Author Topic: Sega Genesis/Mega Drive  (Read 1805 times)

tripredacus

Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
« on: February 24, 2021, 10:43:33 am »
Below are the sub-categories in the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive category.

Samsung CD Aladdin Boy [KR]
Sega 32X [AU]
Sega 32X [BR]
Sega 32X [CN]
Sega 32X [EU]
Sega 32X [JP]
Sega 32X [NA]
Sega CD 32X [NA]
Sega CD [BR]
Sega CD [NA]
Sega Genesis [NA]
Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Accessory
Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Consoles
Sega Mega CD [AU]
Sega Mega CD [EU]
Sega Mega Drive [AU]
Sega Mega Drive [BR]
Sega Mega Drive [CN]
Sega Mega Drive [EU]
Sega Mega Drive [JP]
Sega Mega Drive [KR]
Sega Mega-CD [JP]
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Console Models and Revisions
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Region Codes
Region Codes are a two-digit number after Sega's part number that indicate what country or distribution region an item was available in. This is particularly relating to consoles, accessories and individual parts that may make up a game release.

-01 Japan
-03 Australia
-04 New Zealand
-05 United Kingdom
-06 Spain
-07 South East Asia (Thailand)
-09 France
-10 Denmark
-11 Hong Kong
-13 Italy
-15 China
-16 Taiwan
-18 Germany
-19 Soviet Union
-20 Netherlands
-21 United Arab Emirates
-22 Canada
-24 "Nordic"
-25 Switzerland (PAL-G cantons)
-26 Switzerland / Romandy (French cantons)
-27 South Africa
-33 Turkey
-39 Saudi Arabia
-40 Asia
-50 Europe
« Last Edit: May 17, 2023, 10:32:41 am by tripredacus »

tripredacus

Samsung CD Aladdin Boy [KR]
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2021, 10:44:22 am »
Samsung CD Aladdin Boy [KR]
삼성 CD 알라딘 보이
https://vgcollect.com/browse/megacdkr

Samsung released CD Aladdin Boy (Sega CD / Mega CD) games in South Korea.
« Last Edit: February 25, 2021, 11:20:18 am by tripredacus »

tripredacus

Sega 32X [AU]
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2021, 11:51:49 am »
Sega 32X [AU]
https://vgcollect.com/browse/sega32xau
Sega Ozisoft imported Sega 32X games mostly from Europe for sale in Australia.

An AU release can be identified by the presense of an ACB rating label and/or a Sega Ozisoft label.



All of the releases in Australia for 32X games are imported from other countries or regions. Because PAL is the video standard for Australia, this usually means that EU versions were imported, but occasionally some US boxes may be found. You can easily find actual EU releases being sold in the secondary market in Australia, however these games should not be added to this category. Only add games to this category if they have the appropriate labels.

Rating
The ACB rating labels are not placed uniform across all releases, even all releases of the same game. While usually these labels can be found over-top of the original ratings, there are many instances where they are not. This means that the original rating on the box is visible. When adding the rating for a game in this category, the ACB rating should be set and not an ELSPA or ESRB rating even if it is visible, although these other ratings can be put into Description.

Examples of ACB Rating labels found on 32X games:

The second image is of a wrap-around label that is visible on the front, spine and back of the box.

Item Number
The Item Number for an Australian release game is printed on a Sega Ozisoft label. It follows a format of LLLLNNLLL, where L = letter and N is number. This key is used because the item numbers include both O and 0 (zero). This is the item number that is put onto the entry.

Example Sega Ozisoft label from Doom.


Other item numbers from the box can be put into Description.

Barcode
The AU specific barcode is also put onto the Sega Ozisoft label and this is the barcode that should be on the entry. You can see it in the above picture. Other barcodes, if visible/present, can be put into Description.
« Last Edit: February 25, 2021, 10:24:36 am by tripredacus »

tripredacus

Sega 32X [BR]
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2021, 10:23:14 am »
Sega 32X [BR]
https://vgcollect.com/browse/sega32xbr
Tec Toy released Mega 32X (Sega 32X) and Mega CD 32X (Sega CD 32X) games in Brazil.

