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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 21543x 51%
Addams Family, The 1991 32699x 73%
After Burner II 1987 28511x 75%
Air Buster 1990 70685x 69%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 62166x 74%
Alien 3 1992 44131x 80%
Alien Soldier 1995 22720x 78%
Altered Beast 1988 130030x 73%
Another World 1991 55075x 75%
Arcade Classics 1996 7282x 59%
Arch Rivals 1989 9700x 77%
Art of Fighting 1992 11402x 64%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 25961x 72%
Batman & Robin 1994 46972x 74%
Batman Returns 1992 22005x 78%
Batman: Return of the Joker 1991 6938x 48%
Battletoads 1991 31213x 78%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 114621x 76%
Beyond Oasis 1994 32767x 76%
Bible Adventures 1991 3361x 30%
Blaster Master 2 1993 26928x 72%
Blockout 1989 32641x 73%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 55860x 84%
Boogerman 1994 47297x 80%
Budokan 1989 22361x 48%
California Games 1987 59294x 72%
Cannon Fodder 1993 64304x 71%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 12366x 80%
Castle of Illusion 1990 67068x 73%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 70551x 81%
Championship Bowling 1989 16728x 66%
Championship Karate 1992 15559x 62%
Columns 1990 84271x 81%
Comix Zone 1995 90836x 83%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 142148x 77%
Cool Spot 1993 35377x 83%
Crusader of Centy 1994 7489x 62%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 19681x 65%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 36068x 62%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 33501x 67%
Demolition Man 1995 32746x 76%
Desert Strike 1992 57557x 80%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 299545x 74%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 144003x 71%
Double Dragon 1987 27684x 75%
Double Dragon II 1990 19524x 71%
Double Dragon III 1990 19906x 71%
Double Dragon V 1994 7336x 74%
Double Dribble 1987 15813x 64%
Dr. Robotnik's Mean ... 1993 18987x 78%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 91528x 73%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 116175x 84%
Earthworm Jim 1994 94309x 75%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 64935x 76%
Exodus 1991 3356x 60%
F1 1993 17560x 79%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 128716x 76%
FIFA Soccer 95 1994 67080x 74%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 41265x 74%
Fatal Fury 1991 11348x 69%
Fire Shark 1989 10681x 75%
Flashback 1992 44967x 78%
Flicky 1984 245131x 75%
Frogger 1981 13244x 83%
Gauntlet IV 1993 26598x 73%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 142857x 82%
Gleylancer 1992 14354x 78%
Gods 1991 36593x 77%
Golden Axe 1989 179121x 77%
Golden Axe II 1991 149716x 70%
Golden Axe III 1993 289528x 75%
Gunstar Heroes 1993 33966x 85%
Home Alone 1991 38802x 77%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 24691x 60%
Ironman 1989 18339x 55%
Joe & Mac 1991 24828x 75%
John Madden Football 1990 42974x 83%
Judge Dredd 1995 25341x 66%
Jurassic Park 1993 68748x 77%
King of the Monsters 1991 8889x 43%
Klax 1989 22904x 78%
Krusty's Fun House 1992 7348x 74%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 20086x 67%
Landstalker 1992 27606x 65%
Last Action Hero 1993 5895x 14%
Last Battle 1989 96157x 72%
Lemmings 1991 24916x 69%
Lion King, The 1994 290043x 74%
Lotus II 1991 8794x 65%
Lotus III 1992 778x 60%
M.U.S.H.A. 1990 20574x 81%
Marble Madness 1984 36786x 79%
Mario Andretti Racing 1994 14709x 79%
Mega Bomberman 1993 228701x 78%
Mega Man: The Wily Wars 1994 37592x 80%
Mega Turrican 1993 32033x 81%
Mega lo Mania 1991 26885x 73%
Mercs 1990 36175x 73%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 123466x 78%
Micro Machines 1991 37177x 85%
Micro Machines 2 1994 14542x 82%
Might and Magic II 1988 28267x 78%
Mortal Kombat 1993 131980x 81%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 140463x 72%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 387597x 75%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 40200x 75%
NBA Hangtime 1996 18681x 81%
NBA Jam 1993 126893x 83%
NBA Jam T.E. 1994 2202x 76%
NBA Live 95 1994 33348x 78%
NHL 95 1994 83648x 81%
NHL 96 1995 46038x 85%
NHL Hockey 1991 8535x 84%
NHL ’94 1993 139025x 84%
New Zealand Story 1989 44157x 68%
Olympic Gold 1992 56004x 66%
OutRun 1986 434608x 76%
