5 0 0 0 0 1h7a. 964 0 0 new sega genesis console 15 20c0 2. 984 0 0 0 19 8c2. This article is about a subject in the real world.
Information in this article is about real-life people, companies, and objects, and does not relate to the in-universe Sonic series. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, and is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3. For the object in the Archie Comics, see Mega Drive. 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and PAL countries in 1990. It was sold under the name Sega Genesis in North America as Sega was unable to secure legal rights to the «Mega Drive» name in that region. The Mega Drive is part of the fourth generation era of video game consoles and the first of its generation to achieve notable market share in Europe and North America. With a lifespan of fourteen years and 41.
9 million units sold, it became Sega’s most successful console. The console has a legacy with certain games available and regarded as the starter of Sonic the Hedgehog series as well. Although the Sega Master System was a success in Europe, and later also Brazil, it failed to ignite much attention in the North American or Japanese markets, which, by the mid-to-late 1980s, were both dominated by Nintendo’s large market shares. The first name Sega considered for its console was the MK-1601, but it ultimately decided to call it the «Sega Mega Drive». The name was said to represent superiority and speed, with the new and powerful Motorola 68000 processor in mind. Sega used the name Mega Drive for the Japanese, European, Asian, Australian and Brazilian versions of the console.