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Action Replay (Mega Drive)

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Fast facts on the Action Replay
Manufacturer: Datel
Made for: Sega Mega Drive
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
1991 $69 / $89 (Pro)[1]  ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
1991-11 £49.99[2]  ?
Sega Mega Drive
DE
199x 149,-[3]DM  ?
Sega Mega Drive
ES
199x  ?Pts  ?



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The Action Replay is a cheat device created for the Sega Mega Drive. It was originally released by Datel in the United Kingdom in late 1991, and was the latest in a line of cheat devices which continue to this day.

The Mega Drive Action Replay was the first cheat device to be released for the console, pre-dating the Game Genie by the best part of a year. Unlike the Game Genie, however, no Action Replay cartridges were ever licensed or endorsed by Sega, though unlike rivals Nintendo, the company did not actively seek to prevent such devices from being sold.

Hardware

Several versions of the Mega Drive Action Replay exist and many more packaging variants were created, however the core functionality of the cartridge remains the same. In addition to the standard Action Replay cartridge, Datel released the Pro Version Action Replay (which introduced a cheat finding feature), Pro Action Replay and Pro Action Replay 2 (the latter sometimes dropping the "2", but otherwise includes some "built-in" cheats for popular games).

All versions of the Action Replay act as a pass-through device between the Mega Drive console and a game cartridge, intercepting signals and adjusting how the game runs depending on what codes have been added by the player. As a side-effect of this design, Action Replays also act as region converters, allowing Japanese games to be played on Western systems (likely a key part of its success in Europe). In addition, Datel provided regularly cheat books containing game codes.

Unlike its Game Gear and Master System counterparts the Mega Drive Action Replay was released in North America, though was unable to find the same level of success as the Game Genie.

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Magazine articles

Main article: Action Replay (Mega Drive)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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GamePro (US) #31: "February 1992" (199x-xx-xx)

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MegaTech (UK) #6: "June 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

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Sega Force Mega (UK) #2: "September 1993" (1993-07-22)
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #146: "January 1994" (1993-12-15)

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Mega (UK) #16: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)

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Sega Pro (UK) #29: "March 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

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Mega (UK) #21: "June 1994" (1994-05-19)

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Sega Pro (DE) #7: "Mai 1993" (1993-04-xx)

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  • Sega Pro (DE) #13: "November 1993" (1993-10-xx)[12]













  • Sega Magazin (DE) #2: "November/Dezember 1993" (1993-11-03)[3]













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Game Power (IT) #1: "Dicembre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 №26, p65
Sega Mega Drive
75
Based on
1 review

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, US (Pro Version)
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Mega Drive, UK
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Mega Drive, UK (Pro Version)
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Mega Drive, UK (Pro)
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Mega Drive, UK (Pro Version) (alt)
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Mega Drive, UK (Pro) (alt)
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Mega Drive, UK (Pro 2)
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Mega Drive, DE (Pro)
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Mega Drive, DE (Pro 2)
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Mega Drive, ES (Pro)
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References

  1. File:GamePro US 035.pdf, page 16
  2. File:MeanMachines UK 13.pdf, page 12
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:SegaMagazin DE 02.pdf, page 73
  4. File:EGM US 036.pdf, page 67
  5. File:GamePro US 036.pdf, page 75
  6. File:MegaTech UK 02.pdf, page 2
  7. File:MegaTech UK 03.pdf, page 2
  8. File:SegaForceMega UK 03.pdf, page 2
  9. File:SegaPro DE 03.pdf, page 83
  10. File:SegaPro DE 04.pdf, page 84
  11. File:VideoGames DE 1993-11.pdf, page 139
  12. File:SegaPro DE 13.pdf, page 83
  13. File:VideoGames DE 1993-12.pdf, page 113
  14. File:GamePower IT 02.pdf, page 20


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