HeartBeat Catalyst

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HeartBeat Catalyst
Made for: Sega Mega Drive
Manufacturer: HeartBeat Corporation
Type: Miscellaneous
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive

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The HeartBeat Catalyst is a third-party Sega Mega Drive exercise peripheral with included body-mounted fitness sensors which read players' heart rate, motion, and skin salinity levels for in-game feedback. Developed by American video game hardware developer HeartBeat Corporation and primarily sold alongside the Personal Trainer, it was released exclusively in the United States in November 1993, and is notable for having a production run of only 1,000 units. Sold with the included pack-in game Outback Joey (which was specifically developed to utilize the peripheral's fitness sensors, and not available for purchase separately), both are considered some of the rarest pieces of Mega Drive history in existence.[2]


The HeartBeat Catalyst is a body-mounted fitness sensor hardware peripheral which reads players' heart rate, motion, and skin salinity levels for in-game feedback, and is compatible with any Mega Drive system. Contrary to popular belief, it does not require the Personal Trainer to function, with the Catalyst even being sold separately for those who already owned a Mega Drive.[3][4] The most notable game developed to utilize this hardware, Outback Joey, uses this feedback to control the running speed of its player character, and encourages maintaining a consistent heart rate through exercise. Though not a requirement, the Catalyst is intended for use with fitness machines such as exercise bikes and treadmills.

Technical specifications

Main article: HeartBeat Catalyst/Technical specifications.


Main article: History of the HeartBeat Catalyst.

List of games


Main article: History of the HeartBeat Catalyst.

Photo gallery

Physical scans

Magazine articles

Main article: HeartBeat Catalyst/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: HeartBeat Catalyst/Promotional material.

External links


HeartBeat Catalyst
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