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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Battle Squadron

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Instel reports that Commanders Berry Meyers and Lori Bergin are being held hostage by Barrax forces. Pulse-variable communications indicate that they were attacked by a Barrax Nova Cruiser at 1600 hours in the Karnus Sector. It is imperative that we free commanders Mayers and Bergin before Barrax interrogators are able to break through their psychological defences. Begin immediate rescue efforts of the hostages. Eliminate Barrax life forms from the planets surface and subterranean forts.

Batman

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The Joker is back, and he's got his eye on Gotham City. Nothing less than full control will satisfy him! With the help of the Batmobile and the Batwing, and with you at the controls, Batman is ready to stop the Joker in his tracks. 

Batman Forever

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Brace your self for endless action with Batman Forever! Batman and Robin blast into Gotham City in a due-player fighting game! Armed with over 125 incredible attacks, fierce combat moves, and an arsenal of gadgets, the Dynamic Due are ready to battle the diabolical minds of Two Face and The Riddler. Without question. its Batman Forever!

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Welcome to the street. No fancy uniforms, no poncy refs, this is basketball the way it was meant to be played; two-on-two jamming. The competition is tough. The Great D of the Stonewall, the power moves of Chilly, and the three point range of Sweet-Pea. Real men don't dribble, and they don't call foul. SO choose your blacktop and go sweat on the street.

Ballz 3D - The Battle of the Ballz

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Power up for a killer 3-D combat game - The ultimate in-yer-face battle of the ballz.  Face up to 8 unique characters and 8 bosses that punch, kick, club slam, humiliate and fart on their opponents.  Check your damage rating on instant replay, or morph into another character to really faze the opposition.

Ball Jacks

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The humans control robots in this fierce head-to-head competition set in the distant future! Hone your skills in a time trial, then face off against the most advanced bots in the universe in the Championships! The future is now!

Back to the Future 3

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1885 was never like this! The time-travelling adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown step up pace for this, the final and most exciting in the Back to the Future trilogy! Stranded in Hill Valley back in the Wild West, you play both Marty and Doc in a Frantic race against time - not easy with Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen and his gang of Gunslingers standing in your way!

Ayrton Sennas Super Monaco GP 2

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Strap yourself into the cockpit and get ready for video racing action like you've never experienced! Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II brings you the fearsome speeds, demanding courses and hot competition of real Formula 1 racing!

Australian Rugby League

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From the makers of Rugby World Cup 1995, EA Sports presents all the fast paced and hard hitting action of professional Rugby League.

ATP Tour

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Grab your racquet and put your tennis skills to the ultimate test on the ATP Tour. Pick from the worlds best players, past and present or customise your own. Grass Clay, Carpet or Hard courts, it's all in this one to four player game. 

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