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Subject: Prototype Saturn Pad
When Sega first sent the early Saturn hardware to developers they didn't have final controllers available, so they shipped out modified Genesis/MegaDrive 6-button pads.  They used a customized PCB with an additional switch on it, drilled a hole through the pad's shell and presto, two shoulder buttons (the first was the MODE switch).

Sega really had a winner with this unit, and the Saturn pad didn't stray far from this formula: aside from the new shoulder button it was, in fact, very similar indeed.

Apologies for the pictures, I don't have this pad any longer and can't make new ones.  Nor can I clean it - the previous owner was a bit of a slob, it would appear.  Eew.

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/Saturn-Proto-Pad-1.jpg]

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/Saturn-Proto-Pad-2.jpg]

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/Saturn-Proto-Pad-3.jpg]

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/Saturn-Proto-Pad-4.jpg]
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