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The Sega Mega CD was a console add-on for the Sega Mega Drive console released in 1991 in Japan, and 1992 for Europe and North America. Sega's plan for the Mega CD was for it to go up against not only the console competition, but the PC Engine as well. The Mega CD was a good add-on for its first year or so, but due to the price of it, most people never got one. Sega's failure was mainly due to trying to use the Mega CD for more FMV centered games instead of using the new space and power for more elaborate games. On the technical side, the Mega CD gave the Mega Drive a second 68K core, 10 extra Z80 channels, 6Mbits of extra ram, and access to up to 700MB of game data.