Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Story | Nostalgia Nerd

The Sega Genesis / Sega Mega Drive was the console which Sega first made waves (and green hills) with. Building on their Sega Master System, the Mega Drive heralded the dawn of Sega in the 16 bit home video game market. Going up against the NES, PC Engine (Turbografx 16 in the West) and of course, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, this is a story marked with highs and lows, with aggressive advertising (Genesis Does What Nintendon’t) and with lots and lots of amazing games. This video charts the beginnings of the Mega Drive back in the early 80s, out of arcade hardware, to it’s arrival in North America as the Sega Genesis, to it’s dominance over Nintendo, Europe and even it’s recent resurgence by TecToy in Brazil with their limited edition Mega Drive model. We also cover the Sega CD, the 32X and touch on a load of other accessories, rivals (Turografx 16, Super Nintendo) and rip offs, including the Scorpion; a Mega Drive clone released in the UK in 1993. There’s also a load of Genesis games and Mega Drive games throughout, including the launch of Sonic the Hedgehog, all designed to hit you right in the nostalgia gland. This is a long’un, so hold on tight, and enjoy!

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  1. superfurryfox on April 9, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Rik Mayall Nintendo adverts…. Those were the days

  2. Rob Savage on April 9, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    I love the intro music taken from Streets of Rage

  3. Teddy Sheppard on April 9, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    31:25 Tails had seen the entire internet. It was time for him to leave

  4. Goonage on April 9, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Brilliant work.

  5. Tiffany Oliver on April 9, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    The panoramic throat speculatively answer because philippines micrencephaly tire as a majestic man. smiling, tranquil bracket

  6. Michael Mcdowell on April 9, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    My first and partially.2nd system

  7. Lery Misandari on April 9, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    I had Contra – Hard Corps on mega drive. literally better than any game you just showed and nobody ever mentions this game in reviews.

  8. Guillermo Zalles on April 9, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    What the hell is "MerryO"?

  9. Johnny Silverhand on April 9, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Snes had online gaming as well as sega with it’s XBAND modem

  10. NoBito on April 9, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Streets of Rage 2 intro… amazing. Brings me awesome memories!

  11. Michael Mcdowell on April 9, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    GOLDEN AXE!, DONT FORGET STREET FIGHTER!, I mean STREETS OF RAGE! but hay, it’s good too; the music in this is such a trip down memory lane with my genisis and 6 pack game; hoping to see 32X on here but barely in the vid so far lol

  12. Cory Brantley on April 9, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Sega channel was legit but expensive they used it in the Hotel rooms in Panama City FL for all them tourist.

  13. Magoo Magoon on April 9, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Streets of rage music running in the background… 😁👍

  14. Media Pool on April 9, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    thanks for the video.

  15. Shannon Briggs on April 9, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    The marketing campaign for the Mega Drive/Genesis that they had in the USA was incredibly good. Even though I much prefer the SNES, Sega’s adverts were unbeatable in America.

  16. SpydersByte on April 9, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    hell yes Sega Channel!!!! I loved that thing so much, so many memories!

  17. Thomas Myles on April 9, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Sega was Nike. Nintendo was Adidas. I loved the Dreamcast. Obvs had a PS2. I was 7 in 94 so my first console was a PS1. I think that defines me as the proto-typical Millenial.

  18. Game Booth on April 9, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    That Sonic 2 Bad Influence clip knocked me off my feet.
    Some seriously UNREAL emotional flashback there!
    I remembered how super excited I was when I saw that as a kid.. Sonic 2 is still my favourite game of all time as I’ve never had the same reaction to a game since that release

  19. Derek Moore on April 10, 2021 at 12:02 am

    I hope you make some ‘story’ type videos like this for NES, SNES, N64, etc.

  20. yesterday tech95 on April 10, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Who else threw up in there mouth when Sonic came up. I swear Sega destroyed there mascot in only 3 games in the same gen as he appeared. Sonic 1 was good but it went down hill so fast. Although I do love the genesis and the Super Nintendo all the same. But i do favor the Genesis at the moment.

  21. Travis Shane on April 10, 2021 at 12:04 am

    They should remake moonwalker, with HD graphics. I wanna play as Micheal, saving kids from being kidnapped.

  22. mito 0815 on April 10, 2021 at 12:07 am

    That Michael Jackson game aged well…

  23. Aaron Williams on April 10, 2021 at 12:08 am

    I had Genesis and we got the Menacer, it didn’t work for us, it was totally horrible… We had to send it in for warranty, and it just never worked…

  24. Christopher Noel on April 10, 2021 at 12:12 am

    (24:10) I remember the Genesis game speed being a selling point. The titular character in _Sonic the Hedgehog 2_ was depicted in the "Chemical Plant" stages as sometimes moving faster than the screen could keep up, and it was incredible to experience it first-hand rather than being just a marketing gimmick.

