History of Sega in Turkey
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|History of Sega in Turkey|
|Official Sega distributor(s): Metin Tekstil (1991-1994), ARAL (1995-present),|
One of the first video games to be introduced on the Turkish market were Atari 2600 games produced and distributed domestically by Meta Elektronik. These games have become so popular in Turkey that the word Atari has become synonymous with the console.
Metin Tekstil made the first attempt to introduce Sega consoles to Turkey in the early 1990s. From March 1991, the first advertisements for the Sega Master System console appeared in newspapers. In the same year, the second Master System model was launched and in December 1991, Game Gear was released. From December 1991, Metin Tesktil began publishing magazine called Sega Magazin Mix. The first 4 issues were issued monthly from December to March in cooperation with 64'LER magazine, but later Metin Tesktil started to publish its magazine every three months. In 1992, Mega Drive model I was introduced. Unfortunately, between 1993/1994 the company ended distribution of Sega products.
From the beginning of the 90s, the Nintendo Famicom clones began to gain popularity in Turkey. The most popular were the Micro Genius distributed by ARAL. In 1995, Sega began working with them and released again Game Gear (NTSC-USA) and Mega Drive II (Asian PAL). The games, consoles and accessories had a sticker on the box: SEGA Product officially licensed for sale in Republic of Turkey and / or the consoles had a sticker underneath with Aral's address.
Of course, official Nintendo consoles such as Game Boy and Super Nintendo were sold in Turkey, but the most popular 16-bit console here was Mega Drive. With the increase of Mega Drive popularity, clones of this console and pirated games have been released in this region. The clones include Premier distributed by Velsan Elektronik San Ve Ticaret and Mega Drive 2 sold by Kontorland. In 1996, TCI's technology group got the rights to distribute Sega Channel in this region, however, so far little is known about the launch of this service here.
In 2000, Sega Dreamcast also reached the country. ARAL still sells Sega products in Turkey to this day.Red Vault from Red Entertainment Distribution (Sega distributor in the MENA region) was also available in this country.