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According to a 1998 interview with Sega R&D head Hideki Sato published in The History of SEGA Console Hardware, the Mega Drive's design from Japan was based on the audio player's appearance, and presented the "16-bit" label embossed with a golden metallic veneer to give it an impact of power:

"We had a feeling that before long, consumers would be appreciating video games with the same sense with which they enjoyed music; moreover, since the Megadrive was a machine that you put in front of your TV, our concept was to make it look like an audio player. So we painted the body black and put the “16BIT” lettering in a gold print. That gold printing, by the way, was very expensive. (laughs) But we really wanted to play up the fact that this was the very first 16-bit home console."
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Sega Genesis was backwards compatibility with Sega Master System if used in conjunction with the Sega Power Base Converter. The Sega Power Base Converter will not work with the Sega Genesis Model 3, Sega Nomad, or Sega 32X Add-on. The only Master System Games that aren't fully compatible with the Power Base Converter are F-16 Fighting Falcon and Alien 3. There are also several games that only works with the Master System Controller plugged in. These are:

• Alien Syndrome
• Bomber Raid
• Great Volleyball
• Montezuma's Revenge
• Penguin Land
• Shanghai
• Tennis Ace
• Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
• Wonder Boy in Monster Land
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While the console was called the Sega Genesis in North America, the console was released to most of the rest of the world as the Sega Mega Drive. The reason for the name change in the US was due to the trademark for "Mega Drive" being owned in the US by a company known as "Mega Drive Systems", which specialized in storage devices for computers.
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The Genesis was the first SEGA console to have online play, but it was only compatible with a handful of games and the lifespan for the modem device was less than one year.
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In 1994, Sega launched Sega Channel, a service where users could download 20 Sega Genesis games every month through their cable company's "On Demand" service. Sega Channel lasted until 1998, the end of the 16-Bit generation, preceding the Xbox Live Arcade by over 10 years.
The Sega Nomad was based on the semi-portable Sega Mega Jet, a Mega Drive system that was designed specifically for use on Japanese airliners.
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Due to its ability to accept full Genesis cartridges, the Sega Nomad was the first handheld console to feature online multiplayer. It achieved this by utilizing the Gensis's XB∀ND modem.
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Due to South Korea banning Japanese cultural imports at the end of World War II, the Sega Genesis was distributed by South Korean company Samsung, and was named the Super Gam*Boy.
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