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Mega Drive

The Sega Mega Drive (called Sega Genesis in the US for legal reasons) is long known as the SNES' rival. It's not as powerful in video and audio output as SNES, but a number of games had faster flowing action in terms of processing power (blast processing wasn't all bullshit), AND it offers backwards compatibility with the Master System (with an add-on), and has two other add-ons (32X and CD below) for extra power that does make it arguably stronger than the SNES (well, when the games are done well). Get an early model 1 for cleaner audio, a head-phone jack, and maybe a Game Genie so you can get around the region protection. Also, like other early consoles, the PAL version has lowered frame rate (though with a little know-how, you can modify it to flow as fast as an NTSC). For Genesis/Mega Drive gaming on the go, check out the Nomad (made by SEGA), GenMobile (smaller, lighter, cheaper, and better battery life), or Gopher (digital-based version of the former; takes SD cards).

The List

Title Genre Description Game Box Screenshot
Aladdin Platformer Based on the Disney movie and known for its solid gameplay and quality spritework (artwork was done by actual Disney artists). Actually NOT the same game as the also good SNES version; by Capcom. The SNES version is more platform and acrobatic oriented, while this one is more combat-centric. The animation engine was programmed by David Perry (he also helped with the Genesis/SNES Lion King), who went on to form Shiny Entertainment (Earthworm Jim, MDK). AladdinG.jpg Aladdin.gif
The Adventures of Batman & Robin Run 'n Gun

Based on the animated series, this is a very fun and fast-paced game which is also fucking CONTRA-HARD. Play alone as Batman or Robin or go co-op with a bro to take on a number of the show's iconic villains. The more you play, the more crazy and hard it gets, and the soundtrack only adds more to the atmosphere.

There's also a SNES version made by Konami in the style of a beat 'em up. It's also a good game, but like Aladdin and Sparkster in the sense that it's VERY different from the Genesis version. Another version exists on the Sega CD, but it's pretty much garbage.

