Sega Mega Drive

The Sega Mega Drive is to games consoles in the 90s as George Best was to football 30 year previously. Video gaming and football were obviously around before them but once they appeared on the scene the future would change forever.

The best piece of black plastic since Michael Jackson, the Mega Drive revived Sega’s fortunes in the marketplace and with some cracking games released during its eight year production its popularity lasts until today.

After the Sega Master System had been overtaken by the Super Nintendo in the late 80s, Sega realised that they had to produce a 16 bit fourth generation console to keep up. It was launched in North America as the Sega Genesis but when it arrived on our shores in November 1990 the Mega Drive was born.

The Mega Drive II followed soon after with a few tweaks making it the best console around. Add-ons would follow such as the Mega CD but even when Sega developed the Sega Saturn in 1998 it was still outsold by its older brother which went on to sell 29 million units worldwide.

With its simple design there was very little that could go wrong, but if it started playing up a simple blow into the port to force any dust out was more than necessary. However there was a glitch where if you gave it a good kick whilst you were getting destroyed on a game it would freeze, ending any torture early.

And there were plenty of classic games to play on it once you’d plugged it in and heard the classic Segaaaaa noise. I am still partial to a few games of World Cup Italia 90 and as mentioned elsewhere in this blog still bash buttons on Sonic the Hedgehog which was a worldwide smash hit.

Micro Machines was another favourite of mine due to the fact that you could plug an extra couple of controllers into the cartridge itself for four player gaming. Streets Of Rage was also a cool platform game, and I used to love messing around on Tazmania and Dizzy The Egg too.

Whilst all my mates are purring over their fancy PS3s or Xbox 360s, I still can’t resist the urge to set up my Mega Drive from time to time and kick some virtual ass on Street Fighter, safe in the knowledge that I’m playing the coolest console ever for a few hours. Well, dust permitting anyway…

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5 Responses to “Sega Mega Drive”


  1. 1 Jack April 15, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    You didn’t mention Sensible Soccer!! Easily the greatest game to have graced any console.

  2. 2 Ieuan Hughes April 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Great article on one of the best consoles ever, will never forget 4 player micro machines with the lads. Funny times. Love this blog by the way, keep up the good work. 90s rule!

  3. 3 James April 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I still love the master system, it even had Sonic inbuilt into it, genius!

  4. 4 Joe Wooldridge April 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Not until I played some of those old sega games online did I remeber just how bad those games were. Controversial, but I’ll stick with a Playstation.

  5. 5 Leo Khan January 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles were the games for me. 😄


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Hi I'm Jonny, creator of this blog. Like most people in my generation, I feel that the 90s were indeed an epic decade and this is my tribute to all the things that made it great!


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