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The Power Plug supposedly has the power to turn any standard Mega Drive controller into the "ultimate weapon", by adding various types of turbo features. A controller is plugged into the Power Plug, which is then plugged into the console. Little else is currently known about the unit.
 
The Power Plug supposedly has the power to turn any standard Mega Drive controller into the "ultimate weapon", by adding various types of turbo features. A controller is plugged into the Power Plug, which is then plugged into the console. Little else is currently known about the unit.
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The device assisted in controlling the Genesis, mainly through storing macros (button presses, and their order, for example, quarter circle forward, then C, for a Fire Ball in street fighter II).  "Thrash" provided built in presets for a few common games, for example, the special moves for Ryu in Street Fighter two.  "Pro"  would program the device to perform custom moves.  For example, a fatality move for Mortal Kombat, or a cheat code that had to be executed quickly (like the Sonic 3 level select) could be programmed slowly, one button at a time.  The device would record each button press, program a trigger for it (any button or button combo), and they play back the control macro at fast speed.  This could allow players to perform sequences of control inputs that would be difficult or impossible to perform without the device and perform them perfectly every time the trigger button or buttons were pressed.
  
 
A similar "Power Plug" accessory for the Super Nintendo was also released by Tyco.
 
A similar "Power Plug" accessory for the Super Nintendo was also released by Tyco.

Revision as of 21:49, 11 December 2013

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Power Plug
Manufacturer: Tyco
Made for: Sega Mega Drive
Release Date RRP Code


The Power Plug is a third-party accessory by Tyco designed for the Sega Mega Drive. It was only released in North America.

The Power Plug supposedly has the power to turn any standard Mega Drive controller into the "ultimate weapon", by adding various types of turbo features. A controller is plugged into the Power Plug, which is then plugged into the console. Little else is currently known about the unit.

The device assisted in controlling the Genesis, mainly through storing macros (button presses, and their order, for example, quarter circle forward, then C, for a Fire Ball in street fighter II). "Thrash" provided built in presets for a few common games, for example, the special moves for Ryu in Street Fighter two. "Pro" would program the device to perform custom moves. For example, a fatality move for Mortal Kombat, or a cheat code that had to be executed quickly (like the Sonic 3 level select) could be programmed slowly, one button at a time. The device would record each button press, program a trigger for it (any button or button combo), and they play back the control macro at fast speed. This could allow players to perform sequences of control inputs that would be difficult or impossible to perform without the device and perform them perfectly every time the trigger button or buttons were pressed.

A similar "Power Plug" accessory for the Super Nintendo was also released by Tyco.

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