Control Stick

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Sms stick.jpg
Fast facts on the Control Stick
Manufacturer: Sega
Made for: Sega Master System
Also works with: SG-1000, SG-1000 II, SC-3000,Sega Mark III,Sega Mega Drive
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
$? 3060
Sega Master System
Sega Master System
Sega Master System
DM ?
Sega Master System
Sega Master System
$? ?

The Control Stick is a Sega Master System joystick designed for right handed control, instead of the typical left handed set-up. It was sold for $20 to 25 in North America, and was also available packaged with the SMS cart OutRun (sold together for $45 to $65) or the Rapid Fire Unit.

The Control Stick functions exactly like a standard Master System Control Pad but attempts to tive the user a greater sense of control over the on-screen characters. It is not particularly good for games that require precise movements.

Interestingly some versions of the Control Stick freely advertise its compatibility with home computers such as the Commodore VIC-20, Commodore 64, Atari 400, Atari 800 and Atari 2600. It is the only Sega peripheral to date to do this, though most Master System (and Mega Drive) controllers will function with these computers with varying degrees of success due to the systems sharing the same type of DE-9 control port.

Promotional material


CVG UK 090.pdf

Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #90: "April 1989" (1989-03-16)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #91: "May 1989" (1989-04-11)[2]
  • ACE (UK) #20: "May 1989" (1989-xx-xx)[3]
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #92: "June 1989" (1989-05-16)[4]
  • ACE (UK) #21: "June 1989" (1989-xx-xx)[5]

Physical scans

Master System, EU
Sega Control Stick SMS EU Top.jpg
Sega Control Stick SMS EU Back.jpgSega Control Stick SMS EU Side.jpgSega Control Stick SMS EU Front.jpg



  1. File:CVG UK 090.pdf, page 105
  2. File:CVG UK 091.pdf, page 84
  3. File:ACE UK 20.pdf, page 68
  4. File:CVG UK 092.pdf, page 89
  5. File:ACE UK 21.pdf, page 76
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