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Sega Genesis

A game console from Sega

Sega Genesis

The Sega Genesis, released in PAL regions and in Japan as Mega Drive, is a videogame console developed and produced by Sega.

Released two years before Nintendo's Super NES, the Genesis was the first of its generation to achieve notable market share in Europe and North America, where it competed against a wide range of platforms, including both dedicated gaming consoles and home computer systems. The console began production in Japan in 1988 and ended with the last new licensed game being released in 2002 in Brazil. The Sega Genesis was Sega's most successful console; though Sega has never released a total sales figure quote. The console and its games continue to be popular among fans, collectors, retro gamers, emulation enthusiasts and the fan translation scene. Many games have been re-released in compilations for newer consoles, offered for download on various online services, including Wii Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Steam.

Release Dates
October 29, 1988 (Japan)
August 14, 1989 (North America)
November 30, 1990 (PAL region)
ROM cartridge
Sega Master System
Sega Saturn
Units sold
37.3 - 40.9 million (estimate)1
Best-selling Games
Sonic the Hedgehog (pack-in) (15 million)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (pack-in) (6 million)
Aladdin (4 million)


Sega produced two add-on peripherals designed to enhance performance and increase the life of Genesis. They included Sega CD, which added a CD-ROM media port, and Sega 32X, which increased capabilities of the console.

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