  25. R3V3RB on April 10, 2021 at 12:12 am

    4:04 "this was the Genesis of the Mega Drive"
    I see what you did there

  26. LucasJodoKast on April 10, 2021 at 12:12 am

    SEGA was just cooler back then, Sonic 2 still one of my favorite games

  27. Florian B on April 10, 2021 at 12:13 am


  28. sluggotg on April 10, 2021 at 12:15 am

    The Genesis was absolutely amazing. It came after the NES.. but the SNES came after the Genesis. The SNES had significantly better hardware, ( A bit Higher Rez, more colors etc.. not a huge difference). The Genesis was more designed for Teens/Adults, (depicting Blood in Fighting games etc). But then Sega did the Sega CD.. nice, but not impressive. Then the 32X.. great upgrade for like 12 titles.. and it was expensive like the CD. Then the Saturn came out.. at the last minute, they pulled the Video chip and popped in a Daughterboard with a 3D chip and Video chip. Yes I bought it… Panzer Dragoon was fun but.. seriously.. for that price.. it was terrible. By now.. even the most hardened Sega fan was pissed. The Dreamcast came out.. most people thought it was a chump system. What they did not realize was that it was the most powerful system of its generation and had huge advantages over the competition, (it was an actual full on computer). The classic.. OOPS, we pissed off the Fans and they had already gone to Sony. I really miss Sega Hardware. (Still love my Amiga/C64 best, but Sega was top tier!!).

  29. Shaun Callahan on April 10, 2021 at 12:15 am

    nice use of cool spot music

  30. Yoman9210 on April 10, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Who is the blonde female presenter seen throughout as well as at approx 36 mins in?

  31. Corsa15DT on April 10, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Sega : NIntendo = 2:0 so far. Lets the the Saturn vs N64 story…

  32. David Alan on April 10, 2021 at 12:21 am

    RIP Tommy Lasorda

  33. Brandon R on April 10, 2021 at 12:21 am

    "Mistakes were made!"

    Oops! Wrong channel 🙂

  34. Mariusz on April 10, 2021 at 12:22 am

    35:38 90’s Jim Sterling (rofl)

  35. AlphaDrum on April 10, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Sega constantly devalued itself with petty ads and constantly lowering their prices. They had an okay product, but their "competitive" behavior worked against them. The perception was the company saw their product as something not worth a proper price tag.

  36. PirateFoxy MLG2 on April 10, 2021 at 12:27 am

    22:05 rip toys r us

  37. False Prophet on April 10, 2021 at 12:31 am

    OMG that Desert Strike menu music 😆 I haven’t heard it in many years

  38. The Legacy on April 10, 2021 at 12:32 am

    I miss those years…

    Shamefully, I never did get a Sega. Maybe now I should actually buy one. 😀

  39. Kris R. on April 10, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Sega CD / Mega CD has its own MC68000 CPU and its own sound and graphics subsystems. Titles for the Sega CD and Mega CD were far much more than just "Mega Drive titles with a CD soundtrack."

  40. Scotty Awesomesauce on April 10, 2021 at 12:32 am

    I love the Sony foreshadowing. Got to set up that next arc lol.

  41. PD A on April 10, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Great video, thank you. I wish you would show MD numbers next to SNES numbers in the regions.

  42. Memitim on April 10, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Wow I’d forgotten about the MegaPC! They made so much weird stuff back then.

  43. Thomas Myles on April 10, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Sorry u think Sonic Cd was a “Stand Out Title…” Oh Nostalgia Nerd. Im still gonna like this video, coz otherwise its excellent, but that hit me hard. Im dissapointed.

  44. findantu on April 10, 2021 at 12:35 am

    I just realised the genesis does commercial. The buster Douglas game and part is a double shot at nintendo cause nintentendo dropped mike Tyson and so did buster douglas

  45. Bryan Liguori on April 10, 2021 at 12:36 am

    In a sense, it makes more sense to argue with terms like "blast processing" since that speaks to how the games _feel_ when you play them, which is more important than what shows up on a spec sheet.

  46. Kovu X-2016 on April 10, 2021 at 12:36 am

    The Lion King is the best Genesis/MegaDrive game! Screw Mickey Mouse!

  47. Hapz_ on April 10, 2021 at 12:39 am

    the firecore is also sold AS the genesis now…

  48. FX on April 10, 2021 at 12:40 am

    born in 94, but i will always appreciate 80s video game culture, so much happened in the early days of gaming before i was even created. it’s actually crazy

  49. jim jimx on April 10, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Would have been better without the background music….

  50. ccdmn 1 on April 10, 2021 at 12:42 am

    29:00 really? The special edition have new stages, new areas, new animations… being the definitive version of Earthworm Jim (only surpassed by the Windows 95 release). It’s far from lacking from a gameplay perspective.

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