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Mega Drive (2017)

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Mega Drive
Manufacturer: Tectoy
Built-in games: 22
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$399 ?

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The 2017 edition of the Mega Drive is an officially licensed Sega Mega Drive console released by Tectoy in Brazil. It was first released in 2017 and is based around the RedKid 2500 "console on a chip"

Hardware

As with prior consoles by Tectoy, the 2017 Mega Drive is a cost-reduced console sold for a budget price, however the system uses similar plastic moulds as the original Mega Drive console and its original three-button controllers. It also marks the return of a catridge slot, and includes a micro SD card reader on the back of the unit. The system also includes 22 built-in Mega Drive games, and houses an internal power supply, negating the need for the power brick typically associated with classic Sega consoles.

Despite initial reports of HDMI support, the 2017 Mega Drive can only connect to a television via composite video, attributed by Tectoy to the state of the Brazillian television market at the time (and the limited benefits HDMI can bring to images rendered internally at 320x224 or 256x224 resolutions). Unlike original Mega Drive models, the console outputs stereo audio through the composite signal, though the 3.5mm headphone jack is still an option.

While the system can play most standard Mega Drive games, the audio quality is poor, with notes out of tune and PSG samples in particular often coming through noisier and more distorted than intended. The system also appears to have difficulty handling the Mega Drive's shadow/highlight mode - for example, the shadows of Sonic and Tails during the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 special stage exhibit noticeable flicker during play.

The circuitry does not exist for Sega Mega-CD support, and likewise the use of standard composite out means a Sega 32X can not be hooked up correctly to the system. The Power Base Converter also fails to function, and while the lock-on feature of Sonic & Knuckles works as intended, Virtua Racing and its SVP chip does not.

In addition to re-releasing the Mega Drive console, Tectoy also re-released select Mega Drive games on cartridge, starting with Turma da Mônica na Terra dos Monstros in July 2017.

Built-in games

* This is a hidden game. To access it the user must power on the console (with no cartridge attached), press Start, Left, and then the sequence ABRightACADownABRightA (a reference to "ABRACADABRA" in English).

Physical scans

Mega Drive, BR

References



Sega Mega Drive
Topics Technical specifications | History | List of games | Magazine articles | Promotional material | Blast processing | Cartridges
Hardware Japan | North America | Europe (West | North | South | Central and East) | Brazil | Asia | South Korea | Australia | Africa
EZ Games | Heartbeat Personal Trainer | LaserActive | Mega Jet | Mega PC | Mega Play | Mega-Tech System | Nomad | Teradrive | "Consoles on a chip" | Unlicensed clones
Add-ons Power Base Converter | Mega-CD | 32X (Mega-CD 32X) | Mega Modem | Demo System DS-16
Controllers Control Pad | Six Button Control Pad | 6 Button Arcade Pad | Arcade Power Stick 6B | Konami Justifier | MK-1470
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Unreleased Floppy Disk Drive | Mega Play 1010 | Sega VR | Video Jukebox