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Revision as of 16:12, 15 July 2019


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From Sega's perspective, everything east of Europe and west of Japan/South Korea is classed as "Asia". This is a very large region and covers dozens of countries, but the markets are generally considered to be quite small as we're dealing with second world and potentially even third world countries. The company made more of an effort to localise for specific countries with the Sega Master System, but generally targeted fewer countries and was not tremendously successful.

With the Mega Drive, we generally see the same hardware distributed across this region, sometimes in the same basic boxes, but with added stickers, leaflets and support by localised distributors. Similar to Europe, Sega also was unable to market their console in every country in the region, however whereas the vast majority of Europe was covered by Sega, only a minority of Asia saw traditional Mega Drive consoles, and the timeline is patchy. For example, India only recevied the Mega Drive 2 in the late date of 1995, while Hong Kong got their Mega Drives at the turn of the decade.

From a hardware perspective, there are only a few Mega Drive models - Sega built "one size fits all" systems in with either PAL or NTSC video output, and sold the system in whichever country they could. The Asian "region" covers the middle east, the islands of south east Asia, and the likes of India, China and Russia on the mainland. It's possible it even covers what little consoles were sold in Africa. It does not cover Japan, nor does it cover South Korea, and some states such as China are basically seen as "no go" areas so don't tend to count.

Mega Drives are still in production in Asia to this day, mostly handled by AtGames who ship scaled down consoles to all over the world, but they will not be covered on this page. We know very little about this region and so information is currently in short supply.

China

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
MD AS Box Front PALD.jpg
Mega Drive

(メガドライブ)

(1993)
Megadrive1.jpg


MD2 AS Box Back PALD.jpgMD2 AS Box Front PALD.jpg
Mega Drive 2


The Gulf

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
MD2 AlesayiUnited Box Back Japan.jpgNospine-small.pngMD2 AlesayiUnited Box Front Japan.jpg
Mega Drive II
Megadrive2.jpg
MK-1631-07
MK-1631-07 label.jpg
{{{tvsystem}}}
MD2 AlesayiUnited Manual Japan.jpg
Manual
MD2 AlesayiUnited Note Japan.jpg
Notice


Nospine-small.pngMD2 Dotts Box Front.jpg
Mega Drive II
Megadrive2.jpg


Nospine-small.pngMD2 Gulf Box front.jpg
Mega Drive II
Megadrive2.jpg


Nospine-small.pngSMD2 Gulf Box front.jpg
Mega Drive II
Megadrive2.jpg


Nospine-small.pngMD2 Gulf Box front 2pads.jpg
Mega Drive II
Megadrive2.jpg
MD2 Gulf Box front 2pads Invoice.jpg
Invoice


India

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
MD2 Asia Box Back PAL.jpgNospine-small.pngMegadrive2 palasia box 01.jpg
Mega Drive 2 (Shaw Wallace Electronics distribution)

(メガドライブ)

₹18,000 (1995)
Megadrive2.jpg


Mega Drive 2 (Mitashi Edutainment distribution)

(メガドライブ)

₹14,660 (1995) [1]
Megadrive2.jpg


Mega Drive 2 (Mitashi Edutainment distribution)

(メガドライブ)

(>=1995)
Megadrive2.jpg


Hong Kong, Macau

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
MD1 HK Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngMD1 HK Box Front.jpg
Mega Drive

(メガドライブ)

Megadrive1.jpg


MD HK Box Back Sonic.jpgNospine-small.pngMD HK Box Front Sonic.jpg
Mega Drive

(メガドライブ)

Megadrive1.jpg


Taiwan

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
Mega Drive HAA-2500 Asia.jpg
Mega Drive
Megadrive1.jpg


MD2 Taiwan Box Back.jpgMD2 Taiwan Box Front.jpg
Mega Drive 2

(メガドライブ2)

Megadrive2.jpg


Russia and CIS

Steepler and Dendy

In addition to the official products in Russia and CIS, it was possible to buy Mega Drive from Steepler and Dendy. They were very widespread. Some of them came from the original sources, for example from Buka and Nissho Iwai, and some were imported from other countries or created as a maple.

