Python 3

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Python3 MD.jpg
Python 3
Made for: Sega Mega Drive
Manufacturer: QuickShot, Okano, Smart², TecnoPlus
Type: Joystick
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$24.9524.95[1] QS-135
Sega Mega Drive
DM 24.9924.99[4]
Sega Mega Drive
£12.9912.99[2][3] QS-135
Sega Mega Drive

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The Python 3 is a third-party accessory developed by QuickShot for the Sega Mega Drive. It is a joystick, and a "sequel" to the Python 1 (and Python 1M) and Python 2. The Python 1 is compatible with various 80s home computers, while the Python 2 is for the NES.

The Python 3 has three buttons as well as a turbo switch. It is designed to be stuck to a flat surface for stability, and ergonomically designed like other QuickShot joysticks.

The history of the Python 3 is odd. Whereas the Python 1M was adopted by Tec Toy as an official product in Brazil, it seems the Python 3 mould was recycled by other companies. The GeniStick is almost identical to the Python 3 bar colour and naming schemes and the Mega Control Stick by TecnoPlus is also similar. It was also released in Germany by Okano as the Python GL-MD3.


Magazine articles

Main article: Python 3/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in GamePro (US) #25: "August 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #50: "September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #51: "October 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[6]
Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #144: "November 1993" (1993-10-15)
also published in:
Print advert in Video Games (DE) #1993-12: "12/93" (1993-11-22)

Physical scans

Mega Drive,
Python3 MD Box Front Alt.jpg
Mega Drive, (alt)
Python3 MD US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPython3 Box Front.jpgPython3 MD US Box Spine2.jpg
Mega Drive, US (GeniStick)
GeniStick MD US Box Front.jpg
Mega Drive, US (Python)
Python MD Box Back Smart2.jpgNospine.pngPython MD Box Front Smart2.jpg
Mega Drive, (Mega Control Stick)
MegaControlStick MD Box Front.jpg


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

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