Atari Power Pad/Jaguar Controller

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Atari Power Pad/Jaguar Controller



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Developer: Atari
Release Date: NA: November 23, 1993
EU: June 27, 1994
AU: August 1, 1994
DE: September 1, 1994
JP: December 8, 1994
SP: April 1, 1995
Generation: 5th Generation

The Power Pad, better known as the Jaguar Controller, is a video game controller produced by Atari, originally for their STE series and Falcon computers and then the Jaguar console.


  1. The first and most notable differences between the two controller versions is the color scheme. The Power Pad is grey with light blue face buttons, while the Jaguar Controller is black with red face buttons.
  2. The cable on the Power Pad is longer and thicker than on the Jaguar Controller.
  3. The Jaguar Controller has bendable segments on the connector end of its cable, while the Power Pad did not.
  4. The Power Pad plugs into the DB15 port of the STE series and Falcon computers, while the Jaguar Controller plugged into the 9-pin ports on the Jaguar console.
  5. The Power Pad's number pad buttons are taller in height than the ones on the Jaguar Controller.

Why It Sucks

  1. The controller was bulky and ugly-looking.
  2. The Jaguar Controller has a pathetically short cable (see difference #3 above).
  3. The controller design has a number pad, much like the Intellivision Controller, ColecoVision Hand Controller, and Atari 5200 Controller.
    • Some Jaguar games came with easily-lost overlays that can be placed over the number pad, but when you have to look at the joypad instead of the game, you know that something has gone very badly wrong with your joypad design.
  4. The controller design didn't feature shoulder buttons like the controllers for the PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Super NES, and even the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer.
    • That being said, however, the six-button Pro Controller for the Jaguar did feature shoulder buttons.
  5. The face buttons have a mushy feeling and are positioned too closely to each other, meaning that it's easy to accidentally push another button along with the one you intended to press.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The D-pad and face buttons are in easy reach of the user's thumbs.
  2. The backside of the controller has good ergonomics with indents for the user's index fingers.
    • This made it comfortable to hold for any video game player who has large hands.





one month ago
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It even has less buttons than the SNES controller excluding the number pad keys!!!

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