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Released in Japan and the United States towards the end of the Mega Drive's life, the Nomad was basically a handheld version of the popular home console.

No games were ever specifically created for the Nomad, limiting it to the back catalogue of the Mega Drive. Not that this was really a problem, as by this time there was already a significant number games available. However, due to the power requirements of the Mega Drive hardware and the backlit 3.25" LCD screen, the Nomad suffered the same short battery life which had plagued Sega's earlier Game Gear. Depending on the game being played, the Nomad could drain its six batteries in just 90 minutes!

A novel feature for a handheld was the inclusion of AV out connectors and a controller port. This meant the Nomad could be connected to a TV set and allowed for simultaneous two player gameplay.

With little marketing support from Sega and the arrival of the 32 bit era, prices were quickly slashed to as little as $60 to offload excess stock. The rarity of the Nomad (less than 1 million were sold) has made it something of a collectors item, and in the U.K., where the machine is largely unheard of, boxed examples can fetch anything up to £150.


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NAME  Nomad
YEAR  October 1995
CONTROLLERS  8-way d-pad, 6 buttons + Mode + Start
CPU  Motorola 68000
SPEED  7.67 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  3.58 MHz Zilog Z80
RAM  64 KB main, 8 KB sound
ROM  20 KB
GRAPHIC MODES  320 x 224
COLORS  512 palette, 64 on screen
SOUND  Texas Instruments SN76489, 4 channel PSG + Yamaha YM2612, 6 channel FM
I/O PORTS  Cartridge, AV out, controller port
MEDIA  Cartridge
POWER SUPPLY  6x AA batteries or 9v power adapter
PRICE  $179.99 (U.S.A. 1995)

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