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 Hardware Software Documentation
SgenAB US Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSgenAB US Box Front.jpg Genesis 1989
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SGenS1 US Box Back.JPGNospine-small.pngSGenS1 US Box Front.JPG Genesis (>= 1991)
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Sonic
MD US Box Back SonicSystem.jpgNospine-small.pngSGenTSS US Box Front.JPG Genesis Sonic System (>= 1991)
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Sonic
SGenTCS US Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSGenTCS US Box Front.jpg Genesis: The Core System (>= 1992)
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SGenFightingSystem US Box Front.jpg Genesis Fighting System (>= 1992)
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Genesis US Box Front TCS Alt.jpg Genesis: The Core System (>= 199x)
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Genesis US Box Front Sonic2System Alt.jpg Genesis: Sonic 2 System (>= 199x)
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2
SGen2TCS US Box Front.jpg Genesis: The Core System (>= 199x)
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SGen2S2 US Box Back.JPGNospine-small.pngSGen2S2 US Box Front.JPG Genesis: Sonic 2 System (>= 1992)
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Genesis: X-Men System (>= 1993)
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Genesis (>= 1993)
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Sonic Spinball
Genesis (>= 1993)
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Sonic Spinball
Genesis (>= 1993)
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MD2 US Box Back SegaSportsSystem.jpgNospine-small.pngMD2 US Box Front SegaSportsSystem.jpg Genesis: Sega Sports System (1994)
Genesis2.jpg
MK-1631
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Stadium Cusion
MD2 US Box Back NFLPack.jpgNospine-small.pngSGen2NFL US Box Front.JPG Genesis NFL Pack (>= 1994)
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MD2 US Box Front LionKing.jpg Genesis (>= 1994)
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SGen2S3ST US Box Front.jpg Genesis (>= 1994)
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Sonic the Hedgehog 3
MD2 US Box Back SaK.jpgNospine-small.pngMD2 US Box Front SaK.jpg Genesis (>= 1994)
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Sonic & Knuckles
Genesis Sonic System (>= 1994)
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Control Pad
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Sonic the Hedgehog
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Taz in Escape from Mars
Genesis: Supersonic System (>= 1994)
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Sonic the Hedgehog 3
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Sonic and Knuckles
Genesis Homerun Pack (>= 1995)
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World Series Baseball '95
MD2 US Box Back 6Pak Alt.jpgNospine-small.pngMD2 US Box Front 6Pak Alt.jpg Genesis (>= 1995)
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SGen26Pak US Box Front.jpg Genesis (>= 1995)
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Genesis Garfield: Caught in the Act Pack (>= 1995)
Genesis2.jpg
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MD2 US Box Back CollegeFootballIIPack.jpgNospine-small.pngMD2 US Box Front CollegeFootballIIPack.jpg Genesis College Football's National Championship II Pack (>= 1995)
Genesis2.jpg
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MD2 US Box Back Vectorman.jpgNospine-small.pngMD2 US Box Front Vectorman.jpg Genesis (>= 1995)
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Genesis US Box Front Columns.jpg Genesis (>= 199x)
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Columns
SGenTCS Majesco US Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSGenTCS Majesco US Box Front.jpg Genesis: The Core System (>= 1998)
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Canada

Box Name Date & Price Console Hardware Software Documentation
MD CA Box Back AlteredBeast.jpgNospine-small.pngMD CA Box Front AlteredBeast.jpg Genesis (>=1989)
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Altered Beast
MD CA Box Back Sonic1.jpgNospine-small.pngMD CA Box Front Sonic1.jpg Genesis (>= 1991)
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MK-1601-22
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Sonic the Hedgehog
MD CA Box Back TCS.jpgNospine-small.pngMD CA Box Front TCS.jpg Genesis: The Core System (>= 1992)
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Genesis CA Box Front TCS.jpg Genesis: The Core System (>=1992)
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MD2 CA Box Back Sonic2System.jpgNospine-small.pngMD2 CA Box Front Sonic2System.jpg Genesis: Sonic 2 System (>=1992)
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Genesis: The Core System (>=1993)
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MD2 CA Box Back SonicSpinball.jpg Genesis (>=1993)
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Sonic Spinball
MD2 CA Box Back LionKing.jpgNospine-small.pngMD2 CA Box Front LionKing.jpg Genesis (>=1994)
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Sega Mega Drive Hardware
Console Variations Japan | North America | Europe | Brazil | Asia | South Korea

EZ Games | Heartbeat Personal Trainer | LaserActive | Mega Jet | Mega PC | Mega Play | Mega-Tech | Nomad | Teradrive

Add-ons Mega-CD (Multi-Mega | Wondermega | CSD-G1M) | 32X (Mega-CD 32X)

Demo System DS-16 | Master Mega Converter | Mega-CD Karaoke | Mega Modem | Nomad PowerBack | Power Base Converter | Super Magic Drive

Controllers Control Pad | Six Button Control Pad | 6 Button Arcade Pad | MK-1470

Action Chair | Activator | Arcade Power Stick | Keyboard | MegaFire | Mouse | Mega Stick | Menacer | Remote Arcade System | Ten Key Pad

Network Services Sega Channel | Sega Meganet (Sega Game Toshokan) | Tectoy Mega Net | TeleBradesco | XB∀ND
Misc. Hardware 4 Way Play | Action Replay | Game Genie | Mega Anser | Power Plug | StuntMaster | Super Multi-play |Team Player | Tototek MD-Pro
Unreleased Hardware Floppy Disk Drive | Video Jukebox
Consoles on a Chip

Arcade Legends Sega Mega Drive | Mega Drive Volume II‎ | Mega Drive Volume 3 | Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition‎ | Menacer | OutRun 2019 | Sensible Soccer Plus

Arcade Blast | Arcade Classic | Arcade Master | Arcade Motion Classic | Arcade Motion Dual | Arcade Nano Series | Arcade Portable | Arcade Ultimate | Genesis Gencore | GenMobile | Mega Drive Twin Pads

Mega Drive 3 (2007) | Mega Drive 3 (2008) | Mega Drive 4

Mega Drive 3 (2000) | Micro Drive | Sega Zone