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Turbo Touch 360

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Turbo Touch 360
Manufacturer: Triax Technologies
Type: Control pad
Made for: Sega Mega Drive
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$34.95[1][2] ?
Sega Mega Drive
CA
$? ?


The Turbo Touch 360 is an third party Sega Mega Drive controller manufactured by Triax Technologies for North America.

Attempting to stop blisters and "numb thumb", the D-pad has been replaced with a tracking device which detects where your left hand's thumb is without the need for pushing downwards. It also claimed to allow 360° control as a result (although most Mega Drive games will only respond to eight directions). Versions of the Turbo Touch 360 controller were also released for the NES and Super NES.

The gamepad was first unveiled in North America's CES in Winter 1993, but the technology never replaced the D-Pad in later consoles because the system was too sensitive and uncomfortable to use. Supposedly there was a money back guarantee for anyone who didn't feel the controller would last longer than a standard Mega Drive gamepad. Nakitek would use the technology again in the Turbo Touch 360+.

Photo gallery

Magazine articles

Main article: Turbo Touch 360/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 039.pdfEGM US 039.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #39: "October 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

EGM US 041.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

ElectronicGames2 US 05.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) #5: "February 1993" (1993-01-12)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #43: "February 1993" (199x-xx-xx)[3]

EGM US 052.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #52: "November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)[4]

GamePro US 051.pdf

PDF
Print advert in GamePro (US) #51: "October 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #52: "November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[5]
  • VideoGames (US) #58: "November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[6]
  • Game Players (US) #0612: "Vol. 6 No. 12 December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[7]
  • VideoGames (US) #61: "February 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[8]

GamePlayers US 0612.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Game Players (US) #0612: "Vol. 6 No. 12 December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)[9]
  • VideoGames (US) #61: "February 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[10]

Physical scans

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
Mega Drive, US (alt)

Mega Drive, CA
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Cover

References

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

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