FACTOID # 14: North Carolina has a larger Native American population than North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana combined.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Sega Nomad
Sega Nomad
The Nomad shown with Sonic the Hedgehog 3 inserted
Manufacturer Sega
Type Handheld game console
Generation Fifth generation era
First available October 1995
CPU Motorola 68000
Media Cartridge
Units sold 1 million (as of July 30, 2007)[1]

The Sega Nomad was a handheld game console sold for the North American consumer market which played Sega Mega Drive/Genesis game cartridges. Despite having a strong resemblance to the Sega Game Gear, the system was based on the Japanese Sega Mega Jet[citation needed] and featured a built-in color screen. The Nomad was never officially released in PAL territories such as Europe and Australia, though the unit retained its PAL/NTSC switch on the internal board. It was also not released in Japan as by the time of its American release the Mega Jet was already being sold in retail stores; nevertheless, the Nomad is one of the few Sega systems that can play most Japanese games without an adapter. Its codename during development was Project Venus, as per Sega's policy at the time of codenaming their systems after planets. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 594 pixel Image in higher resolution (1800 × 1337 pixel, file size: 328 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Sega Nomad History... A console manufacturer is a company that manufactures and distributes video game consoles. ... This article is about the video game company. ... A handheld game console is a lightweight, portable electronic machine for playing video games. ... Video games were introduced as a commercial entertainment medium in 1971, becoming the basis for an important entertainment industry in the late 1970s/early 1980s in the United States, Japan, and Europe. ... In the history of video games, the 16-bit era was the fourth generation of video game consoles. ... 1995 1995 in games 1994 in video gaming 1996 in video gaming Notable events of 1995 in video gaming. ... CPU redirects here. ... The Motorola 68000 is a 16/32-Bit [1] CISC microprocessor core designed and marketed by Freescale Semiconductor (formerly Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector). ... Cartridge for the VIC 20 homecomputer In various types of electronic equipment, a cartridge can refer one method of adding different functionality or content (e. ... This is a list of video game consoles and handheld game consoles that have sold five million units or more. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... A handheld game console is a lightweight, portable electronic machine for playing video games. ... North American redirects here. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world. ... The Sega Game Gear is a handheld game console which was Segas response to Nintendos Game Boy. ... The Sega Mega Jet The Sega Mega Jet was a handheld version of the Mega Drive video game console. ... For other uses, see PAL (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Release and features

Sega released the Nomad in October 1995 for US$180. Marketed as a portable Genesis, the Nomad was primarily an evolution of the Japanese market Mega Jet. Whereas the Mega Jet was screenless and required an AC adapter, the Nomad featured a 3.25 inch color LCD screen and room for six AA batteries, making it completely portable as opposed to simply being a small (travel-size) Genesis system. In addition to its other improvements over the Mega Jet, an A/V Out plug was added at the top of the unit, letting owners play games on a television screen with a separate A/V cable. One particularly interesting feature of the Nomad was its ability to allow one player to play using a connected TV, while another watched on the Nomad. The directional pad on the unit controlled all one-player games, and a port on the bottom allowed a second pad to be plugged in for two-player games. This meant that the Nomad could be a fully functional home system as well as a completely portable hand-held solution with a pre-existing library of games available for it. 1995 1995 in games 1994 in video gaming 1996 in video gaming Notable events of 1995 in video gaming. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... An AA battery is a standard battery size commonly used in medium portable electronic devices that need more life time than AAA batteries but same power. ...


Issues

While the Nomad won praise for its screen resolution and features, there were compatibility problems with the sister system's add-ons: the Sega 32X, the Sega-CD, and the Power Base Converter. While they did work technologically, forcing compatibility involved modifying the add-on units' shapes or using 3rd party expanders. The Nomad had impressive technical specifications for the time including a full colour backlit display, and supported an estimated 600 titles already on the shelves in addition to being a functional home system. The Sega 32X (Japanese: セガ スーパー32X) is an add-on for the Sega Mega Drive video game console by Sega. ... The Sega Mega-CD ) is an add-on device for the Sega Mega Drive released in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. ... The Power Base Converter was an accessory made by Sega for their Genesis and Mega Drive console video game systems. ...


However, the Nomad was bulky and offered very limited battery life in comparison to contemporary handhelds - specifically, the Nintendo Game Boy. The Nomad was not power efficient and a rechargeable battery pack was offered separately for $79. This pack offered even less play time than with normal batteries and was not widely available. Rechargeable AA batteries were not recommended due to voltage problems (Ni-Cd provides 1.2V instead of the 1.5V that alkalines output, and also requires full discharging before recharging; Ni-MH AA batteries were not available at the time[citation needed]). The nickel-cadmium battery (commonly abbreviated NiCd or NiCad) is a popular type of rechargeable battery for portable electronics and toys. ... Josephson junction array chip developed by NIST as a standard volt. ... Modern, high capacity NiMH batteries A Nickel metal hydride (or NiMH) battery is a type of rechargeable battery similar to a nickel-cadmium (NiCad) battery but without the expensive and environmentally unfriendly metal cadmium. ...


