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No HDMI support or international shipping at this time

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Brazilian toy manufacturer Tectoy is taking pre-orders for an officially licensed, special edition replica of the Sega Genesis, also known as the Mega Drive. Unfortunately, Tectoy tells Polygon, the console will not ship internationally at this time.

The entry at Tectoy’s website says that the console will have all of the features of the original device, including a working cartridge slot capable of playing “most” original games. It will also feature an SD card slot and come pre-loaded with 22 games.

The total price is 399 Brazilian real, or about $123 in U.S. currency.

An FAQ posted at the website says that the console will feature composite video, RCA-type cables. The console will output a 320x240 pixel image at a 4:3 aspect ratio and offer stereo sound. Instead of a brick, Tectoy said it will also feature an integrated power supply as well as a headphone jack. It will be packaged in a replica box along with one controller. Additional controllers are also available for pre-order.

If you have any input devices from the original Genesis, which launched in the U.S. in 1989, Tectoy says they should be compatible with its version. Accessories like the Game Genie and the Sega CD will not.

Tectoy’s version is still missing the key, modern feature that sets the new retro NES Classic Edition apart: an HDMI output. Like the At Games version of the Genesis that Polygon previewed over the summer, the feature has been left out.

Tectoy says in its FAQ that the stilted television market in Brazil is to blame.

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

Tectoy was founded in 1987 and quickly became a partner of Sega, producing consoles for the Brazilian market. Sega consoles remain strong sellers there, especially Tectoy’s Sega Master System 3. Tectoy tells Polygon that it is one of only two international partners working to produce Sega-branded consoles at this time.

Here’s the full list of games packed in with the Tectoy Sega Genesis:

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • 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 the Hedgehog 3
  • Turbo Outrun

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