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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 9657x 55%
Addams Family, The 1991 14581x 65%
Air Buster 1990 31643x 66%
Alex Kidd 5 1989 27506x 76%
Alien 3 1992 19365x 78%
Altered Beast 1988 51901x 71%
Another World 1991 26071x 73%
Art of Fighting 1992 875x 55%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 9132x 78%
Batman & Robin 1994 18200x 73%
Batman Returns 1992 5376x 70%
Battletoads 1991 13065x 77%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 43144x 74%
Beyond Oasis 1994 8834x 76%
Blaster Master 2 1993 12727x 59%
Blockout 1989 19919x 70%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 15651x 74%
Boogerman 1994 6421x 69%
Budokan 1989 11004x 47%
California Games 1987 25729x 64%
Cannon Fodder 1993 32312x 70%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 1256x 70%
Castle of Illusion 1990 27322x 73%
Castlevania Bloodlines 1994 30770x 80%
Championship Bowling 1989 8109x 69%
Championship Karate 1992 7116x 64%
Columns 1990 33849x 79%
Comix Zone 1995 32110x 82%
Contra Hard Corps 1994 60764x 73%
Cool Spot 1993 12024x 71%
Davis Cup Tennis 1992 21661x 62%
Daze Before Christmas 1994 15916x 62%
Demolition Man 1995 12423x 74%
Desert Strike 1992 10718x 74%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 81636x 72%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 41877x 70%
Double Dragon 1987 13390x 68%
Double Dragon II 1990 8942x 65%
Double Dragon III 1990 10971x 68%
Double Dribble 1987 8279x 64%
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 57570x 73%
Dune: The Battle ... 1994 34002x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 33990x 72%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 20522x 69%
F1 1993 1163x 80%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 49506x 73%
FIFA Soccer 95 1994 9821x 70%
Fantastic Dizzy 1993 20624x 67%
Fatal Fury 1991 1105x 70%
Flashback 1992 20863x 75%
Flicky 1984 72524x 71%
Frogger 1981 1527x 60%
Gauntlet IV 1993 10798x 71%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 41742x 82%
Gleylancer 1992 3121x 81%
Gods 1991 19030x 75%
Golden Axe 1989 57440x 76%
Golden Axe II 1991 55764x 66%
Golden Axe III 1993 56744x 72%
Gunstar Heroes 1993 5453x 76%
Home Alone 1991 17146x 84%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 11856x 60%
Ironman 1989 8415x 40%
Joe & Mac 1991 92x 70%
John Madden Football 1990 9104x 88%
Judge Dredd 1995 13041x 65%
Jurassic Park 1993 24577x 70%
Klax 1989 10766x 75%
LHX: Attack Chopper 1990 11237x 70%
Landstalker 1992 13053x 56%
Last Battle 1989 44265x 66%
Lemmings 1991 12695x 72%
Lion King, The 1994 105899x 69%
M.U.S.H.A. 1990 4940x 87%
Marble Madness 1984 19392x 81%
Mega Bomberman 1993 101136x 77%
Mega Man: The Wily Wars 1994 5099x 80%
Mega Turrican 1993 8913x 83%
Mega lo Mania 1991 12690x 74%
Mercs 1990 16745x 64%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 19940x 77%
Micro Machines 1991 14546x 82%
Might and Magic II 1988 14560x 78%
Mortal Kombat 1993 48904x 78%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 68973x 67%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 166097x 72%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 18534x 72%
NBA Jam 1993 55928x 82%
NBA Live 95 1994 10504x 76%
NHL 95 1994 35033x 78%
NHL ’94 1993 54041x 80%
New Zealand Story 1989 13717x 61%
Olympic Gold 1992 29822x 57%
OutRun 1986 26395x 78%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 11210x 64%
Pac-Mania 1988 54147x 64%
Paperboy 1984 12780x 61%
Paperboy 2 1991 19332x 62%
Phantasy Star II 1989 11170x 81%
Phantasy Star III 1990 2141x 70%
Pitfall IV 1994 10052x 78%
Populous 1989 10228x 73%
Power Rangers 1994 16529x 77%
Predator 2 1992 4279x 63%
Prince of Persia 1989 24478x 83%
Pulseman 1994 8944x 75%
QuackShot 1991 26112x 73%
R.C. Pro-Am 1988 10008x 62%
Rainbow Islands 1987 8836x 73%
Rambo III 1989 16733x 66%
Ristar 1995 20863x 85%
Road Rash 1991 93772x 64%
Road Rash 3 1995 48356x 68%
Road Rash II 1992 26140x 71%
RoboCop 3 1992 12396x 65%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 21645x 69%
Samurai Shodown 1993 13251x 75%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 16609x 63%
Shadow Dancer 2 1990 32805x 68%
Shadowrun 1993 21041x 82%
Shanghai II 1990 570x 80%
Shining Force 1992 16667x 81%
Shining Force II 1993 2531x 67%
Shinobi III 1993 17492x 81%
Shove It! 1990 18406x 61%
Side Pocket 1987 23173x 78%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 13226x 82%
Snake Rattle N Roll 1990 8865x 76%
Snow Brothers 1990 17368x 67%
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 127069x 75%
Sonic 3D Blast 1996 55545x 70%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 540594x 72%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 108857x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 224702x 75%
Space Invaders 1978 14547x 80%
Spider-Man 1994 12436x 80%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 17274x 65%
Spider-Man and Venom 1994 1016x 75%
Splatterhouse 2 1992 17490x 80%
Street Fighter II 1992 29559x 76%
Streets of Rage 1991 61145x 75%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 47324x 83%
Streets of Rage 3 1994 50818x 80%
Strider 1989 16547x 68%
Summer Challenge 1992 7843x 74%
Sunset Riders 1993 35053x 75%
Super Hang-On 1987 23222x 74%
Super Monaco GP 1989 25019x 76%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 12306x 58%
TMNT: The HyperStone ... 1992 41292x 81%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 12125x 76%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 11208x 73%
Terminator 2 1991 13108x 65%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 8930x 78%
Tetris 1986 16174x 75%
The Humans 1992 9306x 50%
The Jungle Book 1994 23253x 80%
The Lost Vikings 1992 19091x 67%
The Super Shinobi 1989 24751x 75%
The Terminator 1992 10614x 71%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 633x 70%
Top Gear 2 1993 8206x 83%
True Lies 1994 6174x 55%
Turbo Outrun 1989 17005x 63%
Turrican 1990 7136x 70%
Ultimate MK3 1996 236657x 75%
Universal Soldier 1992 15587x 57%
Virtual Bart 1994 12055x 71%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 19643x 78%
Winter Challenge 1991 7741x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 4244x 68%
Wonder Boy III 1988 7861x 67%
World Championship Soccer 1989 11299x 83%
World Series Baseball 1994 10906x 61%
World of Illusion 1992 19141x 75%
Worms 1995 10809x 74%
X-Men 1993 28403x 67%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 15236x 67%
Zombies 1993 11827x 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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