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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 13877x 55%
Addams Family, The 1991 20861x 67%
After Burner II 1987 7690x 70%
Air Buster 1990 44417x 67%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 40957x 73%
Alien 3 1992 27339x 78%
Alien Soldier 1995 7535x 72%
Altered Beast 1988 79945x 72%
Another World 1991 38042x 75%
Art of Fighting 1992 4811x 52%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 14955x 76%
Batman & Robin 1994 29030x 72%
Batman Returns 1992 11612x 75%
Batman: Return of the Joker 1991 643x 50%
Battletoads 1991 19093x 75%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 61181x 75%
Beyond Oasis 1994 17997x 75%
Blaster Master 2 1993 18408x 65%
Blockout 1989 26420x 73%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 29446x 82%
Boogerman 1994 16628x 79%
Budokan 1989 17172x 48%
California Games 1987 38086x 68%
Cannon Fodder 1993 44640x 69%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 4680x 75%
Castle of Illusion 1990 40672x 71%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 46401x 81%
Championship Bowling 1989 11071x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 10186x 64%
Columns 1990 50695x 79%
Comix Zone 1995 54595x 83%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 92802x 75%
Cool Spot 1993 21209x 80%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 7787x 74%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 27340x 61%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 24931x 65%
Demolition Man 1995 19732x 77%
Desert Strike 1992 25817x 77%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 148364x 72%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 75341x 70%
Double Dragon 1987 18361x 70%
Double Dragon II 1990 12613x 68%
Double Dragon III 1990 14432x 69%
Double Dragon V 1994 2499x 74%
Double Dribble 1987 11163x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 73967x 73%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 60450x 85%
Earthworm Jim 1994 58931x 74%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 35774x 72%
F1 1993 7947x 84%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 71388x 74%
FIFA Soccer 95 1994 27216x 72%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 28976x 72%
Fatal Fury 1991 4993x 55%
Flashback 1992 29525x 75%
Flicky 1984 128890x 71%
Frogger 1981 5671x 76%
Gauntlet IV 1993 16830x 72%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 75111x 82%
Gleylancer 1992 7805x 78%
Gods 1991 25965x 73%
Golden Axe 1989 103645x 77%
Golden Axe II 1991 91881x 69%
Golden Axe III 1993 91802x 74%
Gunstar Heroes 1993 14862x 86%
Home Alone 1991 27642x 80%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 16657x 58%
Ironman 1989 11706x 55%
Joe & Mac 1991 9362x 78%
John Madden Football 1990 23802x 84%
Judge Dredd 1995 17304x 65%
Jurassic Park 1993 40393x 75%
King of the Monsters 1991 2696x 60%
Klax 1989 16002x 78%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 14509x 67%
Landstalker 1992 18402x 64%
Last Action Hero 1993 300x 30%
Last Battle 1989 61910x 72%
Lemmings 1991 16576x 71%
Lion King, The 1994 163545x 72%
M.U.S.H.A. 1990 10700x 80%
Marble Madness 1984 26576x 81%
Mario Andretti Racing 1994 4686x 76%
Mega Bomberman 1993 145204x 77%
Mega Man: The Wily Wars 1994 17214x 81%
Mega Turrican 1993 20857x 85%
Mega lo Mania 1991 17712x 72%
Mercs 1990 23594x 70%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 57992x 76%
Micro Machines 1991 22046x 84%
Micro Machines 2 1994 2963x 69%
Might and Magic II 1988 19850x 79%
Mortal Kombat 1993 86268x 80%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 99354x 70%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 258234x 74%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 26650x 72%
NBA Jam 1993 85493x 82%
NBA Live 95 1994 19698x 76%
NHL 95 1994 54582x 80%
NHL 96 1995 11815x 84%
NHL ’94 1993 87683x 82%
New Zealand Story 1989 25997x 64%
Olympic Gold 1992 40778x 62%
OutRun 1986 57419x 75%