The Mega 32X releases are yellow and the Mega CD 32X releases are blue/dark blue/purple designs.

Some are released in a carboard box with the built-in hanger, some in a plastic case.

The cartridges have unique labels on the front and back:



The back label text reads:
TEC TOY IND. DE BRINQUEDOS S.A.
PRODUZIDO NA ZONA FRANCA DE MANAUS
INDÚSTRIA BRASILEIRA

Price Letters
The prices in Brazil are represented in the form of letters with a circle. They often can be found on the spine of the case and are typically printed and part of the artwork. There are circumstances where a label with a letter is present instead, indicating a price revision. This information should be put into Description.
Blackthorne has the Letter B printed on the spine.


Rating
TecToy used their own rating system. Currently we do not have an option in the drop-down menu for the TecToy ratings, so they can be put into Description.

Item Number
The item numbers for these games are often found on the back cover, either next to the barcode or to the side of the back art. They are printed as Modelo No.
Blackthorne has the Modelo No 152130 on the back cover:


Barcode
The additional digit (0) seen in the above image of the sample barcode is something that Tectoy appears to have done exclusively and similar markings are not present in other products sold in Brazil. This number is not part of the barcode and should be omitted.
« Last Edit: February 25, 2021, 11:18:02 am by tripredacus »

tripredacus

Sega 32X [CN]
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2021, 11:23:33 am »
Sega 32X [CN]
https://vgcollect.com/browse/sega32xcn
Sega released Mega Drive 32X games in South East Asia.

Each release has a blue or purple border.


On the front cover will be either an NTSC or PAL label.


The cartridges have a purple Mega Drive 32X label, but there is no encoding notation on the label.

The back of the cardtridge has a stamped Sega logo, and a lower portion with Caution text and Made in x stamping.

Item Number
The item number that is located on the spine is the one that should be in the Item Number field on the entry.


The item number from the back cover can be put into Description.
« Last Edit: February 25, 2021, 12:00:08 pm by tripredacus »

tripredacus

Sega 32X [EU]
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2021, 10:14:54 am »
Sega 32X [EU]
https://vgcollect.com/browse/sega32xeu
Sega released Mega Drive 32X and Mega-CD 32X games in Europe.
The standard release is English and uses the country code -50 in the item number on the box, cart label and manual.

Item Name - TLD
This category is considered to be for the United Kingdom / England, so only non-UK specific releases will use the appropriate TLD.

The packaging types for 32X releases are either cardboard box or plastic case.

Some releases also have a "Smoking Who Needs It?" label on them:

Releases may or may not have an "Original Sega Software" label:


Cardboard box games use a cardboard slipcase with a cart holder insert. These are sealed with a small label showing the Sega logo and a drawing of the 32X accessory. This label bonds the two pieces of cardboard together.


For Mega-CD 32X it is a CD jewel case.


Sega 32X in France [FR]
France imported the English 32X games and were sold as:
- shrinkwrap with Attention label

- blister pack


Sega 32X in Germany [DE]
Germany imported the English 32X games and were sold as:
- 32X with "Der Grüne Punkt" label on spine

- Mega-CD 32X with USK rating label


Sega 32X in Portugal [PT]
Portugal imported the English 32X games and are identified by a Sega Garantia Portugal label on the front cover.
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tripredacus

Sega 32X [JP]
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2021, 10:27:44 am »
Sega 32X [JP]
https://vgcollect.com/browse/sega32xjp
Sega released Super 32X games in Japan.

Rating
Most games used the Sega Rating. This rating is not available in the drop-down and can be put into Description.

Item Numbers
The item number is printed on the spine of the game case. This is what is put into the Item Number field.


