Did The Sega Pico Fail!? – Sega's Other System! – Rare Console History

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Today, Top Hat Gaming Man discusses the history of the Sega Pico – Segas Other 16 Bit System.

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A man in a top hat, with a dashing moustache or a highly distinguished beard, reviews rare video games in his massive collection. Appreciate the finer things in life! Top Hat Gaming Man travels around the globe, playing the best games for the handhelds around the world. The best games are like fine wines and only get better with age. Today, Top Hat Gaming Man discusses the history of the Sega Pico – Segas Other 16 Bit System.

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    Top Hat Gaming Man July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • POKÉMON?!?!? ON SEGA?!?!

    Albert Norton Onymous July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • My first game console! I guess that officially makes me a sega kid. I think I practically got the entire US library maybe with a couple of exceptions, still have em all CIB but I haven’t touched the system in over 20 years lol. I really loved playing with this thing, it introduced me to so many classics. That Tails music game, Ecco, the scarytown game were probably my faves

    MrRom92DAW July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • "Whack a bloody mole!"

    GeekHero Bubba July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • Interesting thing. The graves of hell are lined with edutainment ideas!

    Chad Mulligan July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • Pico is not a Megadrive. It reuses the graphics and system management chip from the Megadrive along with the main processor, but ditches the Z80 CPU (which is used for Master System compatibility and as sound management chip) and the Yamaha FM synthesizer IC. The PSG (Programmable Soundwave Generator) which was present on the Master System is part of Megadrive's graphics chip so it is present – so for cost reasons, this is the one remaining of the two sound chips of the Megadrive, plus a voice/wave soundchip is added because of its educational purpose.

    Siana Gearz July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • I used to be OBSESSED with this console from 2008-2011! I wasn’t even a part of the target demographic! XD

    Nowadays, I’m not a super fan of the Pico, but I still like it. 🙂

    Back in 2008, I asked my parents to buy me one (which came with a set of 9 random games) from eBay. When it got delivered, it barely freakin’ worked! After that incident (along with making a dumb decision to ask my parents to buy me additional Pico games, despite the console not working at all), my parents were hesitant to buy anything else related to it, so I was stuck with a broken Pico and games I couldn’t even freakin’ play! Then in 2010/2011, I decided to try again and asked my mom to actually buy me another Pico (which came with a set of I think 12 games) from eBay, to which she reluctantly agreed to do. When it got delivered, the console and all of the games I had ACTUALLY WORKED!!

    OjaruFan July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • That commercial was in Korean not Mandarin…

    Dastractionwolf Kagmi July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • If it's the same hardware as the Genesis why not just make a add on tablet controller for the Genesis so you don't have to have multiple systems?

    Dallas Dal July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • I absolutely loved my pico as a kid and it got me into video games at a young age. I even had that Pooh cartridge and Richard scary’s. Everyone thinks I’m crazy when I talk about it and for the longest time I had no idea it was made by sega. I miss it!

    Nikki Meyer July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • I remember seeing these. But I was too old for the system at the time. Looking at old ads from time to time I still see the name. I keep forgetting it was by Sega.

    Angry the Clown July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • The Sega Pico was only a success in Japan.

    Mr. Aruruアルルさん July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • Bro the pico was dope when I was a kid lol

    Tha Clip Keepah July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • If I ever play on this console I'd probably suck at the games on it as well 😔.

    Ivgentis July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • I actually remember this being advertised. I thought it looked pretty cool.

    Blue Coyote July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • The Sega Pico had a succror the pico beena.

    Abby Giroux July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • I remember that my mom took me to kaybee toys a store that was all toys kind of like toys r us back then and in the electronic section was the Sns but that same day they brought through the door those Sega Genesis systems with altered beasts as a bundle and I fell for that one for me as a kid the Genesis was like the big kids console it had most of the rpg's that made me go for it and it was all black something that made me felt I was buying an adult console and yes I did altered beasts was crazy with monsters and men becoming beasts with the floating orbs you collected of a white wolf that only appeared in a blink of an eye on overall all my friends had an and but when I came with that Genesis they all used to come home to see and play an adult console that was what we all thought back then cause the games had blood and guts like that splatter be house dude you find saw that in a sns

    Thereal Blade Pacino July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • This reminds me of the leapfrog leap pad I had as a kid. The way these games are played look like a precursor to the Wii U.

    Chariot Goblin July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • What is the soundtrack playing at 1:50?

    DarksaberForce July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • The only differences from Sega Mega Drive/Genesis is the sound chip. It uses the same Texas Instruments sound generator as the Master System rather than the Yamaha one from Mega Drive but also has a NEC PCM sound chip, maybe used for voice tracks.

    MrFeelGoodJson24 July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • MPC was the better edutainment system and probably contribute to kids ignoring Pico.

    abendroid July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • The Pico was my first console! I loved it as a kid! I need to find another one, guess I'll check eBay.

    RacingNut48 July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • Here in Brazil there are many Master clones

    sonicmario50 July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • Ive always to review this. Someday I will!!!! Thank you!!!

    Quack Attack 5000 July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • I'd blame the marketing and small game library as well. They couldn't exactly import and localize more of the Japanese games since they seem to be mostly properties that weren't introduced to the US at that point, if at all. Ones that did wouldn't have been big in the 3-7 demo anyway. Not to mention the biggest problem, edutainment games featuring licensed video game characters were poorly made cash grabs. The home PC was starting to become a thing, and there were so many option made by competent companies at the time that the console based educational game never caught on.

    mightyfilm July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply
  • 4:38 Top Hat Gaming Man imitating the Angry Video Game Nerd! LOL

    Stephen Gregson July 9, 2020 12:39 pm Reply

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