Sega Mega Drive

The Sega Mega Drive (or Sega Genesis) was released in September 1990 in Europe as part of the 4th generation of home consoles. It’s main feature was the vast amount of arcade games that were ported to the console.

With the Mega Drive’s early sales lagging behind Nintendo’s SNES console, Sega soon realised that that the machine needed a mascot to match the success of the Mario series. Sega held a company-wide contest to create a mascot character and Sonic The Hedgehog was born. After the release of Sonic The Hedgehog, the Mega Drive began to rapidly erode Nintendo’s market lead in the US, and increase its already huge lead in the European market.

With over 29 million units sold, the Mega Drive became Sega’s most successful console, its library of arcade game ports, the popularity of Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog series, several popular sports franchises, and aggressive youth marketing positioned the system as the cool console for adolescents.

This console was my childhood. I was a firm Sega fanboy when I was a kid and I loved the Mega Drive. I would spend every minute I could playing all the classics Sonic The Hedgehog, E-Swat and Alien Storm to name a few. I can’t tell you how many arguments erupted between my brother and I, when one of us would accidentally punch the other in Streets Of Rage.

The console itself looks great, it really was designed to make an impact with it’s appearance. The large “16-Bit” logo emblazoned front and centre, the 99% all black colour scheme and its sleek curved bulge on the front all combine to form a look that looks great to this day.

The Mega Drives controller was a more ergonomic evolution of the Master System’s, and it’s rounded structure is a lot more comfortable to hold and it’s buttons placed in more comfortable to reach positions than the Master Systems pad.

Price Paid – £35

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Mega Drive 2

The Sega Mega Drive 2 was released in 1993 as an update to the original Mega Drive. This version removes the headphone jack in the front, replaces the A/V-Out connector with a smaller version that supports stereo sound and also runs on less power than it’s previous model. More revisions include, changing the power switch into a button and the reset button was moved opposite the power button. This version is also compatible with the 32X and works with the Sega CD version 1, but was designed to be paired with the Sega CD model 2.

The bundled controller remains 99% unchanged from its previous iteration, changing only the colour of the start button.

Maybe it’s just nostalgia talking, but I’m not a fan of the design of this console. I think it lacks any kind of personality that the original had. The original looked like an imposing beast whereas this just looks like a curvy slab of plastic.

Price paid – £30

Owned Mega Drive games –

  • Aladdin
  • Alien 3
  • Altered Beast
  • Another World
  • Blockout
  • Bubsy
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Classic Collection
  • Crue Ball
  • Desert Strike
  • Dick Tracy
  • Disneys Talespin
  • Disneys Toy Story
  • Dragon’s Fury
  • Dragon’s Revenge
  • Dune 2 : Battle For Arrakis
  • Ecco The Dolphin
  • E-swat
  • Eternal Champions
  • F22 Interceptor
  • Fantastic Dizzy
  • Flashback
  • Galaxy Force 2
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe 2
  • Gynoug
  • Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker
  • Jungle Strike
  • Mega Bomberman
  • Mega Games 1
  • Mega Games 2
  • Mega Games 3
  • Mickey Mania
  • Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament
  • Mortal Kombat 2
  • NBA Jam
  • Olympic Gold
  • PGA Tour Golf
  • Powermonger
  • Road Rash 2
  • Rolo To The Rescue
  • Skitchin
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Jap)
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 3
  • Streets Of Rage 2
  • Summer Challenge
  • Super Kick Off
  • Super Wrestlemania
  • T2 The Arcade Game
  • Taz Mania
  • Techno Clash
  • The Aquatic Games
  • The Chaos Engine
  • The Flintstones
  • Two Tribes : Populous 2
  • Urban Strike
  • Virtua Racing
  • World Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse And Donald Duck
  • Xenon 2: Megablast
  • Zany Golf