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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 8004x 55%
Addams Family, The 1991 12139x 63%
Air Buster 1990 27058x 66%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 22076x 75%
Alien 3 1992 15157x 82%
Altered Beast 1988 39172x 73%
Another World 1991 21152x 72%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 6761x 72%
Batman & Robin 1994 13975x 72%
Batman Returns 1992 3263x 78%
Battletoads 1991 10610x 75%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 34726x 73%
Beyond Oasis 1994 5172x 76%
Blaster Master 2 1993 10555x 58%
Blockout 1989 16638x 73%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 10079x 77%
Boogerman 1994 1928x 60%
Budokan 1989 9490x 52%
California Games 1987 21022x 66%
Cannon Fodder 1993 27012x 69%
Castle of Illusion 1990 20478x 73%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 25053x 80%
Championship Bowling 1989 6970x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 5822x 64%
Columns 1990 25907x 77%
Comix Zone 1995 24394x 80%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 46909x 72%
Cool Spot 1993 9812x 72%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 18692x 59%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 13631x 60%
Demolition Man 1995 9585x 69%
Desert Strike 1992 4218x 78%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 52641x 71%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 28699x 72%
Double Dragon 1987 11428x 67%
Double Dragon II 1990 7489x 65%
Double Dragon III 1990 9423x 72%
Double Dribble 1987 7057x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 50843x 73%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 26536x 78%
Earthworm Jim 1994 23850x 70%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 15039x 64%
FIFA 1993 41526x 72%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 16990x 69%
Flashback 1992 17162x 77%
Flicky 1984 44836x 71%
Frogger 1981 211x 70%
Gauntlet IV 1993 8647x 71%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 28994x 79%
Gleylancer 1992 1202x 82%
Gods 1991 15965x 82%
Golden Axe 1989 37448x 72%
Golden Axe II 1991 42298x 64%
Golden Axe III 1993 44341x 69%
Gunstar Heroes 1993 2805x 61%
Home Alone 1991 13821x 82%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 10299x 60%
Ironman 1989 7099x 40%
John Madden Football 1990 2558x 86%
Judge Dredd 1995 11415x 70%
Jurassic Park 1993 17894x 74%
Klax 1989 8451x 73%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 9942x 74%
Landstalker 1992 10282x 61%
Last Battle 1989 37010x 62%
Lemmings 1991 11174x 72%
Lion King, The 1994 72150x 68%
M.U.S.H.A. 1990 2719x 82%
Marble Madness 1984 16526x 78%
Mega Bomberman 1993 74101x 76%
Mega Turrican 1993 6647x 79%
Mega lo Mania 1991 10782x 72%
Mercs 1990 14429x 76%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 3642x 76%
Micro Machines 1991 11387x 81%
Might and Magic II 1988 11800x 84%
Mortal Kombat 1993 34134x 79%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 54875x 64%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 125087x 71%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 15234x 72%
NBA Jam 1993 39462x 80%
NBA Live 95 1994 6524x 71%
NHL 95 1994 27523x 76%
NHL ’94 1993 37295x 80%
New Zealand Story 1989 9927x 55%
Olympic Gold 1992 25194x 57%
OutRun 1986 13344x 79%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 9378x 64%
Pac-Mania 1988 44168x 63%
Paperboy 1984 9235x 64%
Paperboy 2 1991 15707x 62%
Phantasy Star II 1989 9181x 83%
Phantasy Star III 1990 723x 70%
Pitfall IV 1994 8274x 79%
Populous 1989 8746x 73%
Power Rangers 1994 13410x 79%
Predator 2 1992 2562x 62%
Prince of Persia 1989 20782x 81%
Pulseman 1994 5660x 75%
QuackShot 1991 15230x 68%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 8511x 62%
Rainbow Islands 1987 5653x 68%
Rambo III 1989 12401x 66%
Ristar 1995 13691x 87%
Road Rash 1991 32638x 62%
Road Rash 3 1995 29067x 71%
Road Rash II 1992 18295x 69%
RoboCop 3 1992 10061x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 16589x 67%
Samurai Shodown 1993 6390x 80%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 12491x 59%
Shadow Dancer 2 1990 17562x 71%
Shadowrun 1993 16901x 81%
Shining Force 1992 13996x 79%
Shinobi III 1993 12804x 81%
Shove It! 1990 15226x 58%
Side Pocket 1987 19632x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 9874x 84%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 6809x 83%
Snow Brothers 1990 12582x 61%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 77806x 75%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 39657x 66%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 263402x 73%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 62212x 73%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 135240x 76%
Space Invaders 1978 12393x 83%
Spider-Man 1994 9018x 79%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 13764x 64%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 14468x 80%
Street Fighter II 1992 22996x 78%
Streets of Rage 1991 41651x 78%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 31020x 80%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 37488x 80%
Strider 1989 14176x 66%
Summer Challenge 1992 6694x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 25833x 75%
Super Hang-On 1987 17445x 74%
Super Monaco GP 1989 17544x 74%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 8022x 57%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 31771x 80%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 10570x 76%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 9306x 71%
Terminator 2 1991 11211x 66%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 7654x 78%
Tetris 1986 13493x 77%
The Humans 1992 7732x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 18445x 78%
The Lost Vikings 1992 16175x 67%
The Super Shinobi 1989 19595x 73%
The Terminator 1992 8727x 64%
Top Gear 2 1993 3514x 82%
True Lies 1994 4781x 53%
Turbo Outrun 1989 13677x 64%
Turrican 1990 2892x 84%
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 1996 138479x 76%
Universal Soldier 1992 13571x 58%
Virtual Bart 1994 7965x 73%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 13983x 85%
Winter Challenge 1991 6607x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 3175x 80%
Wonder Boy III 1988 4867x 65%
World Championship Soccer 1989 9138x 77%
World Series Baseball 1994 8160x 63%
World of Illusion 1992 13673x 74%
Worms 1995 8757x 80%
X-Men 1993 21794x 71%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 12886x 65%
Zombies 1993 9349x 62%

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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