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Unlicensed Mega Drive clones (Mega Drive 2)

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From the mid-to-late 90s the Mega Drive template of choice predictably became the cost-reduced Mega Drive 2. Similar to before clones of this system became popular in South America, although there was also a following in parts of Asia. The simplified design of the Mega Drive 2 makes it very easy to reproduce - the number of Mega Drive 2 clones worldwide far exceeds that of other Sega clones, and was even the basis for some Famiclones.

Russia

Magic Drive II

Mega Drive 2 (Simba's)

Mega Drive clones built by Chinese-based Dong Guan De Wei Electronic Co., Ltd and distributed by Russian-based Simba's Video Games. These Mega Drive 2 clones are perhaps the least interesting of their produce, and despite being offered in three different box colours, each system is identical. Also offered is a "black box" variant with 25 built in games. All four packages are fairly common in Russia. Uses a TCT-6801 console-on-a-chip and outputs composite video with mono sound. The bottom of the console has a region switch and a 50/60Hz switch. Strangely, there are solder points on the board for a third switch and a hole cut out for it on the case, but it is not present. The expansion bay door can be removed, but there is no Mega CD connector.

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

Possibly related to the Mega Drive One and Mega Drive III, this clone turns up from time to time in Russia. There's a few box variants.

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

Another unnamed Russian clone.

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

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Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

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Mega Nan II

One of the more entertaining clones. Once again it's from Russia.

South America

Mega Drive 2 (16 Bits; The Alien System)

Relatively common Mega Drive 2 clone from South America.

Mega Drive 2 (Argevision)

Argevision's attempt at a Mega Drive 2. Not uncommon.

Super Drive 2

Clone manufactured in Argentina by Songa.

Others

Ready

Arabic Mega Drive clones

Genesis

These "hybrid" Mega Drive 2s borrowing elements from both the Japanese and North American releases of the console are relatively common in South America. They shipped in Genesis 2 boxes (based on the Canadian packaging), however the instruction manuals call the system "Mega Drive 2".

Hamy-16

Macro Drive

Originates from Taiwan.

Mega Drive 2 (Kontorland)

Asian born clone found in South America. Shipped with PlayStation-style controllers.

Mega Drive 2 (MG Electronics Industry Co., Ltd)

Chinese-born Mega Drive 2 clone with slight colour differences. The board is dated 19th October 2001.

Mega Drive 2 (Neon)

Neon also made Mega Drive controllers. The box is similar to a North American Genesis model 2.

Mega Drive 2 (Sego)

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

This is perhaps the mother of all Mega Drive 2 clones. Not only is it fairly common, it sticks as closely as possible to the original Mega Drive 2 design so is very difficult to spot. Although build quality (and weight) are an obvious giveaway to its illegitimacy, from still photographs the situation is far less clear, as the box design mimicks that of the rarely seen West Asian variety, seen prodominently in Turkey and the Gulf states (Japanese-style console, European-style packaging).

Sega opted mainly for boxes that flipped open from the top, while typically these clones open from the side. Predictably it is frequently confused with the real thing, made worse by the fact it is likely more common than its official counterparts

Both one and two control pad variants exist. It is only assumed at this stage that they were both made by the same company. Sightings suggest they may only accept RF video connectors, but may support the Sega Mega-CD.

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

Similar to the above. Copied European packaging showing a Japanese-style system, however here all Sega branding is removed. Common in Russia.

Mega Drive 2 (Unknown)

This one is from South America and it's very telling of the state of the unlicensed game market in the region - this one is labeled "NEW 2009" so there must still be a demand for these things.

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

These Mega Drive 2s from Chinese based, Dubai owned Gigatron were produced with minimal changes and distributed in the Middle East in the mid-2000s the present day. Each one comes with a "132-in-1" multicart (later raised to 368) (which of course has far fewer than the advertised number of games). The 368 version only has 5 unique games, with 363 repeats. They output mono sound, are PAL 50Hz (but can be easily modified to NTSC 60Hz), has inaccurate sound (like Atgames clones), doesn't work with Everdrive, and doesn't work with high capacity multicarts.

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

Similar to the above, but only includes 9 built-in games and a Micro SD card slot for playing ROM files. Outputs mono sound, isPAL 50Hz (but can be easily modified to NTSC 60Hz), has inaccurate sound (like Atgames clones), doesn't work with Everdrive, and doesn't work with high capacity multicarts.

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

North Amercan-style packaging, but same knock-off Japanese console you'll find elsewhere. Some adopt the North American colour scheme however.

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

North Amercan-style packaging, but same knock-off Japanese console you'll find elsewhere. Some adopt the North American colour scheme however.

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

Here an 368-in-1 multicart gets a mention on the system itself.

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

A close copy of the "green" Asian model, but with a number of subtle differences.

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

More Chinese-built Arab-sold Mega Drive 2s. Poor picture quality makes it difficult to deduce where they're from - could be StarGame, could be Gigatron. Other colours exist.

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

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Sedaa

Spotted in South America although likely originates from Taiwan or China.

Star Drive 2

A clone from Asia. Three variants exist - whether they were produced by the same company has not been determined.

Video System 3 (Nicom)

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

Model number EM-1616

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

Dragon

Medaa Drive 3 (Seaga)

SZGV

Unsorted


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