KW-503

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KW-503
Manufacturer: King-Wei Electronics
Distributor: Bitman, R-Style, Electrolab, Songa, Steepler
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
AR
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Mega Drive
RU
(Pro 16 Bit)
Sega Mega Drive
RU
(Super Bitman)
Sega Mega Drive
TW

The KW-503 is an unlicensed Sega Mega Drive console manufactured in Taiwan by King-Wei Electronics and released in South America and Russia. It was the successor to the KW-502 but it is more similar to the KW-501, and some consoles in this series have the even KW-500 label.

It was also released as the MG-16R and MGW-16 by Electrolab, Pro 16 Bit by Steepler, Super Bitman by Bitman, Songa II by Songa, GC-16II and Magic 2. The KW-503 was shipped with wireless six-button gamepads, and is fully compatible with the Sega Mega-CD.

Newer models use a PCB revision named KW-504.

History

Argentina

MG-16R and MGW-16 were distributed here as successor to the MG-16 by Electrolab.

At the end of 1996, Songa began distribution of Songa II as a successor of Songa I, with advertise as a winner of few awards in video games shows in Germany, Japan, US and Hong Kong.

Russia and CIS

Pro 16 bit hit Russian market in 1996 succeeding a previous Pro 16 Bit by Steepler, famous from release of Dendy brand. New console was less popular than his predecessor because Steepler went bankrupt in mid-1996 and rest of sales was taken by AOZT Dendy chain stores which wasn't getting so well after Steepler's disappearing.

KW-503 was distributed in Russia also by Bitman, succeeding a previous Super Bitman. It was released around 1996/1997 after clearance sales of older Super Bitman at the end of 1996. It is worth to mention that Bitman was a the time licensed Sega distributor in Russia and CIS. After Bitman was acquired by R-Style, KW-503 was sold until last stocks were gone.

Magazine articles

Main article: KW-503/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Action Games (AR) #55: "Diciembre Enero 1996 1997" (1996-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Action Games (AR) #57: "Marzo 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
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Gallery

Physical scans

Mega Drive, (Songa II)

Mega Drive, (MG-16R)
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Cover
Mega Drive, RU (Pro 16 Bit)
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Cover
Mega Drive, RU (Super Bitman)
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Cover
Mega Drive, AR (MGW-16)
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Cover
Mega Drive, (GC-16II)

Mega Drive, (Magic 2)

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