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Sega CD: To be this Good Take AGES, to be this Good Take SEGA Sega cashed in on some of the technological advances of the early nineties when they developed the Sega CD. The Sega CD was released as the Mega-CD everywhere but in North America. The console gives users the opportunity to play CD-based games, which brings a whole host of new features. Some of those features include more hardware functionality, a faster CPU and new graphic enhancements. In addition, this product allows users to play their favorite audio CDs and CD+Gs on the system. Compact discs were gaining popularity quickly in the early 90s for both music and video games. The first time CD technology was used for a game was by NEC who developed their PC Engine (TurboGrafix-16) CD-ROM System. One of the main benefits of the new CD technology was that there was much more storage capacity on every disc. This means that the games had a lot more room for development, and that made room for full motion video games such as the famous title Night Trap. Night Trap, in fact, was a highly controversial game which brought attention back to the issue of violence in video games. In 1993, Congress held a hearing on the state of video game violence and their ratings, and this debate would go on for many years. An add-on for the Sega CD was made available by Sega of Japan through a partnership with JVC, but they would not coordinate with Sega of America. Popular titles from the add-on included Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Lunar: Eternal Blue and more. Sega CD sold 2.24 units before it was discontinued as Sega shifted their focus to the marketing of the Sega Saturn. After new CD-based consoles like 3DO Interactive Multiplayer and the Phillips CD-i were released, the Sega CD was less sought after. It was discontinued quite shortly after its release, with no new development proposals accepted less than a year after release and no more advertising support for the Sega CD after 1995. The Sega CD has been praised for its functionality, but criticized for its high price and depth issues in the game library. ~Vic SEGA CD - Model: 1690 ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1992 Original Release - The original version of the Sega CD. It was built for the Genesis to stack on top of it, boosting functionality. The Sega CD system included memory storage for saving games. This is one of the rarer versions of the Sega CD today. This release was intended for use with the Model 1 Genesis. SEGA CD - Model: 4102 ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1993 Variation #2 - This model was created in Japan and has some differences in its design. For example, the CD Tray is held inside the machine slightly differently, though one cannot tell from the outside. The outer design is slightly more rounded and long. Some say that this version loads slightly faster than the original, though they have the same memory capacity. This variation was intended for the Model 2 Genesis. Unit Lifetime: 1992 - 1996 Units Sold (Worldwide): 6 Million Authorized Games Released (Worldwide): 209 Media Type: CD-ROM, CD+G Resolution: 320 x 224 Sound Output (All Models): 10-Channels added to Genesis Power Requirements (All Models): 9v 1200amps (If you see anything incorrect or that you want added, feel free to comment below and the posting will be edited to reflect the corrections.)