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Alien Soldier Run 'n Gun A boss rush style game. Controls like Gunstar Heroes, but drops combos to let you hold 4 weapons (out of 6) instead. You can also change your shooting style at will, and even find extra weapon types in stages to alter/refill your ammo for the next boss. There's several skills to utilize, so master them early. While lacking in level design, it has a great soundtrack and extremely excellent boss design and attack patterns. There's only two difficulties: SuperEasy and SuperHard! Alien Soldier Coverart.png
Alien Storm Beat 'em Up / Run 'n Gun / Rail Shooter Blow away aliens with lasers, bazookas and shit. It's a basic beat 'em up with cool features like run 'n gun or shooting sequences at the end of every level. And there is an energy meter. If you run low on your energy then you would find yourself beating aliens in hand to hand combat. Looks and plays a lot like Golden Axe so if you liked that give this a go. Images.jpg
Alisia Dragoon Platformer An outstanding platformer developed by Game Arts with help from the famous anime studio Gainax. You play as a sorceress who shoots lightning at her enemies. The lightning autotargets but depletes with repeated use, requiring players to carefully ration their attacks and preventing mindless spamming. You also have access to four different familiars who accompany you, each with different abilities. Gameplay consists of standard jumping across platforms, frying enemies, collecting powerups, and fighting big bosses, but it is executed very well. Alisia Dragoon PAL.jpg
Altered Beast Platformer/Beat 'em Up RISE FROM YOUR GRAVE! This game was what Genesis was about in 1989 before Sonic came out. Beat zombies and monsters, collect power ups, and become a vicious beast man. It's pretty limited, but it's worth playing at least once, if only for laughs. Had some later spinoffs but they're pretty... different. Altered Beast.jpg
Asterix and the Power of the Gods Adventure/Platformer This game came out at the end of Genesis' lifespan, so good graphics and music are to be expected. There are some good animations and pretty good detailed backgrounds. Grab Asterix or Obelix and punch all the Romans to the ground while flying all over the world. Cheap deaths abound. Foto Asterix and the Power of the Gods.jpg
Batman Platformer Based on the Tim Burton's Batman. No batdancing. Batman GenesisBoxboxart 160w.jpg
Battletech Action/Shooter The gameplay is similar to Strike series, but here you are piloting fucking MADCAT. How badass is that? There are only five planets to walk around, but still you can destroy a lot of mechs and rape a lot of bases. 1013666.jpg
Beyond Oasis / Story of Thor Action RPG Plays like a melting pot of Zelda, Ys, and Secret of Mana. You use elemental spirits who have different abilities and powers, which can affect certain obstacles. There's a variety of weapons as well, which have skills of their own for extra ass-kicking. Legend of Oasis for the Sega Saturn is a spiritual sequel. A freeware game, Guardian of Paradise plays like a homage to this and the other mentioned games. Defenders of Oasis on Game Gear has nothing to do with this series. Beyondoasiscover.jpg
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Platformer A simple and easy, yet undeniably polished and fun platformer. Guide Mickey Mouse through levels to save Minnie Mouse from the evil witch, Miserabella. Just give it a shot, even if you never played it before, chances are you'll still get a shot of nostalgia. Had two sequels: World of Illusion, see below, and Land of Illusion for the Master System & Game Gear. Castle of illusion Mickey mouse.jpg
Castlevania Bloodlines/The New Generation Platformer Another fantastic entry in the series. This one takes place after the actual Dracula novel, starring John Morris, Quincy Morris' son. John can swing with his whip from certain surfaces. You can also use his pal, Eric, whose spear (when powered up) has 8-way striking like Super Castlevania Simon and a handy high jump. Both can use sub-weapons and mini-versions of item crashes. The PAL version is censored so avoid if possible. Castlevania Bloodlines.jpg
Columns III Puzzle A competitive-styled Columns game. Similar to Puyo Puyo/Pop, but this features multiple items capable of causing chaos on your enemy's field, and preventing assaults on your own. Also has a "screw over the other player" button, which makes your enemy's field rise up while lowering your own. Its potential depends on a number gauge on your side, which increases when you play well. Funfact: There WAS a Columns II, it was a japanese arcade-only game though. COLUMNS III GENESIS BOX.jpg
Comix Zone Beat 'em Up Insanely difficult (but great) game with a cool premise; you play as a comic book artist trapped in his own work. Fell under the radar since it was released at the death of the Genesis. Has interesting elements of traveling between panels and even some minor puzzle and platformer elements. Fun Fact: Composer Howard Drossin voiced the hero! Comix Zone Coverart.png
Contra: Hard Corps Run 'n Gun Another great incarnation of the classic series, this one focusing mainly on boss fights. Adds a slide and 4 different characters to play as. Arguably a better game than Contra III (due to no crazy overhead stages), and a fuckton better than the shit sequels to come on the PS1 (Konami finally fixed their shit with the PS2 games and Contra 4). Hint: get the Japanese version because the lifebar is seriously a saving grace and the difficulty is a little bit toned down. Contra Hard Corps.jpg
Crusader of Centy / Soleil / Ragnacenty Action-Adventure At first it smells of "Zelda-clone", but it soon becomes a great adventure game with its own unique combat, lighthearted story and amusing monsters. Soon after your outset, the hero, Corona, becomes unable to talk with people, but can talk with animals, who ally with him and work akin to gadgets, and some can even combine their skills. After that, your quest to become normal leads into a grand adventure throughout the world and time itself that questions and unravels the "inherent" evil of monster-kind. Music and location design are great, and the game itself even looks like LttP, which is IMPRESSIVE AS FUCK considering the MD's limits. Has a spiritual successor in Linkle Liver Story, which also does its own things, but is sadly untranslated from Japanese. Crusader of Centy.png
Darius II/Sagaia Shoot 'em Up I've always wanted a thing called tuna sashimi! The Genesis has always been blessed with awesome arcade ports and this is no exception. However, you may want to turn up the difficulty level as it is quite easy on Normal. If that's not enough for you, try pressing C 12 times on the title screen for a crazy special mode! Darius2.png
Decap Attack Platformer Spiritual sequel to Psycho Fox on the Master System, but MUCH cooler. You play a headless mummy. Your main attack is thrusting your guts out, though you can find a boomerang-skull to use, too. In addition, you can use potions, which add many neat effects to your character. Controls are good (though momentum takes getting used to) and graphics are fun and creepy. The horror theme was added for the American release. The original Japanese version is based on an anime: "Magical Hat no Buttobi Tabo Daiboken", is harder, and arguably less inspired. The levels and stage design are different though, so you may want to check it out. Decapattack.jpg
Desert Strike Action / Shooter One of the best shooters of all time. You complete tasks and rescue missions on non-linear maps while trying to keep your Apache in the air. Collect fuel and ammo frequently, dude. Also on DOS, SNES, GBA and other platforms. Desert Strike - Return to the Gulf Coverart.png
Dinosaurs for Hire Run 'n Gun Think "Contra with Dinosaurs", throw in a melee button, and you've got one pretty kickass game.
Donald in Maui Mallard / Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow Platformer / Action A unique game featuring Donald Duck like you've never seen him before. This time he can shoot a gun and later in the game turns into a ninja and smacks enemies with a quarterstaff. Far superior gameplay when compared to the SNES version. There is also a 1996 PC version which is an upgrade of the Genesis version. All tracks of Michael Giacchino's score were fully orchestrated by Steve Duckworth (instead of MIDI goodness) for the PC version, and it also has updated graphics and a few level enhancements (such as the straw plugs in Muddrake Mayhem). Mauimallardgenesis.jpg
Dynamite Headdy Platformer Quirky platformer. Headdy swaps his head with other various heads to pass obstacles and defeat baddies. Another gem by Treasure. Japanese version has altered difficulty, some boss changes, and as a full story that was removed from English release. A patch exists to fix this. Dynamite Headdy Coverart.png
Earthworm Jim 2 Platformer/Craziness More levels, more variety (sadly, only half the stages are platformer run n' gun, but others are weird enough to make up for it), more humor, more cows, more Jim. Great sequel with arguably everything improved. GROOVY! Released and reissued on many consoles. Jim is now a Blind Cave Salamander! What color is Jim's RED Gun? The first EWJ was improved and remastered on Sega CD below. Earthworm Jim 2 (EUR).png
Ecco The Dolphin Action-Adventure Play as a fucking dolphin while doing flips and shit. Save your Dolphins friends from aliens or something. Great fucking game. Slightly improved on Sega CD. The Japanese version of the game has toned-down difficulty, a couple extra songs, and a level that was left out of the US release. Hard as shit! Ecco-cover.jpg
Ecco: The Tides of Time Action-Adventure

