Announcing the MegaDrive “Limited Edition”

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The MegaDrive Limited Edition

Brazil is known to have some of the biggest Sega fan boys out there in the world. Mainly due to the fact that in Brazil, things typically would have to manufactured inside the country, or else there would be some serious fees for trying to buy stuff from outside the country. That’s where TecToy came in, and in the late 80s manufactured they manufactured the Sega Master System and the MegaDrive to the Brazilian market. Sega was huge in Brazil, as Nintendo and Atari didn’t manufacture their goods inside Brazil, and seeing that Sega allowed the toy company, Tec Toy, to manufacturer their hardware outside of Japan and China, no one else had a spot in Brazil’s Sega heavy games market.

In less than two weeks, we’ll be able to get our hands on the NES Classic Mini, a tiny sized Nintendo Entertainment System that is the size of a smart phone (but obviously taller) with 30 built in games. Tec-Toy has taken on the challenge of making their own Retro Console for the modern age with their own system, the Mega Drive Limited Edition. This is a full sized MegaDrive based on the original mark 1 model with its front facing head phone jack. No need for courage here eh? It will have 22 built in games, but unlike the NES Classic Mini, it can run MegaDrive cartridges (Brazilian carts that is) and can run ROMs from a microSD card slot located in the rear of the system.

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Rear of the system with AV outs and microSD card reader.

However, unlike the NES Classic Mini that uses HDMI for modern TVs, the MegaDrive Limited Edition will only use composite AV outputs. At least this will be more akin to original hardware unlike the tiny NES Classic Mini. However, it would have been nice if there was a means to run this on a modern TV without making it look like butt!

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The inferior AtGames MegaDrive

Hopefully this new TecToy MegaDrive Limited Edition won’t be like the AtGames MegaDrives that had terrible audio quality, and issues running some games from cartridges. But seeing as this new Limit Edition console is coming from TecToy, who manufactured actual Sega hardware in Brazil, I have better faith with them rather than AtGames.

The games built into this system are the following…

  • ALEX KIDD
  • ALIEN STORM
  • ALTERED BEAST
  • ARROW FLASH
  • BONANZA BROTHERS
  • COLUMNS
  • DECAP ATTACK
  • E-SWAT
  • FATAL LABYRINTH
  • FLICKY
  • GAIN GROUND
  • GOLDEN AXE
  • GOLDEN AXE 3
  • JEWEL MASTER
  • KID CHAMELEON
  • LAST BATTLE
  • OUT RUNNERS
  • SEGA SOCCER
  • SHADOW DANCER
  • SHINOBI 3
  • SONIC 3
  • TURBO OUTRUN

What’s interesting is that it has Sonic 3, but non of the previous Sonic titles. Most Sonic fans prefer Sonic 2 over Sonic 3, so it’s odd to know that they picked the third game over the superior second title. Plus it’s a shame this system only has 22 games rather than the 30 games on the NES Classic Mini.

If you’re interested, you can preorder a MegaDrive Limited Edition from TecToy’s website for 379 Brazilian Real, which works out to be about $120 US Dollars. You might not be able to run this using HDMI, but at least you’ll be able to play your existing MegaDrive carts (if they’re Brazilian that is) on it.