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Sega's Genesis (known outside of North America as the Mega Drive) to re-enter production

By Shawn Knight ยท 10 replies
Nov 7, 2016
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  1. Nintendo is set to launch a miniature replica of its popular Nintendo Entertainment System later this week. That’s great news for longtime Nintendo fans, but what if your allegiance lies with rival Sega and its popular Genesis console (known as the Mega Drive outside of North America)?

    Production of the original Sega Genesis was discontinued in 1997 but as it turns out, the console is still wildly popular in Brazil with roughly 150,000 units being sold in the region each year. Demand is so high, in fact, that one of Sega’s officially licensed manufacturing partners is putting the system back into production.

    As Geek points out, Brazilian video game and electronics company Tectoy is now accepting pre-orders for brand new Sega Mega Drive units that’ll launch next year.

    The new system is a near replica of the original save for a few changes. For example, it features an SD card for loading ROMs and ships with the following 22 games pre-loaded into memory:

    • Alex Kidd
    • Alien Storm
    • Altered Beast
    • Arrow Flash
    • Bonanza Brothers
    • Columns
    • Decap Attack
    • E-Swat
    • Fatal Labyrinth
    • Flicky
    • Gain Ground
    • Golden Axe
    • Golden Axe 3
    • Jewel Master
    • Kid Chameleon
    • Last Battle
    • Out Runners
    • Sega Soccer
    • Shadow Dancer
    • Shinobi 3
    • Sonic 3
    • Turbo Outrun

    Longtime Genesis / Mega Drive fans will appreciate the fact that the console also accepts original cartridge games and includes a faithfully-reproduced three-button gamepad.

    The bad news? Production is limited to Brazil, it’s rather expensive at 379.05 Brazilian Real ($118.44 USD) and it doesn’t have modern connections (RCA only, no HDMI). It's also unclear if the replica is compatible with hardware add-ons like the 32X or Sega CD but if I had to guess, it probably isn't.

    Some may also consider it to be bad news for retro console collectors as it would devalue their original hardware but I don’t think that’s really much of a concern.

    Those outside of Brazil may be able to get the system imported into their home country although you’d probably be best served to simply hit eBay or even local yard / garage sales where you can find original hardware and games at a cheaper price.

    A company by the name of AtGames also sells a Genesis clone with around 80 or so pre-loaded games but according to reviews on Amazon, it's not all that great. With any luck, perhaps a company like Analogue Interactive will turn out a quality Genesis console as it it did with the all-aluminum NES remake, the Analogue Nt.

    If all else fails, you can always turn to mobile games or emulators for your retro fix.

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  2. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +322

    I never played Shinobi or Shinobi 3.
    But the last release of a Sega system I saw had no "Revenge of Shinobi" which I did play and absolutely loved. I had mastered that game to the point I could play through in one sitting.

    Where is Contra Hard Corps?

    Sonic 1 and 2 as well as 3? Sonic Spinball?

    Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (with BAD and THRILLER)

    I won't even consider one of these things if I can't get the originals and sequels together on the same system.

    Fortunately, I kept my favorite game carts and consoles in plastic bins.
  3. Duckeenie

    Duckeenie TS Booster Posts: 80   +62

    I was already to say where the hell are they going to get the 68000 CPU's from but was amazed to find that just like the Z80 they're are still in production. Glad to see there's still life in the old dogs. :)

    If it uses real components and not one of those FPGA things and despite already owning an original, I would still be all over one of these if they decided to expand their horizons.
    Reehahs likes this.
  4. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,481   +1,679

    It would be awesome just to have it for that SD card goodness. Some carts are just so hard to find these days.

    In someone sells this in the US I'd buy it.
  5. Xtreme gamer

    Xtreme gamer TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +19

    Wouldn't you play it for 10 mins, get bored, and go play Battlefield 1 or something else new?
    Well thats what happens to me whenever I play retro anyway.
    I realise its mostly just the good memories associated with it.
    Stodds13 and Duckeenie like this.
  6. FPSChris

    FPSChris TS Enthusiast Posts: 65   +26

    It's not there but it was labeled Probotector here in the UK.
    It had robots instead of the human players. Still just as brutal but a bit easier as it ran slower than contra on the genesis.
    Try Shadow Dancer: Secret of Shinobi. Easily my all time favorite game of the 16-bit era

    As for the missing games, it says it can run roms & original carts so no big deal breaker.

    It's the hdmi bit that breaks the deal in Europe/USA. Could just use a Raspberry Pi and retro pi, USB controller adapter... I know, I know, it's not the same. But neither is being 32 and leaving your megadrive on pause overnight as there was no save points only to find the mrs has turned it off as you left the plug on.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,546   +430

    For me, I think the biggest disconnect is not how it visually looks, its how it physically feels. Holding and using a genuine NES or SNES controller and playing a game is where its at. That same game (saw it with Zelda re-releases on Game Cube, and with VC games on Wii) with a different controller is just crap.
  8. thelatestmodel

    thelatestmodel TS Addict Posts: 144   +63

    No. I play through retro games all the time. Of course games are different now - bigger, more impressive, but not always "better". Old games are not bad simply because they are old, a great many of them are still worthy of your time.

    Also it kind of bugs me that certain news outlets are choosing to report this as the "Genesis re-entering production", when in fact it's being produced and sold in Brazil by a third party. That's newsworthy, but the headline makes it sound like Sega themselves will be selling these worldwide, when in fact that is not the case.
    damnthereaper likes this.
  9. Stodds13

    Stodds13 TS Rookie

    I'm with ya dude...I get bored quick because I have been there...done that... I am however gonna get the new NEW coming out ion 3 days... got mine back in 1987 on my 5th birthday... my son is 4 and gonna get it for him for Christmas.... wanna give him the same feeling I had when I first got it... I was however playing a lot of Atari at the time and he is playing on a lot of tablets, lol...

    Also...the new NES has an easy set up with HDMI and is available all over for only $60.....this new Genesis...is well over $100 and doesn't support HDMI...I still have ALL of my old systems...if I wanted to play Genesis that bad, I would just hook it back up...

    I did by a Sega emulator for $50 that is similar to the NES coming out...has 60 preloaded games....30 genesis game and 30 games that are like Atari games on it...and my son loves that...so I def don't see this new Genesis worth it...
  10. turismozilla

    turismozilla TS Addict Posts: 174   +55

    Not interested if it won't play roms from a portable storage device.
  11. Nero7

    Nero7 TS Evangelist Posts: 369   +145

    ... why can't they just sell a controller with mini usb that you can connect with your phone and that comes with all the games and an emulator inside.

    It would be like... so easy and cheap and good.

    But no...

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