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Regions of the world

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In order to establish consistency across Sega Retro, it has been decided that countries of the world should be dealt with in groups, or "regions":

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Colour-coded regions of the world (loosely) according to Sega.

Japan
Western Europe
Northern Europe
Southern Europe
Central and eastern Europe
Australasia
North America
South America
Asia
Africa

Order of precedence

Historically, Sega has seen the world differently to many global organisations, so at Sega Retro we have divised an order of precedence when it comes to listing countries. This is not an exact science - with nearly 200 recognised soverign states, many of which Sega has never done business in, it is difficult to accommodate all while highlighting the larger, more relevant markets to Sega's business interests.

Per region or unless described otherwise, countries should be listed in alphabetical order.

Order Country/Region Comprised of Reasoning
1 Japan Japan is Sega's domestic (and therefore most important) market, with more games released in Japan than any other country.
2 United States The US is the largest video games market in the world.
3 Europe States that use the Euro. Collectively, Europe is the second largest video game market in the world. While we aim to list countries individually when it comes to physical releases, downloadable games will be identical across states which use the Euro as its currency.
4 Western Europe Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom These are key markets in Europe, and have historically received support first.
5 Northern Europe Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden
6 Southern Europe Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, San Marino, Turkey
7 Central and eastern Europe Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine
8 Australasia Australia, New Zealand
9 North America Canada, Mexico Historically releases intended for the US have also been distributed in Canada and Mexico.
10 South America
11 Asia Sega's definition of Asia encompasses a large part of the world, however most countries lack official distribution channels.
12 Africa With the exception of South Africa and perhaps Egypt, no official distribution channels in Africa have been documented.
13 Others EX, World etc. Some releases do not fit nicely into a country or region (e.g. "EX" game releases - "English but not UK"). These are best off being collected at the bottom.