Another item number is printed above the barcode on the back cover. This number can be put into Description.


There is an item number printed on the cartridge label. This number can be put into Description.


There is a label on the back of the cartridge. It has a "Made in" notation and an item number. This item number is for the label and is not related to the cartridge. The "Made in" and label item number can be put into Description.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2021, 11:06:32 am by tripredacus »

tripredacus

Sega 32X [NA]
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2021, 11:09:46 am »
Sega 32X [NA]
https://vgcollect.com/browse/sega32x
Sega released Sega 32X in the United States and Canada.

Packaging types
Most 32X games were released in a cardboard slidebox with vertical cart holder insert.

Some games were released in a plastic case.

Item Name - TLD
This category is considered to be for the United States, so only Canadian specific releases will use the TLD of [CA].

Item Numbers
For cardboard slidebox releases, the item number and barcode are printed on one spine.


For plastic case releases, the item number is on the spine, or cardboard slidebox will have it on the side opposite of the barcode.

Both types also may have the item number on the front cover under the Sega Seal of Quality logo.

And plastic case releases may have it on the back as well.

Or on the cart label.


Some releases have another item number on the back cover. This item number can be put into description.


Other Items
Besides the cardboard slidebox or plastic case games, there are additional items that exist in this category.

First is the Sega Genesis 32X accessory releases that include a pack-in game.

Any 32X accessory releases that do not include a game go into the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Accessory category.

Second is the Not for Resale (NFR) games that are included within the acccessory pack, available as a separate item.
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tripredacus

Sega CD 32X [NA]
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2021, 10:49:05 am »
Sega CD 32X [NA]
https://vgcollect.com/browse/segacd32xna
Sega released Sega CD games that require the Sega 32X in North America

tripredacus

Sega CD [BR]
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2021, 10:50:08 am »
Sega CD [BR]
https://vgcollect.com/browse/segacrbr
TecToy released Sega CD games in Brazil

All releases are in a cardboard box with a black and white manual.


As usual for disc-based releases in Brazil, the media included is the US media. It is only the packaging and inserts that are exclusive to Brazil.

Item Number
The Item Number is the Modelo next to the barcode.


Barcode
As seen in the above image, the extra 0 above the barcode should be omitted.

Description
Price Letter
There will be a price letter on the spine of the game box.
« Last Edit: March 04, 2021, 11:03:41 am by tripredacus »

tripredacus

Sega CD [NA]
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2021, 11:04:49 am »
Sega CD [NA]
https://vgcollect.com/browse/segacdna
Sega released Sega CD games in United States and Canada.

Packaging types
The original releases came in a cardboard box

while later releases were in a long jewel case (the same case style was also used for Sega Saturn and some Sony PlayStation releases in North America)

The black plastic insert will have the official Compact Disc Digital Audio logo stamped into it, whereas aftermarket cases do not have this.

Other packaging may include cardboard sleeves and Digipaks.

Rating
Games are rated with VRC or ESRB ratings.

Item Number
Some games may have multiple item numbers on the spine. We will use the number with the T prefix in the Item Number field, and any additional numbers present can be put into Description.
« Last Edit: March 04, 2021, 11:48:24 am by tripredacus »

tripredacus

Sega Genesis [NA]
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2021, 10:52:26 am »
Sega Genesis [NA]
https://vgcollect.com/browse/gen
Sega released Genesis games in the United States and Canada.

All releases with variations where a cardboard box version exists, but have no descriptor are considered to be the plastic case release. The case type should be put into Description.

Hangtabs
Nearly all plastic case releases have a molded hangtab as part of the shell. A used copy may have this removed.


Grid style covers
The grid style plastic case releases have different spine designs,


Box text "Made in x" matching to cart stampings

In most instances, the "Made/Assembled in" text that is printed on the box will match the manufacturing location of the cartridge.

