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The New Mega Drive by Tectoy (Not an emulator!)

#1 User is offline Master Emerald 

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So, Tectoy started receiving preorders on the reissue of the classic Mega Drive.

Apparently this time, they converted the components to be all in a single chip, with some compromises on the end result, though

Here's the link

(And here's the link for the FAQ)

Translation (sorry for any spelling errors I might have made):

[PREORDER] Mega Drive Limited Edition

The classic [console] is back in a limited edition. For the first time in Brazil a console is rereleased in response to requests, bringing happiness to its thousands of fans. The video game console is complete, with its classic design, original 3-button joystick, compatible with original catridges*, SD card slot and 22 unforgettable games.** Any videogame enthusiast/fan cannot afford to not be part of this historic event and buy their [unit].

Package contents:

1 Mega Drive Video Game Console (with AC cable)
1 3-Button Joystick
1 AV Cable
1 Instruction Manual with Warranty Certificate

Interfaces:
mini SD card Slot – FAT32
PAL-M Composite Video(RCA)
Stereo Audio (2x RCA)
Headphone out volume slider (75 mW per channel)
PSU - (0,75W - bivolt)

Processors (integrated in a single chip):
MC68000 - 7,16MHz (changed later to '16-bit CPU')
Z80 - 3,58MHz (changed later to '8-bit CPU')

Integrated Memory
RAM (System): 64K bytes
RAM (Sound): 8K bytes
RAM (Video): 64K bytes
Video Resolution (SEGA Original) 256 x 224
512 Color Palette
64 simulatenous colors (15 per 8x8 Sprite)

Audio:
6 AM-FM modulation channels
2 PSG channels (each with 3 squarewave generators + 1 white noise generator)
1 8-bit analog channel

Warranty:
3 Months

Games
ALEX KIDD
ALIEN STORM
ALTERED BEAST
ARROW FLASH
BONANZA BROTHERS
COLUMNS
DECAP ATTACK
E-SWAT
FATAL LABYRINTH
FLICKY
GAIN GROUND
GOLDEN AXE
GOLDEN AXE 3
JEWEL MASTER
KID CHAMELEON
LAST BATTLE
OUT RUNNERS
SEGA SOCCER
SHADOW DANCER
SHINOBI 3
SONIC 3
TURBO OUTRUN

* Some cartridges may not be compatible

** Tectoy may include, exclude or change titles, names or accessories without warning. Alex Kidd™, Alien Storm™ [...], are Sega Corporation Trademarks [...]


FAQ

About to celebrate its 30th anniversary, Tectoy could not fail to celebrate such an important date. And the way we found to celebrate this moment will be the revival of the most successful video games of the 90s, the Mega Drive in a limited edition. In response to requests of thousands of fans, Tectoy endeavored to reproduce the most unforgettable experiences that only the Mega Drive provided.

Below you will find questions and answers that will help you better understand this project.

1) Is the Mega Drive equal to the original?

    No. Because the main components of the original Mega Drive are no longer being manufactured.



2) Are the Mega Drive components equal to the original?

    No, because the originals are no longer being manufactured.



3) Is this Mega Drive an emulator? Does it run the games with similar components to the original console or via emulation?

    This Mega Drive is not an emulator. The unit has a circuit which includes components similar to the original product, since the original integrated circuits are no longer manufactured.



4) Does this Mega Drive run all cartridges?

    The Mega Drive runs most of the original console cartridges. Some cartridges may not work because of the differences between the original hardware and software.



5) Will Tectoy relaunch cartridges for the Mega Drive?

    So far there is no definition. Tectoy would launch cartridges, but for that you need to negotiate licenses, a complex issue when it comes to games and brands created decades ago.



6) Can I add more games in the micro SD card?

    The games included in the SD card supplied with the Mega Drive, have been tested by Tectoy with concerns to the compatibility with the new hardware and all necessary licenses required for their marketing being available. Technically it is possible to add content to this card, however, it is the consumer's responsibility to test the compatibility as well as to check the necessary licenses.



7) Can you make savestates in the games?

    No. You can only save in the game if the original cartridge had supported this function.



8) Why doesn't this Mega Drive have HDMI?

    The vast majority of TVs on sale in the Brazilian market has composite video input (RCA), compatible with the output of the Mega Drive. Adding the HDMI output to the console would raise the final price of the product to the consumer without increasing the original resolution.



9) How many joysticks does it come with? Can you buy additional joysticks?

    The product includes a wired joystick with 3 (three) buttons in the original size. You can buy extra joysticks through the official website



10) Can I use joysticks from the old Mega Drive?

    Yes, provided they are genuine.



11) Do accessories like the Game Genie, Sega CD, Power Base Converter, 32x Meganet, Activator, Mega Mouse and multitaps work on new Mega Drive?

