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    • Sega would eventually follow up with the 3D Control Pad, released in mid-1996, but it never became the default controller for the console. Although it was released (and patented!) well after the Nintendo 64’s controller, Sega still had plenty of original ideas.

      The 3D Control Pad’s patent document[5] shows that Sega wasn’t just copying Nintendo: it laid out the potential for force feedback, well before Nintendo’s Rumble Pak, and motion controls, a full decade before those would go mainstream with 2006’s Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3.