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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 6895x 55%
Addams Family, The 1991 10705x 63%
Air Buster 1990 24099x 66%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 18820x 73%
Alien 3 1992 11979x 84%
Altered Beast 1988 32403x 75%
Another World 1991 18846x 74%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 5497x 72%
Batman & Robin 1994 11640x 70%
Batman Returns 1992 1956x 70%
Battletoads 1991 9246x 69%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 30265x 72%
Beyond Oasis 1994 3158x 74%
Blaster Master 2 1993 9214x 64%
Blockout 1989 15246x 76%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 7693x 73%
Budokan 1989 8477x 54%
California Games 1987 18542x 66%
Cannon Fodder 1993 23957x 69%
Castle of Illusion 1990 16797x 71%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 21090x 79%
Championship Bowling 1989 6393x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 5023x 64%
Columns 1990 22574x 75%
Comix Zone 1995 19444x 81%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 39850x 73%
Cool Spot 1993 8879x 78%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 17156x 58%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 11918x 57%
Demolition Man 1995 8010x 67%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 37099x 71%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 24112x 68%
Double Dragon 1987 10311x 67%
Double Dragon II 1990 6657x 65%
Double Dragon III 1990 8451x 72%
Double Dribble 1987 6454x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 47367x 73%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 22446x 75%
Earthworm Jim 1994 19099x 67%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 11583x 58%
FIFA 1993 36980x 71%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 15068x 70%
Flashback 1992 15162x 77%
Flicky 1984 34292x 69%
Gauntlet IV 1993 7378x 71%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 21687x 81%
Gods 1991 14183x 83%
Golden Axe 1989 26896x 74%
Golden Axe II 1991 37952x 63%
Golden Axe III 1993 38383x 68%
Gunstar Heroes 1993 1172x 57%
Home Alone 1991 12021x 82%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 9220x 62%
Ironman 1989 6398x 40%
Judge Dredd 1995 10399x 72%
Jurassic Park 1993 14164x 75%
Klax 1989 7452x 74%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 9267x 74%
Landstalker 1992 9083x 59%
Last Battle 1989 32793x 62%
Lemmings 1991 10390x 70%
Lion King, The 1994 52406x 68%
Marble Madness 1984 15093x 76%
Mega Bomberman 1993 63215x 74%
Mega Turrican 1993 5524x 79%
Mega lo Mania 1991 9532x 76%
Mercs 1990 12801x 81%
Micro Machines 1991 9722x 80%
Might and Magic II 1988 10158x 82%
Mortal Kombat 1993 25614x 77%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 46293x 64%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 103350x 72%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 13377x 72%
NBA Jam 1993 33015x 80%
NBA Live 95 1994 4588x 68%
NHL 95 1994 23827x 75%
NHL ’94 1993 31830x 80%
New Zealand Story 1989 8350x 59%
Olympic Gold 1992 22963x 57%
OutRun 1986 8316x 72%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 8569x 62%
Pac-Mania 1988 38463x 63%
Paperboy 1984 7352x 60%
Paperboy 2 1991 14093x 63%
Phantasy Star II 1989 8233x 75%
Pitfall IV 1994 7271x 78%
Populous 1989 7808x 73%
Power Rangers 1994 10422x 81%
Predator 2 1992 1562x 64%
Prince of Persia 1989 19004x 80%
Pulseman 1994 4368x 76%
QuackShot 1991 12503x 60%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 7823x 61%
Rainbow Islands 1987 4141x 70%
Rambo III 1989 9467x 64%
Ristar 1995 8435x 86%
Road Rash 1991 18160x 62%
Road Rash 3 1995 21643x 79%
Road Rash II 1992 14177x 66%
RoboCop 3 1992 8703x 62%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 13858x 69%
Samurai Shodown 1993 1937x 86%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 9936x 64%
Shadow Dancer 2 1990 12164x 66%
Shadowrun 1993 14444x 82%
Shining Force 1992 12476x 77%
Shinobi III 1993 9556x 82%
Shove It! 1990 13656x 55%
Side Pocket 1987 17612x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 8455x 78%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 5836x 76%
Snow Brothers 1990 10186x 61%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 58559x 75%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 32978x 63%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 164057x 74%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 40337x 71%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 98724x 76%
Space Invaders 1978 10936x 82%
Spider-Man 1994 7776x 79%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 11514x 62%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 12535x 79%
Street Fighter II 1992 18796x 78%
Streets of Rage 1991 33364x 77%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 23670x 78%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 31255x 81%
Strider 1989 12690x 69%
Summer Challenge 1992 6005x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 21457x 75%
Super Hang-On 1987 14596x 76%
Super Monaco GP 1989 14760x 73%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 6279x 57%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 26599x 81%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 9701x 76%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 8161x 71%
Terminator 2 1991 9929x 66%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 7035x 78%
Tetris 1986 12041x 78%
The Humans 1992 6803x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 15532x 76%
The Lost Vikings 1992 14437x 68%
The Super Shinobi 1989 16144x 73%
The Terminator 1992 7711x 64%
Top Gear 2 1993 1321x 85%
True Lies 1994 3867x 55%
Turbo Outrun 1989 12064x 69%
Turrican 1990 1619x 80%
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 1996 90866x 78%
Universal Soldier 1992 12360x 58%
Virtual Bart 1994 5951x 69%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 10382x 84%
Winter Challenge 1991 5968x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 2642x 80%
Wonder Boy III 1988 3285x 65%
World Championship Soccer 1989 8174x 74%
World Series Baseball 1994 6636x 67%
World of Illusion 1992 10312x 80%
Worms 1995 7848x 80%
X-Men 1993 18249x 68%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 11801x 64%
Zombies 1993 7832x 61%

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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