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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 7400x 55%
Addams Family, The 1991 11346x 63%
Air Buster 1990 25447x 66%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 20320x 74%
Alien 3 1992 13515x 85%
Altered Beast 1988 35322x 75%
Another World 1991 19876x 72%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 6047x 72%
Batman & Robin 1994 12760x 70%
Batman Returns 1992 2631x 78%
Battletoads 1991 9925x 71%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 32171x 72%
Beyond Oasis 1994 4104x 75%
Blaster Master 2 1993 9736x 58%
Blockout 1989 15869x 74%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 8738x 72%
Budokan 1989 8916x 52%
California Games 1987 19614x 66%
Cannon Fodder 1993 25212x 69%
Castle of Illusion 1990 18562x 70%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 23012x 79%
Championship Bowling 1989 6640x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 5387x 64%
Columns 1990 24070x 74%
Comix Zone 1995 21617x 79%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 43071x 72%
Cool Spot 1993 9337x 78%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 17808x 58%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 12521x 57%
Demolition Man 1995 8653x 67%
Desert Strike 1992 974x 70%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 44461x 71%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 26056x 69%
Double Dragon 1987 10857x 67%
Double Dragon II 1990 7074x 65%
Double Dragon III 1990 8899x 72%
Double Dribble 1987 6724x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 48779x 73%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 24168x 75%
Earthworm Jim 1994 21044x 68%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 13076x 61%
FIFA 1993 39018x 72%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 15895x 68%
Flashback 1992 16067x 78%
Flicky 1984 38879x 70%
Gauntlet IV 1993 7915x 71%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 25002x 79%
Gleylancer 1992 506x 75%
Gods 1991 14991x 83%
Golden Axe 1989 31733x 73%
Golden Axe II 1991 39908x 63%
Golden Axe III 1993 40978x 68%
Gunstar Heroes 1993 1829x 56%
Home Alone 1991 12725x 82%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 9658x 60%
Ironman 1989 6722x 40%
Judge Dredd 1995 10826x 71%
Jurassic Park 1993 15977x 75%
Klax 1989 7920x 72%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 9600x 74%
Landstalker 1992 9621x 60%
Last Battle 1989 35037x 63%
Lemmings 1991 10755x 72%
Lion King, The 1994 61727x 68%
M.U.S.H.A. 1990 1696x 81%
Marble Madness 1984 15769x 76%
Mega Bomberman 1993 67948x 75%
Mega Turrican 1993 6009x 79%
Mega lo Mania 1991 10150x 71%
Mercs 1990 13600x 81%
Micro Machines 1991 10393x 80%
Might and Magic II 1988 10865x 83%
Mortal Kombat 1993 29648x 77%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 49995x 63%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 113496x 72%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 14209x 75%
NBA Jam 1993 35996x 80%
NBA Live 95 1994 5521x 69%
NHL 95 1994 25367x 76%
NHL ’94 1993 34099x 80%
New Zealand Story 1989 9071x 59%
Olympic Gold 1992 23965x 57%
OutRun 1986 10217x 82%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 8995x 64%
Pac-Mania 1988 41065x 63%
Paperboy 1984 8066x 60%
Paperboy 2 1991 14766x 63%
Phantasy Star II 1989 8671x 75%
Pitfall IV 1994 7730x 80%
Populous 1989 8223x 73%
Power Rangers 1994 11755x 82%
Predator 2 1992 2026x 62%
Prince of Persia 1989 19750x 81%
Pulseman 1994 4943x 75%
QuackShot 1991 13646x 64%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 8141x 61%
Rainbow Islands 1987 4835x 70%
Rambo III 1989 10891x 64%
Ristar 1995 10863x 88%
Road Rash 1991 24724x 61%
Road Rash 3 1995 24867x 78%
Road Rash II 1992 16094x 69%
RoboCop 3 1992 9347x 58%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 15016x 70%
Samurai Shodown 1993 4441x 81%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 11196x 65%
Shadow Dancer 2 1990 13853x 67%
Shadowrun 1993 15580x 82%
Shining Force 1992 13155x 77%
Shinobi III 1993 11028x 81%
Shove It! 1990 14421x 57%
Side Pocket 1987 18543x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 8937x 80%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 6244x 76%
Snow Brothers 1990 11281x 63%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 66721x 75%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 35840x 66%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 202247x 72%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 49492x 73%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 112905x 76%
Space Invaders 1978 11547x 83%
Spider-Man 1994 8392x 79%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 12584x 63%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 13404x 79%
Street Fighter II 1992 20751x 78%
Streets of Rage 1991 36961x 77%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 27050x 79%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 34298x 81%
Strider 1989 13384x 67%
Summer Challenge 1992 6315x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 23301x 75%
Super Hang-On 1987 15747x 73%
Super Monaco GP 1989 16097x 73%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 7072x 56%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 28966x 82%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 10110x 73%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 8662x 71%
Terminator 2 1991 10513x 66%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 7299x 78%
Tetris 1986 12727x 78%
The Humans 1992 7168x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 16679x 77%
The Lost Vikings 1992 15108x 69%
The Super Shinobi 1989 17810x 74%
The Terminator 1992 8206x 64%
Top Gear 2 1993 2827x 82%
True Lies 1994 4205x 55%
Turbo Outrun 1989 12777x 66%
Turrican 1990 2245x 83%
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 1996 111427x 76%
Universal Soldier 1992 12906x 58%
Virtual Bart 1994 6800x 71%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 12034x 84%
Winter Challenge 1991 6252x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 2885x 80%
Wonder Boy III 1988 4030x 65%
World Championship Soccer 1989 8661x 74%
World Series Baseball 1994 7354x 67%
World of Illusion 1992 11824x 75%
Worms 1995 8239x 80%
X-Men 1993 19813x 70%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 12301x 64%
Zombies 1993 8484x 61%

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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