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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 12098x 55%
Addams Family, The 1991 18316x 66%
After Burner II 1987 3177x 69%
Air Buster 1990 39207x 66%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 35289x 73%
Alien 3 1992 23986x 78%
Alien Soldier 1995 4559x 64%
Altered Beast 1988 68109x 72%
Another World 1991 33266x 75%
Art of Fighting 1992 3086x 55%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 12626x 76%
Batman & Robin 1994 24373x 72%
Batman Returns 1992 8673x 68%
Battletoads 1991 16572x 74%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 53396x 74%
Beyond Oasis 1994 14379x 78%
Blaster Master 2 1993 16103x 63%
Blockout 1989 23746x 71%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 22958x 80%
Boogerman 1994 11767x 76%
Budokan 1989 15754x 48%
California Games 1987 32953x 69%
Cannon Fodder 1993 39452x 70%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 3312x 75%
Castle of Illusion 1990 34749x 70%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 39683x 81%
Championship Bowling 1989 9895x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 9033x 64%
Columns 1990 43618x 79%
Comix Zone 1995 45028x 82%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 78865x 75%
Cool Spot 1993 18103x 77%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 5041x 77%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 25111x 59%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 22249x 61%
Demolition Man 1995 16483x 74%
Desert Strike 1992 18249x 76%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 118869x 71%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 62199x 72%
Double Dragon 1987 16345x 70%
Double Dragon II 1990 11013x 65%
Double Dragon III 1990 13021x 71%
Double Dragon V 1994 1039x 70%
Double Dribble 1987 10018x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 67342x 71%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 46778x 83%
Earthworm Jim 1994 48503x 74%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 28975x 71%
F1 1993 4239x 76%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 61824x 74%
FIFA Soccer 95 1994 19716x 70%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 25719x 71%
Fatal Fury 1991 3169x 40%
Flashback 1992 25982x 75%
Flicky 1984 104209x 70%
Frogger 1981 4055x 70%
Gauntlet IV 1993 14350x 70%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 62278x 83%
Gleylancer 1992 6049x 74%
Gods 1991 23177x 73%
Golden Axe 1989 84383x 77%
Golden Axe II 1991 78672x 69%
Golden Axe III 1993 78043x 74%
Gunstar Heroes 1993 10309x 82%
Home Alone 1991 24729x 79%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 14254x 58%
Ironman 1989 10333x 40%
Joe & Mac 1991 5982x 69%
John Madden Football 1990 16697x 85%
Judge Dredd 1995 15549x 65%
Jurassic Park 1993 33745x 74%
King of the Monsters 1991 1391x 60%
Klax 1989 13789x 78%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 13125x 70%
Landstalker 1992 16252x 61%
Last Battle 1989 54198x 68%
Lemmings 1991 15034x 72%
Lion King, The 1994 138759x 71%
M.U.S.H.A. 1990 8472x 81%
Marble Madness 1984 23904x 81%
Mario Andretti Racing 1994 1640x 79%
Mega Bomberman 1993 127717x 76%
Mega Man: The Wily Wars 1994 12014x 81%
Mega Turrican 1993 18475x 85%
Mega lo Mania 1991 15758x 72%
Mercs 1990 20657x 67%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 42233x 77%
Micro Machines 1991 18705x 83%
Might and Magic II 1988 17433x 80%
Mortal Kombat 1993 72577x 80%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 87418x 69%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 221587x 72%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 23264x 71%
NBA Jam 1993 72641x 83%
NBA Live 95 1994 15843x 75%
NHL 95 1994 47428x 79%
NHL 96 1995 3824x 83%
NHL ’94 1993 72914x 81%
New Zealand Story 1989 21302x 64%
Olympic Gold 1992 36381x 61%
OutRun 1986 45145x 74%
OutRun 2019 1993 3095x 74%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 14099x 67%
Pac-Mania 1988 67340x 66%
Paperboy 1984 16372x 61%
Paperboy 2 1991 31600x 66%
Phantasy Star II 1989 13529x 76%
Phantasy Star III 1990 4248x 73%
Phantasy Star IV 1993 2338x 80%
Pitfall IV 1994 12743x 80%
Populous 1989 12419x 73%
Power Rangers 1994 20713x 77%
Predator 2 1992 7057x 68%
Prince of Persia 1989 28985x 81%
Pulseman 1994 16717x 74%
QuackShot 1991 46603x 77%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 12564x 62%
Rainbow Islands 1987 15178x 74%
Rambo III 1989 23051x 67%
Ristar 1995 30005x 86%
Road Rash 1991 174425x 63%
Road Rash 3 1995 69010x 69%
Road Rash II 1992 39349x 77%
RoboCop 3 1992 16210x 64%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 31787x 70%
Rolo to the Rescue 1992 2334x 59%
Sagaia 1989 608x 56%
Samurai Shodown 1993 23854x 73%
Saturday Night Slam ... 1993 1892x 85%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 25561x 67%
Shadow Dancer 2 1990 63748x 69%
Shadowrun 1993 27693x 83%
Shanghai II 1990 2198x 80%
Shining Force 1992 21248x 82%
Shining Force II 1993 6929x 82%
Shinobi III 1993 26675x 83%
Shove It! 1990 22622x 63%
Side Pocket 1987 27937x 80%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 17955x 82%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 11494x 76%
Snow Brothers 1990 23065x 65%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 169258x 75%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 70739x 71%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 771277x 73%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 151726x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 307510x 75%
Space Invaders 1978 17187x 83%
Spider-Man 1994 15946x 71%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 21913x 61%
Spider-Man and Venom 1994 5651x 85%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 24250x 80%
Star Trek: The Next Gen... 1994 1290x 70%
Street Fighter II 1992 39705x 76%
Streets of Rage 1991 86840x 75%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 69191x 84%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 70076x 81%
Strider 1989 20153x 70%
Sub-Terrania 1994 939x 45%
Summer Challenge 1992 9512x 65%
Sunset Riders 1993 47270x 77%
Super Hang-On 1987 35473x 77%
Super Monaco GP 1989 32994x 80%
Syndicate 1993 402x 80%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 79534x 56%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 51810x 81%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 14315x 73%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 14310x 73%
Terminator 2 1991 16264x 68%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 10875x 78%
Tetris 1986 20568x 78%
The Humans 1992 11860x 57%
The Jungle Book 1994 28785x 79%
The Lost Vikings 1992 23813x 69%
The Super Shinobi 1989 31727x 75%
The Terminator 1992 13297x 78%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 2391x 60%
Top Gear 2 1993 12777x 83%
True Lies 1994 8417x 78%
Turbo Outrun 1989 21297x 64%
Turrican 1990 10347x 71%
Ultimate MK3 1996 349828x 76%
Universal Soldier 1992 18558x 57%
Virtua Racing 1992 5205x 73%
Virtual Bart 1994 17357x 78%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 26005x 77%
Williams Arcade Classics 1995 5488x 78%
Winter Challenge 1991 9483x 66%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 6056x 68%
Wonder Boy III 1988 12089x 71%
World Championship Soccer 1989 15299x 85%
World Heroes 1992 1476x 50%
World Series Baseball 1994 15463x 71%
World of Illusion 1992 26199x 74%
Worms 1995 13338x 74%
X-Men 1993 36588x 69%
X-Men 2: Clone Wars 1995 7507x 86%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 18734x 68%
Zombies 1993 15388x 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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