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Power Plug
Manufacturer: Tyco
Made for: Sega Mega Drive
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$40.00[1] ?


The Power Plug is a third-party accessory by Tyco designed for the Sega Mega Drive. It was only released in North America.

The Power Plug supposedly has the power to turn any standard Mega Drive controller into the "ultimate weapon", by adding various types of turbo features. A controller is plugged into the Power Plug, which is then plugged into the console. Little else is currently known about the unit.

The device assists in controlling the Mega Drive, mainly through storing macros (button presses, and their order, for example, quarter circle forward, then C, for a Fire Ball in street fighter II). "Thrash" provides built in presets for a few common games (for example, the special moves for Ryu in Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition and "Pro" allows the user to program the device to perform custom moves (for example, a fatality move for Mortal Kombat, or a cheat code that has to be executed quickly (like the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 level select) can be programmed slowly, one button at a time.

The device will record each button press, program a trigger for it (any button or button combo), and then play back the control macro at fast speed. This allows players to perform sequences of control inputs that would be difficult or impossible to perform without the device and perform them perfectly every time the trigger button or buttons were pressed.

A similar "Power Plug" accessory for the Super Nintendo was also released by Tyco.

Promotional material

EGM US 052.pdfEGM US 052.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #52: "November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Game Players (US) #0612: "Vol. 6 No. 12 December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[2]
  • Sega Visions (US) #16: "December/January 1993/1994" (1993-xx-xx)[3]
  • GamePro (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)[4]

Physical scans

Mega Drive, US
PowerPlug MD US Box Front.jpg
Cover

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