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
MD2 Steepler Box Back.jpgMD Steepler.jpeg
Mega Drive II (1994)
Megadrive2.jpg


MD2 Steepler Box Back2.jpgMD Steepler2.jpeg
Mega Drive II 135$(1994)[2]
Megadrive2.jpg
MD2 Steepler 2 manual.jpg


MD2 Steepler Box Back2.jpgMD Steepler3 ver 3.jpg
Mega Drive II (1994)
Megadrive2.jpg
MD2 Steepler 2 manual.jpg


MD2 RU Box Back Steepler Green.jpgNospine-small.pngMD2 RU Box Front Steepler Green.jpg
Mega Drive II 91$(1994)
Megadrive2.jpg
MD2 Steepler Green manual.jpg
Manual


MD2 RU Box Back Steepler Green.jpgNospine-small.pngMega Drive Steepler2 ver2.jpg
Mega Drive II (1994)
Megadrive2.jpg
MD2 Steepler Green manual.jpg
Manual


MD2 RU Box Back Steepler Green.jpgNospine-small.pngMD2 RU Box Front Dendy Green.jpg
Mega Drive II (1996)
Megadrive2.jpg
MD2 Steepler Green manual.jpg
Manual
Dendy label 1996.jpg
Label


MD2 RU Box Back Steepler Green.jpgNospine-small.pngMD2 Box Front Asia Green PAL.jpg
Mega Drive II
Megadrive2.jpg


MD2 RU Box Back Steepler Green.jpgNospine-small.pngMD2 Dendy RU Box Front Green PAL.jpg
Mega Drive II
Megadrive2.jpg


MD2 RU Box Back Steepler Dendy.jpgMD2 RU Front Dendy Box Blue.jpg
Mega Drive II 398000 RUR**(1995)
Megadrive2.jpg
Sega RU Catalogue 2.jpg
Sega RU Catalogue.jpeg


MD2 RU Box Back Steepler Dendy.jpgMD2 Asia Buka RU box front.jpg
Mega Drive II (Import from Buka) (1995)
Megadrive2.jpg
Sega RU Catalogue 2.jpg
Sega RU Catalogue.jpeg


MD2 RU Box Back Steepler Dendy.jpgMD Steepler 3.jpg
Mega Drive II (Import from Buka) 530000 RUR**(1995)
Megadrive2.jpg
Sega RU Catalogue 2.jpg
Sega RU Catalogue.jpeg


MD2 RU Box Back Steepler Dendy.jpgMD2 Dendy RU front.png
Mega Drive II (Import from Buka) (1996)
Megadrive2.jpg


Mega Drive II (Import from Buka) (1995)
Megadrive2e.jpg
MD2 Manual HU PL RU.jpg
Manual


Original consoles

The first original consoles could only be purchased in Russia from Forrus. Later, they were introduced to other countries by Buka and Bitman.

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
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SMD2S2 EU Box Back.jpg320x80px</div>

Mega Drive II (Forrus distribution) 119$(1994)
CIS:Not released
Megadrive2e.jpg
MD2 Manual HU PL RU.jpg
Manual


SMD2S2 EU Box Back.jpgSMD2S2 EU Box Front.jpg
Mega Drive II + Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Forrus distribution) (1994) [3]
CIS:Not released
Megadrive2e.jpg
MD2 Manual HU PL RU.jpg
Manual


MD2 RU Box Back Steepler Dendy.jpgMD2 Asia Buka RU box front.jpg
Mega Drive II (Buka distribution)[4] (1995)
Megadrive2.jpg
Sega RU Catalogue 2.jpg
Sega RU Catalogue.jpeg


Mega Drive II (Buka distribution) (1995)
Megadrive2e.jpg
MD2 Manual HU PL RU.jpg
Manual


Mega Drive II (Bitman distribution) (1996)
Megadrive2e.jpg
MD2 Manual HU PL RU.jpg
Manual


Mega Drive II (R-Style distribution) (1997)
Megadrive2e.jpg
MD2 Manual HU PL RU.jpg
Manual


*Prices are in the RUR currency

Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
MD2 Box Back Wywy.jpgNospine-small.pngMD2 Box Front Wywy.jpg
Mega Drive 2

(メガドライブ2)

Megadrive2.jpg
MK-1631-07
MK-1631-07 label Wywy.jpg
{{{tvsystem}}}


Asian Wywy md2 box front.jpg
Mega Drive 2
Megadrive2.jpg


Thailand

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
MD2 TH Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngMD2 TH Box Front.jpg
Mega Drive 2
Megadrive2.jpg
MK-1631-07
MK-1631-07 label TH.jpg
{{{tvsystem}}}
MD2 TH Manual.jpg
Manual
MD2 Seal TH.jpg
Seal


Philippines

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
Mega Drive HAA-2500 Asia.jpg
Mega Drive
Megadrive1.jpg


Israel

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
Mega Drive (Bug Multisystem distribution) (1992)
Megadrive1e.jpg


Mega Drive (Suny distribution) (1993)
Megadrive1e.jpg
MD Manual IL 1.jpg
Manual
MD Manual IL 2.jpg
Manual
MD Manual IL 3.jpg
Manual


Mega Drive II (Suny distribution) (1993)
Megadrive2e.jpg


Unidentified

NTSC

The Philippines and Taiwan were the only other Asian markets apart from Japan and South Korea which used NTSC.

