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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 5452x 53%
Addams Family, The 1991 8993x 66%
Air Buster 1990 20570x 65%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 14400x 83%
Alien 3 1992 8902x 83%
Altered Beast 1988 24104x 76%
Another World 1991 16087x 72%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 3838x 77%
Batman & Robin 1994 8371x 70%
Batman Returns 1992 463x 70%
Battletoads 1991 7433x 67%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 24893x 73%
Blaster Master 2 1993 7552x 59%
Blockout 1989 13305x 78%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 4916x 55%
Budokan 1989 7392x 53%
California Games 1987 15721x 67%
Cannon Fodder 1993 20743x 73%
Castle of Illusion 1990 11203x 74%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 15681x 83%
Championship Bowling 1989 5487x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 3923x 75%
Columns 1990 18052x 78%
Comix Zone 1995 13514x 83%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 29993x 70%
Cool Spot 1993 7582x 73%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 15049x 60%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 10218x 53%
Demolition Man 1995 5642x 64%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 20996x 75%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 18207x 71%
Double Dragon 1987 8554x 83%
Double Dragon II 1990 5402x 62%
Double Dragon III 1990 7163x 83%
Double Dribble 1987 5582x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 43113x 73%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 17357x 73%
Earthworm Jim 1994 15412x 73%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 7655x 53%
FIFA 1993 31142x 70%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 12931x 74%
Flashback 1992 12437x 78%
Flicky 1984 17988x 69%
Gauntlet IV 1993 5809x 67%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 14008x 77%
Gods 1991 12124x 81%
Golden Axe 1989 15933x 76%
Golden Axe II 1991 31872x 62%
Golden Axe III 1993 30120x 66%
Home Alone 1991 9932x 81%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 7987x 66%
Ironman 1989 5213x 40%
Judge Dredd 1995 8919x 70%
Jurassic Park 1993 9232x 77%
Klax 1989 6346x 85%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 8265x 74%
Landstalker 1992 7429x 57%
Last Battle 1989 26190x 59%
Lemmings 1991 9116x 68%
Lion King, The 1994 9106x 78%
Marble Madness 1984 12710x 83%
Mega Bomberman 1993 48452x 76%
Mega Turrican 1993 3759x 79%
Mega lo Mania 1991 7823x 73%
Mercs 1990 10807x 77%
Micro Machines 1991 7705x 79%
Might and Magic II 1988 8577x 75%
Mortal Kombat 1993 13642x 80%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 35459x 66%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 69413x 72%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 10271x 82%
NBA Jam 1993 25332x 82%
NBA Live 95 1994 2195x 72%
NHL 95 1994 19193x 74%
NHL ’94 1993 25655x 79%
New Zealand Story 1989 6910x 63%
Olympic Gold 1992 19960x 59%
OutRun 1986 6050x 78%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 7011x 62%
Pac-Mania 1988 30747x 62%
Paperboy 1984 5755x 61%
Paperboy 2 1991 11758x 61%
Phantasy Star II 1989 6954x 75%
Pitfall IV 1994 6173x 76%
Populous 1989 6596x 70%
Power Rangers 1994 7387x 78%
Prince of Persia 1989 16107x 83%
Pulseman 1994 1143x 95%
QuackShot 1991 9093x 61%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 6872x 63%
Rainbow Islands 1987 1981x 80%
Rambo III 1989 6198x 71%
Road Rash 1991 8824x 67%
Road Rash 3 1995 14515x 82%
Road Rash II 1992 9946x 61%
RoboCop 3 1992 6859x 44%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 10217x 65%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 7079x 75%
Shadow Dancer 1993 9061x 65%
Shadowrun 1993 11529x 81%
Shining Force 1992 10436x 89%
Shinobi III 1993 4500x 69%
Shove It! 1990 11591x 55%
Side Pocket 1987 15043x 74%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 7082x 78%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 4540x 60%
Snow Brothers 1990 7504x 60%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 35936x 76%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 23426x 64%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 99695x 75%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 21843x 72%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 65179x 76%
Space Invaders 1978 6695x 75%
Spider-Man 1994 5635x 77%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 8272x 65%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 9743x 71%
Street Fighter II 1992 13096x 75%
Streets of Rage 1991 23365x 74%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 15066x 79%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 22803x 86%
Strider 1989 10775x 68%
Summer Challenge 1992 4999x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 16128x 75%
Super Hang-On 1987 11081x 77%
Super Monaco GP 1989 11020x 71%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 4042x 56%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 19697x 88%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 8342x 76%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 6723x 76%
Terminator 2 1991 8079x 65%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 6132x 78%
Tetris 1986 9434x 83%
The Humans 1992 5552x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 13100x 87%
The Lost Vikings 1992 12311x 72%
The Super Shinobi 1989 12025x 75%
The Terminator 1992 6459x 64%
True Lies 1994 2844x 55%
Turbo Outrun 1989 9914x 70%
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 1996 41869x 80%
Universal Soldier 1992 10657x 59%
Virtual Bart 1994 4020x 45%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 6986x 81%
Winter Challenge 1991 5071x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 1870x 80%
World Championship Soccer 1989 6617x 70%
World Series Baseball 1994 4404x 64%
World of Illusion 1992 5812x 83%
Worms 1995 6589x 80%
X-Men 1993 13442x 72%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 10105x 66%
Zombies 1993 5940x 69%

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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