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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 10072x 55%
Addams Family, The 1991 15178x 66%
Air Buster 1990 32728x 67%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 28935x 77%
Alien 3 1992 20179x 79%
Alien Soldier 1995 1047x 56%
Altered Beast 1988 55090x 71%
Another World 1991 27337x 74%
Art of Fighting 1992 1204x 55%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 9794x 76%
Batman & Robin 1994 19198x 73%
Batman Returns 1992 5950x 70%
Battletoads 1991 13803x 76%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 45132x 74%
Beyond Oasis 1994 9794x 76%
Blaster Master 2 1993 13313x 58%
Blockout 1989 20707x 71%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 16996x 75%
Boogerman 1994 7604x 70%
Budokan 1989 11373x 47%
California Games 1987 27087x 65%
Cannon Fodder 1993 33700x 69%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 1685x 70%
Castle of Illusion 1990 29065x 72%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 32525x 80%
Championship Bowling 1989 8389x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 7456x 64%
Columns 1990 35848x 79%
Comix Zone 1995 34348x 82%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 64141x 74%
Cool Spot 1993 12860x 71%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 1751x 70%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 22312x 61%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 16566x 62%
Demolition Man 1995 13228x 74%
Desert Strike 1992 12175x 75%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 88438x 72%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 45918x 71%
Double Dragon 1987 13905x 68%
Double Dragon II 1990 9328x 65%
Double Dragon III 1990 11391x 68%
Double Dribble 1987 8572x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 59576x 72%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 36302x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 36712x 72%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 22132x 68%
F1 1993 1927x 80%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 51782x 72%
FIFA Soccer 95 1994 11662x 70%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 21587x 68%
Fatal Fury 1991 1478x 70%
Flashback 1992 21809x 75%
Flicky 1984 78058x 71%
Frogger 1981 1985x 62%
Gauntlet IV 1993 11385x 71%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 45747x 82%
Gleylancer 1992 3552x 82%
Gods 1991 19732x 76%
Golden Axe 1989 62304x 75%
Golden Axe II 1991 59596x 67%
Golden Axe III 1993 59969x 72%
Gunstar Heroes 1993 6237x 79%
Home Alone 1991 18123x 83%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 12267x 60%
Ironman 1989 8784x 40%
Joe & Mac 1991 2062x 74%
John Madden Football 1990 10766x 86%
Judge Dredd 1995 13433x 65%
Jurassic Park 1993 26357x 71%
King of the Monsters 1991 178x 60%
Klax 1989 11329x 76%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 11568x 70%
Landstalker 1992 13556x 56%
Last Battle 1989 45519x 66%
Lemmings 1991 13147x 72%
Lion King, The 1994 113161x 69%
M.U.S.H.A. 1990 5805x 83%
Marble Madness 1984 20252x 81%
Mega Bomberman 1993 106105x 76%
Mega Man: The Wily Wars 1994 6408x 79%
Mega Turrican 1993 9609x 83%
Mega lo Mania 1991 13260x 74%
Mercs 1990 17496x 64%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 24362x 77%
Micro Machines 1991 15359x 82%
Might and Magic II 1988 15122x 78%
Mortal Kombat 1993 52907x 78%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 71976x 67%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 175972x 72%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 19343x 70%
NBA Jam 1993 58862x 82%
NBA Live 95 1994 11554x 77%
NHL 95 1994 36870x 78%
NHL ’94 1993 58532x 81%
New Zealand Story 1989 14834x 61%
Olympic Gold 1992 30847x 57%
OutRun 1986 31371x 73%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 11815x 65%
Pac-Mania 1988 57127x 65%
Paperboy 1984 13606x 61%
Paperboy 2 1991 20154x 63%
Phantasy Star II 1989 11582x 76%
Phantasy Star III 1990 2547x 79%
Pitfall IV 1994 10544x 79%
Populous 1989 10724x 73%
Power Rangers 1994 17366x 78%
Predator 2 1992 4772x 64%
Prince of Persia 1989 25458x 81%
Pulseman 1994 9826x 75%
QuackShot 1991 30344x 74%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 10335x 62%
Rainbow Islands 1987 9756x 75%
Rambo III 1989 17963x 66%
Ristar 1995 22647x 85%
Road Rash 1991 108922x 63%
Road Rash 3 1995 52296x 68%
Road Rash II 1992 28384x 73%
RoboCop 3 1992 13068x 61%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 23091x 70%
Samurai Shodown 1993 14886x 75%
Saturday Night Slam ... 1993 314x 70%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 17847x 63%
Shadow Dancer 2 1990 42279x 70%
Shadowrun 1993 22294x 83%
Shanghai II 1990 852x 80%
Shining Force 1992 17529x 81%
Shining Force II 1993 3467x 71%
Shinobi III 1993 18921x 82%
Shove It! 1990 19372x 61%
Side Pocket 1987 23999x 78%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 14100x 83%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 9438x 76%
Snow Brothers 1990 18452x 65%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 137159x 74%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 58942x 70%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 587123x 73%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 118416x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 245947x 75%
Space Invaders 1978 14975x 80%
Spider-Man 1994 13139x 78%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 18154x 63%
Spider-Man and Venom 1994 1360x 75%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 18331x 80%
Street Fighter II 1992 31186x 77%
Streets of Rage 1991 66255x 75%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 51593x 83%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 54255x 81%
Strider 1989 17187x 68%
Summer Challenge 1992 8136x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 37185x 75%
Super Hang-On 1987 25239x 76%
Super Monaco GP 1989 26760x 78%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 14308x 58%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 43147x 81%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 12540x 76%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 11883x 73%
Terminator 2 1991 13726x 67%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 9282x 78%
Tetris 1986 16848x 76%
The Humans 1992 9753x 50%
The Jungle Book 1994 24488x 79%
The Lost Vikings 1992 19994x 68%
The Super Shinobi 1989 26082x 74%
The Terminator 1992 11028x 78%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 988x 70%
Top Gear 2 1993 8976x 84%
True Lies 1994 6573x 70%
Turbo Outrun 1989 17837x 63%
Turrican 1990 7697x 70%
Ultimate MK3 1996 255664x 75%
Universal Soldier 1992 16094x 57%
Virtua Racing 1992 2193x 73%
Virtual Bart 1994 13059x 71%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 20798x 79%
Winter Challenge 1991 8067x 66%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 4595x 68%
Wonder Boy III 1988 8669x 69%
World Championship Soccer 1989 11967x 83%
World Heroes 1992 58x 50%
World Series Baseball 1994 11741x 67%
World of Illusion 1992 20590x 75%
Worms 1995 11311x 74%
X-Men 1993 30004x 67%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 15894x 66%
Zombies 1993 12508x 66%

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


 

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