Sega MegaDrive/Genesis lives again, in Brazil!
Portuguese-speaking retro-gamers, your time is now
Brazilian outfit Tectoy has won the right to manufacture new versions of Sega’s 16-bit MegaDrive console and is taking pre-orders for the venerable gaming machines.
Known as the Genesis in some parts of the world, the MegaDrive used cartridges and this reproduction will support that medium. To drag the MegaDrive into the 21st century it will also include 22 games and an SD card slot.
But the device is very clearly a 20th-century artefact, as its video resolution is 256 x 224, there are just 512 colours in its palette, of which 64 can be displayed at once.
In other words, your phone is a far, far, more powerful device than this reproduction. Your phone can also emulate plenty of retro games, or run re-vamped native versions of MegaDrive games ported to Android or iOS.
Which may be the bes option for retro-gamers as while the revived console sells for a reasonable R$399.00 (£100, US$124), Tectoy appears only to offer Brazilian shipping options.
If you order anyway, here, you’ll also become the owner of a single joystick and RCA video out cable.
The games baked in to the device are:
- Alex Kidd
- Alien Storm
- Altered Beast
- Arrow Flash
- Bonanza Brothers
- Decap Attack
- Fatal Labyrinth
- Gain Ground
- Golden Axe
- Jewel Master
- Kid Chameleon
- Last Battle
- Out Runners
- Sega Soccer
- Shadow Dancer
- Shinobi 3
- Sonic 3
- Turbo Outrun
One more detail: the device has just a three-month warranty. So don’t play too hard, people.