Mega Drive

Mega Drive

Mega Drive

Sega's 8-bit Master System was a massive success in Europe, putting even the mighty NES in the shade, but in the rest of the world it was largely ignored. When Sega decided the produce the 16-bit Mega Drive, it knew that a greater level of success was required. The console was launched in Japan in the late '80s but failed to make much of an impression, however when the US release took place (re-branded as the Genesis) it was a very different story. With a combination of effective marketing and software that was tailored for American gamers, Sega managed to swallow up a massive portion of the US videogame market in the space of a year.

When the SNES launched in the West a titanic struggle began between Sega and Nintendo. This was repeated around the globe, with both companies earning millions as a result.

Thanks to a range of ill-advised add-ons such as the Mega CD and 32X, Sega's appeal was lessened slightly and by the time the 32-bit Saturn was launched, many fans had turned away from the company. Therefore the Mega Drive / Genesis arguably represents Sega's finest hour.

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Mega Drive Games

Title Rating Publisher Players Genre US Date « Price
Monster World IV Monster World IV 9/10 SEGA 1 Adventure 10 May 12 900 points
Super Street Fighter II Super Street Fighter II 7/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 26 Apr 12 800 points
Strider Strider
aka Strider Hiryu
9/10 SEGA 1 Action 16 Feb 12 800 points
Sonic & Knuckles Sonic & Knuckles 8/10 SEGA 1 Action 15 Feb 10 800 points
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi 8/10 SEGA 1 Action 18 Jan 10 800 points
Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye 3/10 SEGA 2 Board Game 11 Jan 10 800 points
Earthworm Jim 2 Earthworm Jim 2 7/10 Interplay 1 Action 14 Dec 09 800 points
The Revenge of Shinobi The Revenge of Shinobi
aka Super Shinobi
9/10 SEGA 1 Action 17 Aug 09 800 points
Pulseman Pulseman 8/10 SEGA 1 Import 13 Jul 09 900 points
ClayFighter ClayFighter 4/10 Interplay 2 Fighting 25 May 09 800 points
Galaxy Force II Galaxy Force II 4/10 SEGA 1 Shooter 11 May 09 800 points
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair 3/10 SEGA 2 Shooter 20 Apr 09 900 points
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure 8/10 Activision 1 Platformer 13 Apr 09 800 points
Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS 7/10 SEGA 1 Shooter 09 Feb 09 800 points
MUSHA MUSHA 9/10 SEGA 1 Shooter 19 Jan 09 800 points
Phantasy Star IV Phantasy Star IV 9/10 SEGA 1 RPG 22 Dec 08 800 points
Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure 7/10 Interplay 1 Action 24 Nov 08 800 points
Forgotten Worlds Forgotten Worlds 7/10 SEGA 2 Shooter 17 Nov 08 800 points
Earthworm Jim Earthworm Jim 8/10 Interplay 1 Action 27 Oct 08 800 points
Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition 8/10 Capcom 2 Fighting 13 Oct 08 800 points
Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing 9/10 SEGA 1 Strategy 06 Oct 08 800 points
Vectorman Vectorman 7/10 SEGA 1 Action 22 Sep 08 800 points
Splatterhouse 2 Splatterhouse 2 6/10 Namco Bandai 1 Fighting 04 Aug 08 800 points
Gley Lancer Gley Lancer 7/10 Nippon Computer S... 1 Import 21 Jul 08 900 points
Super Fantasy Zone Super Fantasy Zone 8/10 Sunsoft 1 Shooter 21 Jul 08 900 points
Phantasy Star III Phantasy Star III 6/10 SEGA 1 RPG 21 Apr 08 800 points
Mega Turrican Mega Turrican 8/10 SEGA 1 Action 14 Apr 08 800 points
Powerball Powerball 5/10 Namco Bandai 2 Sports 24 Mar 08 800 points
Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu 7/10 SEGA 2 Import 10 Mar 08 900 points
Phantasy Star II Phantasy Star II 7/10 SEGA 1 RPG 18 Feb 08 800 points
Columns III: Revenge of Columns Columns III: Revenge of Columns 4/10 SEGA 5 Puzzle 04 Feb 08 800 points
