Sega Mouse

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Sega Mouse/Mega Mouse
Made for: Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD
Manufacturer: Sega
Type: Mouse
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥5,0005,000 HAA-2651
Sega Mega Drive
US
$39.9939.99[2] 1645
Sega Mega Drive
EU
MK-1638-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 79.9579.95[4]
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£29.9929.99[3] MK-1638-50
Sega Mega Drive
AS

The Sega Mouse (セガマウス) is a special computer mouse designed to work with the Sega Mega Drive and Mega-CD. It can be seen as the Sega alternative to Nintendo's mouse accessory, designed primarily for Mario Paint for the Super NES. Only a few games were designed with Sega Mouse functionality in mind.

The Sega Mouse was released in Japan and Europe, only the major difference being the colour scheme - Japan opted for blue buttons, Europe for red. Both came packaged with a blue Sega-branded mouse mat. The European packaging actually calls it a Sega Mega Drive Mouse, although games still refer to it as the "Sega Mouse".

Hardware

The Sega Mouse is a ball mouse, meaning it needs to be cleaned after regular use in order for it to continue to function properly. Despite there being three buttons on a standard Control Pad, there are only two buttons on a Sega Mouse, A and B, however unusually the unit places its C button on the ball itself - flipping the peripheral turns it into a clickable trackball device.

North America did not receive the Sega Mouse, but instead the Mega Mouse, a similar but larger unit which added the missing  START  button and scrapped the clickable trackball, which made the movements more accurate. The Mega Mouse was distributed with a red/black mouse mat, and its awkwardly placed  START  button comes at a disadvantage to left-handed users. Body Count is the only known game to have a compatibility issue with the Sega Mouse due to the lack of the  START  button.[5]

Few games were created to take advantage of the Sega/Mega Mouse, and contrary to popular belief, Art Alive! (seen as the direct rival to Mario Paint) did not have mouse support. There were no Sega 32X games with mouse support.

Compatible games

Mega Drive

Mega CD

Gallery

Magazine articles

Main article: Sega Mouse/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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TW advert
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Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #21: "October/November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Blue Jean (TR) #03/97: "Mart 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
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Physical scans

Mega Drive, JP
Segamouse MD JP BoxTop.jpg
Segamouse MD JP BoxBack.jpgSegamouse MD JP BoxSpine.jpgSega Mega Drive HAA-2651 A.jpg
Cover
Segamouse MD JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
Mega Mouse US Box.jpg
Cover
Megamouse us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
SegaMouse MD EU Box Front.jpgSegaMouse MD EU Box Spine.jpgSegaMouse EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
SegaMouse MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, AS

Mega Drive, CN (Tianli)

External links

References

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