SEGA Mega Drive Beats N64 to Title of ‘Favourite Retro Games Console’

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JANUARY 2012

The SEGA Mega Drive has been named as gamers’ favourite ‘retro games console’, according to a new poll conducted by a video game price comparison and marketplace site.

The SEGA console, first released in Japan in 1988, pipped the likes of the Nintendo 64 and Atari 2600 to the top spot in the new study by www.Playr2.com. Conducted by the site in order to delve more into the opinions of gaming fans towards consoles, 1, 411 self-confessed UK gamers subsequently took part; all aged 18 and over.

Respondents to the study were asked to choose, from multiple answers, which games consoles released before the year 2000 they considered to be their favourites. Those taking part were able to choose multiple consoles.

According to the results, the ‘Favourite Retro Games Consoles’, as chosen by UK gamers, were as follows:

1) SEGA Mega Drive- 61%

2) Nintendo 64- 58%

3) Atari 2600- 55%

4) PlayStation (original)- 51%

5) Game Boy (original) – 48%

6) Super Nintendo Entertainment System - 43%

7) Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) - 38%

8) SEGA Game Gear- 37%

9) Neo-Geo - 31%

10) SEGA Master System- 28%

Simon Kilby, Founder of Playr2.com, commented on the findings:

“Games consoles have come such a long way since conception, and having really exploded in popularity throughout the 80’s and 90’s, there are plenty of retro consoles kicking about that many of us may have forgotten about. Given the sheer number of consoles from the past, we thought it would be interesting to see which “retro” consoles people favoured; just to see which ones stick out in people’s minds.”

He continued:

“What we didn’t know before deciding to look at gamers’ favourite consoles was that this month marks thirty years since the launch of the Commodore 64! Although not technically a console, the system provided many people with their first home gaming experiences and perhaps the platforms in the top ten wouldn’t have even existed had it not been for it.

“That said, the Mega Drive is a deserved winner, and the last leading console we saw from SEGA. Its toe-to-toe battle with the SNES throughout the early 90s defined console gaming, which is why it’s incredibly surprising to see the SNES so far down the pecking order, relatively speaking.”

ENDS

LINK: http://www.Playr2.com

Editor’s Notes

For more information please contact Emma Kent of 10 Yetis Public Relations Agency on 01452 348211 or emmak@10yetis.co.uk .  

Playr2.com allows users to compare prices on their favourite games, as well as allowing them to buy, sell and swap their games with other members on the site.

Playr2.com was launched in June 2011.


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