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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 5881x 55%
Addams Family, The 1991 9505x 64%
Air Buster 1990 21758x 66%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 15834x 82%
Alien 3 1992 9945x 81%
Altered Beast 1988 26532x 75%
Another World 1991 16926x 74%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 4421x 79%
Batman & Robin 1994 9426x 67%
Batman Returns 1992 936x 70%
Battletoads 1991 8014x 68%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 26643x 73%
Beyond Oasis 1994 1366x 74%
Blaster Master 2 1993 8106x 63%
Blockout 1989 13939x 78%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 5751x 63%
Budokan 1989 7766x 54%
California Games 1987 16631x 65%
Cannon Fodder 1993 21699x 70%
Castle of Illusion 1990 12893x 73%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 17465x 79%
Championship Bowling 1989 5815x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 4280x 67%
Columns 1990 19527x 76%
Comix Zone 1995 15552x 82%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 33113x 70%
Cool Spot 1993 8027x 78%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 15703x 57%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 10854x 54%
Demolition Man 1995 6491x 67%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 24324x 73%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 19919x 72%
Double Dragon 1987 9156x 68%
Double Dragon II 1990 5803x 65%
Double Dragon III 1990 7623x 74%
Double Dribble 1987 5920x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 44688x 74%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 18988x 76%
Earthworm Jim 1994 16531x 67%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 8882x 55%
FIFA 1993 33013x 71%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 13583x 70%
Flashback 1992 13186x 77%
Flicky 1984 22731x 69%
Gauntlet IV 1993 6330x 69%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 16303x 75%
Gods 1991 12739x 82%
Golden Axe 1989 19200x 77%
Golden Axe II 1991 33842x 61%
Golden Axe III 1993 32676x 66%
Home Alone 1991 10583x 81%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 8420x 62%
Ironman 1989 5673x 40%
Judge Dredd 1995 9421x 72%
Jurassic Park 1993 10836x 75%
Klax 1989 6743x 74%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 8607x 74%
Landstalker 1992 7951x 58%
Last Battle 1989 28991x 57%
Lemmings 1991 9559x 70%
Lion King, The 1994 11435x 73%
Marble Madness 1984 13553x 81%
Mega Bomberman 1993 53406x 74%
Mega Turrican 1993 4403x 79%
Mega lo Mania 1991 8460x 74%
Mercs 1990 11402x 77%
Micro Machines 1991 8392x 79%
Might and Magic II 1988 9098x 75%
Mortal Kombat 1993 18277x 77%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 39527x 66%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 83015x 73%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 11512x 79%
NBA Jam 1993 27733x 80%
NBA Live 95 1994 2713x 64%
NHL 95 1994 20853x 72%
NHL ’94 1993 27647x 77%
New Zealand Story 1989 7329x 59%
Olympic Gold 1992 20902x 58%
OutRun 1986 6640x 78%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 7527x 62%
Pac-Mania 1988 33297x 62%
Paperboy 1984 6294x 60%
Paperboy 2 1991 12634x 63%
Phantasy Star II 1989 7385x 75%
Pitfall IV 1994 6531x 76%
Populous 1989 7021x 73%
Power Rangers 1994 8378x 79%
Prince of Persia 1989 17101x 83%
Pulseman 1994 2766x 71%
QuackShot 1991 10187x 58%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 7173x 61%
Rainbow Islands 1987 2668x 70%
Rambo III 1989 7254x 64%
Ristar 1995 3137x 89%
Road Rash 1991 10336x 64%
Road Rash 3 1995 16623x 80%
Road Rash II 1992 11152x 58%
RoboCop 3 1992 7434x 50%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 11200x 67%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 7792x 65%
Shadow Dancer 1993 10049x 62%
Shadowrun 1993 12468x 78%
Shining Force 1992 11210x 76%
Shinobi III 1993 6149x 88%
Shove It! 1990 12324x 57%
Side Pocket 1987 15880x 75%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 7516x 78%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 5003x 70%
Snow Brothers 1990 8313x 60%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 43503x 74%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 26368x 65%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 119325x 73%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 26103x 71%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 75613x 76%
Space Invaders 1978 7076x 77%
Spider-Man 1994 6448x 84%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 9318x 63%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 10685x 73%
Street Fighter II 1992 14873x 77%
Streets of Rage 1991 26384x 74%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 17397x 75%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 25492x 83%
Strider 1989 11349x 68%
Summer Challenge 1992 5337x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 17760x 76%
Super Hang-On 1987 12313x 75%
Super Monaco GP 1989 12200x 69%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 4748x 57%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 21863x 84%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 8857x 76%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 7178x 71%
Terminator 2 1991 8677x 66%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 6456x 78%
Tetris 1986 10413x 78%
The Humans 1992 5939x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 13928x 78%
The Lost Vikings 1992 12988x 69%
The Super Shinobi 1989 13356x 73%
The Terminator 1992 6859x 64%
Top Gear 2 1993 128x 70%
True Lies 1994 3187x 55%
Turbo Outrun 1989 10641x 70%
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 1996 59197x 78%
Universal Soldier 1992 11185x 58%
Virtual Bart 1994 4541x 48%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 7923x 82%
Winter Challenge 1991 5375x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 2149x 80%
Wonder Boy III 1988 1636x 73%
World Championship Soccer 1989 7096x 70%
World Series Baseball 1994 5102x 64%
World of Illusion 1992 7118x 83%
Worms 1995 6997x 80%
X-Men 1993 14871x 69%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 10673x 64%
Zombies 1993 6480x 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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