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The Sega Genesis, known as the Mega Drive in most regions outside North America, is a 16-bit home video game console which was developed and sold by Sega Enterprises, Ltd. The Genesis was Sega's third console and the successor to the Master System. Sega first released the console as the Mega Drive in Japan in 1988, followed by a North American debut under the "Genesis" moniker in 1989, as Sega was unable to secure legal rights to the "Mega Drive" name in that territory.

Technical specifications

  • Media: ROM cartridge
  • CPU: Motorola 68000 @ 7.6 MHz / Zilog Z80 @ 3.58 MHz
  • Display: Progressive: 320x224 (NTSC) or 320x240 (PAL) pixels, 512 color palette, 64 colors on-screen. Interlaced: 320x448 (NTSC) or 320x480 (PAL)
  • Sound: Yamaha YM2612 / Texas Instruments SN76489A
  • Online services: Sega Meganet, Sega Channel, XBAND

Castlevania games available on the system

Related games



  • One of the Sega Genesis' models is the Sega Nomad, a portable version of the Sega Genesis that is the only Sega system to be exclusive to North America.
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