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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 4989x 53%
Addams Family, The 1991 8557x 66%
Air Buster 1990 19609x 67%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 13412x 82%
Alien 3 1992 8340x 81%
Altered Beast 1988 22051x 79%
Another World 1991 15324x 72%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 3376x 77%
Batman & Robin 1994 7514x 70%
Batman Returns 1992 193x 70%
Battletoads 1991 6978x 75%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 23474x 73%
Blaster Master 2 1993 7156x 59%
Blockout 1989 12691x 78%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 4342x 59%
Budokan 1989 7116x 53%
California Games 1987 15009x 67%
Cannon Fodder 1993 19887x 72%
Castle of Illusion 1990 10289x 74%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 14371x 81%
Championship Bowling 1989 5234x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 3598x 75%
Columns 1990 16574x 76%
Comix Zone 1995 12386x 80%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 27459x 68%
Cool Spot 1993 7264x 73%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 14434x 61%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 9739x 53%
Demolition Man 1995 5010x 70%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 18796x 74%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 16931x 70%
Double Dragon 1987 8063x 83%
Double Dragon II 1990 5122x 58%
Double Dragon III 1990 6714x 83%
Double Dribble 1987 5335x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 41951x 73%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 16096x 68%
Earthworm Jim 1994 14466x 73%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 6874x 50%
FIFA 1993 29602x 72%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 12327x 74%
Flashback 1992 11806x 78%
Flicky 1984 15172x 70%
Gauntlet IV 1993 5454x 67%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 12428x 76%
Gods 1991 11624x 80%
Golden Axe 1989 13613x 76%
Golden Axe II 1991 29747x 61%
Golden Axe III 1993 27529x 65%
Home Alone 1991 9527x 79%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 7668x 66%
Ironman 1989 4888x 40%
Judge Dredd 1995 8533x 70%
Jurassic Park 1993 7997x 72%
Klax 1989 5949x 85%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 7795x 74%
Landstalker 1992 7021x 57%
Last Battle 1989 24151x 59%
Lemmings 1991 8502x 80%
Lion King, The 1994 7922x 85%
Marble Madness 1984 12029x 83%
Mega Bomberman 1993 43943x 75%
Mega Turrican 1993 3240x 79%
Mega lo Mania 1991 7449x 74%
Mercs 1990 10311x 75%
Micro Machines 1991 7205x 77%
Might and Magic II 1988 8096x 75%
Mortal Kombat 1993 11711x 79%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 32897x 66%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 62706x 72%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 9357x 82%
NBA Jam 1993 23350x 82%
NBA Live 95 1994 1760x 79%
NHL 95 1994 17889x 73%
NHL ’94 1993 24281x 79%
New Zealand Story 1989 6553x 63%
Olympic Gold 1992 19181x 60%
OutRun 1986 5675x 86%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 6681x 62%
Pac-Mania 1988 28987x 61%
Paperboy 1984 5360x 61%
Paperboy 2 1991 11153x 60%
Phantasy Star II 1989 6620x 75%
Pitfall IV 1994 5914x 74%
Populous 1989 6307x 70%
Power Rangers 1994 6675x 74%
Prince of Persia 1989 15506x 83%
QuackShot 1991 8368x 58%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 6611x 63%
Rainbow Islands 1987 462x 77%
Rambo III 1989 5287x 68%
Road Rash 1991 8249x 66%
Road Rash 3 1995 13265x 82%
Road Rash II 1992 9197x 59%
RoboCop 3 1992 6339x 38%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 9467x 67%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 5857x 70%
Shadow Dancer 1993 8279x 65%
Shadowrun 1993 10847x 77%
Shining Force 1992 9636x 89%
Shinobi III 1993 3673x 72%
Shove It! 1990 11057x 55%
Side Pocket 1987 14440x 75%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 6735x 78%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 4191x 60%
Snow Brothers 1990 6899x 61%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 31808x 76%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 21903x 64%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 90129x 73%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 19812x 72%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 59231x 76%
Space Invaders 1978 6411x 75%
Spider-Man 1994 5191x 77%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 7519x 71%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 9062x 60%
Street Fighter II 1992 11903x 77%
Streets of Rage 1991 21820x 74%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 13737x 78%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 20360x 86%
Strider 1989 10284x 68%
Summer Challenge 1992 4695x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 14752x 74%
Super Hang-On 1987 10429x 77%
Super Monaco GP 1989 10206x 68%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 3451x 56%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 17900x 88%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 7945x 76%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 6255x 75%
Terminator 2 1991 7612x 67%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 5884x 78%
Tetris 1986 8797x 83%
The Humans 1992 5181x 60%
The Jungle Book 1994 12380x 87%
The Lost Vikings 1992 11771x 72%
The Super Shinobi 1989 11241x 73%
The Terminator 1992 6139x 64%
True Lies 1994 2576x 55%
Turbo Outrun 1989 9313x 70%
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 1996 36396x 78%
Universal Soldier 1992 10182x 59%
Virtual Bart 1994 3651x 60%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 6319x 79%
Winter Challenge 1991 4833x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 1664x 80%
World Championship Soccer 1989 6283x 70%
World Series Baseball 1994 3853x 64%
World of Illusion 1992 4750x 85%
Worms 1995 6254x 80%
X-Men 1993 12238x 69%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 9725x 65%
Zombies 1993 5502x 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, ...
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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