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The Sega Genesis / Megadrive
The Sega Genesis or Mega Drive was a 16 bit, fourth generation home gaming console that was released in Japan in 1988 and North America in 1989. It was set to compete with Hudson Soft’s TurboGrafx-16 and debuted at a launch price ten dollars lower than expected in order to undersell its competition. The 8 bit NES was also in the picture, but was beginning to show its age. Superior to the NES is both sound and graphic display, Genesis games made a good showing and looked like Nintendo was finally going to be pulled from the gaming throne between the work of the Mega Drive and the TurboGrafx.

The system saw a stronger than average launch because of the carefully selected Mega Drive games available for the system right out of the gates. Ports of arcade hits, such as Altered Beast and the immortal Golden Axe did a good job of showing how powerful it was. Sonic the Hedgehog was introduced in 1991 and the little blue whirlwind became an easily recognized mascot to compete with Mario. To make things even better, the library of Mega Drive games was drastically expanded, since the machine was made to be backwards compatible with the Master System by use of a very simple add-on device.

When the Genesis (the name was changed due to trademark conflicts in North America) hit the United States, Nintendo realized that it had its hands full. Even though Sega was relying on other game developers, such as the sports titles from Electronic Arts, to keep people pumped about its console, its machine was simply more powerful and fresh than the NES. The Super Famicom was already up and running in Japan, but America was still wallowing in the old. Because of the Genesis, the SNES came to be…Nintendo not wanting to give up its hold on the market.

The Mega Drive went on to become the fifth rated home gaming system of its time and Genesis Roms are popping up everywhere. With literally 1000 titles available, it is not wonder that Mega Drive Roms are so prevalent in today’s retro culture.

Top Sega Megadrive / Genesis Games

1. Jurassic Park 
Jurassic Park Genesis Megadrive 2
One of the coolest things about the nineties, besides the Sega Genesis/Megadrive were the movies. The quality of special effects grew by leaps and bounds and tons of fun ...
Jurassic Park Genesis Megadrive
 
2. Toy Story 
Toy Story Genesis Megadrive 2
Following with the trend of popular Sega Genesis/Megadrive games based on movies of the nineties, Toy Story is a fully licensed title based on the popular Disney flick of the ...
Toy Story Genesis Megadrive
3. X-Men 
X-Men Genesis Megadrive 2
With beginnings in the archaic comic books and a progression to the big screen, one of the only other venues for the classic super hero team, the X-men, to find ...
X-Men Genesis Megadrive
 
4. Batman 
Batman Genesis Megadrive 2
Superheroes and movie-inspired video games were certainly the big hits of the nineties, especially on the Sega Genesis/Megadrive. If you could get a game that was both…inspired by a ...
Batman Genesis Megadrive
 
5. Phantasy Star 
Phantasy Star Genesis Megadrive 2
Phanstasy Star for the Sega Genesis/Megadrive is part of one of the largest stables of games available in the nineties. This very playable role playing game that launched ...
Phantasy Star Genesis Megadrive
6. Sonic The Hedgehog 
Sonic The Hedgehog Genesis Megadrive 2
Sonic the Hedgehog is to the Sega Genesis/Megadrive (and really the SEGA name all the way around) as Mario is to Nintendo. This little blue blur quickly became the ...
Sonic The Hedgehog Genesis Megadrive
7. Exodus 
Exodus Genesis Megadrive 2
Don’t get Exodus for the Sega Genesis/Megadrive confused with the Ultima role playing games with similar titles. This Sega Genesis/Megadrive game is all about puzzle solving, not about slaying ...
Exodus Genesis Megadrive
8. Mortal Kombat 3 
Mortal Kombat 3 Genesis Megadrive 2
Unlike a great many video games, Midway’s Mortal Kombat series seemed to get better and more popular with each subsequent release. This version, Mortal Kombat 3 for the Sega ...
Mortal Kombat 3 Genesis Megadrive
 
9. Sonic and Knuckles 
Sonic and Knuckles Genesis Megadrive 2
Sonic the Hedgehog stars in more platform games than a person can really count, it seems, and Sonic & Knuckles for the Sega Genesis/Megadrive is just one of them. ...
Sonic and Knuckles Genesis Megadrive
10. Mortal Kombat 2 
Mortal Kombat 2 Genesis Megadrive 2
Finish him! There isn’t an old school gamer anywhere who does not recognize where those words originated from. Mortal Kombat 2 is the continuation of this legendary one on ...
Mortal Kombat 2 Genesis Megadrive
 
