Mega Drive consoles in Europe
From Sega Retro
The European Sega Mega Drive debuted in the Winter of 1990. As with most European consoles, the systems are identical across all European countries, however were often marketed differently and received localised content.
Current sources do not make the distinction between "Europe" and "United Kingdom", so it is unknown exactly which regions each model was released in. In countries such as Australia and New Zealand, consoles were often imported from Europe due to similarities in television hardware. Again at this present time it is difficult to confirm which systems reached these countries.
All European models output a PAL signal.
The original Mega Drive package for Europe, debuting in 1990. It shipped with the earlier style European gamepad and with no pack-in games. In fact, it's the only version of the console not to have any game screenshots on its box, presumably because not many games had been released by this point. There is a French variant tying into their ad campaigns.
Mega Drive (with Altered Beast)
Like the US, the first Mega Drive bundle was one which contained Altered Beast.
Mega Drive (with Sonic the Hedgehog)
Like its North American and Japanese cousins, the Mega Drive was bundled with Sonic the Hedgehog in mid-1991, and was also sold with an extra control pad. The control pads here are cost-reduced versions - mostly the same, but have slightly different labeling and no red text on the buttons. This would mostly continue from this point onwards, though there are occasions where the older model is bundled with the system to presumably get rid of old stock.
Mega Drive (with Sonic the Hedgehog (One control pad))
Oddly the above model was replaced with this cut-down version, that lacked the extra control pad. Rather than produce a brand new box, Sega simply put a sticker over the image.
Mega Drive (with Sonic the Hedgehog and Streets of Rage)
Mega Drive (with David Robinson's Supreme Court)
Mega Drive (Mega Pack)
At some point Sega started releasing "packs". We start with the "Mega Pack", though originally it lacked a name. The two control pad bundle contained Sonic and Mega Games I and was first seen in 1992.
Mega Drive (Mega Games 2 Combat Pack)
Another one. This is the "Mega Games 2 Combat Pack".
Mega Drive (Flash Pack)
Mega Drive (with Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition)
Most Mega Drive bundles after 1991 came with Sonic the Hedgehog. This breaks the mould and does not.
Mega Drive (with Sonic the Hedgehog and Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition)
Mega Drive (with Sonic the Hedgehog and Astérix and the Great Rescue)
Likely only released in France, a Mega Drive with Astérix and the Great Rescue and Sonic was released. This may have been to shift older stock - the Mega Drive II was well into production when this Astérix game came out.
Mega Drive (with Sonic the Hedgehog and FIFA International Soccer)
Again similar clearouts, possibly.
Mega Drive (Mega 7)
Mega Drive (with Sonic the Hedgehog 3)
Most other countries for example, saw Sonic 3 with the Mega Drive II. Not Spain.
Mega Drive II
Back to square one with the Mega Drive II re-release, with two control pads but no games included.
Mega Drive II
And again there was a single control pad option without much change to the box outside of a sticker.
Mega Drive II (with Sonic the Hedgehog 2)
The first Mega Drive II bundle threw in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with two control pads.
Mega Drive II (with Mega Games 2)
Mega Drive II (with Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition)
This French bundle came with a Street Fighter II poster.
Mega Drive II (with Sonic Compilation)
A smaller than usual box with Sonic Compilation added.
Mega Drive II (with Disney's Aladdin)
Mega Drive II (with The Lion King)
Mega Drive II (Super Sonic Set)
Mega Drive II (with Sonic the Hedgehog 3)
Mega Drive II (with Sonic & Knuckles)
Mega Drive II (with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie)
Mega Drive II (with Virtua Racing)
In an attempt to combat Star Fox on the SNES, Sega released Virtua Racing and also bundled it with a Sega Mega Drive II.
Mega Drive II (with Mega Games 6)
Mega Drive II (with Toy Story)
Mega Drive Big 6 Pack
Mega Drive II (with Mega Games 6 Vol. 2)
Mega Drive II (with Mega 6 Vol. 3)