Emulation - Sega CD
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Emulator Information Name: Gens Games
The Sega Mega-CD (メガCD, Mega Shī Dī?) is an add-on device for the Sega Mega Drive that was released in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and North America, where it was renamed Sega CD. The device upgraded the functions of the Mega drive (Genesis in North America) and added a CD-rom drive that allowed the user to play games on a cd-rom, audio CDs, and CD+G discs.
The development of the Mega-CD was confidential; game developers were not made aware of what exactly they were working on until the add-on was finally revealed at the Tokyo Toy Show in Japan. The Sega Mega-CD was designed to compete with the PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16) in Japan, which had a separate CD-ROM drive.
The Sega Mega-CD was not meant to compete with the Super Famicom (Super Nintendo Entertainment System outside Japan). This posed a problem in the markets outside of Japan, where the PC Engine did not fare very well, and the expectation was that the Mega-CD would be in competition with Nintendo.
The first version of the system sat under the Mega Drive console and loaded CDs via a motorized tray. The second version of the system, dubbed Mega-CD 2, had the CD-ROM drive relocated to the right of the Sega Mega Drive system, changed to a top-loading CD-ROM drive with a lid, and was meant primarily to be used with the redesigned Sega Mega Drive 2. However the original model of the Sega Mega Drive could still be used with the addition of an extension that allowed the system to firmly sit on the add-on without overhanging the edge (the Sega Mega Drive still sat on top of the system, but to a much lesser extent than before).
Official Website: gens.consolemul.com
Additional Notes: Emulates Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) and Sega 32X too.
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