Sega’s Mega Drive Turns 31 Years Old Today

31 Years Ago on October 29, 1988; the Sega Mega Drive released in Japan. Known as the Sega Genesis in North America, the Mega Drive sold for an MSRP of $200 USD at launch.


The Mega Drive was also the birth place of Sega’s iconic mascot, Sonic The Hedgehog. Sonic The Hedgehog went on to becoming the system’s best-selling game, selling 15 Million Copies.

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Though sales were sluggish at launch, the Mega Drive/Genesis is considered by many as one of the greatest home consoles ever released, due in part to it’s extensive library of iconic games and arcade ports, and it’s iconic Yamaha YM2612 sound chip. Sega discontinued the system after a 9 year lifespan from 1988-1997, selling 30.75 Million units worldwide.