The Sega Genesis has changed our lives in more than one way.
Without doubt, it was one of the most popular and beloved home video game consoles of all time. Many Sega Genesis games are still available in stores and online. Alisia Dragoon, Mutant League Hockey, Contra Hard Corps, NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat II, and Sonic the Hedgehog have made history. Thanks to Tom Kalinske and his team ,these games revolutionized a budding industry forever.
Here are 10 must-own Sega Genesis games that will take you back to the memory lane:
10. Comix Zone
Fun, quirky, and exciting, Comix Zone has millions of fans worldwide. Launched in 1995, the game is set within the panels of a comic book and has two possible endings. Described as original and visually impressive, it stands apart from other games in the beat ’em up genre.
If you’re into the fantasy genre, Aladdin should be on your list. This popular video game comes with responsive controls, multiple difficulty levels, and stunning presentation. Players control Aladdin, who must fight the Sultan’s guards and face threats on his way to Jafar’s palace.
8. Golden Axe
The Golden Axe series was created by Makoto Uchida (Altered Beast, Dynamite Cop). It’s a barbarian themed beat-em-up that’s heavily inspired by the Conan The Barbarian.
7. Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker
In this video game, players guide the King of Pop in his attempt to save a group of kidnapped children. The action is intense and jam-packed with hits like Beat It and Smooth Criminal, iconic dance moves, and beat-em-up mechanics.
6. Vectorman 2
Vectorman 2 boasts 22 levels packed with lots of action. The main character has superpowers and awesome weapons that add excitement to the game. He can also transform into a bug or a rhino, destroy breakable walls, and cut through floors.
5. Altered Beast
This hugely popular video game revolves around a centurion warrior who must battle demons and mythical creatures in order to save Athena, the daughter of Zeus. Every time the Beast defeats an enemy, he earns “spirit balls,” which increase his size and strength.
4. Street Fighter II
Street Fighter II is considered pone of the best arcade games ever. Back in the ’90s, we used to play this game day and night. It featured multiple playable characters, command-based special moves, and six attack buttons.
3. NBA Jam
NBA Jam is one of the most widely celebrated basketball arcade games of its time. Released in 1993, it was fast-paced, realistic, and packed with special features. Its popularity is due to the exaggerated nature of the play and funky music.
2. Mortal Kombat
The series has a reputation for high levels of bloody violence, including, most notably, its Fatalities (finishing moves, requiring a sequence of button inputs to perform). The Fatalities, in part, led to the creation of the ESRB video game rating system.
1. Sonic the Hedgehog
This cool video game helped Sega gain a strong fan base and establish their bold attitude. Featuring awesome levels designs filled with challenging paths and special effects, Sonic the Hedgehog is a faster, improved version of Mario. Players have access to bonus levels, enhanced jumping and fighting techniques, eye-popping loops, and innovative graphics.
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