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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 14832x 55%
Addams Family, The 1991 22341x 70%
After Burner II 1987 9980x 71%
Air Buster 1990 47009x 69%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 43848x 75%
Alien 3 1992 29126x 78%
Alien Soldier 1995 9204x 74%
Altered Beast 1988 86280x 72%
Another World 1991 40652x 76%
Art of Fighting 1992 5621x 52%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 16394x 76%
Batman & Robin 1994 31611x 73%
Batman Returns 1992 13361x 77%
Batman: Return of the Joker 1991 1563x 50%
Battletoads 1991 20395x 74%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 91733x 75%
Beyond Oasis 1994 20029x 75%
Blaster Master 2 1993 19665x 65%
Blockout 1989 27470x 73%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 32929x 82%
Boogerman 1994 19716x 79%
Budokan 1989 17980x 48%
California Games 1987 40867x 66%
Cannon Fodder 1993 47193x 68%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 5405x 75%
Castle of Illusion 1990 43907x 70%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 49998x 81%
Championship Bowling 1989 11825x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 10913x 64%
Columns 1990 54426x 79%
Comix Zone 1995 59810x 83%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 99915x 75%
Cool Spot 1993 22713x 81%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 9253x 67%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 28571x 61%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 26194x 64%
Demolition Man 1995 21534x 76%
Desert Strike 1992 29774x 77%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 166446x 72%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 83141x 70%
Double Dragon 1987 19479x 71%
Double Dragon II 1990 13380x 68%
Double Dragon III 1990 15163x 69%
Double Dragon V 1994 3168x 74%
Double Dribble 1987 11872x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 77822x 72%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 66735x 84%
Earthworm Jim 1994 64128x 74%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 39282x 72%
F1 1993 9588x 76%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 77039x 75%
FIFA Soccer 95 1994 31480x 73%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 30638x 73%
Fatal Fury 1991 5846x 55%
Fire Shark 1989 1093x 62%
Flashback 1992 31505x 75%
Flicky 1984 144855x 72%
Frogger 1981 6449x 76%
Gauntlet IV 1993 18060x 74%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 82313x 81%
Gleylancer 1992 8815x 78%
Gods 1991 27439x 75%
Golden Axe 1989 113495x 77%
Golden Axe II 1991 99946x 70%
Golden Axe III 1993 100021x 74%
Gunstar Heroes 1993 17425x 83%
Home Alone 1991 28968x 78%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 17990x 58%
Ironman 1989 12524x 55%
Joe & Mac 1991 11073x 80%
John Madden Football 1990 27254x 84%
Judge Dredd 1995 18307x 64%
Jurassic Park 1993 43801x 75%
King of the Monsters 1991 3607x 60%
Klax 1989 16914x 78%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 15264x 67%
Landstalker 1992 19554x 65%
Last Action Hero 1993 901x 20%
Last Battle 1989 66576x 73%
Lemmings 1991 17336x 67%
Lion King, The 1994 176911x 72%
M.U.S.H.A. 1990 11895x 80%
Marble Madness 1984 28125x 81%
Mario Andretti Racing 1994 6102x 76%
Mega Bomberman 1993 157009x 77%
Mega Man: The Wily Wars 1994 20017x 81%
Mega Turrican 1993 22492x 85%
Mega lo Mania 1991 18861x 73%
Mercs 1990 25117x 70%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 66383x 77%
Micro Machines 1991 24077x 84%
Micro Machines 2 1994 4369x 73%
Might and Magic II 1988 21300x 78%
Mortal Kombat 1993 92159x 80%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 104866x 71%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 298733x 74%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 28743x 73%
NBA Hangtime 1996 5210x 73%
NBA Jam 1993 91892x 82%
NBA Live 95 1994 21395x 77%
NHL 95 1994 57874x 80%
NHL 96 1995 15164x 82%
NHL ’94 1993 94139x 82%
New Zealand Story 1989 28630x 64%
Olympic Gold 1992 43099x 63%
OutRun 1986 64635x 74%
