How Serega Is Bringing The Mega Drive Back To Life
By Damien McFerran - 22 Jun, 2015
Sega's Mega Drive console may be old enough to drink, drive and join the army, but that doesn't mean that it's totally been forgotten. Serega
is an online store which sells reproduction cartridges for the 16-bit classic, but these are a long way from the crass and cheap pirated carts you see on the likes of eBay - the objective here is to re-publish titles which never actually existed back in the '90s.
For example, cult fantasy shooter Twinkle Tale never made it out of Japan, yet Serega has produced a North American version, complete with high-quality manual and inlay. In the opposite direction, Japan never received official releases of titles like Turrican
, Alien 3
and The Punisher, but looking at Serega's replications, you wouldn't know it. These are produced with the highest standards in mind, with amazing artwork that looks every inch like an authentic release.
The pricing isn't too bad, either - in fact, Serega is selling its games at roughly the same price as most modern titles - the average cost per unit is around $50 / £30. While the legality of this venture could be called into question (some of the copyright holders are still trading and might take issue with their property being reproduced without permission), it's hard to fault the level of dedication on display here; lots of man-hours have been spent creating brand-new cover artwork and layouts, and the full-colour manuals are totally and utterly convincing. The plastic cases are even embossed with the relevant company on the inside - The Punisher, for example, has "Capcom" printed on the inside of the case - and the carts look and feel like the real thing. There's a superhuman level of effort going into these releases.
The stock held by Serega is constantly updating, and the store will soon offer Famicom / NES and Super Famicom / SNES carts as well. While most collectors will turn their noses up at the idea of reproduction carts, the quality of Serega's work is so high - and totally unique, given that it is seeking to create region-specific versions of games that never got published - that even hardcore Mega Drive fanboys have flocked to the store. Having witnessed what Serega is capable of, we're totally on board - and we've got the Mega Drive collecting bug all over again.
Mike - 23 Jun 2015, 11:19 GMT
Oooooh nice, I'm heading there now...the Punisher has my attention!
mark - 23 Jun 2015, 14:21 GMT
Have you actually tried inserting 1 of their carts? they dont fit properly and you have to force them in, otherwise yeah they're good
Bart - 23 Jun 2015, 23:58 GMT
guess your using a china Sega or mixing up some other maker here ?, I got 8 games from them already, no problem at all, the carts fits smoothly like it should, love their fantastic work.
ふなっしー - 24 Jun 2015, 01:19 GMT
Really nice work, check out their Mega Turrican - its incredible. @mark Nope, fits perfectly as every other Sega Cart. ( I got Mega Turrican, Rolling Thunder 3 , Tetris and Monster World 4 from Serega ) I´m eyeballing their The Punisher and Sunset Riders now ...
JodSUMO - 25 Jun 2015, 21:56 GMT
Got a Tetris from them as there's no chance of ever owning the real thing. Very pleased with it!