Friday, August 14, 2009

Happy 20th Anniversary Genesis!

The SEGA Nomad's game library turns 20 years old today! Well, actually the Genesis turns 20 today. I'll forgo the full history lesson, as I hope SEGA fans know what the Genesis is, but here's a short background as to what today is all about (with a little help from Wikipedia).

The Mega Drive was released in Japan on October 29, 1988. Sega announced a North American release date for the system (under the name of Sega Genesis) on January 9, 1989. Sega initially attempted to partner with Atari Corporation for distribution of the console in the US, but the two could not agree to terms and Sega decided to do it themselves. Sega was not able to meet the initial release date and US sales began on August 14, 1989 in New York City and Los Angeles. The Genesis was released in the rest of North America later that year.

Of course, what followed was SEGA's most successful console. Sonic the Hedgehog debuted and mopped the floor with Mario, many classic commercials and marketing campaigns occurred, dozens of classics were released and two add-ons were spawned.

So take a moment today to play your old console or an emulation of a Genesis classic. Genesis STILL does what Nintendon't!

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