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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 12697x 53%
Addams Family, The 1991 19226x 67%
After Burner II 1987 4673x 66%
Air Buster 1990 40832x 67%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 37134x 73%
Alien 3 1992 25014x 78%
Alien Soldier 1995 5508x 69%
Altered Beast 1988 72304x 72%
Another World 1991 34895x 75%
Art of Fighting 1992 3779x 52%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 13322x 76%
Batman & Robin 1994 25932x 73%
Batman Returns 1992 9509x 71%
Battletoads 1991 17380x 74%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 55827x 74%
Beyond Oasis 1994 15664x 75%
Blaster Master 2 1993 16973x 63%
Blockout 1989 24726x 72%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 25029x 81%
Boogerman 1994 13389x 78%
Budokan 1989 16190x 48%
California Games 1987 34584x 68%
Cannon Fodder 1993 41293x 69%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 3741x 75%
Castle of Illusion 1990 36821x 71%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 42092x 81%
Championship Bowling 1989 10359x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 9407x 64%
Columns 1990 46057x 79%
Comix Zone 1995 48321x 82%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 83688x 75%
Cool Spot 1993 19230x 78%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 5968x 77%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 25923x 59%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 23520x 62%
Demolition Man 1995 17368x 75%
Desert Strike 1992 20835x 75%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 128454x 72%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 66645x 71%
Double Dragon 1987 17012x 70%
Double Dragon II 1990 11494x 65%
Double Dragon III 1990 13540x 68%
Double Dragon V 1994 1473x 70%
Double Dribble 1987 10383x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 69706x 72%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 52820x 83%
Earthworm Jim 1994 52092x 75%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 30948x 72%
F1 1993 4921x 80%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 65206x 74%
FIFA Soccer 95 1994 22363x 70%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 26816x 72%
Fatal Fury 1991 3812x 60%
Flashback 1992 27276x 76%
Flicky 1984 112610x 71%
Frogger 1981 4585x 70%
Gauntlet IV 1993 15108x 72%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 66787x 82%
Gleylancer 1992 6655x 76%
Gods 1991 24200x 72%
Golden Axe 1989 90868x 77%
Golden Axe II 1991 83165x 69%
Golden Axe III 1993 82561x 74%
Gunstar Heroes 1993 11784x 83%
Home Alone 1991 25961x 78%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 14958x 58%
Ironman 1989 10742x 55%
Joe & Mac 1991 7119x 76%
John Madden Football 1990 19397x 85%
Judge Dredd 1995 16164x 65%
Jurassic Park 1993 35923x 75%
King of the Monsters 1991 1802x 60%
Klax 1989 14635x 78%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 13590x 70%
Landstalker 1992 16903x 61%
Last Battle 1989 57715x 72%
Lemmings 1991 15559x 71%
Lion King, The 1994 147304x 71%
M.U.S.H.A. 1990 9209x 81%
Marble Madness 1984 24816x 81%
Mario Andretti Racing 1994 2771x 79%
Mega Bomberman 1993 133592x 76%
Mega Man: The Wily Wars 1994 13816x 81%
Mega Turrican 1993 19276x 84%
Mega lo Mania 1991 16380x 72%
Mercs 1990 21666x 69%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 47598x 77%
Micro Machines 1991 19785x 83%
Micro Machines 2 1994 1522x 57%
Might and Magic II 1988 18166x 79%
Mortal Kombat 1993 77767x 80%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 91478x 70%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 234943x 73%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 24422x 72%
NBA Jam 1993 77088x 82%
NBA Live 95 1994 17213x 76%
NHL 95 1994 49719x 79%
NHL 96 1995 6751x 85%
NHL ’94 1993 78400x 82%
New Zealand Story 1989 22895x 65%
Olympic Gold 1992 37950x 62%
OutRun 1986 49308x 74%
OutRun 2019 1993 3804x 65%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 14784x 67%
