SEGA MEGA DRIVE Console Review-wisegamer

by Marcos Paulo Vilela

Review of the SEGA Genesis console:

The SEGA Genesis, also known as the Mega Drive in certain regions, is a legendary gaming console that was first released in 1988. It quickly became a formidable competitor to Nintendo’s Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and is considered one of the most influential consoles of all time.

The Genesis boasted impressive hardware specifications for its time. It featured a 16-bit processor, which allowed for faster and more detailed graphics compared to its 8-bit predecessors. The console also introduced a new sound chip called the Yamaha YM2612, delivering richer audio quality and enhancing the gaming experience.

One of the standout features of the SEGA Genesis was its extensive game library. It offered a diverse range of titles, including iconic franchises like Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage, Phantasy Star, and Golden Axe. These games showcased the console’s capabilities and provided hours of entertainment for players of all ages.

The Genesis also introduced the concept of add-on peripherals, such as the SEGA CD and the SEGA 32X. The SEGA CD allowed for CD-based games, adding full-motion video and improved audio capabilities.

SEGA MEGA DRIVE Console Review

The SEGA 32X, on the other hand, provided an extra boost in processing power, enabling enhanced graphics and gameplay features. While these add-ons were not as successful as the base console, they demonstrated SEGA’s innovative approach to expanding the gaming experience.

In terms of controllers, the Genesis featured a straightforward design with a D-pad, three face buttons (A, B, and C), and Start and Select buttons. The controller was comfortable to hold and responsive, allowing for precise gameplay control.

The multiplayer experience on the SEGA Genesis was a highlight as well. The console supported two-player gameplay, with games like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 offering a split-screen mode. This feature allowed friends and family to enjoy competitive or cooperative gaming sessions together, further enhancing the console’s appeal.

Despite its numerous strengths, the SEGA Genesis did face tough competition from the SNES. Nintendo’s console boasted popular franchises like Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid, which contributed to its widespread success. Additionally, the Genesis struggled with limited color palettes and occasional slowdown in certain games.

In conclusion, the SEGA Genesis remains an iconic console that left a lasting impact on the gaming industry. Its powerful hardware, extensive game library, and multiplayer capabilities made it a beloved choice for gamers during its heyday. While it faced stiff competition, the Genesis holds a special place in gaming history and continues to be cherished by retro gaming enthusiasts worldwide.

SEGA MEGA DRIVE Console Review

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31 comments

Joshi _68 2019-10-29 - 3:34 pm

it wouldn't turn on because the cartridge lock dosent lock with EU megadrive carts and US genesis carts , while Japanese carts have a different shape and have a hole for the cartridge lock. The Megadrive/genesis had physical and internal region locking , like nintendo did with the snes in the us!

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AngelMekk 2020-01-12 - 9:14 pm

"Brothers and sisters, Please open your Sega bibles to the book of Megadrive. Praise Sonic Jesus! The spindash be with you all."

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Guitarsthatkill 2020-02-09 - 12:06 pm

PAL MD 'Forgotten Worlds' cart. The Japanese cart was a different more rounded shape at the top, with cart lock gaps in the side too. Different art on it too.

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The PrevueCom-General Cinema System, Inc. 2020-02-28 - 9:04 pm

I think the Mega Drive here, even though it looks like the Japanese one, is actually the European PAL model, which is why it doesn't work on the US televisions and power supplies. This is why it did not work or turn on at all.

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A Friend 2020-04-26 - 7:22 am

You can use your GENESIS DC adaptor on that Mega Drive it’s not broke sir! ⭐️

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noah 3317 2020-05-05 - 4:07 am

Sega Mega drive 🤲🏽👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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SUNSKY 2020-06-05 - 11:45 am

FunFact: There Is Reason Why They Changed The Name Of The Sega Mega Drive To Genesis In North America Because There Is A Company Called:”Mega Drive Systems”

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ImmortalGamingYT 2020-07-17 - 5:19 am

Sonic 1' s soundtrack is slower on the mega drive version than genesis version

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yurieu 2020-08-09 - 3:05 pm

what? Do things get stuck that much time in US customs?

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Boni M 2020-08-19 - 5:26 pm

that japanese mega drive has a tab that doesnt allow non japanese games to be used, to do so it must be opened and removed or use japanese games as is intended to.

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Youbelter_Gaming 2020-09-08 - 3:52 pm

terrible review lol … both mega drive and genesis had a mk1 and mk2 model the mk2 models saying high definition on them …

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Matt Hybel 2020-09-28 - 6:13 pm

I'm also a Sega Genesis Fanboy. I also love the Sega Game Gear and Master System too!

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John Belardo 2020-09-29 - 5:49 am

What’s the song you used at 0:20

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thejakeyboi 2020-11-12 - 1:14 pm

Am I just getting old, or are your Dad jokes really funny?

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Thatoneguy 2020-12-22 - 1:19 pm

Any one in 2020

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Starsailor 2021-02-13 - 3:45 am

if we talk about looks only, the Japanese version is the better looking one. Surpassed in my opinion by the EU Mega Drive. For some strange reasons North America often ended up with the worst looking console versions in the 16 bit generation.

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Jonny Walker 2021-03-17 - 7:11 am

2021 and you've left us LK … how could you dude?

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kknd hsk 2021-03-27 - 5:56 am

You can't power on JP Megadrive when put Genesis cartridge in slot. JP Megadrive cartridge have little lock hole of left but Genesis cartridge not.

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Ryan Ryder 2021-07-04 - 12:50 am

That megadrive wouldn't turn on because its the Japanese version which has a cartridge lock that's preventing it from powering on with European megadrive and USA genesis games the Japanese games have a space on the side which allows the lock to activate the power switch to power on the system if you took the top off you can remove the locking mechanism then it would have worked with the European and USA games

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u cookin? 2021-09-20 - 6:07 am

one of the greatest videos ever

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NTxC 2022-02-26 - 7:37 am

Legendary review!

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RONALD HENSON 2022-02-27 - 4:20 am

The Sega genesis is the best video game system ever

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Gian Marco Filipponi 2022-03-14 - 11:24 am

Mega Drive is the original japanese name

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Allen Bouchard 2022-04-04 - 4:42 pm

I bet that mega drive would turn on for some fish and chips

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Sleekflash-16 2022-04-14 - 1:22 am

I also have a Japanese Sega Mega Drive. For some reason, it requires the cartridge to have a little gap on the left side of it for the cartridge lock to go into. Otherwise, the console simply will not power on. The power LED won't even come on. As far as I'm aware, USA and European cartridges don't have the gap for the lock. I think this is why your's isn't working. You will definitely need to try a Japanese cartridge or an Everdrive that supports it.

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Boca's Retro Stuff 2022-04-30 - 4:01 pm

Miss you Mark!

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MorganNye958 2022-06-09 - 5:42 pm

CGR Publishing 3:09 Mark why do you always put in cartridges like that?

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PAL-Of-Pals 2022-07-05 - 8:37 pm

If the word genesis was replaced with Mega Drive, we'd get Supper's Ready by the timeless prog rock band Mega Drive.

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MJ 2022-10-17 - 9:09 am

The Japan Mega Drive Cartridges are Different because the cartridge slot is different to The Sega Genesis and Europe version of The Mega Drive

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The Peller 2022-12-27 - 11:19 pm

stupid man and stupid video

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Sonic and Gumball Plush Productions 2023-05-25 - 12:05 am

Fun Fact: The Mega Drive won’t turn on is Because you have Pal Games instead of Japanese Games there’s a lock chip inside of it the Japanese games only have a gap inside the cartridge shell while the Pal and USA Doesn’t have that…your dumb

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