The Brazilian gaming market is pretty damn big, and bizarrely SEGA still shifts hardware units in their thousands. Now there’s a new exclusive Mega Drive.
Brazil, a country where SEGA are still able to sell thousands of hardware units a year. A country where Nintendo simply couldn’t ever compete with their bitter rivals. A country that sits just outside the top ten in gaming revenue generated as of October 16. It’s like bizarro world, and bizarro world is being rewarded with an exclusive Mega Drive next year.
Similar in concept to the ‘Classic NES‘ imminently to be released by Nintendo, the retro Mega Drive console will be manufactured by Tectoy, a company officially licensed by SEGA to build hardware in Brazil. Almost indistinguishable from the original the new unit will carry SEGA branding, unlike some of the companies other versions of consoles, and come with one original style, three button controller.
Like the Classic NES, the Mega Drive will come bundled with pre-loaded games. In this instance only 22 titles. However, unlike the NES, the retro Mega Drive will be capable of playing original cartridges and includes a Micro SD reader. Sadly lacking though is any kind of upscaling or HDMI connection, oh… and a worldwide release.
Expected in 2017 the unit will retail for R$ 399.00 (around £99.00) – For more information check out the Tectoy website.
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For more on SEGA’s dominance in the Brazilian market, read this interesting article from atlasobscura.com