OutRun 2019 1993 6479x 73%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 17761x 69%
Pac-Mania 1988 81117x 69%
Paperboy 1984 20260x 59%
Paperboy 2 1991 49249x 65%
Phantasy Star II 1989 16219x 78%
Phantasy Star III 1990 6449x 74%
Phantasy Star IV 1993 5846x 81%
Pit-Fighter 1990 4004x 55%
Pitfall IV 1994 15494x 80%
Populous 1989 14831x 67%
Power Rangers 1994 26063x 80%
Predator 2 1992 10301x 69%
Prince of Persia 1989 34625x 82%
Prince of Persia 2 1993 680x 67%
Pulseman 1994 26477x 74%
QuackShot 1991 63105x 78%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 14835x 60%
Rainbow Islands 1987 20689x 71%
Rambo III 1989 31140x 70%
Rings of Power 1991 2524x 60%
Ristar 1995 41421x 86%
Road Rash 1991 276195x 63%
Road Rash 3 1995 93074x 71%
Road Rash II 1992 54844x 77%
RoboCop 3 1992 20554x 62%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 45765x 71%
Rolo to the Rescue 1992 6966x 66%
Sagaia 1989 3927x 50%
Samurai Shodown 1993 35126x 76%
Saturday Night Slam ... 1993 4537x 60%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 33597x 67%
Shadow Dancer 2 1990 87387x 70%
Shadowrun 1993 35577x 85%
Shanghai II 1990 3798x 80%
Shining Force 1992 27093x 82%
Shining Force II 1993 15670x 86%
Shinobi III 1993 39394x 83%
Shove It! 1990 27336x 64%
Side Pocket 1987 32918x 80%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 45810x 81%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 14218x 76%
Snow Brothers 1990 30114x 62%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 213302x 75%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 86781x 71%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 1047177x 74%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 212983x 78%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 392556x 76%
Space Harrier II 1988 2254x 62%
Space Invaders 1978 21892x 84%
Spider-Man 1994 20485x 68%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 28642x 64%
Spider-Man and Venom 1994 13012x 81%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 32852x 82%
Star Trek: The Next Gen... 1994 3654x 55%
Street Fighter II 1992 50930x 75%
Streets of Rage 1991 117028x 76%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 96115x 85%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 174263x 79%
Strider 1989 24309x 68%
Sub-Terrania 1994 2897x 56%
Summer Challenge 1992 11426x 61%
Sunset Riders 1993 62969x 77%
Super Hang-On 1987 48015x 75%
Super Monaco GP 1989 43363x 81%
Syndicate 1993 5046x 68%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 120613x 55%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 64444x 80%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 17393x 73%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 19376x 74%
Terminator 2 1991 19804x 66%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 13320x 79%
Tetris 1986 25657x 79%
The Chaos Engine 1993 1404x 80%
The Humans 1992 14960x 57%
The Jungle Book 1994 36604x 77%
The Lost Vikings 1992 28684x 71%
The Smurfs 1993 1286x 73%
The Super Shinobi 1989 40001x 76%
The Terminator 1992 17258x 78%
Theme Park 1994 3216x 82%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 4704x 64%
Tommy Lasorda Baseball 1989 5170x 73%
Top Gear 2 1993 16612x 80%
True Lies 1994 11794x 82%
Turbo Outrun 1989 26140x 64%
Turrican 1990 14735x 68%
Ultimate MK3 1996 456764x 75%
Universal Soldier 1992 21756x 59%
Virtua Racing 1992 9891x 80%
Virtual Bart 1994 22731x 79%
Volfied 1989 257x 85%
WC Leader Board 1987 4253x 43%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 33320x 77%
Williams Arcade Classics 1995 8570x 75%
Winter Challenge 1991 11219x 66%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 8475x 56%
Wonder Boy III 1988 16589x 72%
World Championship Soccer 1989 18820x 82%
World Heroes 1992 3354x 50%
World Series Baseball 1994 21252x 76%
World of Illusion 1992 35454x 73%
Worms 1995 15595x 76%
X-Men 1993 46088x 70%
X-Men 2: Clone Wars 1995 19035x 82%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 22812x 68%
Zombies 1993 19596x 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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