From Sega Retro

Manufacturer: Cheetah
Type: Joystick
Made for: Sega Mega Drive
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
DM ?
Sega Mega Drive

The Cheetah CharacteriStick range is a set of novelty controllers built for the Sega Mega Drive (and other systems that have DE-9 ports such as the Sega Master System) and Nintendo Entertainment System. They were produced in 1992, and take the form of various TV and film characters which were popular at the time of release.

Each CharacteriStick is essentially a joystick with three buttons, two on the base of the unit, and one positoned somewhere on the stick itself. The stick (which replaces the d-pad) is modeled after a character. Due to the sometimes awkward shape of these characters, it's not a very comfortable way of playing a video game, and so most users opted for the standard gamepad or official arcade sticks.

There are at least four different CharacteriSticks in the range; Bart Simpson (from The Simpsons), a Terminator skull (from The Terminator 2: Judgement Day), Batman (from Batman: The Animated Series) and an Alien (from the Alien movies).


Physical scans

Mega Drive, (Alien)

Mega Drive, (Batman)

Mega Drive, (The Simpsons)

Mega Drive, (Terminator 2)


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

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