Like the Game Gear the unit was too bulky to be easily portable, it consumed batteries at a rapid rate and was designed for playing what were in effect home videogames (the Game Gear having been in effect a handheld Master System in the same way the Nomad was a handheld Megadrive/Genesis).


It is therefore considered to have failed against the Game Boy for largely the same reasons as its predecessor - the Game Boy was much smaller and therefore more portable, its non-backlit monochrome display gave it many times the battery life of its competitors and its games were often built from the ground up to suit a handheld machine.


The Nomad also made it frusturating to play the Genesis cartridges. The Genesis cartridges were too cumbersome for the Nomad. If you turned the system too much while playing it, the games would freeze, or restart. This ultimately made the system to not be pragmatic, unlike it's predecessor, the Turbo Express had been.


Despite a $100 price drop, the handheld did not garner enough support to continue. By the time it was released, the Genesis was almost at the end of its lifespan — already being replaced by the Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation and Nintendo 64, and general indifference towards 16-bit era titles hastened its demise. The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... The original PlayStation was produced in a light grey colour; the more recent PSOne redesign sports a smaller more rounded case. ... The Nintendo 64, often abbreviated as N64, is Nintendos third home video game console for the international market. ... (Redirected from 16-bit era) In the history of video games, the 16-bit era was the fourth generation of video game consoles. ...


Technical specifications

Processor: Motorola 68000 16 bit processor running at 7.67 MHz
Co-processor (Sound Controller): Zilog Z80 8-bit at 3.58 MHz
Memory: 156KB total - 64 KB Main RAM, 64KB VRAM, 8KB Sound RAM. 20 Kb ROM
Display Palette: 512
Onscreen colors: 64
Maximum onscreen sprites: 80
Resolution: 320 × 224
Sound: Yamaha YM2612 6 channel FM, additional 4 channel PSG. Stereo sound. Also Texas Instruments SN76489 PSG (Programmable Sound Generator)
Display: Integrated CSTN LCD at 320 x 224
Power Rating: 9V 850mA (same as Genesis/Mega Drive model 2)

The Motorola 68000 is a 16/32-Bit [1] CISC microprocessor core designed and marketed by Freescale Semiconductor (formerly Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector). ... One of the first Z80 microprocessors manufactured; the date stamp is from June 1976. ... YM2612, aka OPN2, is a six-channel sound synthesizer IC, or sound chip, produced by Yamaha. ... The SN76489 Programmable Sound Generator (PSG) is a TTL compatible four-channel sound chip from Texas Instruments. ... A Programmable Sound Generator is a Sound chip that generates sound waves by synthesizing multiple basic waveforms, and often some kind of noise generator, (all controlled by writing data to dedicated registers in the sound chip, hence the name) and combining and mixing these waveforms into a complex waveform, then... CSTN stands for color super-twist nematic a form of passive matrix LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) for electronic display screens. ...

References

  1. ^ Blake Snow (2007-07-30). The 10 Worst-Selling Handhelds of All Time. GamePro.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-17.

Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... GamePro is an American video game magazine published monthly. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