The first release of Ecco the Dolphin has cover text "Cartridge Made in Japan" and the cart has a "Made in Japan" stamping.
The second release of Ecco the Dolphin has cover text "Assembled in the USA" and the cart has a "Assembled in the USA" stamping.

The exception to this is concerning the grid style box with the barcode on the spine. For these releases, Sega did not print different inserts based on the cart or manual like other releases. So for example, there are two carts for Greendog but only one box.

Seals of Quality
There are three seals of quality, the original "Official Sega Genesis Seal of Quality", the later "Official Sega Seal of Quality" and the white/gray/blue version of the original that was sometimes used by third party publishers.


There are a few instances where a game was released with an old and new seal, but there is no known releases with/without the white seal and one of the yellow ones. There is a black/red version as well, but it is only known to exist on a rare version of Quackshot.

Not for Resale
There are three main types of Not for Resale (NFR) logos or labels on boxed releases. The first is a small text label that is present on boxes and the corresponding carts.

The second is the large NFR which is printed on the front cover and cart label. With exception to some NFR releases of Sonic the Hedgehog, where it is a label on the box and cart instead.

The third is printed on a front cover and is either printed on, or is its own label on the cart label. More about cart labels are at the end of this section.


Plastic Case ESRB re-releases
Some games were re-released in the plastic case with ESRB ratings on the cover and manual.


Cardboard box re-releases
Some games were re-released in a cardboard box with a black and white manual and a cart with a re-purposed cart shell. The cart stamp is typically covered by a black label. The exception to this is the cardboard box release of Sonic 2 which contains a Sonic 2 NFR cart with a white Sega Seal of Quality label on the cart label.

Canadian releases
Canadian releases are typically the same as original US releases with the exception of having a different cover.
Later releases of grid covers have no frame around the artwork and the art goes to the edge of the covers.

For the early releases where the US cover had that type of cover, the back cover of the Canadian version is missing the white frame and player number.


Sega Red Spine
Plastic case releases can have either a VRC or ESRB rating. The Genesis text may be in either white or silver, but there are no known instances where a white and silver text version exists for the same game. These should also have a hangtab molded into the case.


Konami
Konami released games in plastic case with a Konami logo on the cover and in plastic case and cardboard flip-top and slide boxes with a Konami Classics logo on the cover.


Ballistic
Ballistic releases come in a cardboard boxes. The boxes are identical between the licensed and non-licensed releases. Video Game Classics releases are licensed. Cartridges are the same as in EU releases. Single color cart label variations exist for unlicensed carts.

Unlicensed cart label

Licensed cart labels have text "Licensed by Sega Enterprises Ltd. for play on the Sega Genesis System"


Majesco and Ballistic reprints
Many plastic case games were re-released by Ballistic in plastic cases and cardboard boxes. The boxes, manuals and carts are often Made or Assembled in Mexico. Some games were released in one style or in both styles.

The boxes are either flip-top boxes or slideboxes. The slideboxes will have either a vertical or horizontal cart holder insert.


Ballistic releases will have a "Published by Ballistic" label on the back cover.


There is a transitional period for the cart shells used in these releases. The manufacturing location in Mexico was previously owned by Acclaim, and as a result, some of these releases may have a cart with a black label on the back, and if that label is removed there will be an Acclaim stamp. Other labels used were for Konami or Virgin, before eventually Sega labels and then official Sega Assembled in Mexico stampings. In general, the stampings or type of label will match either the flip-top box, slidebox or Ballistic label releases (even Ballistic labelled plastic case releases) and there are a few known examples where a specific packaging type may have come with more than one cart stamping or label version. In general, any Ballistic plastic case or any cardboard box games should not come with a "Made in Japan" cart.


Electronic Arts
The first releases from Electronic Arts came in cardboard flip-top boxes. Afterwards they released games in plastic cases that did not have a molded hangtab. The boxes come in three main sizes: size similar to regular Genesis plastic cases, a double sized version and a thin version that did not have the tabs for holding a cart. For games that were released in mutiple different sized plastic cases, the inserts are not interchangeable between them as they are cut different.


