The Legendary Sega Mega Drive is 25 years old today

The Legendary Sega Mega Drive is 25 years old today
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If you are a fan of video games then you should know about the video game that turned the world around. The Sega Mega Drive is 25 years old today.
Britain’s favourite console is a quarter of a century old, but from Streets Of Rage 2 to Micro Machines, which are its greatest games?
The Mega Drive was originally released in Japan on October 29, 1988. It then launched in North America, as the Sega Genesis, on April 14, 1989. As was common back in those days we in the UK had to wait two years for the console to be released here. But when November 30, 1990 finally rolled around Europe turned out to be the Mega Drive’s biggest fan. Certainly in the UK, where the NES had never had much of a foothold and the Sega Master System was already more popular, the Mega Drive’s 16-bit blast processing was welcomed with open arms.
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Although less powerful than Nintendo’s SNES, in terms of both graphics and sound, the Mega Drive was released first and made good use of Sega’s predominance in the arcades. But what really sold the console in the UK was the alternative Sega offered to Nintendo’s family friendly image.
It wasn’t just that the games tended to feature more overt violence (many multiformat games on the SNES included green blood and other forms of censorship – most infamously in the original Mortal Kombat) but that Sega’s marketing tended to be more edgy and aggressive.
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