OutRun 2019 1993 5238x 71%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 16496x 69%
Pac-Mania 1988 76163x 68%
Paperboy 1984 18897x 60%
Paperboy 2 1991 41176x 66%
Phantasy Star II 1989 15294x 77%
Phantasy Star III 1990 5690x 74%
Phantasy Star IV 1993 4765x 79%
Pit-Fighter 1990 2573x 45%
Pitfall IV 1994 14517x 80%
Populous 1989 13939x 69%
Power Rangers 1994 24216x 79%
Predator 2 1992 9102x 68%
Prince of Persia 1989 32363x 82%
Pulseman 1994 23249x 72%
QuackShot 1991 57474x 78%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 14024x 63%
Rainbow Islands 1987 18649x 73%
Rambo III 1989 28163x 69%
Rings of Power 1991 1671x 60%
Ristar 1995 37199x 85%
Road Rash 1991 239584x 62%
Road Rash 3 1995 85854x 70%
Road Rash II 1992 49211x 76%
RoboCop 3 1992 18941x 62%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 39116x 70%
Rolo to the Rescue 1992 5074x 55%
Sagaia 1989 3037x 50%
Samurai Shodown 1993 31388x 76%
Saturday Night Slam ... 1993 3745x 60%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 30416x 67%
Shadow Dancer 2 1990 80198x 70%
Shadowrun 1993 32745x 85%
Shanghai II 1990 3228x 80%
Shining Force 1992 25116x 82%
Shining Force II 1993 13327x 86%
Shinobi III 1993 35172x 83%
Shove It! 1990 25652x 64%
Side Pocket 1987 31084x 79%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 21187x 80%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 13330x 76%
Snow Brothers 1990 27688x 63%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 200598x 76%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 81138x 72%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 959517x 74%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 193373x 78%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 366923x 76%
Space Harrier II 1988 1567x 62%
Space Invaders 1978 20170x 84%
Spider-Man 1994 18850x 69%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 26351x 63%
Spider-Man and Venom 1994 11068x 85%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 29637x 82%
Star Trek: The Next Gen... 1994 2851x 70%
Street Fighter II 1992 47008x 76%
Streets of Rage 1991 106422x 75%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 85901x 85%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 150160x 80%
Strider 1989 22804x 68%
Sub-Terrania 1994 2262x 56%
Summer Challenge 1992 10672x 61%
Sunset Riders 1993 56838x 77%
Super Hang-On 1987 42211x 76%
Super Monaco GP 1989 39312x 82%
Syndicate 1993 3766x 68%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 111623x 55%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 59982x 81%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 16221x 76%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 17377x 73%
Terminator 2 1991 18396x 66%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 12528x 78%
Tetris 1986 23965x 79%
The Chaos Engine 1993 784x 80%
The Humans 1992 13806x 57%
The Jungle Book 1994 33712x 77%
The Lost Vikings 1992 27159x 71%
The Smurfs 1993 451x 60%
The Super Shinobi 1989 36952x 75%
The Terminator 1992 15744x 75%
Theme Park 1994 2136x 78%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 3921x 60%
Tommy Lasorda Baseball 1989 3570x 70%
Top Gear 2 1993 15431x 79%
True Lies 1994 10435x 78%
Turbo Outrun 1989 24396x 64%
Turrican 1990 13148x 69%
Ultimate MK3 1996 422549x 76%
Universal Soldier 1992 20557x 59%
Virtua Racing 1992 8256x 79%
Virtual Bart 1994 20809x 79%
WC Leader Board 1987 3348x 43%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 30503x 78%
Williams Arcade Classics 1995 7353x 77%
Winter Challenge 1991 10634x 66%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 7683x 56%
Wonder Boy III 1988 14923x 71%
World Championship Soccer 1989 17599x 81%
World Heroes 1992 2744x 50%
World Series Baseball 1994 19195x 77%
World of Illusion 1992 32232x 74%
Worms 1995 14813x 76%
X-Men 1993 42764x 70%
X-Men 2: Clone Wars 1995 15513x 81%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 21431x 67%
Zombies 1993 18151x 69%

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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