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Mega Drive consoles in Asia

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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 (1993)
Sega Mega Drive (pal asia).jpg

The Gulf

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
Nospine-small.pngMD2 Dotts Box Front.jpg
Mega Drive II
Megadrive2.jpg

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 ₹18,000 (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
Sega Mega Drive (pal asia).jpg
MD HK Box Back Sonic.jpgNospine-small.pngMD HK Box Front Sonic.jpg
Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive (pal asia).jpg

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
Asian Wywy md2 box front.jpg
Mega Drive 2
Asian md2.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
MD2 TH Manual.jpg
Manual

Turkey

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation
Asian Aral mdII box back.jpgNospine-small.pngAsian Aral mdII box front.jpg
Mega Drive II
Megadrive2.jpg
Asian Aral mdII box sticker.jpg
Box Sticker
Asian Aral mdII manual.jpg
Manual
Asian Aral mdII guarantee.jpg
Guarantee
Asian Aral mdII 2 pad box front.jpg
Mega Drive II
Megadrive2.jpg

Unidentified

NTSC

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

Mega Drive

Initially Taiwan, and Philippines received the same model and box as Japan.

Mega Drive, NTSC Asia
Mega Drive HAA-2500 Asia.jpg
Cover

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
Sega Mega Drive (pal asia).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 (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
Asian md2.jpg
Console
Asian MD2 Green Box Manual.jpg
Manual

Even more unidentified

Some are probably for South America.


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