Pac-Mania 1988 70460x 67%
Paperboy 1984 17316x 61%
Paperboy 2 1991 34573x 66%
Phantasy Star II 1989 14193x 77%
Phantasy Star III 1990 4723x 74%
Phantasy Star IV 1993 3189x 86%
Pitfall IV 1994 13314x 80%
Populous 1989 12971x 69%
Power Rangers 1994 21843x 78%
Predator 2 1992 7761x 68%
Prince of Persia 1989 30070x 81%
Pulseman 1994 19916x 74%
QuackShot 1991 50274x 78%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 12998x 63%
Rainbow Islands 1987 16499x 74%
Rambo III 1989 24763x 67%
Ristar 1995 32544x 86%
Road Rash 1991 195546x 63%
Road Rash 3 1995 75230x 69%
Road Rash II 1992 42773x 78%
RoboCop 3 1992 17071x 64%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 34438x 70%
Rolo to the Rescue 1992 3071x 59%
Sagaia 1989 1878x 50%
Samurai Shodown 1993 26448x 74%
Saturday Night Slam ... 1993 2477x 85%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 27187x 64%
Shadow Dancer 2 1990 69034x 69%
Shadowrun 1993 29358x 84%
Shanghai II 1990 2542x 80%
Shining Force 1992 22411x 82%
Shining Force II 1993 8243x 86%
Shinobi III 1993 29898x 84%
Shove It! 1990 23670x 63%
Side Pocket 1987 28971x 80%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 19045x 82%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 12127x 78%
Snow Brothers 1990 24531x 64%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 178484x 75%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 74144x 72%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 832041x 73%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 162122x 78%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 325727x 76%
Space Invaders 1978 18235x 83%
Spider-Man 1994 16878x 70%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 23482x 60%
Spider-Man and Venom 1994 7148x 84%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 25920x 81%
Star Trek: The Next Gen... 1994 1783x 70%
Street Fighter II 1992 42157x 76%
Streets of Rage 1991 93471x 75%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 74778x 85%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 81466x 82%
Strider 1989 21110x 68%
Sub-Terrania 1994 1413x 56%
Summer Challenge 1992 9890x 65%
Sunset Riders 1993 50886x 77%
Super Hang-On 1987 37649x 79%
Super Monaco GP 1989 34979x 81%
Syndicate 1993 2262x 68%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 84122x 55%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 54330x 80%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 14926x 74%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 15423x 74%
Terminator 2 1991 17016x 67%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 11461x 78%
Tetris 1986 21751x 79%
The Humans 1992 12519x 57%
The Jungle Book 1994 30355x 79%
The Lost Vikings 1992 25030x 70%
The Super Shinobi 1989 33252x 74%
The Terminator 1992 14145x 78%
Theme Park 1994 920x 70%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 2806x 60%
Top Gear 2 1993 13733x 80%
True Lies 1994 9024x 78%
Turbo Outrun 1989 22379x 64%
Turrican 1990 11275x 69%
Ultimate MK3 1996 376284x 76%
Universal Soldier 1992 19236x 58%
Virtua Racing 1992 6268x 75%
Virtual Bart 1994 18460x 78%
WC Leader Board 1987 2171x 47%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 27400x 75%
Williams Arcade Classics 1995 6119x 75%
Winter Challenge 1991 9877x 66%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 6437x 68%
Wonder Boy III 1988 13071x 71%
World Championship Soccer 1989 16115x 80%
World Heroes 1992 1862x 50%
World Series Baseball 1994 16454x 73%
World of Illusion 1992 28332x 74%
Worms 1995 13817x 74%
X-Men 1993 38731x 70%
X-Men 2: Clone Wars 1995 11181x 85%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 19586x 67%
Zombies 1993 16250x 70%

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, ...
Manual: Sega_Genesis.pdf
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

Genesis: Road Rash Road Rash

Genesis: Lion King Lion King

Genesis: Mega Bomberman Mega Bomberman

Genesis: T2: The Arcade Game T2: The Arcade Game


 

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