Sega CD

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Sega CD / Mega-CD
North American logo
Original North American Sega CD and a model 1 Sega Genesis
North American model 2 Sega CD and a model 2 Sega Genesis
Top: Original Sega CD (bottom) attached to a Model 1 Genesis.
Bottom: Model 2 Sega CD (on right) attached to a Model 2 Genesis.
Other variations are pictured under Variations below
Also known asMega-CD (most regions outside North America and Brazil)
ManufacturerSega
TypeVideo game console add-on
GenerationFourth generation
Release date
  • JP: December 12, 1991
  • NA: October 15, 1992
  • UK: April 2, 1993
  • EU: 1993
Lifespan1991-1996
Introductory priceJP¥49,800
US$299
GB£270
Discontinued1996
Units sold2.24 million
MediaCD-ROM, CD+G
CPUMotorola 68000 @ 12.5 MHz
Storage64 kbit internal RAM
SoundRicoh RF5C164
Best-selling gameSonic CD, 1.5 million[1][2]
Related articles32X

The Sega CD, also called the Mega-CD[a] in most places outside of North America, was a CD-based console add-on for the Sega Genesis. It was made by Sega. It was released in December 12, 1991 in Japan, October 15, 1992 in North America, and April 2, 1993 in Europe. It was 16-bit and Sega's first product in CD market. It was somewhat successful, but was criticized for the lack of quality games.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Japanese: メガCD (シーディー) Hepburn: Mega Shī Dī?

References[change | change source]

  1. Official Gallup UK Mega-CD sales chart, February 1994, published in Mega issue 17
  2. Records, Guinness World (2015). Guinness World Records 2016: Gamer's Edition. ISBN 9781910561096.