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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 1786x 50%
Addams Family, The 1991 5227x 71%
Air Buster 1990 12662x 78%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 7374x 78%
Alien 3 1992 5399x 81%
Altered Beast 1988 12100x 82%
Another World 1991 10331x 73%
Batman & Robin 1994 2704x 62%
Battletoads 1991 3939x 80%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 14785x 76%
Blaster Master 2 1993 3641x 53%
Blockout 1989 8510x 76%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 872x 65%
Budokan 1989 4531x 53%
California Games 1987 10164x 61%
Cannon Fodder 1993 14042x 73%
Castle of Illusion 1990 5996x 72%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 8276x 79%
Championship Bowling 1989 3098x 60%
Championship Karate 1992 1067x 55%
Columns 1990 9460x 79%
Comix Zone 1995 7095x 87%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 14292x 66%
Cool Spot 1993 4229x 90%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 9838x 58%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 5969x 54%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 10008x 68%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 10308x 71%
Double Dragon 1987 5229x 60%
Double Dragon II 1990 2686x 70%
Double Dragon III 1990 3935x 80%
Double Dribble 1987 3340x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 29799x 69%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 9462x 68%
Earthworm Jim 1994 8736x 71%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 2953x 90%
FIFA 1993 19177x 73%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 8635x 77%
Flashback 1992 7761x 74%
Flicky 1984 2295x 44%
Gauntlet IV 1993 2498x 61%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 5404x 65%
Gods 1991 8177x 82%
Golden Axe 1989 7177x 78%
Golden Axe II 1991 20958x 61%
Golden Axe III 1993 15409x 63%
Home Alone 1991 6125x 86%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 4780x 66%
Ironman 1989 2727x 40%
Judge Dredd 1995 5437x 76%
Klax 1989 3378x 83%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 5342x 74%
Landstalker 1992 3956x 58%
Last Battle 1989 4142x 62%
Lemmings 1991 4997x 87%
Lion King, The 1994 3174x 76%
Marble Madness 1984 8460x 82%
Mega Bomberman 1993 23404x 79%
Mega lo Mania 1991 4873x 78%
Mercs 1990 5776x 89%
Micro Machines 1991 3957x 81%
Might and Magic II 1988 5290x 75%
Mortal Kombat 1993 5700x 82%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 22320x 67%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 39799x 68%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 5232x 74%
NBA Jam 1993 11826x 80%
NHL 95 1994 10693x 69%
NHL ’94 1993 17223x 78%
New Zealand Story 1989 4119x 63%
Olympic Gold 1992 13351x 63%
OutRun 1986 2180x 90%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 4135x 62%
Pac-Mania 1988 18718x 56%
Paperboy 1984 2276x 51%
Paperboy 2 1991 6494x 60%
Phantasy Star II 1989 4038x 75%
Pitfall IV 1994 3732x 74%
Populous 1989 3692x 70%
Power Rangers 1994 2726x 81%
Prince of Persia 1989 10023x 91%
QuackShot 1991 3589x 76%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 4218x 63%
Road Rash 1991 4740x 68%
Road Rash 3 1995 7129x 80%
Road Rash II 1992 5035x 77%
RoboCop 3 1992 2584x 46%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 4960x 68%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 2065x 80%
Shadow Dancer 1993 3860x 62%
Shadowrun 1993 7434x 74%
Shining Force 1992 3669x 96%
Shove It! 1990 7189x 49%
Side Pocket 1987 9844x 78%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 4108x 72%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 1174x 60%
Snow Brothers 1990 3492x 66%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 13347x 84%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 13834x 61%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 47226x 73%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 9925x 72%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 29663x 84%
Space Invaders 1978 3972x 75%
Spider-Man 1994 1831x 80%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 3895x 79%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 5000x 48%
Street Fighter II 1992 7108x 84%
Streets of Rage 1991 13577x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 7546x 73%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 12667x 88%
Strider 1989 6810x 68%
Summer Challenge 1992 2362x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 8835x 77%
Super Hang-On 1987 5867x 84%
Super Monaco GP 1989 5151x 74%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 9161x 85%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 5130x 72%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 3674x 73%
Terminator 2 1991 4753x 64%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 3807x 78%
Tetris 1986 4729x 83%
The Humans 1992 2394x 40%
The Jungle Book 1994 5997x 89%
The Lost Vikings 1992 7938x 76%
The Super Shinobi 1989 6806x 77%
The Terminator 1992 3703x 65%
True Lies 1994 570x 70%
Turbo Outrun 1989 5077x 69%
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 1996 22946x 79%
Universal Soldier 1992 6918x 57%
Virtual Bart 1994 1340x 60%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 2131x 85%
Winter Challenge 1991 2671x 63%
World Championship Soccer 1989 3467x 70%
Worms 1995 3842x 78%
X-Men 1993 5954x 63%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 6658x 63%
Zombies 1993 2228x 62%

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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