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 EU Date Price
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure 8/10 Activision 1 Platformer 15 May 09 800 points
Rolling Thunder 2 Rolling Thunder 2 8/10 Bandai Namco (2) 2 Arcade 07 Dec 07 800 points
Splatterhouse 2 Splatterhouse 2 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Fighting 08 Aug 08 800 points
Ghouls 'n Ghosts Ghouls 'n Ghosts 9/10 Capcom 1 Action 07 Sep 07 800 points
Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition 8/10 Capcom 2 Fighting 17 Oct 08 800 points
Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure 7/10 Interplay 1 Action 12 Dec 08 800 points
ClayFighter ClayFighter 4/10 Interplay 2 Fighting 06 Feb 09 800 points
Earthworm Jim Earthworm Jim 8/10 Interplay 1 Action 03 Oct 08 800 points
Earthworm Jim 2 Earthworm Jim 2 7/10 Interplay 1 Action 04 Dec 09 800 points
Gley Lancer Gley Lancer 7/10 Nippon Computer S... 1 Import 16 May 08 900 points
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle 4/10 SEGA 1 Action 04 May 07 800 points
Alien Soldier Alien Soldier 8/10 SEGA 1 Action 02 Nov 07 800 points
Alien Storm Alien Storm 6/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 11 Jan 08 800 points
Altered Beast Altered Beast 3/10 SEGA 2 Action 08 Dec 06 800 points
Beyond Oasis Beyond Oasis
aka The Story of Thor
8/10 SEGA 1 RPG 05 Apr 07 800 points
Bio-Hazard Battle Bio-Hazard Battle 6/10 SEGA 2 Shooter 02 Mar 07 800 points
Bonanza Bros Bonanza Bros 4/10 SEGA 2 Arcade 02 Feb 07 800 points
Columns Columns 6/10 SEGA 2 Puzzle 15 Dec 06 800 points
Columns III: Revenge of Columns Columns III: Revenge of Columns 4/10 SEGA 5 Puzzle 02 May 08 900 points
Comix Zone Comix Zone 8/10 SEGA 1 Fighting 02 Feb 07 800 points
Crack Down Crack Down 7/10 SEGA 2 Arcade 07 Sep 07 800 points
Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine 6/10 SEGA 2 Puzzle 15 Dec 06 800 points
Dynamite Headdy Dynamite Headdy 8/10 SEGA 1 Action 03 Aug 07 800 points
Ecco Jr. Ecco Jr. 2/10 SEGA 1 Education 08 Aug 08 800 points
Ecco The Dolphin Ecco The Dolphin 7/10 SEGA 1 Adventure 08 Dec 06 800 points
Ecco: The Tides of Time Ecco: The Tides of Time 7/10 SEGA 1 Adventure 06 Jul 07 800 points
ESWAT: City Under Siege ESWAT: City Under Siege 7/10 SEGA 1 Action 07 Sep 07 800 points
Eternal Champions Eternal Champions 7/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 15 Feb 08 800 points
Forgotten Worlds Forgotten Worlds 7/10 SEGA 2 Shooter 28 Nov 08 800 points
Gain Ground Gain Ground 4/10 SEGA 2 Strategy 02 Feb 07 800 points
Galaxy Force II Galaxy Force II 4/10 SEGA 1 Shooter 01 May 09 800 points
Golden Axe Golden Axe 7/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 08 Dec 06 800 points
Golden Axe II Golden Axe II 6/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 06 Jul 07 800 points
Golden Axe III Golden Axe III 5/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 05 Oct 07 800 points
Gunstar Heroes Gunstar Heroes 9/10 SEGA 2 Action 15 Dec 06 800 points
Kid Chameleon Kid Chameleon 6/10 SEGA 1 Action 01 Jun 07 800 points
Landstalker Landstalker 9/10 SEGA 1 RPG 05 Oct 07 800 points
Light Crusader Light Crusader 7/10 SEGA 1 RPG 07 Dec 07 800 points
Mega Turrican Mega Turrican 8/10 SEGA 1 Action 20 Mar 08 800 points
Monster World IV Monster World IV 9/10 SEGA 1 Adventure 10 May 12 900 points
MUSHA MUSHA 9/10 SEGA 1 Shooter 17 Jul 09 900 points
Phantasy Star II Phantasy Star II 7/10 SEGA 1 RPG 15 Feb 08 800 points
Phantasy Star III Phantasy Star III 6/10 SEGA 1 RPG 18 Apr 08 800 points
Phantasy Star IV Phantasy Star IV 9/10 SEGA 1 RPG 14 Nov 08 800 points
Pulseman Pulseman 8/10 SEGA 1 Import 03 Jul 09 900 points
Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu 7/10 SEGA 2 Import 09 May 08 900 points
Ristar Ristar 9/10 SEGA 1 Action 15 Dec 06 800 points
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi 8/10 SEGA 1 Action 08 Jan 10 800 points
Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye 3/10 SEGA 2 Board Game 27 Nov 09 800 points
Shining Force Shining Force 8/10 SEGA 1 Strategy 03 Aug 07 800 points
Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing 9/10 SEGA 1 Strategy 03 Oct 08 800 points
Shining in the Darkness Shining in the Darkness 6/10 SEGA 1 RPG 07 Sep 07 800 points
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master 9/10 SEGA 1 Action 03 Aug 07 800 points
Sonic & Knuckles Sonic & Knuckles 8/10 SEGA 1 Action 12 Feb 10 800 points
Sonic 3D Blast Sonic 3D Blast
aka Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island
6/10 SEGA 1 Action 02 Nov 07 800 points
Sonic Spinball Sonic Spinball 4/10 SEGA 1 Simulation 05 Apr 07 800 points
Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog 8/10 SEGA 1 Action 08 Dec 06 800 points
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 9/10 SEGA 2 Action 06 Jul 07 800 points
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 8/10 SEGA 2 Action 07 Sep 07 800 points
Space Harrier II Space Harrier II 4/10 SEGA 1 Shooter 22 Dec 06 800 points
Streets of Rage Streets of Rage 7/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 02 Mar 07 800 points
Streets of Rage 2 Streets of Rage 2 9/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 01 Jun 07 800 points
Streets of Rage 3 Streets of Rage 3 8/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 05 Oct 07 800 points
Strider Strider
aka Strider Hiryu
9/10 SEGA 1 Action 15 Mar 12 800 points
Super Street Fighter II Super Street Fighter II 7/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 12 Apr 12 800 points
Super Thunder Blade Super Thunder Blade 2/10 SEGA 1 Shooter 05 Oct 07 800 points
Sword of Vermilion Sword of Vermilion 6/10 SEGA 1 RPG 02 Mar 07 800 points
The Revenge of Shinobi The Revenge of Shinobi
aka Super Shinobi
9/10 SEGA 1 Action 07 Aug 09 800 points
ToeJam & Earl ToeJam & Earl 7/10 SEGA 2 Action 22 Dec 06 800 points
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron 5/10 SEGA 2 Action 01 Jun 07 800 points
Vectorman Vectorman 7/10 SEGA 1 Action 05 Apr 07 800 points
Virtua Fighter 2 Virtua Fighter 2 3/10 SEGA 2 Fighting 04 May 07 800 points
Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS 7/10 SEGA 1 Shooter 20 Feb 09 800 points
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair 3/10 SEGA 2 Shooter 06 Mar 09 800 points
Wonder Boy in Monster World Wonder Boy in Monster World 8/10 SEGA 1 Adventure 04 May 07 800 points
Super Fantasy Zone Super Fantasy Zone 8/10 Sunsoft 1 Shooter 27 Jun 08 800 points

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