Sega Megadrive

The Sega Megadrive was released in Japan in November 1988 and was the first 16-bit video games console. The Sega Master System (the predecessor to the Sega Megadrive) had declined in popularity due to the increase in 16-bit computers such as the Atari ST and the Commodore Amiga, and Sega had lost the battle with the Nintendo Corporation and its Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Having already enjoyed considerable success with 16-bit arcade games such as Space Harrier and Outrun, Sega decided to rush out the new Megadrive console ahead of their rivals Nintendo, and the Super Famicom (Super Nintendo) which they had been secretly developing.

Released almost one year later, in October 1989, the Sega Megadrive was known as the Sega Genesis in the USA and Canada. A further year later, just in time for Christmas the Sega Megadrive landed in Europe and the whole world had now been introduced to 16-bit console gaming. However, despite being first off the mark with its next generation console, and having reasonable sales in early 1991 Sega was still losing out to the still popular NES. That was until a Spiky haired blue hedgehog made an appearance and changed everything!

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The demand for the Sega Megadrive hit the roof as everyone wanted to play the latest game - Sonic the Hedgehog. For the first time, Sega had knocked Nintendo off the number one spot in the video game markets of Europe and North America. Nintendo responded by rushing forward the release of its Super Nintendo (SNES) but it was too late and the Sega Megadrive had established itself as the number one choice of video games console. Nintendo still remained more popular in Japan - which had always been considered its stronghold, but the shake-up in the western markets was a considerable embarrassment for the video games giant.

The Sega Megadrive underwent a transformation a few years later and the Sega Megadrive 2 was released. The console was smaller, and had the headphone jack and volume control removed. In addition to this the TMSS (Trade Mark Security System) was introduced which prevented the playing of imported cartridges through a series of hardware and software checks.

The Sega Mega CD went on sale in Japan in December 1991. It had an additional processor, more RAM, a new Sound Chip and an (obvious) bonus was the ability to play normal music CD's as CD players were still relatively new at this time. As usual, one year later, the unit went on sale in the US, with a slightly better game line up which included the excellent Sewer Shark. Unfortunately for Sega, it was the price of the consoles that prevented them from gaining popularity, despite the fact that many excellent RPG's went onto Mega-CD only, compared to the Sega Megadrive the unit had very limited worldwide success.

In 1993 Sega started to fall behind Nintendo in the 3D development field. Nintendo had wowed the world with Starwing (Starfox in the US) and the SuperFX Chip. Initially Sega had developed the SVP Adapter (Super Virtua Play) with Hitachi, and this had been incorporated into many new arcade releases including the massive hit, Virtua Fighter. Virtua Racer, released in 1994, was the only 3D polygon game that made it to the Sega Megadrive and had the SVP Adapter incorporated into the game cartridge - similar to the SuperFX chip on the Nintendo.

Sega released the Sega 32X add-on in 1995 which incorporated the SVP capabilities into the new base unit via twin Hitachi processors and an overhaul of the internal architecture. The unit plugged into the existing cartridge slot, and had it own power supply and video feed. Existing games could be played in the new slot, as well as beefed up 32X games which now featured 3D processing, better graphics, better sound and faster game play. The best of the bunch were Star Wars Arcade, Knuckles Chaotix and Virtua Fighter.

Despite this last ditch attempt by Sega to save the Megadrive, its popularity dwindled - largely due to the overwhelming success of the Sony Playstation. The machine was officially discontinued in 1998, and was replaced by Sega's true 32bit machine, the Sega Saturn. Although the Sega Megadrive never matched the Super Nintendo's worldwide success, it certainly gave it a run for its money, especially in the United States and Great Britain. Boasting a ten year history and a back catalogue of more than a thousand games including the Sonic series, Ecco the Dolphin and Streets of Rage games, the Sega Megadrive is certainly a console which will not be forgotten for many years.

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Earthworm Jim 2

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Two times the fun! Two times the excitement! Form Evil the Cat's 'Circus of the Scars' to the planet of Meat, join Jim on a madcap chase across the galaxy. Saving cows, thwarting lawyers and outsmarting psy-crow are all in a days work for Jim. Are you up to the challenge?

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All the fast-paced action of real hockey - high-speed skating, body checks, ballistic slap shots and fights. Slashing, holding and tripping will earn you time in the penalty box - if the ref sees you! Twenty-two international teams. Instant replay. Crowds cheer, boo and clap!

Dynamite Headdy

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The scene is set! This headstrong puppet may be a reject but he's out to prove his worth! 14 zany switchable heads to choose and use as you bite, swing, jump and butt your way to the Dark Demon's castle.

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Duke Barrik's kingdom has suddenly been teleported to a strange and dangerous land! You must find new allies here, or the kingdom and culture will perish! The makers of the original Dungeons & Dragons™ now bring their expertise to the video game screen. It's a whole new world!

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The deterioration of the ozone layer has left the world in a shambles.  A man-made race of mutant beings threatens to take over what remains.  Dynamite Duke, a war hero with a bionic arm is the only man who can end Dr Ache's dreams of world domination.  Kick, fire, and throw lethal Dynamite Punches, and put the mutant army out of business!

Dune 2 - Battle for Arrakis

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Dune: The Battle for Arrakis is a world first, a blend of arcade action and strategy which successfully caters for all tastes. There are fierce battles to be fought on planet Arrakis, the only source of life-prolonging substance Spice. Three great houses are pitted against each other to reap the Spice - and the rewards it will bring. for he controls the Spice controls the Universe.

Dragons Revenge

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Dragons Revenge is a pinball game beyond your wildest dreams! Mind-blowing graphics and incredible animation will power you through as you destroy countless monsters. Survive lethal bonus stages and score points beyond belief. Can you defeat the evil sorceress. or will the Dragon have his revenge?

Dragons Fury

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Prepare yourself for the most fantastic time of your life! The wildly careening chrome ball is your only weapon in a gothic chamber of horrors filled with sorcerers, skeletal undeads and other unearthly creatures. Incredible graphics paint three action-packed scrolling playfield where as well as six awesome bonus rounds you'll battle with dragons, vampire bats, live skulls and other evil monsters.

Dragon Ball Z - L Appel du Destin

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La legende des super combattants. Voici enfinle jeu d'action et de combat tant attendu. L'ecran dual, systeme tout a fait inedit dont est dote ce jue, donne un realisme spectaculaire aux combats terrestres et spatiaux et les fait se succeder a unrythme enflamme. C'est a un veritable feu d'artificesonore et visuel que nous convie ce jeu.

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