Light Crusader Light Crusader 7/10 SEGA 1 RPG 31 Dec 07 800 points
Rolling Thunder 2 Rolling Thunder 2 8/10 Namco Bandai 2 Arcade 24 Dec 07 800 points
Alien Storm Alien Storm 6/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 17 Dec 07 800 points
Eternal Champions Eternal Champions 7/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 03 Dec 07 800 points
Ecco Jr. Ecco Jr. 2/10 SEGA 1 Education 26 Nov 07 800 points
Sonic 3D Blast Sonic 3D Blast
aka Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island
6/10 SEGA 1 Action 19 Nov 07 800 points
Alien Soldier Alien Soldier 8/10 SEGA 1 Action 05 Nov 07 900 points
Golden Axe III Golden Axe III 5/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 22 Oct 07 800 points
Streets of Rage 3 Streets of Rage 3 8/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 24 Sep 07 800 points
Super Thunder Blade Super Thunder Blade 2/10 SEGA 1 Shooter 17 Sep 07 800 points
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 8/10 SEGA 2 Action 10 Sep 07 800 points
Landstalker Landstalker 9/10 SEGA 1 RPG 03 Sep 07 800 points
Ghouls 'n Ghosts Ghouls 'n Ghosts 9/10 Capcom 1 Action 27 Aug 07 800 points
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master 9/10 SEGA 1 Action 20 Aug 07 800 points
Shining in the Darkness Shining in the Darkness 6/10 SEGA 1 RPG 13 Aug 07 800 points
Dynamite Headdy Dynamite Headdy 8/10 SEGA 1 Action 30 Jul 07 800 points
Shining Force Shining Force 8/10 SEGA 1 Strategy 23 Jul 07 800 points
Ecco: The Tides of Time Ecco: The Tides of Time 7/10 SEGA 1 Adventure 02 Jul 07 800 points
Golden Axe II Golden Axe II 6/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 11 Jun 07 800 points
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 9/10 SEGA 2 Action 11 Jun 07 800 points
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron 5/10 SEGA 2 Action 04 Jun 07 800 points
Kid Chameleon Kid Chameleon 6/10 SEGA 1 Action 28 May 07 800 points
Streets of Rage 2 Streets of Rage 2 9/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 21 May 07 800 points
Wonder Boy in Monster World Wonder Boy in Monster World 8/10 SEGA 1 Adventure 23 Apr 07 800 points
Virtua Fighter 2 Virtua Fighter 2 3/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 16 Apr 07 800 points
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle 4/10 SEGA 1 Action 09 Apr 07 800 points
Beyond Oasis Beyond Oasis
aka The Story of Thor
8/10 SEGA 1 RPG 19 Mar 07 800 points
Sonic Spinball Sonic Spinball 4/10 SEGA 1 Simulation 12 Mar 07 800 points
Sword of Vermilion Sword of Vermilion 6/10 SEGA 1 RPG 05 Mar 07 800 points
Bio-Hazard Battle Bio-Hazard Battle 6/10 SEGA 2 Shooter 26 Feb 07 800 points
Streets of Rage Streets of Rage 7/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 19 Feb 07 800 points
Gain Ground Gain Ground 4/10 SEGA 2 Strategy 05 Feb 07 800 points
Bonanza Bros Bonanza Bros 4/10 SEGA 2 Arcade 29 Jan 07 800 points
Comix Zone Comix Zone 8/10 SEGA 1 Fighting 29 Jan 07 800 points
ToeJam & Earl ToeJam & Earl 7/10 SEGA 2 Action 25 Dec 06 800 points
Space Harrier II Space Harrier II 4/10 SEGA 1 Shooter 18 Dec 06 800 points
Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine 6/10 SEGA 2 Puzzle 11 Dec 06 800 points
Gunstar Heroes Gunstar Heroes 9/10 SEGA 2 Action 11 Dec 06 800 points
Columns Columns 6/10 SEGA 2 Puzzle 04 Dec 06 800 points
Ristar Ristar 9/10 SEGA 1 Action 04 Dec 06 800 points
Ecco The Dolphin Ecco The Dolphin 7/10 SEGA 1 Adventure 28 Nov 06 800 points
Golden Axe Golden Axe 7/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 28 Nov 06 800 points
Altered Beast Altered Beast 3/10 SEGA 2 Action 19 Nov 06 800 points
Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog 8/10 SEGA 1 Action 19 Nov 06 800 points

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