself. As with the Sega Mark III, the D-Pad is a rounded square to avoid legal issues with Nintendo's patented cross-shaped design.

Several versions of the control pad exist exist:

  1. "Model 1": the original Master System Control Pad. The D-Pad has a hole in the centre which allows for a small "thumbstick" could be inserted (much like Sega's earlier consoles).Like the Famicom in Japan, the lead from the controller comes out at the right hand side of the unit.
  2. "Model 2": Same as above, but now the lead comes out at the top.
  3. "Model 3": The hole for the thumbstick is completely removed. This version is most commonly associated with the Sega Master System II when it was introduced and was the only model used in Brazil.
  4. South Korean model: Samsung adopted their own controller for the console, which was given several new colour schemes throughout its lifespan.

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