Sega Control Stick

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Sega Control Stick
With a knob like that, it looks more like the gear shift for an 1980s concept car!
Developer: Sega
Release Date: JP: October 20, 1985
NA: September 1986
JP: October 1987
EU: June 1987
Generation: Third generation

The Control Stick (Model No. 3060) is a joystick peripheral released in 1987 for the Sega Master System. It is distinguished by its rounded, squarish knob and the layout of its controls.

Why It Sucks

  1. The action buttons are too small and work pretty much the same way as the ones on the standard Master System control pad.
  2. The fact that the joystick is on the right-hand side and the buttons on the left makes it rather impractical.
  3. It's not so hot for games that require precise movements.
  4. It doesn't have turbo-fire like its contemporary, the NES Advantage, does. But, some Control Sticks came packaged with the Rapid Fire Unit, which gives any controller that is plugged into it a turbo-fire function.
  5. With its visual design and the right-handed layout of its controls, it is seen by most as a novelty.
  6. It has foam rubber feet on the bottom, but the controller itself is too light to stay in place if you intend to use it on a flat surface.
  7. The joystick knob is secured to the shaft on the inside via a screw, and it would get loose easily over time. You'd have to take the joystick knob itself apart in order to re-secure it.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Some versions of the Control Stick advertise that it is compatible with the Atari 2600, as well as with home computers that use DE-9 controller ports, such as the Commodore 64 and VIC-20, and the Atari 400 and 800.
  2. The Control Stick is fine for slower-paced games, but not so much for action games.



  • The Arcade Command Stick, an unreleased, high-end arcade joystick for the Sega Master System with built-in turbo-fire functions, action buttons on a rotating base, and a left-handed layout, features a similar squarish knob.

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Lake's Wild World

9 months ago
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It looks pretty cool, like many Sega Master System accessories, including the controller and the console itself.


3 months ago
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I'm left handed so I would have a hard time trying to use that.

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