11. NBA Jam 
NBA Jam Genesis Megadrive 2
NBA Jam Genesis Megadrive
12. Golden Axe 
Golden Axe Genesis Megadrive 2
Golden Axe Genesis Megadrive
 
13. Road Rash 
Road Rash Genesis Megadrive 2
Well, what can I say about the original Road Rash game – except that it still ranks as my best game ever! It has action, adventure, humor, speed and violence ...
Road Rash Genesis Megadrive
14. Hook 
Hook Genesis Megadrive 2
Hook Genesis Megadrive
 
15. Earthworm Jim 
Earthworm Jim Genesis Megadrive 2
Earthworm Jim Genesis Megadrive
16. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 Genesis Megadrive 2
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 Genesis Megadrive
 
17. Shadowrun 
Shadowrun Genesis Megadrive 2
Shadowrun Genesis Megadrive
18. Mortal Kombat 
Mortal Kombat Genesis Megadrive 2
Mortal Kombat Genesis Megadrive
 
19. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Genesis Megadrive 2
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Genesis Megadrive
20. Gods 
Gods Genesis Megadrive 2
Gods Genesis Megadrive
 
21. Spider-Man 
Spider-Man Genesis Megadrive 2
Spider-Man Genesis Megadrive
22. The Humans 
The Humans Genesis Megadrive 2
The Humans Genesis Megadrive
 
23. Streets of Rage 
Streets of Rage Genesis Megadrive 2
Streets of Rage Genesis Megadrive
24. Shining Force 
Shining Force Genesis Megadrive 2
Shining Force Genesis Megadrive
 
25. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Genesis Megadrive 2
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Genesis Megadrive
26. ClayFighter 
ClayFighter Genesis Megadrive 2
When I was young, I was given this game as a present from my Grandparents. So out of nostalgia I decided to fire it up again and have a play ...
ClayFighter Genesis Megadrive
 
27. Superman 
Superman Genesis Megadrive 2
Superman Genesis Megadrive
28. Double Dragon 
Double Dragon Genesis Megadrive 2
Double Dragon Genesis Megadrive
 
29. Ghostbusters 
Ghostbusters Genesis Megadrive 2
Ghostbusters Genesis Megadrive
30. Strider 
Strider Genesis Megadrive 2
Strider Genesis Megadrive
 
31. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Genesis Megadrive 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Genesis Megadrive
32. B.O.B. 
B.O.B. Genesis Megadrive 2
B.O.B. Genesis Megadrive
 
33. Zombies Ate My Neighbors 
Zombies Ate My Neighbors Genesis Megadrive 2
Zombies Ate My Neighbors Genesis Megadrive
34. Comix Zone 
Comix Zone Genesis Megadrive 2
Comix Zone Genesis Megadrive
 
35. Alien 3 
Alien 3 Genesis Megadrive 2
Alien 3 Genesis Megadrive
36. Theme Park 
Theme Park Genesis Megadrive 2
Theme Park Genesis Megadrive
 
37. NBA Jam Tournament Edition 
NBA Jam Tournament Edition Genesis Megadrive 2
NBA Jam Tournament Edition Genesis Megadrive
38. Batman Returns 
Batman Returns Genesis Megadrive 2
Batman Returns Genesis Megadrive
 
39. Starflight 
Starflight Genesis Megadrive 2
Starflight Genesis Megadrive
40. Altered Beast 
Altered Beast Genesis Megadrive 2
Altered Beast Genesis Megadrive
 
41. Prince of Persia 
Prince of Persia Genesis Megadrive 2
Prince of Persia Genesis Megadrive
42. Virtua Fighter 2 
Virtua Fighter 2 Genesis Megadrive 2
Virtua Fighter 2 Genesis Megadrive
 
43. Battletoads 
Battletoads Genesis Megadrive 2
Battletoads Genesis Megadrive
44. Fantasia 
Fantasia Genesis Megadrive 2
Fantasia Genesis Megadrive
 
45. Zero Tolerance 
Zero Tolerance Genesis Megadrive 2
Zero Tolerance Genesis Megadrive
46. Duke Nukem 3D 
Duke Nukem 3D Genesis Megadrive 2
Duke Nukem 3D Genesis Megadrive
 
47. Batman Forever 
Batman Forever Genesis Megadrive 2
Batman Forever Genesis Megadrive
48. Target Earth 
Target Earth Genesis Megadrive 2
Target Earth Genesis Megadrive
 
49. Shadow of the Beast 
Shadow of the Beast Genesis Megadrive 2
Shadow of the Beast Genesis Megadrive
50. Star Control 
Star Control Genesis Megadrive 2
Star Control Genesis Megadrive
   

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