ON THIS DAY, 1990...
On September 14th 1990, the Sega MegaDrive was launched in the UK. Known as the Sega Genesis in North America, it is a fourth-generation video game console that was released by Sega in 1988 in Japan and later in North America in 1989.
It was a significant player in the 16-bit era of video game consoles and is considered one of Sega's most successful consoles.
Here are some key points and information about the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis:
Hardware: The Sega Mega Drive/Genesis featured a 16-bit Motorola 68000 CPU, which was quite powerful for its time. It had advanced graphics and sound capabilities compared to its predecessor, the Sega Master System.
Games: The Sega Mega Drive/Genesis had a vast library of games, many of which became iconic titles. Some of the most famous games for the system include "Sonic the Hedgehog," "Streets of Rage," "Mortal Kombat," "Golden Axe," and "Phantasy Star."
Sonic the Hedgehog: One of the most iconic and successful franchises associated with the Sega Genesis is "Sonic the Hedgehog." The first Sonic game was released in 1991 and featured a blue anthropomorphic hedgehog as the main character, known for his speed.
Sega vs. Nintendo: The Sega Genesis was a major competitor to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) during the early '90s. This competition led to the famous "console wars," with Sega marketing the Genesis as the "cool" and "edgy" alternative to Nintendo's family-friendly image.
Accessories: The Sega Genesis had various accessories, including the Sega CD (which added CD-ROM capabilities), the Sega 32X (an add-on for 32-bit gaming), and the Sega Power Base Converter (which allowed players to use Sega Master System cartridges on the Genesis).
Historical Impact: The Sega Genesis played a significant role in the history of video games and is fondly remembered by many gamers. It helped establish Sega as a major player in the video game industry and contributed to the development of the modern console gaming landscape.
Continued Legacy: Sega has continued to release versions of the Sega Genesis/Sega Mega Drive, including mini consoles that come pre-loaded with classic games, allowing new generations of gamers to experience the nostalgia of the original system.
Emulation: Due to its popularity, many Sega Genesis games are available through emulators and digital storefronts on modern gaming platforms, making it possible for gamers to enjoy these classics on newer hardware.
Overall, the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis holds a special place in the hearts of gamers who grew up with it and remains an important part of video game history.