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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 8470x 55%
Addams Family, The 1991 12734x 63%
Air Buster 1990 28355x 64%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 23428x 76%
Alien 3 1992 16306x 84%
Altered Beast 1988 42738x 71%
Another World 1991 22410x 71%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 7472x 75%
Batman & Robin 1994 15044x 72%
Batman Returns 1992 3640x 78%
Battletoads 1991 11134x 76%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 37036x 73%
Beyond Oasis 1994 6143x 74%
Blaster Master 2 1993 11095x 58%
Blockout 1989 17443x 72%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 11044x 75%
Boogerman 1994 2740x 59%
Budokan 1989 9916x 52%
California Games 1987 22172x 66%
Cannon Fodder 1993 28463x 69%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 324x 70%
Castle of Illusion 1990 22012x 74%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 26570x 80%
Championship Bowling 1989 7211x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 6211x 66%
Columns 1990 27536x 77%
Comix Zone 1995 26263x 81%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 50161x 73%
Cool Spot 1993 10228x 72%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 19446x 59%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 14174x 60%
Demolition Man 1995 10300x 73%
Desert Strike 1992 6081x 81%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 59441x 71%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 31127x 72%
Double Dragon 1987 11876x 67%
Double Dragon II 1990 7866x 65%
Double Dragon III 1990 9812x 73%
Double Dribble 1987 7336x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 52503x 73%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 28417x 79%
Earthworm Jim 1994 26377x 74%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 16558x 66%
F1 1993 162x 80%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 43380x 73%
FIFA Soccer 95 1994 3555x 75%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 17979x 69%
Flashback 1992 18095x 77%
Flicky 1984 50920x 70%
Frogger 1981 504x 40%
Gauntlet IV 1993 9190x 73%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 32027x 80%
Gleylancer 1992 1671x 82%
Gods 1991 16792x 79%
Golden Axe 1989 43280x 73%
Golden Axe II 1991 45479x 66%
Golden Axe III 1993 47513x 70%
Gunstar Heroes 1993 3423x 72%
Home Alone 1991 14526x 82%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 10717x 60%
Ironman 1989 7399x 40%
John Madden Football 1990 4248x 85%
Judge Dredd 1995 11806x 66%
Jurassic Park 1993 19493x 70%
Klax 1989 8970x 72%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 10162x 74%
Landstalker 1992 10811x 60%
Last Battle 1989 39013x 62%
Lemmings 1991 11520x 72%
Lion King, The 1994 80707x 68%
M.U.S.H.A. 1990 3284x 81%
Marble Madness 1984 17165x 80%
Mega Bomberman 1993 80008x 76%
Mega Man: The Wily Wars 1994 213x 90%
Mega Turrican 1993 7216x 79%
Mega lo Mania 1991 11173x 73%
Mercs 1990 15006x 68%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 7619x 76%
Micro Machines 1991 12304x 81%
Might and Magic II 1988 12550x 84%
Mortal Kombat 1993 38018x 77%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 58711x 64%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 136121x 72%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 15943x 69%
NBA Jam 1993 44767x 81%
NBA Live 95 1994 7627x 73%
NHL 95 1994 29463x 76%
NHL ’94 1993 44000x 80%
New Zealand Story 1989 10929x 59%
Olympic Gold 1992 26450x 56%
OutRun 1986 16050x 80%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 9712x 64%
Pac-Mania 1988 46445x 63%
Paperboy 1984 10166x 59%
Paperboy 2 1991 16435x 62%
Phantasy Star II 1989 9735x 85%
Phantasy Star III 1990 1142x 70%
Pitfall IV 1994 8659x 76%
Populous 1989 9140x 73%
Power Rangers 1994 14199x 80%
Predator 2 1992 2979x 63%
Prince of Persia 1989 21545x 81%
Pulseman 1994 6196x 74%
QuackShot 1991 16771x 70%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 8841x 62%
Rainbow Islands 1987 6496x 69%
Rambo III 1989 13631x 66%
Ristar 1995 15812x 88%
Road Rash 1991 43800x 63%
Road Rash 3 1995 33659x 71%
Road Rash II 1992 20140x 71%
RoboCop 3 1992 10661x 62%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 17868x 67%
Samurai Shodown 1993 8108x 80%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 13495x 59%
Shadow Dancer 2 1990 21169x 70%
Shadowrun 1993 17753x 82%
Shining Force 1992 14758x 79%
Shinobi III 1993 14027x 80%
Shove It! 1990 15930x 58%
Side Pocket 1987 20549x 75%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 10742x 83%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 7381x 83%
Snow Brothers 1990 13562x 65%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 90807x 76%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 43857x 68%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 353042x 72%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 75422x 74%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 160420x 76%
Space Invaders 1978 13203x 84%
Spider-Man 1994 9913x 83%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 14680x 64%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 15198x 79%
Street Fighter II 1992 24714x 77%
Streets of Rage 1991 45848x 76%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 34389x 81%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 40177x 80%
Strider 1989 14707x 68%
Summer Challenge 1992 6937x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 27999x 73%
Super Hang-On 1987 18474x 75%
Super Monaco GP 1989 18956x 76%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 8751x 57%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 33839x 80%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 10945x 78%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 9814x 71%
Terminator 2 1991 11688x 64%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 7949x 78%
Tetris 1986 14125x 75%
The Humans 1992 8076x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 19671x 77%
The Lost Vikings 1992 16893x 67%
The Super Shinobi 1989 20907x 73%
The Terminator 1992 9189x 67%
Top Gear 2 1993 4488x 85%
True Lies 1994 5108x 53%
Turbo Outrun 1989 14412x 62%
Turrican 1990 3956x 87%
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 1996 164468x 76%
Universal Soldier 1992 14148x 57%
Virtual Bart 1994 8990x 73%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 15679x 84%
Winter Challenge 1991 6850x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 3397x 80%
Wonder Boy III 1988 5662x 70%
World Championship Soccer 1989 9582x 79%
World Series Baseball 1994 8760x 63%
World of Illusion 1992 15015x 74%
Worms 1995 9376x 74%
X-Men 1993 23464x 70%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 13485x 65%
Zombies 1993 9995x 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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