Team Player

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TeamPlayer2 US 1.jpg
Team Player/Multiplayer/Sega Tap
Made for: Sega Mega Drive
Manufacturer: Sega
Type: Multiplayer adapter
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥3,0003,000 HAA-2652
Sega Mega Drive
$29.9929.99[2] MK-1654
Sega Mega Drive
(Model 2)
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
(Model 2)
Sega Mega Drive
DM 79.9579.95[4]
Sega Mega Drive
£24.9924.99[3] MK-1654-50
Sega Mega Drive

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Team Player, known in Europe as the 4-Player Adaptor or Multiplayer (second model) and as the Sega Tap (セガタップ) in Japan, is a peripheral released by Sega for the Sega Mega Drive, allowing for up to four players to plug Mega Drive controllers into the unit for use in video games for four or more players. It is one of several solutions to combat the lack of controller ports, with the 4 Way Play and J-Cart attempting to achieve similar results.


Note: The titles listed below are directly compatible with the Team Player in "MULTI" mode. 4 Way Play games are also compatible with the second revision's "EXTRA" mode.

Mega Drive




The original model of the Team Player (MK-1654) and its international equivalents use a single connector cable, leaving an additional port on the console free for a fifth player. Alternatively, the second port could house a further Team Player, for up to 8 simultaneous players. When not in "MULTI" mode, the Team Player's switch can be used to specify which controller is mapped to the Mega Drive's first controller port, so that the player is able to switch between control pads and the Sega Mouse without detaching or connecting controllers. This original version competed directly with Electronic Arts's 4 Way Play for support, with many of that publisher's titles supporting only their adapter, while other publishers preferred Sega's device.

To resolve this split in the platform's user base, Sega released a second Team Player model (MK-1647) which features two connector cables and support for EA's previously "exclusive" games. To use the "EXTRA" mode which supports these titles, both connectors must be plugged into the Mega Drive's controller ports, while Team Player-compatible titles still need only one connector inserted, as in the original model. The improved software compatibility and the use of cables rather than connectors molded directly into the adapter put the MK-1647 at an advantage over the 4 Way Play, which required both controller ports to be the same distance apart (thus preventing it from working with the CDX or X'eye).

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English 4-Player Adaptor 4-Player Adaptor
English (US) Team Player Team Player
Japanese セガタップ Sega Tap

Magazine articles

Main article: Team Player/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

6ButtonArcadePadTeamPlayer US Flyer.pdf

US flyer
Print advert in (ES) #24: "Abril 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
Print advert in (US) #21: "October/November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • (US) #64: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[5]
  • (US) #22: "December/January 1994/1995" (1994-xx-xx)[6]
  • (US) #23: "February/March 1995" (199x-xx-xx)[7]
  • (US) #24: "May 1995" (1995-xx-xx)[8]
Print advert in Hacker (HR) #5: "03-04/1995" (1995-xx-xx)

Photo gallery

Physical scans

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Team Player

Mega Drive, JP (HAA-2652)
Segatap MD JP BoxTop.jpg
TeamPlayer JP Box Back.jpgSegatap MD JP BoxSpine.jpgTeamPlayer JP Box Front.jpg
Segatap MD JP Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, US (MK-1654)
TeamPlayer1 US Box Front.jpg
Mega Drive, US (MK-1647)
TeamPlayer1 US Box Back MK1647.jpgNospine-small.pngTeamPlayer1 US Box Front MK1647.jpg
TeamPlayer MK-1647 MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU (MK-1654-50)

Multiplayer MD EU Box Back MK-1654-50.jpg

Mega Drive, EU (MK-1654-44)
4-Player Adaptor EU Box Back.jpg4-Player Adaptor MD EU MK-165-444 Box Spine.jpg4-Player Adaptor EU Box Front.jpg
4-Player Adaptor MD EU MK-165-444 Manual.jpg
Mega Drive, EU (MK-1647-44)
Multiplayer MD EU Box Back MK-1647-44.jpgNospine-small.pngTeamPlayer EU Box Front.JPG
Mega Drive, BR (MK-1647)
TeamPlayer MD BR Box Front.jpg

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