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Master System consoles in Europe

From Sega Retro

Like the equivalent Mega Drive page, this page is a complete mess. We have pictures of 1986 German console boxes next to countries which didn't receive the Master System until well into the 1990s, along with many other discrepancies. Please only add pictures of consoles from the actual country listed (preferably with something specific for that country, ie distributor sticker, localised manual etc).--Pirate Dragon (talk) 17:12, 20 August 2018 (CDT)

Yeah I fear there's been an assumption that all boxes are the same. Which they might be... but I'd rather have a dozen duplicate scans to prove it rather than making that assumption. And I fully expect the backs of boxes to have different distribution details on them at the very least.
The other issue with both this page and the Mega Drive one, is that the list is huge and unorganised. What we probably need to do as a collective is
a) come up with a preferred order for countries, which we can then apply everywhere to every wiki.
b) decide if we want to split up Europe into north, south, east and west. I looked into this once, but it turns out it's not even consistent within the UN, nevermind all the other big multi-national organisations that try and group things.
And where there wasn't really a license to distribute Sega consoles officially, we should be treating that as something else. Maybe. -Black Squirrel (talk) 04:20, 21 August 2018 (CDT)

But models with distributor stickers did not exist in those regions. For example, Romania or Croatia do not even know that Sega had a distributor in this country. Famiclons were the most popular and they could be bought everywhere and original consoles could only be bought in the capital of the country or the largest city and at huge prices. Most of the models are just the same from Germany. Some instructions were made but made by third party companies and were added to only some models that were sold in their stores. On some consoles new bar codes were stuck. You can look for consoles with a distributor sticker but there is little chance of finding it.-Lukdriver14 (talk) 04:45, 21 August 2018 (CDT)

I made a map
SegaRegions map.svg
I stole this map from Wikimedia Commons and made a rough guide to where, from a Sega perspective, the regions of the world seem to lie. I think it's important to group the UK, France, Spain and Germany together - how the rest of Europe looks doesn't bother me so much. I put Turkey in Europe - maybe it shouldn't be. idk.
The idea, basically, is that this page would get split into three or four. It might be easier to put Italy in "Western Europe" and class the rest as "central and southern" but I'll leave that to someone else. This is a nice SVG so changing colours for each country is easy.
I don't think it's worth dividing the world up into any more regions (e.g. "South Asia") - if we were the United Nations, then it might be a good idea, but given that Sega didn't have official distribution channels in most of the world, there probably wouldn't be much to talk about. -Black Squirrel (talk) 12:24, 21 August 2018 (CDT)
I don't know if you want to stick to this, but I made a "region order" template for the releases templates here. Besides Japan and the US, I didn't prioritise any countries, and there isn't a Southern Europe or Africa. - Hivebrain (talk) 14:27, 21 August 2018 (CDT)

Good idea. I searched the action sites and various websites of game museums in Eastern Europe, but as I said, there are no distributor stickers. Most of them are models from European editions (also German ones). [1] [2] [3] [4] This one have some barcode [5] [6] [7] Standards such as distribution labels (in terms of consoles) appeared in these countries a little later. I do not count Dendy's company which operated in many countries and tried very much to become similar to Western European companies. But there is always a chance that someone will find some models with stickers or instructions.

Lukdriver14 (talk) 13:58 , 21 August 2018 (CDT)

I don't think auction sites are enough to prove that a console was sold in a particular country, especially if there no labels or localised documentation to go along with it. If it looks like German stock, it might actually be German stock - consoles that have just ended up in Poland or the Czech Republic or whatever because they're on the border. If there was no official distribution channels, importing from Germany might have been the only option you had, just like all those Mega Drive consoles imported into Europe from Japan during 1989/1990.
If it can be proven that Sega intended to sell a console in a country, then it should be documented on these pages, otherwise we're just duplicating information by documenting a German release multiple times. -Black Squirrel (talk) 15:03, 21 August 2018 (CDT)
If you do not believe me, you can look for them. But you will not find them anyway. That's my opinion.-Lukdriver14 (talk)15:53, 21 August 2018 (CDT)

Cleanup

I have split both this page, and Mega Drive consoles in Europe into the four regions as defined in Sega Retro:Regions of the world.

A good chunk of these releases need verifying though. That means scans or photographic evidence that there was an official license to sell a console in a given country. If evidence can't be found, it shouldn't be documented here.

This is not a list for grey imports, or the weird situations in the former Soviet states where Steepler were distributing things without a license. That information can be housed elsewhere on the wiki - these lists should be for official consoles only. "Official" being "licensed by Sega".

I'm also wary of sharing scans between multiple releases. We might be 99.9% sure they're identical, but for that 0.01% chance that they're not, I'd rather see an alternative scan. Duplicate scans are fine as long as we're sure they represent the product they're supposed to - it's overkill, but when converting an analogue medium into a digital format (e.g. scanning), it can be useful to have multiple copies to make absolutely sure it's been done correctly.

As for where the "Sega consoles distributed without a license" go - I don't know yet. Think of somewhere. -Black Squirrel (talk) 05:55, 24 August 2018 (CDT)