Mega Drive consoles in Brazil
From Sega Retro
The Sega Mega Drive debuted in Brazil in the winter of 1990. Like the Sega Master System, distribution was handled by Tectoy, who not only sold Sega's products, but also made their own revisions of the console. Brazil's love of cartridge-based Mega Drives lasted well into the 21st century, with the last console landing in 2006.
Their first Mega Drive-related release was the standard Sega Mega Drive, seen in other countries. Tec Toy's original model is a hybrid between the Japanese, North American and European Mega Drive/Genesis 1s. It has the red dome base of the Japanese model, a similar logo design of the American Genesis and the packaging and other finishes of a PAL Mega Drive. It shipped with a three button controller and a copy of Altered Beast, just like in other regions.
Mega Drive II (with Sonic the Hedgehog)
It is unknown why Tec Toy felt the need to change the name, but by the release of Sonic the Hedgehog, the console was being called the "Mega Drive II". There are minimal differences between the two models, which begs the question as to why they bothered to rename it.
Mega Drive II (with Sonic the Hedgehog 2)
Mega Drive II (Control Unit)
Mega Drive III (with Sega Top Ten)
What was known as the Sega Mega Drive II in other regions is known as the Mega Drive III in Brazil, though the first release did little to advertise this. The word "Mega Drive III" is printed on the box, but only with the specifications. This particular model is not compatible with any of the add-ons (Mega CD, 32X) making it a fairly poor release in comparison to the earlier models. Because it's of the Mega Drive II design, it is also incompatible with the Master System Converter, despite that once being a selling point of the console.
Mega Drive III (with Sonic the Hedgehog 2)
Sonic 2 returns as a pack-in game, as does Sega Mega CD support. By this stage Tec Toy claim there are 150 different Mega Drive games in the region. It also clearly labels the console as MEGA DRIVE III, in the same red stylings of the game boxes Tec Toy were now using.
Mega Drive III (with 6-pak)
Mega Drive III (with 6-pak) Genesis Version
Possibly due to a lack of stock, Tec Toy imported a few North American Sega Genesis consoles to fill the gap. They can be identified by the 110V warnings and "GENESIS SERIES" stickers.
Mega Drive III (with Mortal Kombat II)
A version bundled with Mortal Kombat II. Shipped with two six-button controllers so the game could be played to its full potential.
Mega Drive III (with Mortal Kombat 3)
A version bundled with Mortal Kombat 3, also with six button controllers.
Mega Drive III (with Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition)
A version bundled with Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition, also with a six button controller. But just the one controller this time around.
Mega Drive III (with FIFA International Soccer)
A version bundled with FIFA International Soccer with two with six button controllers.
Mega Drive III (with FIFA Soccer 95)
Exactly the same, but now with FIFA Soccer 95.
Mega Drive III (with Virtua Racing)
These Mega Drive IIIs may not have expansion ports, but they still seem to be able to support Virtua Racing, as this bundle suggests.
Super Mega Drive 3 (with 10 built-in games)
Now we enter "Super Mega Drive 3" territory, with built in games. This model also features the odd MK-1470 turbo controllers.
Built in games:
Super Mega Drive 3 (with 10 built-in games) (blue box)
Exactly the same as above, but with a redesigned box, possibly to go with Tectoy's redesigned logo, and non-turbo controllers. Note that the controllers on the box look nothing like those in the bundle.
Super Mega Drive 3 (with Show do Milhão)
No built in games this time, but one of Tectoy's original games, Show do Milhão as a pack-in.
Super Mega Drive 3 (with 12 built-in games)
Super Mega Drive 3 (with 30 built-in games)
Tectoy beef up Super Mega Drive III with a further 18 games, bringing the total to 30 built-in games:
Super Mega Drive 3 (with 43 built-in games)
Another 13 games were added to the built-in menu, though the lineup is slightly different. After many years and many re-releases Tectoy decided to change the color of the console to white and place their own logo on the console rather than Sega's, and felt the need to advertise the 43 built in games on the console unit itself.
Super Mega Drive 3 (with 60 built-in games)
Super Mega Drive 3 (with 71 built-in games)
The final Mega Drive console from Tectoy to feature a cartridge slot. Same style as above though now the controllers are white too, and the number has been changed to 71.
Tectoy continue to produce Mega Drives today, but in recent years have closed the cartridge flap and rely completely on built-in games. The Mega Drive 3 branding would continue with the Tectoy Mega Drive 3 (2007) (81 built-in games) and Tectoy Mega Drive 3 (2008) (86 built-in games). They would also eventually release the Tectoy Mega Drive 4.