Mega Drive (2017)
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|Built-in games: 22
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".
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 cartridge 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.
- Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
- Alien Storm
- Altered Beast
- Arrow Flash
- Bonanza Brothers
- Decap Attack
- ESWAT: City Under Siege
- Fatal Labyrinth
- Gain Ground
- Golden Axe
- Golden Axe III
- Jewel Master
- Kid Chameleon
- Last Battle
- Sega Soccer
- Shadow Dancer
- Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3
- Super Hang-On*
- Turbo OutRun
Incompatible games (incomplete)
- Product page on Tectoy.com.br (archive)
- http://www.tectoy.com.br/console-mega-drive-joystick-cartao-sd-com-22-jogos-expansivel-ate-594-jogos/p/995040461825 (Wayback Machine: 2017-12-20 13:20)