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Video game console - Sega Genesis/Mega Drive

    Sega Mega Drive known in North America as Sega Genesis was a 16-bit home video game console which was developed and sold by Sega Enterprises, Ltd. The Genesis was Sega's third console and the successor to the Master System. Sega first released the console as the Mega Drive in Japan in 1988, followed by a North American debut under the Genesis moniker in 1989. In 1990, the console was distributed as the Mega Drive by Virgin Mastertronic in Europe.
    Sega released the Mega Drive in Japan on October 29, 1988, though the launch was overshadowed by Nintendo's release of Super Mario Bros. 3 a week earlier. Positive coverage from magazines Famitsu and Beep! helped to establish a following, but Sega only managed to ship 400,000 units in the first year. Sega announced a North American release date for the system on January 9, 1989. Sega looked for a new partner to market the Genesis in North America and offered the rights to Atari Corporation, which did not yet have a 16-bit system. David Rosen made the proposal to Atari CEO Jack Tramiel and the president of Atari's Entertainment Electronics Division, Michael Katz. Tramiel declined to acquire the new console, deeming it too expensive, and instead opted to focus on the Atari ST. Sega decided to launch the console through its own Sega of America subsidiary, which executed a limited launch on August 14, 1989, in New York City and Los Angeles. The European version was released on November 30, 1990. Building on the success of the Master System, the Mega Drive became the most popular console in Europe. Since the Mega Drive was two years old at the time of its release in the region, more games were available at launch compared to the launches in other regions.
    The standard controller features a rounded shape, a directional pad, three main buttons, and a 'start' button. Sega later released a six-button version in 1993. This pad is slightly smaller and features three additional face buttons, similar to the design of buttons on some popular arcade fighting games such as Street Fighter II. Other peripherals were released to add functionality. The Menacer is a wireless, infrared light gun peripheral used with compatible games. In November 1993, Sega released the Sega Activator, an octagonal device that lies flat on the floor and translates the player's physical movements into game inputs.
    The Genesis library was initially modest, but eventually grew to contain games to appeal to all types of players. The initial pack-in title was Altered Beast, which was later replaced with Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991. Top sellers included Sonic the Hedgehog, its sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Disney's Aladdin. During development for the console, Sega Enterprises focused on developing action games, while Sega of America was tasked with developing sports games. A large part of the appeal of the Genesis library during the console's lifetime was the arcade-based experience of its games, as well as more difficult entries such as Ecco the Dolphin, and sports games such as Joe Montana Football. Compared to its competition, Sega advertised to an older audience by hosting more mature games, including the uncensored version of Mortal Kombat.

Alphabetical list of the games for Sega Genesis hosted at RetroGames.cz:

