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CharacteriStick

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CharacteriStick
Manufacturer: Cheetah
Type: Joystick
Made for: Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
UK
£?
Sega Master System
FR
?F
Sega Master System
DE
DM ?
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas


Sega Mega Drive
UK
£?
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ?
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas


The Cheetah CharacteriStick range is a set of novelty controllers built for the Sega Master System and Sega Mega Drive. They were produced in 1992, and take the form of various TV and film characters which were popular at the time of release.

Each CharacteriStick is essentially a joystick with three buttons, two on the base of the unit, and one positoned somewhere on the stick itself. The stick (which replaces the d-pad) is modeled after a character. Due to the sometimes awkward shape of these characters, it's not a very comfortable way of playing a video game, and so most users opted for the standard gamepad or official arcade sticks.

There are at least four different CharacteriSticks in the range; Bart Simpson (from The Simpsons), a Terminator skull (from The Terminator 2: Judgement Day), Batman (from Batman: The Animated Series) and an Alien (from the Alien movies).

Other versions exist for the Nintendo Entertainment System and home computers.

Gallery

Physical scans

Master System version

Master System, (Alien 3)

Master System, (Batman)

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Master System, (Terminator 2)

Mega Drive version

Mega Drive, (Batman Returns)

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Mega Drive, (Bart Simpson)

References


Third-party controllers for the Sega Master System

Others | Clones

Third-party controllers for the Sega Mega Drive
  • Control pads
  • Arcade sticks
  • Computer joysticks
  • Wireless control pads
  • Others

Others | Clones