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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 6335x 55%
Addams Family, The 1991 10035x 64%
Air Buster 1990 22868x 66%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 17327x 76%
Alien 3 1992 10813x 81%
Altered Beast 1988 29241x 75%
Another World 1991 17750x 73%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 4917x 79%
Batman & Robin 1994 10427x 69%
Batman Returns 1992 1403x 70%
Battletoads 1991 8549x 71%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 28277x 73%
Beyond Oasis 1994 2331x 75%
Blaster Master 2 1993 8630x 61%
Blockout 1989 14614x 76%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 6651x 69%
Budokan 1989 8083x 54%
California Games 1987 17516x 65%
Cannon Fodder 1993 22741x 71%
Castle of Illusion 1990 14762x 72%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 19166x 79%
Championship Bowling 1989 6042x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 4607x 67%
Columns 1990 20953x 78%
Comix Zone 1995 17445x 82%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 36335x 72%
Cool Spot 1993 8404x 78%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 16331x 57%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 11386x 57%
Demolition Man 1995 7171x 69%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 30327x 74%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 21954x 70%
Double Dragon 1987 9674x 68%
Double Dragon II 1990 6178x 65%
Double Dragon III 1990 8020x 74%
Double Dribble 1987 6147x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 45931x 74%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 20600x 77%
Earthworm Jim 1994 17616x 66%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 10125x 55%
FIFA 1993 34903x 71%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 14243x 70%
Flashback 1992 13982x 78%
Flicky 1984 28062x 71%
Gauntlet IV 1993 6811x 71%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 18906x 80%
Gods 1991 13421x 82%
Golden Axe 1989 22612x 76%
Golden Axe II 1991 35811x 62%
Golden Axe III 1993 35375x 67%
Home Alone 1991 11214x 81%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 8790x 62%
Ironman 1989 6016x 40%
Judge Dredd 1995 9850x 72%
Jurassic Park 1993 12470x 73%
Klax 1989 7036x 74%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 8892x 74%
Landstalker 1992 8449x 59%
Last Battle 1989 30503x 62%
Lemmings 1991 9988x 70%
Lion King, The 1994 15446x 78%
Marble Madness 1984 14270x 81%
Mega Bomberman 1993 58156x 74%
Mega Turrican 1993 4956x 79%
Mega lo Mania 1991 8914x 74%
Mercs 1990 11986x 79%
Micro Machines 1991 9001x 78%
Might and Magic II 1988 9540x 79%
Mortal Kombat 1993 22185x 76%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 43124x 64%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 94280x 72%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 12332x 70%
NBA Jam 1993 30011x 79%
NBA Live 95 1994 3652x 69%
NHL 95 1994 22368x 74%
NHL ’94 1993 29747x 79%
New Zealand Story 1989 7743x 59%
Olympic Gold 1992 21864x 57%
OutRun 1986 7254x 78%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 8038x 62%
Pac-Mania 1988 35790x 62%
Paperboy 1984 6818x 60%
Paperboy 2 1991 13323x 62%
Phantasy Star II 1989 7821x 63%
Pitfall IV 1994 6860x 78%
Populous 1989 7353x 73%
Power Rangers 1994 9377x 79%
Prince of Persia 1989 18026x 84%
Pulseman 1994 3570x 76%
QuackShot 1991 11214x 59%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 7457x 61%
Rainbow Islands 1987 3334x 70%
Rambo III 1989 8237x 63%
Ristar 1995 6455x 86%
Road Rash 1991 13707x 65%
Road Rash 3 1995 19074x 79%
Road Rash II 1992 12529x 63%
RoboCop 3 1992 8015x 58%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 12512x 68%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 8704x 64%
Shadow Dancer 1993 10960x 67%
Shadowrun 1993 13398x 79%
Shining Force 1992 11836x 76%
Shinobi III 1993 8064x 84%
Shove It! 1990 12904x 55%
Side Pocket 1987 16630x 74%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 7929x 78%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 5386x 70%
Snow Brothers 1990 9095x 60%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 51018x 73%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 29740x 65%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 141716x 74%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 32723x 71%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 86926x 75%
Space Invaders 1978 9071x 90%
Spider-Man 1994 7144x 79%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 10427x 61%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 11570x 78%
Street Fighter II 1992 16606x 77%
Streets of Rage 1991 29438x 74%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 20179x 76%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 28442x 79%
Strider 1989 11962x 69%
Summer Challenge 1992 5626x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 19481x 76%
Super Hang-On 1987 13408x 77%
Super Monaco GP 1989 13457x 72%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 5512x 57%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 24230x 81%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 9291x 76%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 7616x 71%
Terminator 2 1991 9326x 66%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 6689x 78%
Tetris 1986 11278x 78%
The Humans 1992 6336x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 14664x 78%
The Lost Vikings 1992 13620x 69%
The Super Shinobi 1989 14705x 73%
The Terminator 1992 7236x 64%
Top Gear 2 1993 476x 70%
True Lies 1994 3471x 55%
Turbo Outrun 1989 11339x 72%
Turrican 1990 973x 80%
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 1996 76871x 79%
Universal Soldier 1992 11692x 58%
Virtual Bart 1994 5206x 68%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 9033x 80%
Winter Challenge 1991 5596x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 2377x 80%
Wonder Boy III 1988 2359x 73%
World Championship Soccer 1989 7609x 70%
World Series Baseball 1994 5904x 67%
World of Illusion 1992 8567x 83%
Worms 1995 7400x 80%
X-Men 1993 16419x 69%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 11232x 64%
Zombies 1993 7123x 61%

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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