The Sega 32X is an add-on for the Sega Genesis video game console. It
was designed to expand the power of the Genesis and serve as a
transitional console into the 32-bit era until the release of the Sega
Saturn. Unveiled at June 1994's Consumer Electronics Show, Sega
presented the 32X as a low-cost option for playing 32-bit games.
Developed in response to the Atari Jaguar and concerns that the Saturn
would not be ready by the end of 1994, the product was originally
conceived as an entirely new console, but was converted into an add-on
to the existing Genesis and made more powerful. To meet the release date
of November 1994, development of the new system and its games were
rushed. Ultimately, the console failed to attract third-party video game
developers and sufficient consumers due to the announcement of the Sega
Saturn's simultaneous release in Japan. By the end of 1994, the 32X had
sold 665,000 units; it was discontinued in 1996. Initial reception was
positive, highlighting the low price and power expansion to the Genesis,
but later reviews were mostly negative because of its shallow game
library, poor market timing and the resulting market fragmentation for
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Turco-Mongol conqueror Timur captured and sacked the Georgian
capital of Tbilisi, forcing King Bagrat V to convert to Islam.
Polish troops and civilians began a three-day pogrom against
Jews and Ukrainian Christians in Lwów (now Lviv, Ukraine).
First Sino-Japanese War: After capturing the city of
Lüshunkou, the Japanese Second Army killed more than 1,000 Chinese
servicemen and civilians.
The Verrazano–Narrows Bridge (pictured), connecting Staten
Island and Brooklyn in New York City, opened to traffic as the longest
suspension bridge in the world at the time.
Explosives placed in two central pubs in Birmingham, England,
killed 21 people and injured 182 others, and eventually led to the
arrest and imprisonment of six people who were later exonerated.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(Buddhism) Any of the three modes or methods of Buddhist spiritual
practice; Mahayana, Hinayana and Vajrayana.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Virtue supposes liberty, as the carrying of a burden supposes
active force. Under coercion there is no virtue, and without virtue
there is no religion. Make a slave of me, and I shall be no better for
it. Even the sovereign has no right to use coercion to lead men to
religion, which by its nature supposes choice and liberty. My thought is
no more subject to authority than is sickness or health.
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