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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.
  
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.
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The device assists in controlling the Mega Drive, 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" provides built in presets for a few common games (for example, the special moves for Ryu in ''[[Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition]]'' and "Pro" allows the user to program the device to perform custom moves (for example, a fatality move for ''[[Mortal Kombat]]'', or a cheat code that has to be executed quickly (like the ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]'' level select) can be programmed slowly, one button at a time.  
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The device will record each button press, program a trigger for it (any button or button combo), and then play back the control macro at fast speed.  This allows 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.
  
==Gallery==
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==Magazine articles==
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==Promotional material==
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Power Plug US TVAdvert.mp4|US TV advert
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|{{galleryPrintAd
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|EGM US 052.pdf|egm|52|84-85
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|GamePlayers US 0612.pdf|gameplayers|0612|48
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|SegaVisions US 16.pdf|sv|16|30
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|GamePro US 054.pdf|gamepro|54|174
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==Physical scans==
 
{{scanbox
 
{{scanbox
 
| console=Mega Drive
 
| console=Mega Drive
 
| region=US
 
| region=US
 
| front=PowerPlug MD US Box Front.jpg
 
| front=PowerPlug MD US Box Front.jpg
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| back=PowerPlug MD US Box Back.jpg
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| spinemissing=yes
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| manual=PowerPlug MD US Manual.pdf
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| item1=PowerPlug MD US QuickReference.pdf
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| item1name=Quick reference
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| item2=PowerPlug MD US RegistrationCard.pdf
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| item2name=Registration card
 
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| console=Mega Drive
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| region=CA
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| front=PowerPlug MD CA Box Front.jpg
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==References==
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Revision as of 08:39, 10 August 2019

PowerPlug.jpg
Power Plug
Manufacturer: Tyco
Made for: Sega Mega Drive
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$40.0040.00[1]
Sega Mega Drive
CA

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 assists in controlling the Mega Drive, 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" provides built in presets for a few common games (for example, the special moves for Ryu in Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition and "Pro" allows the user to program the device to perform custom moves (for example, a fatality move for Mortal Kombat, or a cheat code that has to be executed quickly (like the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 level select) can be programmed slowly, one button at a time.

The device will record each button press, program a trigger for it (any button or button combo), and then play back the control macro at fast speed. This allows 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.

Magazine articles

Main article: Power Plug/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

page=84

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #52: "November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Mega Drive, US
PowerPlug MD US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPowerPlug MD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
PowerPlug MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
PowerPlug MD US QuickReference.pdf
Quick reference
PowerPlug MD US RegistrationCard.pdf
Registration card
Mega Drive, CA
PowerPlug MD CA Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPowerPlug MD CA Box Front.jpg
Cover

References


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