Sega Portal
Image File history File links Portal. ... This article is about the video game company. ... This article is about the video game company. ... Sega Amusement Machine Research and Development Department 2 (popularly known as Sega AM2 or simply AM2) is a research and development team for the video game company Sega. ... AM3 is the research and development division of Sega Corporation. ... Amusement Vision Amusement Vision, Ltd. ... Sega Rosso is the name of a former development studio from Sega, formerly known as AM5, some of its staff came from Namco, where they helped create the original Ridge Racer. ... Smilebit is a Japanese computer and video game developer founded in 2000. ... Overworks (previously called AM7), is the Sega video game development group responsible for Skies of Arcadia, the Streets of Rage series, much of the Shinobi series, and Phantasy Star 1, 2, and 4. ... Sonic Team (ソニックチーム Sonikku Chīmu) is a Japanese computer and video game developer established in 1988 originally known as Sega AM8. ... Sonic Team (ソニックチーム Sonikku Chīmu) is a Japanese computer and video game developer established in 1988 originally known as Sega AM8. ... Sonic Team (ソニックチーム Sonikku Chīmu) is a Japanese computer and video game developer established in 1988 originally known as Sega AM8. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... SegaSoft, headquartered in Redwood City, California was a joint venture Sega and CSK, created to develop and publish single and multiplayer games for the PC, primarily in the North American marketplace. ... Sega Racing Studio (also known as Sega Driving Studio) is a computer and video game developer established in 2006 (based in Solihull, England) for the sole purpose of developing AAA SEGA racing titles, the studio has radically expanded from a hand group of people to a team of over 60... Sega PC is a computer and video game publication arm of video game company Sega. ... Game console redirects here. ... The SG-1000 ), which stands for Sega Game 1000, is a cartridge-based video game console manufactured by Sega. ... The SG-1000 ), which stands for Sega Game 1000, is a cartridge-based video game console manufactured by Sega. ... The SG-1000 Mark III The SG-1000 Mark III Joypads The SG-1000 Mark III is an 8-bit video game console made by Sega. ... The Sega Master System ) or SMS for short (1986 - 2000), is an 8-bit cartridge-based video game console that was manufactured by Sega. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... During its lifespan, the Sega Mega Drive and Genesis quite possibly received more officially licensed variations than any other console. ... The Sega Mega-CD ) is an add-on device for the Sega Mega Drive released in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. ... The Sega 32X (Japanese: セガ スーパー32X) is an add-on for the Sega Mega Drive video game console by Sega. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... The Dreamcast , code-named White Belt, Black Belt, Dural, Dricas, Vortex, Katana, Shark, and Guppy during development) is Segas last video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... A handheld video game is a video game designed primarily for handheld game consoles such as Nintendos Game Boy line. ... The Sega Game Gear is a handheld game console which was Segas response to Nintendos Game Boy. ... The Sega Mega Jet The Sega Mega Jet was a handheld version of the Mega Drive video game console. ... This article is about the machine. ... Sega SC-3000 and joystick The SC-3000 was the computer equivalent of the SG-1000 cartridge-based gaming console manufactured by Sega. ... Edutainment (also educational entertainment or entertainment-education) is a form of entertainment designed to educate as well as to amuse. ... The Sega Pico The Sega Pico, also known as Kids Computer Pico ), was an electronic toy by Sega. ... The Advanced Pico Beena, also known as Beena is an educational console system targeted at young children sold by Sega Toys, successor of the Pico. ... The Multi-Mega or CDX was a 16-bit video game console released in 1994, combining the Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis in North America) and one of its add-ons, the Sega Mega-CD (Sega CD in North America), into a single compact unit as a final attempt by... During its lifespan, the Sega Mega Drive and Genesis quite possibly received more officially licensed variations than any other console. ... The TeraDrive was a 16-bit PC with an integrated Mega Drive, manufactured by IBM for Sega. ... The Mega PC was manufactured and released by Amstrad in 1993 under licence from Sega, which was a similar, but unrelated system to the Sega TeraDrive. ... Sega Channel logo and mascot Sega Pat Sega Channel was a project developed by Sega for the 16-bit Sega Genesis console. ... Megamodem attached to a Mega Drive The Sega Meganet was a network service in Japan for people using the Sega Mega Drive. ... SegaNet was a short-lived internet service operated by Sega, geared for dial-up based online gaming on their Dreamcast game console. ... NetLink (or Seganet in Japan) is a 28. ... The Dreamarena was an online gaming service provided with all Sega Dreamcast consoles in Europe. ... A video game accessory is a separate piece of hardware that is required to use a video game console, or one that enriches the video games play experience. ... The Sega Light Phaser The Light Phaser was a light gun created for the Sega Master System, modeled after the Zillion gun from the Japanese anime series of the same name. ... Image:Menacer. ... The Sega Activator was an octagonal game controller for the Sega Genesis that used infrared beams to interpret movements. ... AX-1E Analogue Pad was an analog controller for Sega Megadrive videogame console that was only released in Japan. ... In 1994, following the Super Nintendo Mouse, Sega had released a mouse for their own 16-bit console, Sega Mega Drive (aka Sega Genesis). ... The Sega Mega Anser was an accessory for the Sega Mega Drive. ... Originally known at VR-SHOOTER, the Sega Lock-On was a little known laser tag game developed by Sega and released in 1992. ... Sega VR Prototype Sega, flush with funds from the Sega