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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 10641x 55%
Addams Family, The 1991 16275x 66%
Air Buster 1990 34314x 67%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 30685x 77%
Alien 3 1992 21227x 77%
Alien Soldier 1995 2099x 56%
Altered Beast 1988 58951x 72%
Another World 1991 29021x 74%
Art of Fighting 1992 1764x 55%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 10551x 76%
Batman & Robin 1994 20964x 72%
Batman Returns 1992 6616x 70%
Battletoads 1991 14571x 76%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 47544x 74%
Beyond Oasis 1994 11138x 77%
Blaster Master 2 1993 14080x 58%
Blockout 1989 21560x 73%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 18651x 76%
Boogerman 1994 8688x 70%
Budokan 1989 14417x 47%
California Games 1987 28693x 66%
Cannon Fodder 1993 35418x 70%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 2132x 70%
Castle of Illusion 1990 30584x 73%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 34547x 80%
Championship Bowling 1989 8777x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 7935x 64%
Columns 1990 38201x 79%
Comix Zone 1995 37159x 82%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 68026x 73%
Cool Spot 1993 13749x 71%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 2726x 70%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 23147x 61%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 18189x 62%
Demolition Man 1995 14131x 74%
Desert Strike 1992 13894x 76%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 96655x 72%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 50449x 71%
Double Dragon 1987 14525x 70%
Double Dragon II 1990 9754x 65%
Double Dragon III 1990 11891x 68%
Double Dribble 1987 8963x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 62032x 71%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 38506x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 40435x 73%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 23884x 69%
F1 1993 2577x 80%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 54470x 73%
FIFA Soccer 95 1994 13931x 68%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 22746x 68%
Fatal Fury 1991 1968x 70%
Flashback 1992 23043x 75%
Flicky 1984 85094x 71%
Frogger 1981 2572x 62%
Gauntlet IV 1993 12088x 72%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 50772x 82%
Gleylancer 1992 4406x 82%
Gods 1991 20747x 72%
Golden Axe 1989 69126x 76%
Golden Axe II 1991 65386x 68%
Golden Axe III 1993 65991x 72%
Gunstar Heroes 1993 7320x 82%
Home Alone 1991 22397x 84%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 12797x 60%
Ironman 1989 9245x 40%
Joe & Mac 1991 3159x 66%
John Madden Football 1990 12531x 85%
Judge Dredd 1995 14045x 65%
Jurassic Park 1993 28343x 72%
King of the Monsters 1991 528x 60%
Klax 1989 12030x 77%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 11973x 70%
Landstalker 1992 14328x 58%
Last Battle 1989 48668x 66%
Lemmings 1991 13644x 72%
Lion King, The 1994 120436x 70%
M.U.S.H.A. 1990 6631x 80%
Marble Madness 1984 21492x 81%
Mega Bomberman 1993 112342x 76%
Mega Man: The Wily Wars 1994 7914x 78%
Mega Turrican 1993 13671x 82%
Mega lo Mania 1991 13900x 74%
Mercs 1990 18418x 66%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 29119x 75%
Micro Machines 1991 16295x 82%
Might and Magic II 1988 15813x 79%
Mortal Kombat 1993 57512x 79%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 75601x 67%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 187148x 72%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 20509x 70%
NBA Jam 1993 62794x 83%
NBA Live 95 1994 12783x 77%
NHL 95 1994 41804x 78%
NHL ’94 1993 63486x 81%
New Zealand Story 1989 18079x 62%
Olympic Gold 1992 32216x 57%
OutRun 1986 34839x 74%
OutRun 2019 1993 1273x 74%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 12492x 64%
Pac-Mania 1988 60224x 66%
Paperboy 1984 14389x 61%
Paperboy 2 1991 22277x 64%
Phantasy Star II 1989 12125x 76%
Phantasy Star III 1990 3042x 70%
Phantasy Star IV 1993 848x 72%
Pitfall IV 1994 11242x 79%
Populous 1989 11198x 73%
Power Rangers 1994 18250x 78%
Predator 2 1992 5404x 64%
Prince of Persia 1989 26487x 81%
Pulseman 1994 12003x 74%
QuackShot 1991 36092x 75%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 10886x 62%
Rainbow Islands 1987 12116x 75%
Rambo III 1989 19184x 68%
Ristar 1995 24898x 85%
Road Rash 1991 123363x 63%
Road Rash 3 1995 56116x 68%
Road Rash II 1992 30745x 74%
RoboCop 3 1992 13951x 62%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 25536x 70%
Samurai Shodown 1993 17924x 76%
Saturday Night Slam ... 1993 663x 70%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 21307x 64%
Shadow Dancer 2 1990 48270x 71%
Shadowrun 1993 23990x 83%
Shanghai II 1990 1194x 80%
Shining Force 1992 18512x 81%
Shining Force II 1993 4527x 73%
Shinobi III 1993 21480x 81%
Shove It! 1990 20484x 62%
Side Pocket 1987 25147x 79%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 15177x 83%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 9995x 76%
Snow Brothers 1990 20091x 66%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 147159x 75%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 62172x 71%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 639121x 73%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 127653x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 263815x 75%
Space Invaders 1978 15512x 81%
Spider-Man 1994 14012x 77%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 19345x 61%
Spider-Man and Venom 1994 1775x 75%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 19525x 79%
Star Trek: The Next Gen... 1994 268x 70%
Street Fighter II 1992 33473x 77%
Streets of Rage 1991 71953x 74%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 56807x 84%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 58328x 81%
Strider 1989 18051x 68%
Summer Challenge 1992 8552x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 40092x 75%
Super Hang-On 1987 28105x 73%
Super Monaco GP 1989 28546x 78%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 16681x 58%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 45543x 81%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 13019x 73%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 12742x 73%
Terminator 2 1991 14452x 68%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 9697x 78%
Tetris 1986 17668x 78%
The Humans 1992 10330x 57%
The Jungle Book 1994 25768x 79%
The Lost Vikings 1992 21064x 68%
The Super Shinobi 1989 27835x 74%
The Terminator 1992 11630x 78%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 1366x 45%
Top Gear 2 1993 10199x 84%
True Lies 1994 7032x 74%
Turbo Outrun 1989 18864x 64%
Turrican 1990 8442x 72%
Ultimate MK3 1996 278173x 75%
Universal Soldier 1992 16815x 57%
Virtua Racing 1992 3173x 74%
Virtual Bart 1994 14390x 74%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 21985x 79%
Williams Arcade Classics 1995 1194x 85%
Winter Challenge 1991 8479x 66%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 5008x 68%
Wonder Boy III 1988 9662x 69%
World Championship Soccer 1989 12870x 84%
World Heroes 1992 486x 50%
World Series Baseball 1994 12693x 68%
World of Illusion 1992 22225x 75%
Worms 1995 11901x 74%
X-Men 1993 31910x 68%
X-Men 2: Clone Wars 1995 974x 63%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 16711x 67%
Zombies 1993 13349x 68%

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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