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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 11554x 55%
Addams Family, The 1991 17528x 66%
After Burner II 1987 1960x 71%
Air Buster 1990 36664x 67%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 33621x 75%
Alien 3 1992 22954x 78%
Alien Soldier 1995 3676x 60%
Altered Beast 1988 64671x 72%
Another World 1991 31723x 74%
Art of Fighting 1992 2572x 55%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 11821x 76%
Batman & Robin 1994 23114x 71%
Batman Returns 1992 7950x 68%
Battletoads 1991 15832x 77%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 51333x 75%
Beyond Oasis 1994 13293x 77%
Blaster Master 2 1993 15391x 63%
Blockout 1989 22962x 73%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 21114x 78%
Boogerman 1994 10515x 74%
Budokan 1989 15299x 48%
California Games 1987 31284x 67%
Cannon Fodder 1993 37880x 70%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 2823x 70%
Castle of Illusion 1990 33070x 71%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 37919x 80%
Championship Bowling 1989 9426x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 8666x 64%
Columns 1990 41584x 79%
Comix Zone 1995 42128x 83%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 74768x 73%
Cool Spot 1993 15828x 80%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 4086x 74%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 24401x 60%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 20248x 61%
Demolition Man 1995 15682x 74%
Desert Strike 1992 16497x 76%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 110710x 71%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 58057x 71%
Double Dragon 1987 15727x 72%
Double Dragon II 1990 10600x 65%
Double Dragon III 1990 12592x 68%
Double Dragon V 1994 671x 70%
Double Dribble 1987 9557x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 65433x 71%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 42375x 81%
Earthworm Jim 1994 45415x 74%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 26438x 71%
F1 1993 3626x 80%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 58969x 75%
FIFA Soccer 95 1994 17497x 70%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 24731x 69%
Fatal Fury 1991 2655x 70%
Flashback 1992 24909x 75%
Flicky 1984 97040x 71%
Frogger 1981 3510x 70%
Gauntlet IV 1993 13598x 74%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 58354x 83%
Gleylancer 1992 5462x 77%
Gods 1991 22243x 72%
Golden Axe 1989 79031x 77%
Golden Axe II 1991 74088x 68%
Golden Axe III 1993 73685x 73%
Gunstar Heroes 1993 9213x 83%
Home Alone 1991 23959x 82%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 13731x 58%
Ironman 1989 9914x 40%
Joe & Mac 1991 4740x 69%
John Madden Football 1990 15012x 85%
Judge Dredd 1995 15007x 65%
Jurassic Park 1993 31817x 74%
King of the Monsters 1991 1077x 60%
Klax 1989 13079x 77%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 12701x 70%
Landstalker 1992 15613x 61%
Last Battle 1989 52363x 69%
Lemmings 1991 14584x 72%
Lion King, The 1994 131752x 71%
M.U.S.H.A. 1990 7786x 81%
Marble Madness 1984 23007x 81%
Mega Bomberman 1993 122378x 76%
Mega Man: The Wily Wars 1994 10498x 80%
Mega Turrican 1993 16227x 85%
Mega lo Mania 1991 15197x 72%
Mercs 1990 19867x 67%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 37042x 76%
Micro Machines 1991 17812x 82%
Might and Magic II 1988 16831x 80%
Mortal Kombat 1993 67807x 80%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 82982x 68%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 210165x 73%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 21967x 70%
NBA Jam 1993 69025x 82%
NBA Live 95 1994 14750x 75%
NHL 95 1994 45849x 80%
NHL 96 1995 2304x 81%
NHL ’94 1993 70150x 81%
New Zealand Story 1989 19964x 63%
Olympic Gold 1992 34591x 59%
OutRun 1986 40976x 73%
OutRun 2019 1993 2563x 74%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 13471x 67%
Pac-Mania 1988 64660x 67%
Paperboy 1984 15556x 61%
Paperboy 2 1991 28552x 66%
Phantasy Star II 1989 13008x 76%
Phantasy Star III 1990 3778x 73%
Phantasy Star IV 1993 1739x 72%
Pitfall IV 1994 12232x 79%
Populous 1989 11964x 73%
Power Rangers 1994 19712x 78%
Predator 2 1992 6446x 65%
Prince of Persia 1989 28087x 81%
Pulseman 1994 14555x 74%
QuackShot 1991 42622x 76%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 11704x 62%
Rainbow Islands 1987 14064x 75%
Rambo III 1989 21500x 66%
Ristar 1995 28186x 86%
Road Rash 1991 154079x 63%
Road Rash 3 1995 62914x 69%
Road Rash II 1992 36166x 76%
RoboCop 3 1992 15447x 63%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 29617x 70%
Rolo to the Rescue 1992 1676x 53%
Samurai Shodown 1993 21760x 74%
Saturday Night Slam ... 1993 1307x 85%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 24109x 65%
Shadow Dancer 2 1990 57097x 68%
Shadowrun 1993 26282x 82%
Shanghai II 1990 1848x 80%
Shining Force 1992 20168x 80%
Shining Force II 1993 5861x 78%
Shinobi III 1993 24345x 82%
Shove It! 1990 21887x 63%
Side Pocket 1987 26866x 80%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 17019x 82%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 10950x 76%
Snow Brothers 1990 22023x 66%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 161395x 75%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 66850x 72%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 716570x 73%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 141450x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 290028x 75%
Space Invaders 1978 16501x 82%
Spider-Man 1994 15228x 79%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 20821x 62%
Spider-Man and Venom 1994 4226x 85%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 22827x 80%
Star Trek: The Next Gen... 1994 842x 70%
Street Fighter II 1992 37522x 77%
Streets of Rage 1991 80951x 75%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 64605x 83%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 65531x 80%
Strider 1989 19318x 69%
Summer Challenge 1992 9150x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 44335x 76%
Super Hang-On 1987 33219x 77%
Super Monaco GP 1989 31231x 80%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 62415x 60%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 49683x 81%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 13833x 73%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 13755x 73%
Terminator 2 1991 15592x 68%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 10342x 78%
Tetris 1986 19521x 77%
The Humans 1992 11277x 57%
The Jungle Book 1994 27696x 78%
The Lost Vikings 1992 22669x 68%
The Super Shinobi 1989 30400x 75%
The Terminator 1992 12641x 78%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 1983x 60%
Top Gear 2 1993 11893x 84%
True Lies 1994 7916x 74%
Turbo Outrun 1989 20463x 66%
Turrican 1990 9574x 72%
Ultimate MK3 1996 324692x 75%
Universal Soldier 1992 17938x 57%
Virtua Racing 1992 4424x 77%
Virtual Bart 1994 16413x 75%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 24412x 76%
Williams Arcade Classics 1995 4765x 84%
Winter Challenge 1991 9089x 66%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 5681x 68%
Wonder Boy III 1988 11193x 71%
World Championship Soccer 1989 14410x 85%
World Heroes 1992 1091x 50%
World Series Baseball 1994 14517x 71%
World of Illusion 1992 24601x 74%
Worms 1995 12842x 74%
X-Men 1993 34863x 69%
X-Men 2: Clone Wars 1995 4418x 77%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 18034x 68%
Zombies 1993 14632x 68%

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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