Well, Sega tried what I can only assume was their best but the Mega-CD didn't really set the gaming world on fire, despite hype to the contrary. Mine was bought before all this though, of course. Back in those days, a good friend of mine and his brother used to buy all the latest consoles and computers as soon as they were released before (usually) quickly tiring of them and selling them on. It was via this source that I acquired several of my consoles including my MegaDrive itself and later my 3DO.
The lure of the Mega CD was of course too much for them and they duly bought one at the first opportunity. As usual, it didn't last long in their hands so I, helpfully, once again relieved them of the burden of trying to sell it! Shortly after haphazardly transporting it home on my wonky moped, I eagerly set it up next to my splendid and worn-out MegaDrive. It did come with a handful of (multi-named) games as well and they were thus:
Sega Classics Arcade Collection (1992)
Thunder Storm FX a.k.a. Cobra Command (1992)
Sol-Feace a.k.a. Sol-Deace (1991)
Road Blaster FX a.k.a. Road Avenger (1992)
Thunderhawk a.k.a. AH-3 Thunderstrike (1993)
So, the Mega-CD may have been blessed with some fancy bits and pieces but, to start with at least, it was all a bit of an anti-climax. I played a lot of Thunderhawk but the other titles here were barely touched again after the first week or so. Some good releases would come for MCD owners to enjoy including some superb exclusive titles, but for me they came too late as I had already sold on my MCD and gone back to my trusty MegaDrive. My faith in Sega had been shaken for the first time and I thought a lot more carefully about buying their future products from then on. The beginning of the end?
See part one of this post here :)