Released in 1990 in Europe, the Sega Mega Drive was also know as the Sega Genesis in North America. It was the successor to the Sega Master System, and Master System cartridges could be used on the Mega Drive by using a Power Base Converter.
Several add-ons were available, such as the Sega Mega-CD/Sega CD and Sega 32X which extended the Mega Drive’s capabilities.
Sega created the first content rating system for video games, the Videogame Rating Council (later to become the Entertainment Software Rating Board), due to the controversy over the content of games such as Mortal Kombat.
The last new licensed game was released in 2002 in Brazil, but support for the console in Europe had ended by 1998.