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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 3735x 30%
Addams Family, The 1991 7123x 71%
Air Buster 1990 16615x 72%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 10611x 82%
Alien 3 1992 7015x 81%
Altered Beast 1988 17223x 79%
Another World 1991 13149x 73%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 1845x 78%
Batman & Robin 1994 5043x 72%
Battletoads 1991 5567x 74%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 19751x 72%
Blaster Master 2 1993 5744x 53%
Blockout 1989 11076x 82%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 2617x 77%
Budokan 1989 6064x 53%
California Games 1987 12822x 64%
Cannon Fodder 1993 17388x 74%
Castle of Illusion 1990 7837x 73%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 11479x 79%
Championship Bowling 1989 4286x 60%
Championship Karate 1992 2463x 73%
Columns 1990 13398x 75%
Comix Zone 1995 9570x 83%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 20645x 70%
Cool Spot 1993 6207x 73%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 12496x 63%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 8118x 53%
Demolition Man 1995 3210x 74%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 13535x 74%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 13515x 71%
Double Dragon 1987 6762x 75%
Double Dragon II 1990 4077x 53%
Double Dragon III 1990 5549x 80%
Double Dribble 1987 4464x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 37218x 71%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 12670x 71%
Earthworm Jim 1994 11935x 71%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 5122x 68%
FIFA 1993 24649x 71%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 10731x 75%
Flashback 1992 9989x 75%
Flicky 1984 7302x 62%
Gauntlet IV 1993 4251x 67%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 8792x 70%
Gods 1991 10125x 80%
Golden Axe 1989 9993x 78%
Golden Axe II 1991 25189x 59%
Golden Axe III 1993 21458x 62%
Home Alone 1991 8011x 79%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 6420x 66%
Ironman 1989 4000x 40%
Judge Dredd 1995 7354x 68%
Jurassic Park 1993 4544x 77%
Klax 1989 4864x 85%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 6770x 74%
Landstalker 1992 5760x 58%
Last Battle 1989 15706x 59%
Lemmings 1991 6927x 87%
Lion King, The 1994 5105x 80%
Marble Madness 1984 10494x 83%
Mega Bomberman 1993 33978x 76%
Mega Turrican 1993 1271x 87%
Mega lo Mania 1991 6347x 73%
Mercs 1990 8574x 90%
Micro Machines 1991 5547x 78%
Might and Magic II 1988 6961x 75%
Mortal Kombat 1993 8388x 81%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 28284x 67%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 51732x 69%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 7236x 67%
NBA Jam 1993 18529x 80%
NHL 95 1994 14664x 68%
NHL ’94 1993 20755x 78%
New Zealand Story 1989 5496x 63%
Olympic Gold 1992 16805x 60%
OutRun 1986 4257x 84%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 5551x 62%
Pac-Mania 1988 24169x 59%
Paperboy 1984 4011x 51%
Paperboy 2 1991 9344x 60%
Phantasy Star II 1989 5556x 75%
Pitfall IV 1994 4974x 74%
Populous 1989 5280x 70%
Power Rangers 1994 4883x 81%
Prince of Persia 1989 13155x 89%
QuackShot 1991 6040x 65%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 5648x 63%
Rambo III 1989 2674x 58%
Road Rash 1991 6502x 64%
Road Rash 3 1995 10091x 82%
Road Rash II 1992 7220x 73%
RoboCop 3 1992 4658x 36%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 7502x 72%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 4223x 67%
Shadow Dancer 1993 6161x 60%
Shadowrun 1993 9269x 75%
Shining Force 1992 6871x 90%
Shinobi III 1993 1688x 53%
Shove It! 1990 9233x 49%
Side Pocket 1987 12428x 76%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 5742x 79%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 2898x 60%
Snow Brothers 1990 5159x 54%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 23155x 74%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 18579x 63%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 70497x 74%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 15281x 62%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 46513x 78%
Space Invaders 1978 5427x 75%
Spider-Man 1994 3626x 84%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 5470x 81%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 7109x 52%
Street Fighter II 1992 9350x 76%
Streets of Rage 1991 17410x 75%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 10606x 70%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 16292x 86%
Strider 1989 8851x 67%
Summer Challenge 1992 3695x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 11791x 74%
Super Hang-On 1987 8302x 83%
Super Monaco GP 1989 7831x 77%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 1704x 27%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 13296x 87%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 6724x 74%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 5161x 74%
Terminator 2 1991 6188x 64%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 4961x 78%
Tetris 1986 6599x 84%
The Humans 1992 3938x 40%
The Jungle Book 1994 9610x 91%
The Lost Vikings 1992 9991x 73%
The Super Shinobi 1989 9180x 74%
The Terminator 1992 5038x 65%
True Lies 1994 1662x 70%
Turbo Outrun 1989 7404x 69%
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 1996 29497x 76%
Universal Soldier 1992 8867x 59%
Virtual Bart 1994 2700x 60%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 4492x 78%
Winter Challenge 1991 3922x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 901x 80%
World Championship Soccer 1989 5108x 70%
World Series Baseball 1994 1979x 58%
World of Illusion 1992 2102x 66%
Worms 1995 5256x 78%
X-Men 1993 9072x 65%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 8418x 64%
Zombies 1993 4093x 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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