For the pre-white cover design sports titles, covers are marked as either Electronic Arts, EASN, EASN Presents, EA Sports or EA Sports Presents.


Some EA Sports releases in 1993 and 1994 have either an EASN or EA Sports Limited Edition 1st Round label on the front cover. There are no known instances of a game having both EASN and EA Sports LE releases.
The prefix for the serial number may vary and is not tracked or seen as a valid variation in the database.


Starting in 1993, the NBA games released by EA (as well as NBA Jam/TE from Midway) have an Officially Licensed Product hologram on the front cover (except NBA Jam where it is on the spine).


EA also did some reprints where the most obvious difference between releases are the use of different cart labels, but these carts are also made in different countries and the boxes often will have different copyright info.


Cart revisions
Some EA carts have different item numbers. It is not currently fully understood what the differences are or the purpose of these numbers. They may be rom or even manufacturing changes.
Some are known however, such as PGA Tour Golf II where the 7155 cart uses the 7 Courses ROM and 7155A uses the 6 Courses ROM.


There are other releases where a cart label revision exists but is currently not tracked in the database nor is it known what the revision entails. For example, Populous has been identified to have 6 different carts: 7016, 7016 with B label, 7016 with C label, 7016 with C printed, 7016 with D label, 7016 with D printed.


Tengen
Tengen releases have many variations including plastic case (Made in Japan), plastic case (Made in USA) and cardboard slide box (Made in USA). The box front for the Made in Japan box has text: "Manufactured by Sega Enterprises, Ltd. for play on the SEGA GENESIS SYSTEM" while the Made in USA box and cardboard box has text: "Manufactured for play on the SEGA GENESIS SYSTEM"


The cartridges are also different between versions, having either copyright text, and in some instances with and without Sega Seal of Quality on the label.


Cart labels

Not for Resale
Pack-in games with consoles often do not also include their own case. These loose cartridges would use one of three labels: Not for Resale (NFR) with small starburst, NFR with large starburst.


Yellow Sega label
Some carts can be found either as pack-ins or (typically) in cardboard box releases with a yellow Sega label on them. This label is put over top of an existing NFR label or logo.

There is one known instance of a different label, the white Sega Seal of Quality label which was only used on the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 cardboard box releases.


Sega Game Secrets logo
On later releases, you may find cart labels with a Sega Game Secrets text box with phone number. They can be found in two colors: yellow and white. In some instances a game may have been released with both, such as Taz in Escape from Mars - Mega Hit Series, where the first release has the yellow logo and the Ballistic reprint has the white logo.
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tripredacus

Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Accessory
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2021, 11:20:04 am »
Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Accessory
https://vgcollect.com/browse/genmegadriveaccessory

This category is for any non-game and non-console item that is design specifically and exclusively for use with a Sega Genesis, Sega Mega Drive or clone consoles. Any accessory that comes with a game should be in the appropriate game category and not in this accessory category.

Official release items are those that are made by Sega or Samsung. Third party official release will have a Sega Genesis Seal of Quality or Sega Seal of Quality in North America, or a Mega Drive logo in Japan.


Console add-ons such as the 32X, Sega CD and Power Base Converters are accessories and should be in this category and not in hardware. A 32X or Sega CD release that included a pack-in game is in the appropriate games category and not in Accessory or Hardware category.
« Last Edit: August 31, 2021, 10:20:54 am by tripredacus »

tripredacus

Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Consoles
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2021, 11:35:41 am »
Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Consoles
https://vgcollect.com/browse/genmegadrivehardware

What is tracked in this section:
- Official Sega, Samsung and Tectoy console releases
- Aiwa CSD-G1M
- Amstrad Mega PC
- Any plug and play/emulation console that has a working cartridge slot.
- Any clone console that can only play Genesis/MD, 32X and/or Sega CD games.
- Development consoles and computers
- Hotel/demo consoles and computers