Megadrive in Europe and the Sega Genesis in North America, announced the Sega VR add-on in 1991. ... Directlink is a high voltage direct current transmission line between Mullumbimby and Bungalora in Australia. ... The Dreameye was a digital camera released for the Dreamcast home video console by Sega, The Dreameye was a digital camera which came with Visual Park software. ... The American version comes in this box The Dreamcast Broadband Adapter (Also know has BBA) was an accessory released for the Sega Dreamcast, the console originally came equiped with a 56K modem however a Broadband adapter was released on January 10, 2001. ... A first and third party peripheral for the Sega Dreamcast, the VGA adapter allowed the Dreamcast to be connected to a computer monitor. ... Sega Dreamcast VMU The VMU, initialism of Visual Memory Unit (called VMS, Visual Memory System in Japan or Virtual Memory Unit), is a memory card peripheral for the Sega Dreamcast. ... GD-ROM is the proprietary optical disc format used by the Sega Dreamcast. ... A handheld game console is a lightweight, portable electronic machine for playing video games. ... Microvision The Microvision was a hand-held game console released by Milton Bradley Company in 1979. ... Handheld electronic games are very small, portable devices for playing interactive games, often miniaturized versions of video games. ... For the video game system, see Nintendo Entertainment System. ... (New Wide Screen), 1982 The Game & Watch (G&W) series were handheld electronic games made by Nintendo and created by its game designer Gunpei Yokoi from 1980 to 1991. ... For the entire Game Boy series of handheld consoles, see Game Boy line. ... The Game Boy ) line is a line of battery-powered handheld game consoles sold by Nintendo. ... The Game Boy ) line is a line of battery-powered handheld game consoles sold by Nintendo. ... The Game Boy Color , shortened to GBC) is Nintendos successor to the Game Boy and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and in November of 1998 in the United States and 1999 in Europe. ... “GBA” redirects here. ... The Game Boy Advance SP ), released in February 2003, is an upgraded version of Nintendos Game Boy Advance. ... Game Boy Micro , trademarked Game Boy micro) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ... The Nintendo DS (sometimes abbreviated NDS or more commonly DS) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ... The Nintendo DS Lite ) (sometimes abbreviated DSLite is a dual-screen handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... The PocketStation is a miniature game console created by Sony as a peripheral for the PlayStation. ... The PlayStation Portable (officially abbreviated PSP)[6] is a handheld game console manufactured and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... The PSP Slim & Lite (the name it is packaged as in the PAL territories)[2][3] is a handheld game console released and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... This article is about the video game company. ... The Sega Game Gear is a handheld game console which was Segas response to Nintendos Game Boy. ... The Sega Mega Jet The Sega Mega Jet was a handheld version of the Mega Drive video game console. ... Sega Dreamcast VMU The VMU, initialism of Visual Memory Unit (called VMS, Visual Memory System in Japan or Virtual Memory Unit), is a memory card peripheral for the Sega Dreamcast. ... Game Park is a Korean company responsible for creating the GP32 and XGP. GP32 Hardware and Design // History Foundation Founded in 1996 in Korea, Game Park entered the industry through government money. ... GamePark Holdings is a Korean company responsible for creating the GP2X that was founded by former employees of the game maker GamePark. ... The GP32 (GamePark 32) is a hand held console built by the Korean company Game Park. ... The GP2X is an open-source, Linux-based handheld video game console and media player created and sold by GamePark Holdings of South Korea. ... This article is about the Japanese toy manufacturer. ... WonderSwan is a handheld game console released in Japan by Bandai in 1999. ... The WonderSwan Color is a handheld game console designed by Bandai. ... The SwanCrystal ) is the third (and likely final) version of Bandais WonderSwan handheld game console brand, succeeding the WonderSwan and WonderSwan Color. ... SNK redirects here. ... Neo Geo Pocket (Monochrome) The Neo Geo Pocket was SNKs original hand held system. ... The Neo-Geo Pocket Color (or NGPC) was released on March 16, 1999 in Japan. ... The Lynx was a handheld game console released by Atari in 1989. ... Gamate and 3 games The Gamate, known as 超級小子 (chaoji xiaozi, literally Super Boy) in Chinese-speaking countries, is a handheld game console manufactured by Bit Corporation in the early 1990s, and released in Australia, parts of Europe and Asia, and possibly other regions. ... The Watara Supervision and a cartridge. ... The Mega Duck and Cougar Boy with identical games for both systems. ... The Game. ... The Gizmondo handheld video game unit. ... This article is about the hand-held telephone. ... TurboExpress handheld, TV tuner, games The TurboExpress or (PC Engine GT in Japan) was a portable version of the TurboGrafx, released in 1990 for $249. ... The Tapwave Zodiac 2 The Tapwave Zodiac is a Palm OS 5-based PDA created by the US company Tapwave, and the first Palm-based device developed with gaming and multimedia as primary considerations. ... The GameKing is an 8-bit handheld game console produced by the Chinese company TimeTop since 2003. ... This is a comparison of the features of various handheld game consoles. ...

  Results from FactBites:
 
Sega Nomad: Definition and Links by Encyclopedian.com (403 words)
...Sega Nomad Sega Nomad The Sega Nomad, released in 1995, was an attempt by Sega...resources of the Sega Genesis 's fan base.
The Sega Nomad, released in 1995, was an attempt by Sega to once again tap the resources of the Sega Genesis's fan base.
Unlike passive matrix LCDs, the Nomad screen was very sharp and did not suffer from blurring as the Gameboy and Game Gear handhelds did.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m