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Sega Neptune

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Fast facts on Sega Neptune
Manufacturer: Sega

Sega Neptune was a two-in-one Sega Mega Drive and Sega 32X console announced by Sega but never released to the public. Some sources claim the intended name for the console in North America was Genesis 32X System.

Sega had admitted how expensive and problematic the 32X was, and so decided to make a combined version of the Mega Drive and 32X, which they felt was a better idea. However, by the time a prototype came out, the Sega Saturn was ready for release. Sega felt that gamers would now not be interested in the Sega Neptune, if it had been released, so the project was scrapped. Plans for the system supposedly included the ability to play Sega Mega-CD titles too.

Had the Neptune been released, it would have been available in late 1995Media:NextGeneration US 02.pdf[1] for $149.99 in the United States, rising to around $220 with a gameMedia:GameFan US 0303.pdf[2], and £200 in the United Kingdom. The 32X version of Virtua Fighter was meant to debut alongside the systemMedia:SegaMagazine UK 15.pdf[3].

In 2001, gaming magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly announced that prototype copies of the Neptune had been found at a warehouse and were up for sale to the public (via the now defunct Seganeptune.com website). This was an April Fool's joke, but generated a lot of buzz amongst the Sega community.

Magazine articles

Main article: Sega Neptune/Magazine articles

External links

References

  1. File:NextGeneration US 02.pdf, page 24
  2. File:GameFan US 0303.pdf, page 106
  3. File:SegaMagazine UK 15.pdf, page 12
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