Unlicensed Mega Drive clones (Mega Drive 2)

From Sega Retro

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.

Due to the vast number of Mega Drive 2 clones, we have also split some by geographical region:


Mega Drive 2 (ZW-162)

Credits Kin Wai (Hong Kong) Investment Limited, similarly to the Mega Drive One and Mega Drive III. This clone is common in Ukraine. There are two known box variants.

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

Seen in Mexico

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 (BII)

Others

Asian

Amtrade Super Game

Game Drive 2 (Nicom)

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".

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Print advert in Next Level (AR) #15: "Abril 2000" (2000-xx-xx)

Hamy-16

Macro Drive

Originates from Taiwan.

MD Genesis 2 (Retroad)

Released in 2019. Uses the TCT-6801 console-on-a-chip. Has NTSC/PAL/Overseas/Japan switches and contains 170 built-in games. Composite av output with stereo audio (the sound channels are reversed).

Meda Drive II (Sedaa)

Medaa Drive II (Sedaa)

Medaa Drive II (Sedaav)

Medda Drive II (Sedda)

Zmedda Drive II (Zseda)

Mega 2 (unknown)

Mega Drive 2 (Kontorland)

Asian born clone sold in Middle East (mostly Turkey). Shipped with PlayStation-style controllers.

MD48

Kontorland clone with 48 built-in games. Shell was reuse from Super Drive.

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 (Sego)

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

Perhaps this is the mother of all Mega Drive 2 clones. They are very faithful copies of the original consoles sold in Asia. Unfortunately, due to the little information gathered about the original consoles, it's very easy to confuse the original with the clone. Some things that are different in clones are

  • incorrect serial numbers
  • the option of bypassing the regional blockade
  • box sizes

However, this does not give one hundred percent certainty.

Clone Original

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

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 (with no repeats) and a Micro SD card slot for playing ROM files. Outputs mono sound, is 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)

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)

Another mother of clones. It differs from the original in the length of one of the sides. On the back side, Made in Japan is missing in most of the boxes.

Clone Original

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

Similar to the above, however Sega seal is added.

Mega Drive 2 (Atlanta)

Clone signed the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Seen in Russia, Poland and the Baltic States.

Mega Drive 2 (Video Gioco 16-bit)

MEGA+Plus2 (Neon)

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

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.

Main article: Star Drive 2/Magazine articles.

Video System 3 (Nicom)

Mega Drive 2 (unknown)

Dragon

SZGV

Mega Drive X

Mega Drive XI

Speed Drive 2

Super Creation 2 (Club Video Game)

Super Drive 2 (Gamars)

Superga/Super Sega

Super Games (GA-349)

Zet Drive 2

Golden Drive 2

Mega Drive III (Virgin.Game(?))

32 Mega 2 (Mega 2)

Unsorted


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