The SEGA Genesis was a 16-bit video game console that was released in 1988. It was the third console released by SEGA, following the SG-1000 and the Master System, and it was a major competitor to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
The SEGA Genesis was known for its strong lineup of games, which included a mix of arcade ports, original titles, and sports games. Some of the most popular games for the SEGA Genesis include Sonic the Hedgehog, a fast-paced platformer featuring a blue hedgehog named Sonic and his quest to defeat the evil Dr. Eggman; Phantasy Star IV, a role-playing game set in a science fiction world with a rich story and turn-based combat; and Street Fighter II, a classic fighting game that helped to popularize the genre and set the standard for future games.
The SEGA Genesis also had a number of accessories, including a CD-ROM add-on called the SEGA CD, which allowed players to play CD-based games and watch movies, and a 32-bit add-on called the SEGA 32X, which increased the capabilities of the console and allowed it to play 32-bit games.
As proud 90’s kids, we have decided to compile a list of our own top 10 SEGA Genesis games. Please keep in mind that these are our personal favorites and we understand that everyone has their own unique list of top games for the SEGA Genesis.
Sonic the Hedgehog: The very best of SEGA – Classic platformer game featuring the iconic blue hedgehog and his quest to defeat the evil Dr. Eggman.
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master: This is a fast-paced action game where you play as a ninja fighting your way through levels and taking on bosses.
Phantasy Star IV: A role-playing game set in a science fiction world, with a rich story and turn-based combat.
Street Fighter II: Classic fighting game that helped to popularize the genre and set the standard for future games.
ToeJam & Earl: Quirky and funny adventure game where you play as two aliens trying to get back to their spaceship.
Earthworm Jim: Wacky platformer game featuring an earthworm in a super suit, battling enemies and saving the day.
Castlevania: Bloodlines: Side-scrolling action game set in the Castlevania universe, with challenging gameplay and bosses.
NHL ’94: A classic hockey game with fast-paced gameplay and realistic player stats.
Shining Force: Tactical role-playing game set in a fantasy world, with a deep story and turn-based combat.
There are still fond memories of the days when these games were a big part of our lives. During the Christmas holidays, we would spend hours playing our “Megadrive” together, taking turns and enjoying every moment. So it was no easy task to narrow down our top 10 SEGA Genesis games, but we believe we have done it.