The Pad (Mega Drive)

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The Pad
Made for: Sega Mega Drive
Manufacturer: G-Force, Innovation, Maxplay
Type: Control pad
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive

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The The Pad controller is a third-party peripheral for the Sega Mega Drive, created by Innovation. It is one of several controllers to be blandly named "The Pad" - a Sega Saturn version exists too, as does a Super Nintendo variant and possibly more. In other regions it was marketed as the Challenger Super Joypad (and similar names) by G-Force and Maxplay.

This particular controller, as is the case with many products by Innovation, is a very cheaply produced peripheral which borrows design cues from its Super Nintendo sibling, despite working with a console with a differing amount of buttons. It is a six button controller with turbo features. The box, in an attempt to copy that of Sega's official Six Button Control Pad, incorrectly calls the controller a "6 Button Arcade Pad" (or "Super GamePad").

The controller was "followed" by The Pad Plus, which in fact adds nothing to this model, instead stripping the turbo features altogether.


Physical scans

Mega Drive, US (The Pad)
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Mega Drive,
(Challenger Super Joypad)
ChallengerSuperJoypad MD Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngChallengerSuperJoypad MD Box Front.jpg
Mega Drive,
(Challenger by G-Force)
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Mega Drive, (Maxplay)
ChallengerSuperJoypad MD Box Front MaxPlay.jpg

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

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