Much like Sega’s own Genesis console, The Sega Nomad utilized a Motorola 68000 CPU. This allowed the Nomad to have the graphic, memory, and sound capabilities of the full-sized Genesis.
Screen and Output
The Nomad utilized a 3.25 inch backlit color screen. Due to the smaller screen size though, noticeable screen blurring can occur. The Nomad was also equipped with an AV output, allowing it to be played on a television screen.
While the Nomad could be powered by an AC adapter, six AA batteries were required to power it in a truly portable manner. High power-draw meat the console would only last two to three hours when using batteries. Much of the power draw came from the screen, and recent third-party mods can extend this battery life if the screen is replaced with a modern LCD panel.
Due to the Nomad being functional similar to a Genesis, many of the same peripherals could be used. These include:
- Sega Activator
- Team Play Adaptor
- Mega Mouse
- Sega Channel Addon
- XBAND Addon