Your Guide to Buying a Sega Mega Drive

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Your Guide to Buying a Sega Mega Drive

The Sega Mega Drive is one of the bestselling consoles ever and is an iconic figure in 1990's culture. The console catapulted instant gaming classics like flagship characters ‘Sonic the Hedgehog' and ‘Shinobi'. This fantastic 16-bit games consoles has brought many a childhood memory for millions of people and you can relive those great moments by buying or bidding on a Sega Mega Drive console or games in the Electronics section on eBay.

The History of the Sega Mega Drive

The Sega Mega Drive was first released in Australia in 1990 and was Sega's third mass marketed console. The console was in direct competition with Nintendo's offering, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and they would dominate the market until the console was discontinued in 2002. The Sega Mega Drive is widely recognised as Sega's bestselling console after selling 34.5million consoles across the globe and has been voted the most popular gaming consoles ever in many independent polls.

The Mega Drive is still extremely popular among gaming fans and a huge range of the console variations and classic games are available to buy and bid on via eBay.

What to consider when Buying a Sega Mega Drive

Sega Mega Drives have been around for a few decades and have come in many different forms. When looking for a Sega Mega Drive on eBay it is important to consider the following points:

  • Condition - Some Sega mega Drives can be over twenty years old so it is important to find out about the condition of the item. Pay close attention to the product description and if you have any questions, please ask the seller. Sellers are usually very receptive to questions about their products so please ask any questions about the condition of the Mega Drive.
  • Version - Sega Mega Drives have had many variations over the use ranging in changes of micro-chips to regional variations. Some variations cannot be used in different countries so make sure the version you buy is a PAL 50 version which can be used across Australasia.
  • Price - Be sure to look at a large number of the Mega Drives available on eBay to get a feel for what prices they sell for. This will give you a much better idea of what a good deal looks like and make you feel more comfortable about your purchase.
  • Games Included - There are some great bargains to be had on eBay and many consoles will come with game bundles so be sure to take your time with searching as you may find a great deal and some hard to find games for the console.

Top Selling Games

With the Sega Mega Drive being one of the most popular consoles of all time, there is an abundance of brilliant games to play. The table below shows the bestselling games in terms of worldwide sales:


Worldwide Sales

Sonic the Hedgehog

15 million

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

6 million


4 million


1.93 million

Mortal Kombat II

1.78 million

Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition

1.65 million

Altered Beast

1.4 million

Sonic & Knuckles

1.24 million

Mortal Kombat 3

1.02 million

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

1.02 million

Jurassic Park

1 million

Ms. Pac-Man

1 million

NFL '98

1 million

NFL Football '94

1 million

Sonic Spinball

1 million


1 million

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

1 million

How to Buy a Sega Mega Drive console on eBay

Find a whole range of Sega Mega Drive consoles on eBay by clicking on the All Categories button on the eBay homepage. Then click on the Electronics section to start searching for Sega products by clicking on the filters on the left hand side. From here, the selection of retro games and Mega Drive consoles can be further narrowed by type, brand, condition, or price range.

The products mentioned in this guide can be bought in the following ways:

  • Bidding - Just like buying in a real life auction, bid for games and consoles with your best offer for that item. You can increase offers at any time until the listing has finished. The bidder with the highest offer will then be the owner of the item after they have paid for the product.
  • Buy it Now'- Find the console or game you want and buy it at a ‘Buy it Now' price. Searches can be filtered by auction and ‘Buy it Now' posts in the search results page on the left hand side of the page.

Look out for the latest deals on Sega Mega Drives and relevant items by checking in the ‘Electronics' section where some fantastic discounts are to be found, along with free postage costs.


The Sega Mega Drive is one of the most popular and bestselling consoles of all time and has a massive range of games that will provide hours of entertainment for children and adults alike. When choosing a Sega Mega Drive, be sure to find out its exact condition as the consoles can be at least 20 years old and have been subjected to wear and tear.

With the large array of consoles and games available on eBay, it should be easy to find an item that will suit you. All of the Mega Drive consoles and games mentioned in this guide are available to bid on and buy in the Electronics section on eBay.

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