Control Pad (Saturn)

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Control Pad
Manufacturer: Sega
Type: Control pad
Made for: Sega Saturn
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥4,800[1] HSS-0101
Sega Saturn
¥4,800 HSS-0101-S
Sega Saturn
(Cool Pad)
¥2,500[1] HSS-0162
Sega Saturn
$? MK-80100
Sega Saturn
$? MK-80116
Sega Saturn
€19.99[2] MK-80313
Sega Saturn
£? MK-80301
Sega Saturn
?F MK-80301
Sega Saturn
DM ? MK-80301
Sega Saturn
?Ptas MK-80301
Sega Saturn
R$40.00 ?

The Sega Saturn Control Pad, later known simply as the Controller in North America, is primary method of user input for the Sega Saturn. It is an evolution of the Six Button Control Pad for the Sega Mega Drive and was originally seen in 1994 along with the Saturn console.


It has a circular D-Pad, a Start button, and six face buttons; A, B, C, X, Y and Z. New to the Saturn is the addition of two shoulder buttons, L and R, which replace the Mega Drive's "mode" button to bring the total number of buttons to nine. Like the Mega Drive Control Pad(s), it is ergonomically designed for maximum comfort.

The Saturn controller debuted in Japan in 1994 and remained largely unchanged throughout the lifespan of the console. In North America and Europe however, a different, much bulkier controller was released to supposedly accommodate for the "bigger hands" of western consumers. This "MK-80100" control pad is functionally identical to its Japanese cousin, but is slightly larger and has a peculiar concave D-Pad, not seen in a Sega console since. This particular model is often regarded to be worse than the Japanese variant, and was replaced entirely during the summer of 1996, cutting costs as the console was redesigned.

The Control Pad saw an "upgrade" in the form of the 3D Control Pad, built as a response to the Nintendo 64's analogue joystick.


There are many slightly different colour variations of the controller, mostly to match the colour of the console. Japan initially received grey pads, but eventually saw white and clear varieties as well as those designed for V-Saturns and HiSaturns. In the rest of the world (bar Brazil), only black controllers were released.

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
100 [2]
Sega Saturn
Based on
1 review

Saturn, US (MK-80100)
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Saturn, US (MK-80114)
Saturn 80114 box back.jpgNospine-small.pngSaturn 80114 box.jpg
Saturn, US (MK-80116)
Saturn 80116 box back.jpgNospine-small.pngSaturn 80116 box.jpg
Saturn, EU (MK-80301)
Saturn MK-80301 Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSaturn MK-80301 box.jpg
Saturn, EU (MK-80313)
Saturn MK-80313 box back.jpgNospine-small.pngSaturn MK-80313 box.jpg
Saturn, JP (Grey)
Saturn HSS-0101 box-2.pngNospine-small.pngSega Saturn HSS-0101 A.jpg
Saturn, JP (White)
Sat digi gamepad jp box back.jpgNospine-small.pngSat digi gamepad jp box front.jpg
Saturn, JP (Cool Pad)
Coolpad Saturn JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSaturn HSS-0162 box-1.jpg
Saturn, JP (V-Saturn, RG-CP5)
Saturn RG-CP5 box-2.jpgNospine-small.pngSaturn RG-CP5 box-1.jpg
Saturn, JP (V-Saturn, RG-CP6)
ControlPad Saturn JP Box Back RG-CP6.jpgNospine-small.pngSaturn RG-CP6 box.jpg
Saturn, JP (HiSaturn)
Saturn HSS-0118 box-2.jpg
Saturn, BR
Joystick Saturn BR Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngJoystick Saturn BR Box Front.jpg
Saturn, KR (Samsung Saturn)
Samsung Saturn Control Pad Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSamsung Saturn Control Pad Box Front.jpg


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