Mega Drive 2

Mega Drive 2, NTSC Asia
SMD2NTSC Asia Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSMD2NTSC Asia Box Front.jpg
Cover

Mega Drive 2 (Green Box)

Mega Drive 2, NTSC Asia
MD2 Box Front Asia Green NTSC.jpg
Cover

PAL-B

PAL-B was widely used throughout most of the rest of Asia, although these models may have only been intended for South East Asia.

Mega Drive

Four language manual; English, Chinese, Malay, and Thai.

Mega Drive, ??
MD Asia PALB Back.jpgNospine-small.pngMD1 Box Front PALB.jpg
Cover
Megadrive1.jpg
Console
MD Asia PALB Manual.jpg
Manual

Mega Drive (with Sonic)

NOTE: Console itself uses undocumented region code -15

Mega Drive, ??
MD AS Box Back PALB Sonic.jpgNospine-small.pngMD AS Box Front PALB Sonic.jpg
Cover

PAL

Whilst the original Mega Drive had an internal RF modulator which meant different models were required for different countries' TV Systems the Mega Drive 2 had an external RF modulator which meant the same model could be sold throughout PAL Asia.

Mega Drive 2, PAL
SMD2 1Pad Asia PAL Back.jpgSMD2 1Pad Asia PAL.jpg
Cover
SMD2 1Pad Asia PAL label 1.jpg
Label version 1
SMD2 1Pad Asia PAL label 2.jpg
Label version 2


Mega Drive 2 (Green Box)

Four language manual; English, Chinese, Malay, and Arabic. Alesayi United were Sega's distributors throughout the Gulf region, this includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates. Alesayi initially distributed the Mega Drive 2 in the Gulf via their "DOTTS" brand, but had switched to using Aleyasi United by the time that they distributed the Sega 32X in the region. It would seem likely that this model would have also been sold by them due to the presence of Arabic in the manual.

Mega Drive 2, ??
Asian md2 box back.jpgNospine-small.pngAsian md2 box front.jpg
Cover
Megadrive2.jpg
Console
Asian MD2 Green Box Manual.jpg
Manual

Hi-Star Electronics

Hi-Star Electronics Pte Ltd. was an importer of Sega consoles in South East Asia, however it is not known if it was legal.

Even more unidentified

Some are probably for South America.

References


Sega Mega Drive
Topics Technical specifications | History | List of games | Magazine articles | Promotional material | Hardware comparison | Blast processing | Cartridges
Hardware Japan | North America | Europe (West | North | South | Central and East) | Brazil | Asia | South Korea | Australia | Africa
EZ Games | Heartbeat Personal Trainer | LaserActive | Mega Jet | Mega PC | Mega Play | Mega-Tech System | Nomad | Teradrive | "Consoles on a chip" | Unlicensed clones
Add-ons Power Base Converter | Mega-CD | 32X (Mega-CD 32X) | Mega Modem | Demo System DS-16
Controllers Control Pad | Six Button Control Pad | 6 Button Arcade Pad | Arcade Power Stick 6B | Konami Justifier | MK-1470
Action Chair | Activator | Arcade Power Stick | Keyboard | MegaFire | Mouse | Mega Stick | Menacer | Remote Arcade System | Ten Key Pad
Accessories 4 Way Play | Cleaning System | Control Pad Extension Cord | Genesis Speakers | Region converter cartridges | Mega Terminal | Miracle Piano Teaching System | Nomad PowerBack | RF Unit (Mega Drive 2) | SCART Cable (Mega Drive 2) | Stereo Audio Video Cable | Team Player | Video Monitor Cable
Network services Sega Channel | Sega Meganet (Sega Game Toshokan | Mega Anser) | Tectoy Mega Net | Telebradesco Residência | XB∀ND
Development tools ERX 308P | ERX 318P | Sprobe | SNASM68K | SNASM2 (Mega Drive) | SNASM2 (32X)
Unreleased Floppy Disk Drive | Mega Play 1010 | Sega VR | Video Jukebox