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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 4477x 53%
Addams Family, The 1991 7968x 71%
Air Buster 1990 18323x 70%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 12017x 83%
Alien 3 1992 7717x 81%
Altered Beast 1988 19678x 78%
Another World 1991 14407x 72%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 2681x 77%
Batman & Robin 1994 6361x 74%
Battletoads 1991 6290x 75%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 21682x 73%
Blaster Master 2 1993 6491x 60%
Blockout 1989 11948x 79%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 3559x 57%
Budokan 1989 6677x 53%
California Games 1987 14107x 67%
Cannon Fodder 1993 18863x 72%
Castle of Illusion 1990 9129x 73%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 12777x 80%
Championship Bowling 1989 4834x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 3120x 76%
Columns 1990 15029x 78%
Comix Zone 1995 10884x 81%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 24246x 70%
Cool Spot 1993 6808x 73%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 13530x 63%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 8856x 53%
Demolition Man 1995 4184x 74%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 15822x 76%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 15200x 69%
Double Dragon 1987 7422x 80%
Double Dragon II 1990 4692x 58%
Double Dragon III 1990 6167x 83%
Double Dribble 1987 4939x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 39853x 71%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 14375x 65%
Earthworm Jim 1994 13279x 72%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 5998x 58%
FIFA 1993 27228x 72%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 11604x 75%
Flashback 1992 10985x 76%
Flicky 1984 11338x 67%
Gauntlet IV 1993 4898x 67%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 10676x 71%
Gods 1991 10905x 80%
Golden Axe 1989 11753x 76%
Golden Axe II 1991 27737x 61%
Golden Axe III 1993 24562x 64%
Home Alone 1991 8730x 79%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 7116x 66%
Ironman 1989 4480x 40%
Judge Dredd 1995 8023x 68%
Jurassic Park 1993 6482x 68%
Klax 1989 5475x 85%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 7414x 74%
Landstalker 1992 6401x 58%
Last Battle 1989 21026x 61%
Lemmings 1991 7768x 87%
Lion King, The 1994 6079x 85%
Marble Madness 1984 11324x 83%
Mega Bomberman 1993 38950x 76%
Mega Turrican 1993 2262x 90%
Mega lo Mania 1991 6973x 73%
Mercs 1990 9622x 90%
Micro Machines 1991 6424x 76%
Might and Magic II 1988 7570x 75%
Mortal Kombat 1993 9744x 75%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 30454x 66%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 57040x 71%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 8338x 71%
NBA Jam 1993 21008x 81%
NBA Live 95 1994 738x 90%
NHL 95 1994 16375x 69%
NHL ’94 1993 22375x 78%
New Zealand Story 1989 6073x 63%
Olympic Gold 1992 18158x 61%
OutRun 1986 4915x 87%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 6146x 62%
Pac-Mania 1988 26546x 60%
Paperboy 1984 4842x 61%
Paperboy 2 1991 10334x 60%
Phantasy Star II 1989 6155x 75%
Pitfall IV 1994 5490x 74%
Populous 1989 5819x 70%
Power Rangers 1994 5845x 74%
Prince of Persia 1989 14620x 82%
QuackShot 1991 7269x 57%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 6165x 63%
Rambo III 1989 4095x 75%
Road Rash 1991 7422x 63%
Road Rash 3 1995 11793x 81%
Road Rash II 1992 8260x 67%
RoboCop 3 1992 5611x 38%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 8586x 66%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 5184x 63%
Shadow Dancer 1993 7268x 65%
Shadowrun 1993 10123x 75%
Shining Force 1992 8731x 89%
Shinobi III 1993 2698x 54%
Shove It! 1990 10247x 51%
Side Pocket 1987 13557x 75%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 6303x 79%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 3632x 60%
Snow Brothers 1990 6038x 56%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 27632x 76%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 20353x 64%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 80475x 74%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 17660x 70%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 53138x 76%
Space Invaders 1978 6014x 75%
Spider-Man 1994 4545x 77%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 6546x 72%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 8058x 52%
Street Fighter II 1992 10605x 80%
Streets of Rage 1991 19669x 75%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 12259x 72%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 18319x 85%
Strider 1989 9626x 67%
Summer Challenge 1992 4267x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 13328x 73%
Super Hang-On 1987 9528x 83%
Super Monaco GP 1989 9093x 72%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 2611x 40%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 15614x 88%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 7459x 74%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 5695x 74%
Terminator 2 1991 6834x 66%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 5479x 78%
Tetris 1986 7558x 86%
The Humans 1992 4722x 40%
The Jungle Book 1994 11350x 87%
The Lost Vikings 1992 10945x 74%
The Super Shinobi 1989 10173x 71%
The Terminator 1992 5638x 65%
True Lies 1994 2145x 55%
Turbo Outrun 1989 8458x 70%
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 1996 32557x 78%
Universal Soldier 1992 9569x 59%
Virtual Bart 1994 3201x 60%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 5536x 78%
Winter Challenge 1991 4431x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 1357x 80%
World Championship Soccer 1989 5776x 70%
World Series Baseball 1994 3067x 58%
World of Illusion 1992 3441x 83%
Worms 1995 5794x 78%
X-Men 1993 10622x 65%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 9188x 64%
Zombies 1993 4830x 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, ...
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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