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Fast facts on the SG ProgramPad
Manufacturer: Recoton (STD, QJ, InterAct)
Made for: Sega Mega Drive
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥3,980 IMD-02
Sega Mega Drive
US
$39.95[1] SV-437
Sega Mega Drive
US (6)
$? SV-443
Sega Mega Drive
EU (2)
€? SV-443
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99 SV-437
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F SV-437
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? SV-437
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas SV-437


The SG ProgramPad series, known as the Imagineer ProPad MD (イマジニアプロパドMD) in Japan, is a set of third-party control pads for the Sega Mega Drive, manufactured by Recoton's STD Manufacturing division (later under the QJ and InterAct brands). It is a more advanced alternative to the SG ProPad, and came in two forms - the three button SG ProgramPad and a six button variant known as the SG ProgramPad 2 in Europe and SG ProgramPad 6 in North America.

The SG ProgramPad, as the name suggests, has a built-in LCD display and the ability to "program" button combinations. This is especially useful in fighting games (for example in Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition, Down DownRight Right A will make Ryu perform his trademark hadouken move, and by mapping this sequence to a button, this gives the player an advantage over the competition).

The original SG ProgramPad is a effectively a three button controller (though obviously contains other buttons for which to map control combinations to). The ProgramPad 2/6 is largely the same, but has an extra button and 66 common moves already built into the ontroller, with a further six slots available for custom combinations.

SG ProgramPad is an awkwardly designed controller, as presumably Recoton wished to recycle designs for their "SN ProgramPad" range for the Super Nintendo (a similar story occurred with the SG ProPad).

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Promotional material

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  • GamePro (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)[2]
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[3]
  • Game Players (US) Vol. 7 No. 5 "May 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[4]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #58: "May 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[5]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #59: "June 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[6]
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #62: "September 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
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  • GamePro (US) #64: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[7]
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #65: "December 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
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Physical scans

SG ProgramPad

Mega Drive, US
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Cover

SG ProgramPad 2/6

Mega Drive, US
SGProgramPad6 MD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, EU
SGProgramPad2 MD EU Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSGProgramPad2 MD EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, JP
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Cover

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:GamePro US 054.pdf, page 216
  2. File:GamePro US 054.pdf, page 304
  3. File:GamePro US 057.pdf, page 170
  4. File:GamePlayers US 0705.pdf, page 2
  5. File:EGM US 058.pdf, page 8
  6. File:EGM US 059.pdf, page 8
  7. File:GamePro US 064.pdf, page 288
Third-Party control pads for the Sega Mega Drive

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