Sega Mega Jet
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The Sega Mega Jet (メガ ジェット) was a handheld game console that was a portable version of the Sega Mega Drive that was rented for use aboard Japan Air Lines flights and later made available at retail in 1994. It was only released in Japan.
At the time of its release, many planes in the Japan Air Lines (JAL) fleet had small LCD televisions installed into the armrests of each seat to entertain passengers; the Mega Jet was designed to help pass the time during long air flights. Users were able to bring their own Mega Drive cartridges, however it is reported that JAL stocked a limited selection of four titles on each flight. Two of the titles known to have been in JAL's rotation include Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II and the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
The Mega Jet is a semi-portable system, meaning that the system and controller are integrated in a single unit, but it requires an external power supply and does not have its own screen.
The development of this console would later result in the Sega Nomad, which was a portable Sega Genesis (North American equivalent of the Mega Drive) with a backlit screen, available after in October 1995. The Nomad was only released in North America.