29 years ago today, Sega released the Mega Drive, launching with two games: Space Harrier 2 and Super Thunder Blade. Despite the weak launch lineup, the Mega Drive has become one of gaming’s top tier consoles.
What are some of your memories of the Genesis/Mega Drive launch? I was too young to remember exactly when we bought ours (which came with the amazing Altered Beast picture above as a pack in), but I do remember it having problems relatively quickly: there was no video out! I noticed that I could hear the music through the headphones jack when it’s turned on, which allowed my dad to diagnose the problem: a couple solder points and we had (terrible RF) picture again!
Anyone else have any great memories of the early days of Sega’s 16-Bit titan?
Happy Bday to one of my all time favorite consoles!
IrishNinja is bringing his Genesis/MD OT over here when he has the time but this thread will do for general MD discussion until then!
I didn’t get the Genesis at launch but eventually I did get a model 2 for Xmas. I begged my parents non stop for the better part of a year to get me one. Sonic was the next cool thing and I was tired of my Mario games on my NES.
When I opened that model 2 on Xmas my joy quickly turned to horror. My blue obsession was nowhere to be found and in his place was columns…a game I do enjoy now but 7/8 year old me had no fucking interest in. My Mom said I cried all day long. No other presents mattered, nothing could cheer me up. Soon after I would get Sonic 2 and I would go on to bleed blue and spread the gospel of my lord and savior Sonic on the playground.
I remember the launch time well. I was anticipating the Genesis release because of magazines like EGM and VG&CE. The system quietly entered stores and this commercial showed up on TV -
For Christmas 1989 I got NES and SMS games but after that I saved up and bought the Genesis in the summer of 1990. When I bought it the guy at the store said “Are you sure you want this? No one’s buying them”. I said “Absolutely”. My original system still works fine despite being used thousands of times.
Happy Birthday to the 1st video game console I have ever owned in my life!
Happy Birthday to the console I always wanted as a kid and finally got a Genesis model 2. I had a lot of good memories with this console.
I didn’t even realize the Model 1 existed until like… 1996. I’d only ever seen the Model 2 up until that point, and was like “the fuck is this behemoth” when I saw the OG.
I finally bought an OG a couple months ago. First Genesis I’ve ever actually owned.
Still have my original Model 1 Megadrive. I did buy a second region modded one that I use the most (gotta keep my OG system untouched). I also have a MD2, but I never use it.
Truly one of the all-time great systems. Who knows, it may end up taking the crown in the end as I’ve been playing way more Sega than Nintendo these last years.
Happy birthday, one of my favourite consoles of all time!
Yep, such an amazing console!
I don’t have the sharpest memories of my time with Genesis hardware. Initially, all I had access to was my sister’s then-boyfriend’s Genesis CDX. But I do remember putting hours upon hours into The Adventures of Batman & Robin. What an amazing game. I remember years later I bought my own Genesis at the flea market specifically to play that game again haha.
This was my second console after the NES. I remember seeing it at a friend’s house and being floored by it. I finally begged my parents to get one for me, and when they did, it came with Sonic 1 and 2. It was a great time to be a gamer. The sprites were so large and fluid in comparison to what the NES could do. I even thought it had better graphics than the SNES at the time, and in a few ways, it did.
late here, but happy birthday to the GOAT!