What is not tracked in this section:
- Any clone console that supports games from other systems besides Gen/MD, 32X and/or Sega CD, such as a console that has Genesis and NES cartridge slots.
- Any plug and play/emulation console that does not have a working cartridge slot.
- Any custom modified systems
- Board or chip revisions (with exception of TMSS/non-TMSS)

Genesis Model 1 tampographs
Sega Genesis Model 1 with the "High Definition Graphics" tampograph was available in:
- the Altered Beast packs in US and Canada
- the Sonic the Hedgehog packs in US and Canada
- the "Sega Genesis" release in Canada


Genesis TMSS vs non-TMSS
TradeMark Security System (TMSS) is the security lockout feature of the console. The original release of the console in either the "Sega Genesis" release in Canada and the first Altered Beast packs in US and Canada lack the TMSS feature. There is no (known) way to tell if an Altered Beast pack has a TMSS or non-TMSS console inside of it, but you can tell on a loose console. On the bottom there is an info plate with an FCC ID.

Consoles without a TMSS have an FCC ID of FJ846EUSASEGA.


Consoles with a TMSS have an FCC ID of FJ8USASEGA.


Boot screen shown on TMSS systems:


Genesis Made in
As with the games themselves, the places that consoles are "Made in" will match the "Made in" text on the console boxes in most cases. Model 1 boxes have this text on the back in the copyright block.

Or some Model 1 and most Model 2 will have it near the barcode.

The Genesis 3 will have this printed on the back of the box or on a label.


Asian Specification
Console boxes outside of NA, EU, JP, KR often will have a label to indicate what TV system the console is for. Often these labels can be found on various boxes, sometimes even unchanged Japanese Mega Drive boxes.


NTSC: Taiwan
PAL: India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
PAL B: Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore
PAL D: China
PAL I: Hong Kong, Macau
PAL N: Argentina
PAL M: South America

Official Distributor labelling
There are various official labels that were used for consoles that were distributed in various countries. There are known instances where a console was distributed with these labels in countries that had official Sega releases.

CEE Sega Official was used on console boxes in many countries. Usually seen on EU Mega Drive boxes but also found on Dendy releases in Russia and Hi-Star releases in Singapore. Hi-Star releases also have a Sega WYWY label. It is also known that many consoles that have the CEE logo are also found to include bootleg carts and controllers, as well as (apparent) bootleg consoles. As far as VGCollect is concerned, any box that has a CEE Sega Official logo is to be considered an Official Release until confirmation from Sega is found.


Distributors around the world have a variety of official labelling or their own company logo as a label on the box. Some can be seen below:


Tec Toy vs Tectoy vs TecToy
Tec Toy officially changed their name in 2007 to Tectoy and in 2020 to TecToy. The name used on item entries should match the name that is appropriate with the release. Fortunately, TecToy has also changed their logos over time with exception to the 2020 logo which is the same as their original but with slightly different colors.

Tec Toy logos:


Tectoy logo:
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tripredacus

Sega Mega CD [AU]
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2021, 11:00:31 am »
Sega Mega CD [AU]
https://vgcollect.com/browse/megacdau

Like the Sega 32X Australian releases, the Mega CD releases are typically UK PAL releases with an ACB Rating label and an "Ozisoft" label.
As with all Australian Sega releases, the rating, item number(s) and barcode from the labels should be used on the item entry. The item number and barcode on the game cover and/or media can be put into description.

Rating Label
There are two types of rating labels. The typical ACB rating:

And a Sega Ozisoft Pty Ltd rating. This is not an ACB rating, so do not set the rating on the item entry if this label is present.


Ozisoft Import Label
There are two main types of import label. The first has the Ozisoft name, although sometimes the name is missing.

The third example has a Sega logo:


« Last Edit: May 07, 2021, 10:29:36 am by tripredacus »