OutRun 2019 1993 14923x 80%
OutRunners 1993 8521x 71%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 26817x 69%
Pac-Attack 1993 7019x 78%
Pac-Mania 1988 114988x 70%
Paperboy 1984 29464x 62%
Paperboy 2 1991 104681x 67%
Phantasy Star II 1989 24294x 84%
Phantasy Star III 1990 11188x 82%
Phantasy Star IV 1993 15217x 85%
Pit-Fighter 1990 17596x 65%
Pitfall IV 1994 24854x 75%
Populous 1989 20536x 63%
Power Rangers 1994 38820x 76%
Predator 2 1992 18333x 73%
Prince of Persia 1989 48408x 81%
Prince of Persia 2 1993 7013x 76%
Pulseman 1994 60784x 76%
QuackShot 1991 370508x 78%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 21587x 60%
Rainbow Islands 1987 33116x 74%
Rambo III 1989 52462x 70%
Rings of Power 1991 19500x 78%
Ristar 1995 68447x 84%
Road Rash 1991 578961x 65%
Road Rash 3 1995 145105x 73%
Road Rash II 1992 166412x 77%
RoboCop 3 1992 32952x 65%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 95148x 73%
Rolo to the Rescue 1992 18934x 74%
Sagaia 1989 11034x 50%
Samurai Shodown 1993 58842x 75%
Saturday Night Slam ... 1993 9751x 74%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 63160x 67%
Shadow Dancer 2 1990 522962x 74%
Shadowrun 1993 55287x 85%
Shanghai II 1990 7655x 78%
Shining Force 1992 39942x 85%
Shining Force II 1993 29461x 84%
Shinobi III 1993 353896x 83%
Shove It! 1990 39551x 63%
Side Pocket 1987 44041x 81%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 54828x 83%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 20354x 76%
Snow Brothers 1990 51711x 68%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 280765x 77%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 128423x 74%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 1355522x 75%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 303430x 80%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 548597x 78%
Sonic: Spinball 1993 3335x 83%
Space Harrier II 1988 6093x 62%
Space Invaders 1978 31728x 82%
Spider-Man 1994 31748x 65%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 41098x 65%
Spider-Man and Venom 1994 20781x 82%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 59599x 82%
Star Trek: The Next Gen... 1994 9823x 60%
Street Fighter II 1992 76675x 74%
Streets of Rage 1991 185453x 78%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 157343x 84%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 307440x 80%
Strider 1989 32447x 69%
Sub-Terrania 1994 8813x 71%
Summer Challenge 1992 15337x 61%
Sunset Riders 1993 110407x 79%
Super Hang-On 1987 91646x 78%
Super Monaco GP 1989 65187x 80%
Super Monaco GP II 1992 23146x 76%
Syndicate 1993 37791x 66%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 443211x 65%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 89804x 81%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 23256x 75%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 30730x 76%
Tecmo World Cup 1989 14911x 67%
Terminator 2 1991 27767x 65%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 19136x 77%
Tetris 1989 38643x 79%
The Chaos Engine 1993 6312x 79%
The Humans 1992 21530x 64%
The Jungle Book 1994 58243x 78%
The Lost Vikings 1992 38445x 69%
The Smurfs 1993 11030x 85%
The Super Shinobi 1989 59594x 77%
The Terminator 1992 26806x 77%
Theme Park 1994 11952x 71%
Thunder Force II 1988 8388x 78%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 8651x 60%
Tommy Lasorda Baseball 1989 15608x 81%
Top Gear 2 1993 27673x 79%
True Lies 1994 18655x 83%
Turbo OutRun 1989 37359x 66%
Turrican 1990 25770x 70%
Ultimate MK3 1996 682606x 76%
Universal Soldier 1992 31409x 58%
Virtua Racing 1992 20640x 82%
Virtual Bart 1994 34687x 78%
Volfied 1989 6717x 74%
WC Leader Board 1987 10097x 50%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 62077x 77%
Williams Arcade Classics 1995 16837x 76%
Winter Challenge 1991 14852x 66%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 14157x 56%
Wonder Boy III 1988 27630x 76%
World Championship Soccer 1989 26644x 85%
World Heroes 1992 6994x 55%
World Series Baseball 1994 34081x 76%
World of Illusion 1992 56049x 77%
Worms 1995 21511x 76%
X-Men 1993 68676x 72%
X-Men 2: Clone Wars 1995 44444x 83%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 33140x 69%
Zombies 1993 30305x 71%
Zoom! 1988 9479x 76%

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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