Sega Genesis, Mega Drive Specs, Info And History


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The Sega Genesis holds a special place in my heart.

Sega Genesis Console Specifications

  • CPU: Motorola 68000 running at 7.6 MHz(main processor), Zilog Z80 at 3.58 MHz(secondary, used to control sound hardware)
  • RAM: 72 kB
  • Sound: Yamaha YM2612(FM synthesizer)/Texas Instruments SN76489(Integrated with Video Display Processor)
  • Sound Channels: 6 
  • Video Memory: 64 kB with 512 color palette and capable of displaying up to 61 colors at a time
  • Max Sprites on Screen: 64
  • Media: ROM Cartridge

 

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Console Generation of the Sega Genesis

  • 4th generation

 

Sega Genesis Lifespan

  • Sega 1988-1997
  • Third-Party 1992-

 

Launch Price of the Sega Genesis

  • JP: ¥21,000
  • US: $189.99

 

Launch Dates of Sega Genesis

  • Japan: October 29, 1988
  • North America: August 14, 1989
  • Europe: September 1990
  • Australia: 1990(?)
  • Brazil: September 1, 1990

 

Discontinued

  • Japan: 1998
  • North America: 1998

 

Sega Genesis Units Sold

  • North America: 20 million
  • Japan: 3.5 million
  • Others: 15 million

Worldwide: 40 million

 

Best Selling Sega Genesis Games(units sold):

(*)Bundled with console and sold separately

  1. Sonic The Hedgehog – 15 million(*)
  2. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 – 6 million(*)
  3. Disney’s Aladdin – 4 million
  4. NBA Jam – 1.93 million
  5. Mortal Kombat 2 – 1.78 million
  6. Sonic 3 + Sonic & Knuckles(set) 1.74 million
  7. Street Fighter 2: Special Champion Edition – 1.65 million
  8. Altered Beast – 1.4 million(*)
  9. Sonic & Knuckles(game only) – 1.24 million
  10. Mortal Kombat 3 – 1.02 million

 

Other Names, Also Known As

  • Mega Drive(other regions)

 

Predecessor To The Sega Genesis

  • Master System

 

Successor To The Sega Genesis

  • Sega Saturn

 

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