Retro game consoles from bygone eras are suddenly fashionably again. Proof of this exists in Nintendo’s decision to sell an NES Classic Edition console pre-loaded with 30 games that run the gamut from Castlevania and Final Fantasy to Donkey Kong and Excitebike, but it isn’t the only one that’s been bit by the nostalgic bug. The Sega Genesis is making a comeback, too! Or at least that’s the case in Brazil where the Genesis is called Mega Drive.
Actually, the Sega Genesis never really went away in Brazil where it reportedly still sells 150,000 units per year, according to Portuguese-language website UOL Games. A company called Tectoy manufactured Mega Drive consoles for Sega back in the day and it continued to churn out various versions of the console (and even games) after Sega turned its attention to the Saturn. Sega eventually dismissed itself form the hardware market completely, but Tectoy kept trucking on.
So, what’s different now? Techtoy’s newest Mega Drive is officially licensed by Sega. For or better or worse, it’s also a near exact replica of the original model that debuted in Brazil in 1990, except that it comes pre-loaded with nearly two dozen games and has a microSD card slot. It’s designed to look and play exactly like the original, and that means no HDMI connectivity—it only uses AV cables. That would probably be a death sentence for the console in the U.S., but since older CRT television sets are still commonplace in Brazil, it’s not that big of a deal.