    No



12) Does the Mega Drive work in (LCD, LED, Plasma etc) TVs?

    Yes, if the TV has AV input.



13) How can I set up my TV screen aspect ratio not to distort the image?

    The Tectoy recommend setting the TV to screen 4: 3 aspect ratio.



14) What is the video output resolution of the new Mega Drive?

    The resolution is the same as the original, ie, 320x240 pixels



15) Is the new Mega Drive able to output standard RGB video with the correct cables, as the original Mega Drive did while using a SCART cable?

    No.



16) Can I use any headphones?

    Yes.



17) Is the audio output stereo or mono?

    Stereo.



18) Many emulated solutions have trouble to accurately reproduce the sounds of the original Mega Drive. How will this new console reproduce the audio from the original console?

    The Mega Drive plays the audio through similar components, so the result will not be 100% the same as the original.



19) Is the Mega Drive bivolt?

    Yes. The product has a internal power supply supporting 110/220 volts.



20) What is the warranty duration?

    The Mega Drive is covered from 90 days of the purchase tax notice date.



21) Will this Mega Drive run a game with special chips like Virtua Racing and Sonic & Knuckles?

    No.



22) How will the packaging?

    The package will be based on the original with some changes, such as changing the Styrofoam holder for an ecologically recommended solution.
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I just read this and came rushing tto share the news. The price is a bit high for a nearly 30 year old console, though.

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So this is an actual clone console and not just another SOAC, right? If so, neat. Not so neat, that price. Jeeze.

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It is a SOC, unfortunately. And it seems most add-ons don't work either. Good new is TecToy will be manufacturing new controllers, which will be good for speedrunners :v:

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So it's non-premium hardware at a premium price. I see.

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I'd love to see someone whip up a high quality Genesis clone using FPGAs, like the AVS. Now that would be something.
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Doing that properly would require decapping several chips; notably, the 68k, VDP and I/O chip, at least (YM2612, Z80 and PSG are already decapped, I believe).

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View PostLordOfSquad, on 31 October 2016 - 11:51 AM, said:

So this is an actual clone console and not just another SOAC, right? If so, neat. Not so neat, that price. Jeeze.


Yes but this time the hardware is made to be close to the megadrive, not some random ARM processor emulating the M68k with mobile game support, like the Mega Drive 4/At Games clone.
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It's nice, but £97? Even with the games list, I've not paid that much money for a Mega Drive bundle in years!

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View PostMaster Emerald, on 31 October 2016 - 08:58 AM, said:

Processors (integrated in a single chip):
MC68000 - 7,16MHz
Z80 - 3,58MHz

I suspect they've been editing the description already:

TecToy website said:

Processadores (integrados em um single chip):

CPU: 16bits
CPU: 8bits


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I'm intrigued. It's a shame there appears to be no Expansion Port, but I'll be pleased if Power Base Converter functionality, along with other quirks of the cart slot are correctly implemented.

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From the FAQ, odds are none of them will work:

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11) Os acessórios, como Game Genie, Sega CD, Power Base Converter, 32x Meganet, Activator, Mega Mouse e multitaps funcionam no Mega Drive novo?

Não

Translated:

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11) Will accessories like Game Genie, Sega CD, Power Base Converter, 32x Meganet, Activator, Mega Mouse, and multitaps work on the new no Mega Drive?

No


And bummer:

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21) O Mega Drive roda um jogos com chips especiais como Virtua Racing e Sonic & Knuckles?

Não

Translated:

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21) Will the Mega Drive run games with special chips, such as Virtua Racing and Sonic & Knuckles?

No


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So it's the usual crap but with a beautiful exterior.

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Bet you it has egregious audio problems like the other Genesis SoaCs..

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View Postflamewing, on 31 October 2016 - 12:58 PM, said:

Doing that properly would require decapping several chips; notably, the 68k, VDP and I/O chip, at least (YM2612, Z80 and PSG are already decapped, I believe).


I'd pitch in on a fundraiser.

I'm 100% dead serious.

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View PostAerosol, on 31 October 2016 - 06:49 PM, said:

View Postflamewing, on 31 October 2016 - 12:58 PM, said:

Doing that properly would require decapping several chips; notably, the 68k, VDP and I/O chip, at least (YM2612, Z80 and PSG are already decapped, I believe).


I'd pitch in on a fundraiser.

I'm 100% dead serious.


Just buy a used MD1 and be happy, you can get one with the Sega CD and games for less than $50

View PostICEknight, on 31 October 2016 - 06:26 PM, said:

So it's the usual crap but with a beautiful exterior.


Hmm, it surely is crap but it's not similar to the other hardware available, AFAIK
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