Mega Drive consoles in North America

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The Sega Mega Drive debuted in North America in August 1989, with a regionwide release in September of that year. Due to trademark issues, it was renamed the "Sega Genesis", and has always operated under this name under this region.

In the US, the console was distributed by Sega between 1989 and 1997. It was then passed to Majesco, who kept the system alive for an extra two years before it was shelved. In Canada, the Mega Drive was distributed by Irwin Toy in its early years, however Sega inevitably took back the distribution rights when the console proved successful. Many Canadian units and games were imported from the US. The Genesis 3 was also released in this region.

All North American units output an NTSC signal.

United States

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
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Genesis $200.00 (1989-08-14)
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Genesis Value Pak (>= 1989)
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Genesis $149.99 (1991)
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Genesis up to $200 Value Pak (>=1991)
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Genesis (>= 1991)
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Genesis Sonic System $129.99 (1992-04-29)[1]
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Genesis: The Core System $99.99 (1992)[1]
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MD US Box Back FightingSystem.jpg
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Genesis Fighting System (1993)
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MD2 US Box Back TCS.jpg
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Genesis: The Core System (>= 1993)
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Genesis: Sonic 2 System (>= 1993)
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MD2 US Box Back TCS Alt.jpg
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Genesis: The Core System (>= 1993)
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Genesis: Sonic 2 System (>= 1993)
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Genesis: Sonic 2 System (>= 1993)
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Genesis: X-Men System (>= 1993)
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Genesis: Wal-Mart Special Buy (>= 1993)
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Genesis (>= 1993)
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Genesis (>= 1993)
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Genesis (>= 1993)
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MD2 US Box Back Sonic 2 System Free Game.jpg
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Genesis: Sonic 2 System (>= 1994)
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Genesis: Sega Sports System $149.99[2] (1994)
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Genesis NFL Pack (>= 1994)
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MD2 US Box Back LionKing.jpg
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Genesis Lion King Pack (1994)
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Genesis (199x)
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Genesis (>= 1994)
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Genesis (>= 1994)
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Genesis Sonic System (>= 1994)
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MD2 US Box Front SuperSonicSystem.jpg
Genesis: SuperSonic System (>= 1994)
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Genesis: College Football's National Championship Pack (>= 1994)
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MD2 US Box Back Homerun Pack.jpg
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Genesis Homerun Pack (>= 1995)
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MD2 US Box Back 6Pak Alt.jpg
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Genesis (>= 1995)
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MD2 US Box Back 6Pak.jpg
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Genesis (>= 1995)
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Genesis Garfield: Caught in the Act Pack (>= 1995)
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Genesis College Football's National Championship II Pack (>= 1995)
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Genesis (>= 1995)
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Genesis (>= 199x)
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Genesis (>= 199x)
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MD2 US Box Front ComixZoneNFL95.jpg
Genesis NFL '95/Comix Zone Pack (>= 1995)
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MD2 US Box Front Super Sports Pack.jpg
Genesis Super Sports Pack (>= 1995)
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MD2 US Box Back TouchdownPack.jpg
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Genesis Touchdown Pack (>= 1995)
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Genesis (>= 1997)
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SGenTCS Majesco US Box Back.jpg
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Genesis: The Core System (>= 1998)
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Canada

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
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Genesis (>=1989)
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Genesis (>=1989)
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MD CA Box Back Sonic1.jpg
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Genesis (>= 1991)
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Genesis: The Core System (>= 1992)
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Genesis: The Sonic System (>= 1992)
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Genesis CA Box Front TCS.jpg
Genesis: The Core System (>=1993)
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MD2 CA Box Back Sonic2System.jpg
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Genesis: Sonic 2 System (>=1992)
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Genesis: The Core System (>=1993)
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Genesis: Sonic 2 System (>=1993)
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Genesis: The Core System (>=1993)
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Genesis Bonus Offer
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Genesis (>=1993)
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MD CA Box Back MegaDeal.jpg
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Genesis (>=1994)
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MD2 CA Box Back LionKing.jpg
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Genesis (>=1994)
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Genesis (>= 1995)
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Genesis Mega Deal (>= 1995)
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Mexico

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
Genesis (>= 1989)


References


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