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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 9187x 55%
Addams Family, The 1991 13926x 65%
Air Buster 1990 30292x 67%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 25927x 77%
Alien 3 1992 18172x 80%
Altered Beast 1988 48342x 71%
Another World 1991 24724x 72%
Art of Fighting 1992 480x 55%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 8478x 77%
Batman & Robin 1994 16805x 73%
Batman Returns 1992 4757x 74%
Battletoads 1991 12122x 76%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 40691x 73%
Beyond Oasis 1994 7782x 76%
Blaster Master 2 1993 12052x 59%
Blockout 1989 18869x 70%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 12932x 75%
Boogerman 1994 4659x 63%
Budokan 1989 10546x 47%
California Games 1987 24331x 66%
Cannon Fodder 1993 30951x 70%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 869x 70%
Castle of Illusion 1990 25252x 73%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 29037x 80%
Championship Bowling 1989 7671x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 6738x 64%
Columns 1990 30430x 79%
Comix Zone 1995 30033x 82%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 57033x 74%
Cool Spot 1993 11194x 68%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 20803x 60%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 15201x 61%
Demolition Man 1995 11572x 72%
Desert Strike 1992 9084x 75%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 74146x 72%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 36793x 70%
Double Dragon 1987 12708x 67%
Double Dragon II 1990 8472x 65%
Double Dragon III 1990 10447x 68%
Double Dribble 1987 7876x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 55612x 72%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 31699x 79%
Earthworm Jim 1994 31129x 72%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 19173x 68%
F1 1993 774x 80%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 46832x 73%
FIFA Soccer 95 1994 7866x 71%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 19522x 67%
Fatal Fury 1991 680x 70%
Flashback 1992 19811x 74%
Flicky 1984 64197x 70%
Frogger 1981 1112x 60%
Gauntlet IV 1993 10147x 69%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 37732x 80%
Gleylancer 1992 2606x 81%
Gods 1991 18163x 78%
Golden Axe 1989 52867x 75%
Golden Axe II 1991 52134x 66%
Golden Axe III 1993 53089x 71%
Gunstar Heroes 1993 4674x 67%
Home Alone 1991 15935x 84%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 11380x 60%
Ironman 1989 7958x 40%
John Madden Football 1990 6322x 89%
Judge Dredd 1995 12513x 65%
Jurassic Park 1993 22590x 70%
Klax 1989 10048x 75%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 10784x 74%
Landstalker 1992 11730x 56%
Last Battle 1989 42587x 66%
Lemmings 1991 12177x 72%
Lion King, The 1994 96477x 69%
M.U.S.H.A. 1990 4132x 81%
Marble Madness 1984 18458x 81%
Mega Bomberman 1993 90975x 77%
Mega Man: The Wily Wars 1994 3444x 78%
Mega Turrican 1993 8175x 80%
Mega lo Mania 1991 12044x 74%
Mercs 1990 16076x 66%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 15151x 78%
Micro Machines 1991 13697x 81%
Might and Magic II 1988 13893x 78%
Mortal Kombat 1993 45040x 78%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 65290x 67%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 155099x 72%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 17555x 71%
NBA Jam 1993 52356x 81%
NBA Live 95 1994 9490x 76%
NHL 95 1994 33185x 77%
NHL ’94 1993 51046x 80%
New Zealand Story 1989 12572x 59%
Olympic Gold 1992 28668x 57%
OutRun 1986 21842x 78%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 10613x 64%
Pac-Mania 1988 51039x 63%
Paperboy 1984 11709x 59%
Paperboy 2 1991 17870x 61%
Phantasy Star II 1989 10653x 79%
Phantasy Star III 1990 1711x 63%
Pitfall IV 1994 9569x 78%
Populous 1989 9758x 73%
Power Rangers 1994 15659x 77%
Predator 2 1992 3712x 63%
Prince of Persia 1989 23224x 83%
Pulseman 1994 7856x 75%
QuackShot 1991 21581x 72%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 9528x 62%
Rainbow Islands 1987 7901x 70%
Rambo III 1989 15533x 67%
Ristar 1995 18868x 84%
Road Rash 1991 73857x 64%
Road Rash 3 1995 43077x 68%
Road Rash II 1992 23789x 69%
RoboCop 3 1992 11721x 64%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 20156x 70%
Samurai Shodown 1993 11266x 77%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 15211x 59%
Shadow Dancer 2 1990 27224x 70%
Shadowrun 1993 19684x 83%
Shanghai II 1990 139x 80%
Shining Force 1992 15835x 80%
Shinobi III 1993 16055x 81%
Shove It! 1990 17423x 61%
Side Pocket 1987 22127x 77%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 12390x 82%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 8300x 76%
Snow Brothers 1990 16004x 66%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 113222x 75%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 51001x 69%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 474103x 72%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 96552x 75%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 199378x 75%
Space Invaders 1978 14066x 80%
Spider-Man 1994 11649x 83%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 16220x 62%
Spider-Man and Venom 1994 606x 70%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 16620x 80%
Street Fighter II 1992 27607x 77%
Streets of Rage 1991 55847x 74%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 42797x 83%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 47122x 81%
Strider 1989 15766x 69%
Summer Challenge 1992 7410x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 31953x 74%
Super Hang-On 1987 20947x 74%
Super Monaco GP 1989 21760x 76%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 9977x 58%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 37584x 81%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 11619x 78%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 10611x 72%
Terminator 2 1991 12535x 64%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 8503x 78%
Tetris 1986 15232x 75%
The Humans 1992 8792x 58%
The Jungle Book 1994 21908x 80%
The Lost Vikings 1992 18229x 67%
The Super Shinobi 1989 23394x 74%
The Terminator 1992 10031x 71%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 287x 70%
Top Gear 2 1993 6590x 84%
True Lies 1994 5742x 55%
Turbo Outrun 1989 15930x 60%
Turrican 1990 6348x 74%
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 1996 208638x 76%
Universal Soldier 1992 14989x 57%
Virtual Bart 1994 10882x 71%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 18184x 77%
Winter Challenge 1991 7360x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 3854x 68%
Wonder Boy III 1988 7077x 71%
World Championship Soccer 1989 10661x 81%
World Series Baseball 1994 10063x 63%
World of Illusion 1992 17544x 76%
Worms 1995 10254x 74%
X-Men 1993 26686x 67%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 14542x 66%
Zombies 1993 11087x 63%

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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