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Mega Drive consoles in North America

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The Sega Mega Drive debuted in North America in August 1989, with a regionwide release in September of that year. Due to trademark issues, it was renamed the "Sega Genesis", and has always operated under this name under this region.

In the US, the console was distributed by Sega between 1989 and 1997. It was then passed to Majesco, who kept the system alive for an extra two years before it was shelved. In Canada, the Mega Drive was distributed by Irwin Toy in its early years, however Sega inevitably took back the distribution rights when the console proved successful. Many Canadian units and games were imported from the US. The Genesis 3 was also released in this region.

All North American units output an NTSC signal.

United States

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation

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Genesis $200.00 (1989-08-14)
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Genesis $149.99 (>= 1991)
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Genesis Sonic System $129.99 (1992-04-29)[1]
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Genesis: The Core System $99.99 (1992)[1]
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Genesis Fighting System (1993)
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Genesis: The Core System (>= 1993)
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Genesis: Sonic 2 System (>= 1993)
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Genesis: The Core System (>= 1993)
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Genesis: Sonic 2 System (>= 1993)
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Genesis: Sonic 2 System (>= 1993)
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Genesis: X-Men System (>= 1993)
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Genesis: Wal-Mart Special Buy (>= 1993)
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Genesis (>= 1993)
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Genesis (>= 1993)
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Genesis (>= 1993)
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Genesis: Sega Sports System $149.99[2] (1994)
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Genesis NFL Pack (>= 1994)
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Genesis Lion King Pack (1994)
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Genesis (199x)
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Genesis (>= 1994)
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Genesis (>= 1994)
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Genesis: Supersonic System (>= 1994)
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Genesis Homerun Pack (>= 1995)
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Genesis (>= 1995)
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Genesis (>= 1995)
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Genesis Garfield: Caught in the Act Pack (>= 1995)
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Genesis College Football's National Championship II Pack (>= 1995)
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Genesis (>= 1995)
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Genesis (>= 199x)
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Genesis NFL '95/Comix Zone Pack (>= 1995)
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Genesis: The Core System (>= 1998)
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Canada

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation

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Genesis (>=1989)
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Genesis (>=1989)
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Genesis (>= 1991)
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Genesis: The Core System (>= 1992)
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Genesis: The Sonic System (>= 1992)
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Genesis: The Core System (>=1993)
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Genesis: Sonic 2 System (>=1992)
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Genesis: Sonic 2 System (>=1993)
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Genesis: Sonic 2 System (>=1993)
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Genesis: The Core System (>=1993)
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Genesis (>=1993)
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Genesis (>=1994)
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Mexico

Box Name Date & Price Console Label Hardware Software Documentation

Genesis (>= 1989)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:SegaVisions US 09.pdf, page 6
  2. File:VideoGames US 66.pdf, page 82


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