Believe it or not, Sony’s biggest competitor in Brazil isn’t Microsoft or Nintendo, but Sega. The Sega Mega Drive retains astounding popularity in South America, where it continues to sell at the rate of about 150,000 consoles per year. For the record, that’s about the same number of PlayStation 4s sold in Brazil annually. It’s almost hard to believe, but analog TVs remain so prevalent that many gamers choose the low-spec console over its HD counterparts.
To meet demand, toy manufacturer Tectoy will be producing its own fully-licensed Mega Drive console. This new version, priced at about $124, features an SD card slot and comes pre-loaded with 22 games. It is said to be compatible with most original cartridges and input devices (except for the Sega CD and Game Genie), and sports an integrated power supply.
Intrepid indie developers are still making new Mega Drive games like throwback RPG Pier Solar and run-and-gun Papi Commando. These should also be compatible with Tectoy’s console, but if you’re looking to import, keep in mind that it does not support HDMI, unlike Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition. Incidentally, I’m never moving another CRT up a flight of stairs again.