Super Pad (Performance)

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SuperPad MD.jpg
Super Pad
Made for: Sega Mega Drive
Manufacturer: Performance
Type: Control pad
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive

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The Super Pad (P-042), by Performance is a third-party Sega Mega Drive six button controller. Performance's Super Pads are very common third-party Mega Drive controllers, having been sold across the western world during the mid-to-late 1990s.

Three variants of the Super Pad exist for reasons not fully understood; this "flatter" pad (P-042) which is both more common and the basis for the Super Pad 8, released for the Sega Saturn, a more rounded pad (P-042C) which is identical to the 6 Button Arcade Pad (MK-1470) by Majesco (see that page for more details about the P-042C) and the game pad named P-042AR that has turbo switches for each action button and has a slow-motion switch on the back (it was made in cooperation with Recoton and was sold in their standard packaging, to which the Performance logo was added). BUT there is the P-042A version that the same as P-042AR but was produced without Recoton support and was sold in a standard red-and-white Performance package.The P-042 does not have turbo features, and is merely an alternative to Sega's six button control pad.


Physical scans

Mega Drive, US (older)
SuperPad MD US Box Front Old.jpg
Mega Drive, US (P-042C)
Performance P-042C cover.jpg
Mega Drive, US (P-042AR)
SuperPad P042AR MD Box Back.jpgSuperPad P042AR MD Box Front.jpg
Mega Drive, US (P-042A)

SuperPad P042A MD Box Back.jpg

Mega Drive, US (newer)
SuperPad P042 MD Box Back1.jpgSuperPad MD Box Front.jpg
Mega Drive, CA
SuperPad MD CA Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSuperPad MD CA Box Front.jpg

Third-party controllers for the Sega Mega Drive
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