Sega Mega Drive & Sega Genesis
Sega approached Atari about bringing the MegaDrive to the American market, but was after negotiations broke down Sega decided to launch the console in the United States on their own.
In October of 1988 the Sega Mega Drive was released in Japan at a cost of 21,000 yen.
The Mega Drive saw a European release in 1990.
The Sega CD was released in 1992.
The Sega 32x was released in November 1994 for $160.
The Sega Genesis was discontinued in 1997 outside of Brazil, where Sega partner Tectoy was still selling 150,000 consoles annually as of 2016. In 2016 Tectoy began taking preorders for a 2017 revision of the console for the Brazilian market at a cost of 399 Brazilian real.
29 million Sega Genesis consoles were sold.
In 2010 Mega Drive gaming was still popular in Egypt.
Some games used cartridge based chips to allow for 3D graphics.
The Sega Genesis was initially considered easier for developers to use then the competing SNES due to it's straightforward design instead of reliance on support hardware.
The Genesis uses a custom chip called the Video Display Processor (VDP) clocked at 13 megahertz for rendering graphics. The VDP has 64 kilobytes of RAM, 128 bytes of color RAM, and 80 bytes of vertical scroll RAM. The Genesis could render 80 sprites and 64 simultaneous colors from 512 total colors.
Blast Processing was technically a feature supported by the Genesis VDP, though it was simply a technique used to generate images with more colors and was never widely used on official Genesis games.
Genesis cartridges typically maxed out at 4MB, though a few 5MB cartridges exist.
The Sega Channel was an expensive service that allowed games to be temporarily downloaded over a cable connection.
The third party X-Band service allowed some games to be played online.
Originally released as an arcade game in 1989.
The Japanese version of Zero Wing notably had 35 different endings.
The poor English translation of Zero Wing sparked the early 2000's internet meme "All your base are belong to us".
Genesis Model 2
Power Base Converter
Sega CD Model 1
Sega CD Model 2
Sega CD Model 2 Mark 1 internals
Sega CD Model 2 Mark 2 internals
Sega CD Joining plates
Sega 32X internals
Genesis Model II Internals
JVC Sega XEYE Motherboard
There is a Wikibook on Genesis Programming.
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