Mega Drive

Game console
Date of appearance: October 29, 1988
Trademark: Sega
Manufacturer: Sega
Made in: Japan
Generation: Fourth generation (16-bit era)
CPU: Motorola 68000 @ 7.6 MHz Zilog Z80 @ 3.58 MHz
Media: ROM cartridge
Tags: sega


The Japanese Sega Mega Drive video game console. This is the first design model of the system. The original Mega Drive measures 28 cm×21.2 cm×7 cm. The top of the unit is split into two components: a circular emboss with the cartridge slot and a tagline (which was omitted on later versions), and a control panel containing the power and reset buttons and the volume slider for the headphones jack. Audio output through the original model was mono through the A/V port, while the headphone jack was used for stereo sound. A third DE-9 port on the back of the unit provided additional peripheral support, though was removed from later revisions. Asian, Japanese and South Korean models have a cartridge locking mechanism which prevents cartridges from being removed when the power is on (which is why "Eastern" cartridges, as well as the Sonic & Knuckles cartridge and various others, have a cut-out on their left sides). Later runs included the TradeMark Security System, missing in early builds causing small compatibility issues, despite the feature having been planned early on.

Mega Drive
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