Name Released Number of hits User rating
3 Ninjas Kick Back 1994 2658x 30%
Addams Family, The 1991 6051x 71%
Air Buster 1990 14504x 75%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 8844x 78%
Alien 3 1992 6102x 81%
Altered Beast 1988 14372x 83%
Another World 1991 11621x 72%
Batman & Robin 1994 3677x 68%
Battletoads 1991 4674x 80%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 17119x 72%
Blaster Master 2 1993 4613x 53%
Blockout 1989 9698x 78%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 1594x 65%
Budokan 1989 5190x 53%
California Games 1987 11460x 61%
Cannon Fodder 1993 15530x 73%
Castle of Illusion 1990 6790x 74%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 9759x 78%
Championship Bowling 1989 3579x 60%
Championship Karate 1992 1629x 68%
Columns 1990 11172x 75%
Comix Zone 1995 8255x 82%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 17027x 70%
Cool Spot 1993 5267x 63%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 11074x 62%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 6945x 54%
Demolition Man 1995 1922x 74%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 11516x 71%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 11694x 72%
Double Dragon 1987 5887x 67%
Double Dragon II 1990 3298x 53%
Double Dragon III 1990 4659x 80%
Double Dribble 1987 3822x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 33505x 70%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 10953x 70%
Earthworm Jim 1994 10127x 71%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 4039x 68%
FIFA 1993 21842x 71%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 9578x 75%
Flashback 1992 8723x 75%
Flicky 1984 4141x 56%
Gauntlet IV 1993 3292x 67%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 6849x 61%
Gods 1991 9080x 81%
Golden Axe 1989 8279x 79%
Golden Axe II 1991 22800x 60%
Golden Axe III 1993 17900x 62%
Home Alone 1991 6972x 84%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 5566x 66%
Ironman 1989 3270x 40%
Judge Dredd 1995 6214x 68%
Jurassic Park 1993 2709x 80%
Klax 1989 4006x 85%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 5938x 74%
Landstalker 1992 4785x 58%
Last Battle 1989 7689x 62%
Lemmings 1991 5840x 87%
Lion King, The 1994 4020x 80%
Marble Madness 1984 9351x 82%
Mega Bomberman 1993 28231x 77%
Mega lo Mania 1991 5471x 73%
Mercs 1990 6972x 89%
Micro Machines 1991 4587x 81%
Might and Magic II 1988 5999x 75%
Mortal Kombat 1993 6850x 81%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 25377x 67%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 45477x 69%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 6025x 67%
NBA Jam 1993 14944x 79%
NHL 95 1994 12431x 68%
NHL ’94 1993 18946x 78%
New Zealand Story 1989 4707x 63%
Olympic Gold 1992 14988x 62%
OutRun 1986 3360x 84%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 4721x 62%
Pac-Mania 1988 21197x 58%
Paperboy 1984 3038x 51%
Paperboy 2 1991 7855x 60%
Phantasy Star II 1989 4664x 75%
Pitfall IV 1994 4246x 74%
Populous 1989 4318x 70%
Power Rangers 1994 3735x 81%
Prince of Persia 1989 11413x 89%
QuackShot 1991 4614x 76%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 4887x 63%
Road Rash 1991 5537x 64%
Road Rash 3 1995 8400x 80%
Road Rash II 1992 6111x 72%
RoboCop 3 1992 3480x 40%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 6147x 68%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 2982x 90%
Shadow Dancer 1993 4911x 62%
Shadowrun 1993 8261x 73%
Shining Force 1992 5310x 91%
Shove It! 1990 8005x 52%
Side Pocket 1987 11052x 76%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 4918x 79%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 1998x 60%
Snow Brothers 1990 4104x 62%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 17944x 78%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 16222x 64%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 58380x 73%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 12430x 69%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 38217x 80%
Space Invaders 1978 4619x 75%
Spider-Man 1994 2580x 80%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 4555x 79%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 5928x 52%
Street Fighter II 1992 8076x 81%
Streets of Rage 1991 15382x 74%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 8953x 71%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 14406x 86%
Strider 1989 7782x 66%
Summer Challenge 1992 2901x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 10189x 75%
Super Hang-On 1987 6965x 81%
Super Monaco GP 1989 6252x 79%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 527x 33%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 11115x 85%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 5775x 72%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 4308x 74%
Terminator 2 1991 5372x 64%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 4295x 78%
Tetris 1986 5577x 83%
The Humans 1992 3134x 40%
The Jungle Book 1994 7424x 90%
The Lost Vikings 1992 8870x 74%
The Super Shinobi 1989 7875x 74%
The Terminator 1992 4226x 65%
True Lies 1994 991x 70%
Turbo Outrun 1989 6085x 67%
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 1996 26235x 77%
Universal Soldier 1992 7762x 59%
Virtual Bart 1994 1920x 60%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 3193x 85%
Winter Challenge 1991 3241x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 101x 60%
World Championship Soccer 1989 4155x 70%
World Series Baseball 1994 697x 53%
World of Illusion 1992 791x 30%
Worms 1995 4474x 78%
X-Men 1993 7361x 63%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 7399x 64%
Zombies 1993 2968x 65%

All information in this article are from: http://www.wikipedia.org/.


A North American Sega Genesis video game console with 3-button controller.
 

Technical data:
Manufacturer: Sega
Generation: Fourth (16-bit era)
Retail availability: October 1988 (Japan)
August 1989 (USA)
November 1990 (Europe)
Discontinued: 1999
Units sold: 40 million
Media: ROM cartridge
Processor (CPU): Motorola 68000 @ 7.6 MHz
Screen resolution: 320x224 (NTSC)
320x240 (PAL)
Colors: 512 color palette,
61 colors on-screen
Controller input: gamepad (cross + 3 buttons),
Menacer (wireless light gun),
Sega Activator, ...
Best-selling game: Sonic the Hedgehog
(15 million)
Predecessor: Sega Master System (1985)
Successor: Sega Saturn (1994)

 

Most popular games:

Genesis: Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog

Genesis: Golden Axe Golden Axe

Genesis: Streets of Rage Streets of Rage

Genesis: Mortal Kombat Mortal Kombat

Genesis: NHL 95 NHL 95

Genesis: NBA Jam NBA Jam

Genesis: The Revenge of Shinobi The Revenge of Shinobi

Genesis: Disney's Aladdin Disney's Aladdin

Genesis: Altered Beast Altered Beast

Genesis: Ecco the Dolphin Ecco the Dolphin


 

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