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Regions of the world

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Let me know if this is good or bad, and I will update Template:Regions/Modern accordingly -Black Squirrel (talk) 06:00, 22 August 2018 (CDT)

This can be helpful, but here are a few issues that I see from an historical context.
South America: TecToy had the rights to Mercosur (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay), they distributed their own manufactured hardware/software there, whilst other South American countries such as Chile received SoA hardware (SMS, Genesis etc). I would have Mercosur as it's own (Tectoy) region, and the rest of South America as North America (SoA) region.
Europe: I'm not really sure of the need to have "Northern" and "Southern" European regions as seperate from "Western Europe". Yes, Scandinavia, Italy, and Greece had their own distributors, but so did Portugal in Western Europe, as some other countries did. They still all received the same hardware, software, and variants. Whereas countries which were behind the Iron Curtain such as the Baltic states did not, yet Denmark is grouped with Lithuania rather than Germany. This doesn't really make sense. If we're to have a divided Europe, I would divide it by East and West, where politically it was impossible for western distributors such as Virgin Mastertronic (forerunner to Sega Europe) to operate in the East until the fall of the Iron Curtain, and the economies were so unstable that it would take many years after the chaos that they could.
Asia: I would divide this between PAL and NTSC Asia, and also treat South Korea as it's own region. Purely down to the different hardware and software that was distributed in each of those regions.
South Africa: This is a tough one. The distributor here had the same owners as Ozisoft, SMS and MD games distributed here were Ozisoft versions, but later hardware (32X MD2 etc) was PAL Asian. I'd be inclined to put it in the "Ozisoft" region (AU/NZ).
Well, that's my opinion from an historical perspective, I'm sure that there are more modern reasons for having different regions, but this is sega"retro", and I guess that most users are here for the retro stuff, so that's what I'd go with.Pirate Dragon (talk) 00:00, 25 December 2019 (CDT)
For countries such as South Africa which received different region hardware and software at different times we could map them as alternating coloured lines such as [url=https://www.suntransformer.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/worldwide-voltage-1024x449.png]here[/url], and attribute the region depending on the specific hardware/software case.Pirate Dragon (talk) 00:00, 25 December 2019 (CDT)
As for South Africa, the games on Mega Drive were the same as in Europe with a few unique ones such as, for example, Street Fighter 2 in the PAL Asian version and Bubsy 2 in the NTSC American version. The same Mega Drive 2 which in most cases was from the Asian version but there were exceptions like the European version. Games on the Master System were European, on Game Gear the European or Asian, I don't know the Mega CD, 32X I don't know either, Saturn probably European because EA Africa sold European versions. I don't know if Saturn was distributed by another company because I haven't seen any games for Mega Drive released in 1996 with the Consumer Electronics logo. Not to mention Saturn.Lukdriver14 (talk) 15:06, 25 December 2019 (EST)