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|Sega Mouse/Mega Mouse|
|Made for: Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD|
The Sega Mouse (セガマウス) is a special computer mouse designed to work with the Mega Drive and Mega-CD. It can be seen as the Sega alternative to Nintendo's mouse accessory, designed primarily for Mario Paint for the Super NES. Only a few games were designed with Sega Mouse functionality in mind.
The Sega Mouse was released in Japan and Europe, only the major difference being the colour scheme - Japan opted for blue buttons, Europe for red. Both came packaged with a blue Sega-branded mouse mat. The European packaging actually calls it a Sega Mega Drive Mouse, although games still refer to it as the "Sega Mouse".
The Sega Mouse is a ball mouse, meaning it needs to be cleaned after regular use in order for it to continue to function properly. Despite there being three buttons on a standard control pad, there are only two buttons on a Sega Mouse, and , however unusually the unit places its button on the ball itself - flipping the peripheral turns it into a clickable trackball device.
North America did not receive the Sega Mouse, but instead the Mega Mouse, a similar but larger unit which added the missing button and scrapped the clickable trackball. The Mega Mouse was distributed with a red/black mouse mat, and its awkwardly placed button comes at a disadvantage to left-handed users. Supposedly there are also some compatibility issues between the two mice, but this needs to be investigated.
Few games were created to take advantage of the Sega/Mega Mouse, and contrary to popular belief, Art Alive! (seen as the direct rival to Mario Paint) did not have mouse support. There were no Sega 32X games with mouse support.
- Crime Patrol
- Dungeon Master II: Skullkeep
- Eye of the Beholder
- Links: The Challenge of Golf
- Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold
- Mad Dog McCree
- Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra
- My Paint: The Animated Paint Program
- Nobunaga no Yabou: Haouden
- Shin Megami Tensei
- The Secret of Monkey Island
- Urusei Yatsura: Dear My Friends
- Warau Salesman
- Who Shot Johnny Rock?
- Yumemi Mystery Mansion
- Main article: Sega Mouse/Magazine articles.
also published in:
- http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/md/mouse.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-02-15 06:24)
- VideoGames, "June 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 90
- Sega Magazine, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-10), page 11
- Sega Magazin, "August 1994" (DE; 1994-07-13), page 79
- GamePro, "November 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 133
- Sega Visions, "December/January 1994/1995" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 3
- Sega Visions, "February/March 1995" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 81
- Sega Visions, "May 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 85