Unlicensed Mega Drive clones (Mega Drive)
From Sega Retro
In the early 1990s, Sega were unable or unwilling to release the original Sega Mega Drive in multiple markets at once. Instead the release was staggered across the globe between 1988 and 1992/1993, which meant that for many, the only short-term option was to import Mega Drive systems from countries like Japan. This was costly, and so Taiwanese firms often made their own to capitalise on this shortage. By the time this skill had been mastered, however, much of the world was supplied with the console by official vendors, so most older Mega Drive clones were only sold in regions such as South America.
- 1 Russia
- 2 South America
- 3 Others
- 3.1 Dr Super Star Drive
- 3.2 Genesis (unknown)
- 3.3 Mega 16 Plus
- 3.4 Mega Drive (Kinyo)
- 3.5 Mega Drive (unknown)
- 3.6 Mega Drive (unknown)
- 3.7 Saga
- 3.8 SB-001/Niysa Assai P5
- 3.9 Siga
- 3.10 Super Creation
- 3.11 Samba Super Game
- 3.12 Super Mega
- 3.13 Laser Flash
- 3.14 Gamestar
- 3.15 Gentry IQ-1600
- 3.16 Super Mission SM-2001
- 3.17 Super Sinca(?)
- 3.18 Game Drive
- 4 Unsorted
Sold by Kenga in Russia. Two variants exist.
Pro 16 Bit
This one was distributed by Steepler and Dendy, who were responsible for the hugely successful Dendy Famiclone in Ex-USSR. Suffice to say the Pro 16 Bit did not match that success.Price before denomination was 223000 RUB. There is also another version sold in Poland by an unknown distributor
There is also a Songa II model.
Mega Drive (Argevision)
Argevision made knock-off video game consoles and accessories for Argentina. This is their stab at the Mega Drive.
One of several attempts to crack the Mega Drive clone market by Songa. Available in South America.
Dr Super Star Drive
Mega Drive clone made in China by Shenzhen Jichang Elec. Co.
Found in Indonesia. A Japanese-style Mega Drive with "Genesis" labeled on top.
Mega 16 Plus
Mega Drive with a different label. The underside calls it a Dr. Super Star Drive, however it has a different to the console described above.
Mega Drive (Kinyo)
Bog standard Mega Drive clone by Kinyo. Found in South America.
Mega Drive (unknown)
A fairly boring Mega Drive clone which appears from time to time. Shipped with two odd-looking six button controllers and a multicart of some description, and the colours are off.
Mega Drive (unknown)
Mega Drive with 20 built in games. Found in Indonesia.
We have no clue about this one. This 2011 auction from seller dxghunterchen for 1,200 TWD has the title "SAGA 16 bit 電玩 主機 整套 含 ～ 1款卡匣 兩個把手 一個搖桿" and no product description — just the three photos below. It could be just a compilation showing an official Mega Drive with unofficial peripherals in an alternate Macro Drive box, but who knows for certain. The only identifiable peripheral is the HonyU Explorer-I one. The cart shown is Ma Jiang Qing Ren: Ji Ma Jiang Zhi.
SB-001/Niysa Assai P5
Made by "Family Game" in Taiwan and "Niysa IT Company" in Turkey. Standard Mega Drive clone with Mega CD support, but with no region encoding and a 50-60Hz switch. Despite the box art it is thought to have shipped with fairly standard three button controllers. PAL-B, PAL-D, PAL-I, PAL-N and NTSC variants supposedly exist. Includes built-in DOS-like operating system.
Mega Drive with a different label.
It has the Mega CD connector and and a secondary internal cartridge slot where a multicart pcb is plugged in. When there is no cartridge inserted into the main cartridge slot, it runs whatever cartridge is inserted into the internal cartridge slot. Uses a 5-pin DIN connector for the av-out, so it only outputs composite video (and rf). This one shipped with three button turbo controllers. Some models have been spotted lacking the internal cartridge slot.
Samba Super Game
Super Mission SM-2001
|Unlicensed Sega Mega Drive hardware|
|Mega Drive | Mega Drive 2 | Genesis 3 | "Mini" models | "PlayStation" models | Others|
|1990s||AX-660 | AX-990 | EZcom | Game Dunk | HK-986 | KW-501 | Megavision | Modern Mate | New 16 Bit | SB-16C | Songa II | Super 16 Bit | TW-168|
|2000s||C-11 | Dual Action | e-time Game Play | GN Twin | Mega Drive Extreme | Mega Drive III | Mega Drive V | Noritul FX-16 | RetroN 3|
|2010s||Fei Hao HD Retro Game | Hamy SD | MD Compact | MegaRetroN HD | Minigen | Minigen HD | RetroN 5 | Super Retro Trio | Super Retro Trio Plus | Mega Sg|
|Clone console "families"|
|Magistr Drive | Maniac Drive | Super Drive | "Young" series|
|HG-806 | Mega Drive Portable | Pocket MD | RetroGen|