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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 11094x 55%
Addams Family, The 1991 16912x 66%
Air Buster 1990 35561x 66%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 32079x 76%
Alien 3 1992 22054x 78%
Alien Soldier 1995 2828x 56%
Altered Beast 1988 61764x 72%
Another World 1991 30401x 74%
Art of Fighting 1992 2168x 55%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 11196x 76%
Batman & Robin 1994 21995x 71%
Batman Returns 1992 7213x 68%
Battletoads 1991 15215x 77%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 49475x 75%
Beyond Oasis 1994 12225x 77%
Blaster Master 2 1993 14739x 60%
Blockout 1989 22223x 73%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 19911x 78%
Boogerman 1994 9488x 73%
Budokan 1989 14884x 48%
California Games 1987 29844x 67%
Cannon Fodder 1993 36719x 70%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 2488x 70%
Castle of Illusion 1990 31720x 72%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 36158x 80%
Championship Bowling 1989 9059x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 8286x 64%
Columns 1990 39968x 80%
Comix Zone 1995 39840x 82%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 71112x 73%
Cool Spot 1993 14640x 80%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 3418x 75%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 23784x 61%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 19162x 61%
Demolition Man 1995 14879x 74%
Desert Strike 1992 15028x 75%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 103278x 71%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 54304x 71%
Double Dragon 1987 15095x 72%
Double Dragon II 1990 10161x 65%
Double Dragon III 1990 12220x 68%
Double Dragon V 1994 348x 70%
Double Dribble 1987 9268x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 63716x 71%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 40278x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 42900x 74%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 25161x 70%
F1 1993 3109x 80%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 56551x 74%
FIFA Soccer 95 1994 15683x 69%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 23716x 68%
Fatal Fury 1991 2305x 70%
Flashback 1992 24098x 75%
Flicky 1984 90846x 71%
Frogger 1981 3056x 70%
Gauntlet IV 1993 12827x 72%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 54634x 83%
Gleylancer 1992 4913x 82%
Gods 1991 21503x 72%
Golden Axe 1989 74451x 76%
Golden Axe II 1991 69029x 67%
Golden Axe III 1993 69661x 72%
Gunstar Heroes 1993 8235x 82%
Home Alone 1991 23276x 81%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 13247x 58%
Ironman 1989 9562x 40%
Joe & Mac 1991 3940x 69%
John Madden Football 1990 13797x 86%
Judge Dredd 1995 14489x 65%
Jurassic Park 1993 29893x 73%
King of the Monsters 1991 786x 60%
Klax 1989 12500x 77%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 12274x 70%
Landstalker 1992 14992x 59%
Last Battle 1989 50380x 67%
Lemmings 1991 14140x 72%
Lion King, The 1994 125692x 70%
M.U.S.H.A. 1990 7181x 80%
Marble Madness 1984 22321x 81%
Mega Bomberman 1993 117454x 76%
Mega Man: The Wily Wars 1994 9175x 78%
Mega Turrican 1993 14713x 82%
Mega lo Mania 1991 14591x 74%
Mercs 1990 19104x 67%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 32961x 75%
Micro Machines 1991 17012x 82%
Might and Magic II 1988 16332x 79%
Mortal Kombat 1993 63016x 80%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 79243x 68%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 199456x 72%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 21128x 70%
NBA Jam 1993 65932x 82%
NBA Live 95 1994 13878x 75%
NHL 95 1994 44018x 79%
NHL 96 1995 164x 90%
NHL ’94 1993 67187x 81%
New Zealand Story 1989 18929x 63%
Olympic Gold 1992 33372x 58%
OutRun 1986 37315x 73%
OutRun 2019 1993 1950x 74%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 13015x 67%
Pac-Mania 1988 62545x 67%
Paperboy 1984 14915x 61%
Paperboy 2 1991 25821x 66%
Phantasy Star II 1989 12611x 76%
Phantasy Star III 1990 3397x 70%
Phantasy Star IV 1993 1286x 72%
Pitfall IV 1994 11730x 79%
Populous 1989 11595x 73%
Power Rangers 1994 18983x 78%
Predator 2 1992 5943x 64%
Prince of Persia 1989 27273x 81%
Pulseman 1994 13319x 74%
QuackShot 1991 39453x 75%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 11280x 62%
Rainbow Islands 1987 13045x 75%
Rambo III 1989 20296x 65%
Ristar 1995 26657x 86%
Road Rash 1991 139546x 63%
Road Rash 3 1995 59240x 69%
Road Rash II 1992 32651x 75%
RoboCop 3 1992 14789x 63%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 27366x 72%
Rolo to the Rescue 1992 1196x 58%
Samurai Shodown 1993 19994x 74%
Saturday Night Slam ... 1993 963x 70%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 22520x 65%
Shadow Dancer 2 1990 52651x 71%
Shadowrun 1993 24980x 84%
Shanghai II 1990 1517x 80%
Shining Force 1992 19382x 80%
Shining Force II 1993 5161x 75%
Shinobi III 1993 22881x 82%
Shove It! 1990 21192x 62%
Side Pocket 1987 25905x 79%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 15986x 84%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 10461x 76%
Snow Brothers 1990 21157x 66%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 154393x 75%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 64376x 71%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 677025x 73%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 133986x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 277032x 75%
Space Invaders 1978 16009x 81%
Spider-Man 1994 14645x 78%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 20102x 63%
Spider-Man and Venom 1994 2415x 72%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 21770x 80%
Star Trek: The Next Gen... 1994 552x 70%
Street Fighter II 1992 35359x 77%
Streets of Rage 1991 76188x 75%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 60905x 83%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 61953x 81%
Strider 1989 18688x 69%
Summer Challenge 1992 8867x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 42193x 77%
Super Hang-On 1987 31020x 76%
Super Monaco GP 1989 29798x 79%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 18308x 58%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 47639x 82%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 13381x 73%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 13286x 73%
Terminator 2 1991 14977x 68%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 9995x 78%
Tetris 1986 18633x 76%
The Humans 1992 10811x 57%
The Jungle Book 1994 26669x 80%
The Lost Vikings 1992 21884x 68%
The Super Shinobi 1989 29105x 74%
The Terminator 1992 12134x 78%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 1637x 45%
Top Gear 2 1993 11001x 85%
True Lies 1994 7472x 74%
Turbo Outrun 1989 19716x 64%
Turrican 1990 8926x 72%
Ultimate MK3 1996 303129x 75%
Universal Soldier 1992 17400x 57%
Virtua Racing 1992 3838x 75%
Virtual Bart 1994 15437x 74%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 22952x 78%
Williams Arcade Classics 1995 3501x 91%
Winter Challenge 1991 8774x 66%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 5376x 68%
Wonder Boy III 1988 10435x 71%
World Championship Soccer 1989 13594x 85%
World Heroes 1992 731x 50%
World Series Baseball 1994 13596x 71%
World of Illusion 1992 23443x 75%
Worms 1995 12374x 74%
X-Men 1993 33296x 68%
X-Men 2: Clone Wars 1995 2783x 69%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 17323x 68%
Zombies 1993 13978x 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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