Indie Update – by Brian Hall

Sega had many consoles over the years. Their first system, the SG-1000, was primarily sold in Japan. That was followed by the Sega Master System, which was sold world-wide. Both of those systems were 8-bit. Third time’s the charm, and next up came the first 16-bit system from Sega, known as Genesis in North America, and Mega Drive in Europe, Japan, and other markets.

Released in Japan in 1988, it came to North America in 1989 with the European version releasing in 1990. The console did well, with over 30 million units sold worldwide between 1988 and its official discontinuation in 1997. Genesis utilized the 16-bit 68000 for the main processor, and an 8-bit Z80 as a sound management co-processor. Similarly, the sound system had a pair of chips – a TI programmable sound generator (PSG) and Yamaha YM2612 FM Synth chip. In its day, the primary…

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