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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 4162x 53%
Addams Family, The 1991 7553x 71%
Air Buster 1990 17554x 72%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 11386x 82%
Alien 3 1992 7384x 81%
Altered Beast 1988 18524x 77%
Another World 1991 13855x 72%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 2336x 78%
Batman & Robin 1994 5755x 74%
Battletoads 1991 5980x 74%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 20782x 71%
Blaster Master 2 1993 6167x 60%
Blockout 1989 11584x 82%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 3144x 66%
Budokan 1989 6404x 53%
California Games 1987 13601x 66%
Cannon Fodder 1993 18172x 74%
Castle of Illusion 1990 8489x 73%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 12145x 79%
Championship Bowling 1989 4597x 60%
Championship Karate 1992 2865x 76%
Columns 1990 14206x 77%
Comix Zone 1995 10211x 83%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 22455x 69%
Cool Spot 1993 6561x 73%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 13094x 63%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 8545x 53%
Demolition Man 1995 3739x 74%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 14638x 74%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 14409x 69%
Double Dragon 1987 7092x 75%
Double Dragon II 1990 4426x 53%
Double Dragon III 1990 5897x 80%
Double Dribble 1987 4714x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 38484x 71%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 13561x 70%
Earthworm Jim 1994 12679x 72%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 5602x 73%
FIFA 1993 26097x 71%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 11227x 75%
Flashback 1992 10530x 75%
Flicky 1984 9355x 64%
Gauntlet IV 1993 4586x 67%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 9805x 70%
Gods 1991 10566x 80%
Golden Axe 1989 10808x 79%
Golden Axe II 1991 26664x 60%
Golden Axe III 1993 23132x 61%
Home Alone 1991 8401x 79%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 6794x 66%
Ironman 1989 4279x 40%
Judge Dredd 1995 7762x 68%
Jurassic Park 1993 5561x 68%
Klax 1989 5225x 85%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 7136x 74%
Landstalker 1992 6122x 58%
Last Battle 1989 18703x 59%
Lemmings 1991 7398x 87%
Lion King, The 1994 5606x 79%
Marble Madness 1984 10935x 83%
Mega Bomberman 1993 36606x 76%
Mega Turrican 1993 1776x 87%
Mega lo Mania 1991 6733x 73%
Mercs 1990 9141x 90%
Micro Machines 1991 5994x 78%
Might and Magic II 1988 7317x 75%
Mortal Kombat 1993 9038x 81%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 29353x 66%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 53914x 71%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 7851x 71%
NBA Jam 1993 19798x 81%
NBA Live 95 1994 206x 90%
NHL 95 1994 15610x 69%
NHL ’94 1993 21532x 78%
New Zealand Story 1989 5817x 63%
Olympic Gold 1992 17553x 62%
OutRun 1986 4631x 84%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 5879x 62%
Pac-Mania 1988 25356x 60%
Paperboy 1984 4484x 51%
Paperboy 2 1991 9914x 60%
Phantasy Star II 1989 5907x 75%
Pitfall IV 1994 5247x 74%
Populous 1989 5549x 70%
Power Rangers 1994 5386x 81%
Prince of Persia 1989 14058x 90%
QuackShot 1991 6684x 54%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 5945x 63%
Rambo III 1989 3403x 69%
Road Rash 1991 6970x 64%
Road Rash 3 1995 10912x 82%
Road Rash II 1992 7754x 70%
RoboCop 3 1992 5202x 38%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 8049x 63%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 4738x 67%
Shadow Dancer 1993 6735x 60%
Shadowrun 1993 9737x 75%
Shining Force 1992 7518x 92%
Shinobi III 1993 2261x 53%
Shove It! 1990 9847x 48%
Side Pocket 1987 12984x 75%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 6090x 79%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 3323x 60%
Snow Brothers 1990 5623x 56%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 25186x 75%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 19475x 64%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 75253x 74%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 16383x 64%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 49711x 77%
Space Invaders 1978 5784x 75%
Spider-Man 1994 4144x 77%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 5929x 74%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 7608x 52%
Street Fighter II 1992 9900x 78%
Streets of Rage 1991 18503x 75%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 11464x 71%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 17285x 87%
Strider 1989 9321x 67%
Summer Challenge 1992 4035x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 12594x 74%
Super Hang-On 1987 8902x 83%
Super Monaco GP 1989 8527x 73%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 2206x 27%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 14445x 88%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 7144x 74%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 5443x 74%
Terminator 2 1991 6517x 66%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 5246x 78%
Tetris 1986 7076x 84%
The Humans 1992 4394x 40%
The Jungle Book 1994 10471x 91%
The Lost Vikings 1992 10553x 74%
The Super Shinobi 1989 9690x 72%
The Terminator 1992 5375x 65%
True Lies 1994 1938x 70%
Turbo Outrun 1989 7979x 71%
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 1996 30943x 77%
Universal Soldier 1992 9277x 59%
Virtual Bart 1994 2972x 60%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 5066x 78%
Winter Challenge 1991 4200x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 1177x 80%
World Championship Soccer 1989 5482x 70%
World Series Baseball 1994 2605x 58%
World of Illusion 1992 2869x 81%
Worms 1995 5561x 78%
X-Men 1993 9909x 65%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 8870x 64%
Zombies 1993 4504x 67%

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, ...
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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