Much like the first game, which isn't a bad thing. Also known as "What is this I don't even: The Game." Features a level where you cross a jellyfish in the sky. Also hard as shit! A third, 3D Ecco came out on Dreamcast, which was later poorly ported to the PS2. This game has one of the most FRUSTRATING cliffhanger endings in any game ever.

Elemental Master Shoot 'em Up FUCK YEAH TECHNOSOFT. You play a sorcerer on a quest to free an enslaved goddess and stop a corrupt warlord or some shit. There's seven levels - the first four can be done in any order, each having an elemental aspect (new shot type) that's assimilated after completing it. Gameplay is pretty standard fare, but you can fire below you. This game has some INCREDIBLE synth music done by the guy behind Thunder Force III/IV that will really get you pumped in game. It's also pretty hard. Elemental Master.jpg
Eliminate Down Shoot 'em Up Never heard of this one before? No wonder, this is among the rarest Mega Drive games. Quite the injustice, as it also happens to be one of its best shooters. Fantastic graphics, great soundtrack, tight gameplay, insane difficulty. Eliminate Down.jpg
Fire Shark Shoot 'em Up Fantastic vertical shooter where you pilot a biplane across 10 levels. You have a choice of several weapons that can be upgraded to devastating effect. The flamethrower in particular is a monstrous weapon which, at full power, covers the screen with pillars of flame, destroying anything it touches! A lot of the difficulty is spent AVOIDING those shitty blue/green power-ups, like in areas where six blue ones pollute the screen as if the developers are saying "STOP HAVING FUN WITH THE RED ONE!". Scaled down arcade ports are usually bad, Fire Shark sidesteps this limitation by making the action more accessible with reduced difficulty. Fire Shark.jpg
Flashback Adventure/Platformer Similar to Another World but plays rather differently. You play the role of a guy with a pistol and lost memories. Your mission is to stop aliens that morph into what look like humans. Beautiful graphics featuring good animation and a variety of deaths.Also on SNES. This version features some slowdown because the SNES lacks BLASTPROCESSING. Sega CD version is a bit better, but not much.Fade To Black on DOS and PSX is a sequel to Flashback. It's an okay game, but not as good as the first. Flashback.jpg
General Chaos Real-time Tactics Control a team of troops with different weapons as you assault the enemy team. This often involves storming their fortress. If an ally and enemy get too close, they duke it out, melee style. Smaller teams offer more console-controls, while larger teams are point-and-click, RTS style. Quite impressive for its time, and still good fun with two players, especially since the computer likes to be a cheating jerk at times. General Chaos Gen.jpg
Ghouls 'n Ghosts Platformer The infamously hard platformer series returns! Prin-Prin is captured by that damn Firebrand/Red Arremer once again, and Arthur has to fight his way through plenty of medieval horror themed levels to save her! Easier than Ghosts 'n Goblins, but tougher than Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts. Has a superior port on the SuperGrafx. This one changed A LOT. Ghoulsghosts.jpg
Golden Axe Beat 'em Up So, you beat up Death Adder and think this is over, like in the arcade, don't you? FUCK NO. Now you travel deeper into the dungeons to kill Death Bringer. Ignore the silver axe and the slightly degraded sound/graphics. Genesis goldenaxe eu.jpg
Golden Axe 2 Beat 'em Up Noted for being more refined and easier than the first Golden Axe and also being the last most similar to it before later sequels and side stories went their own routes. As typical GA fare goes: Commandeer enemy beasts, cast magic, or go melee, all of which are solo or done co-op with a second player. No relation to the arcade game Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder. Both GA sequels on the Genesis are console-exclusive. Golden Axe 2.jpg
Golden Axe 3 Beat 'em Up Golden Axe featuring new characters and the ability to go through levels by different paths, adding replay value to a solid beat 'em up. Also a little easier than 2, but not by much. Golden axe 3.png
Gunstar Heroes Run 'n Gun Treasure's first game, a run 'n gun in the vein of Contra. Best feature is the ability to combine weapons. Great fun in co-op. A remix (but IN THE FUTURE!) titled Gunstar Super Heroes is on GBA, but without combined weapons, though it does a lot of its own things well enough. Gunstar heroes.jpg
Grind Stormer / V-Five Shoot 'em Up Very fast paced with gameplay likened to the arcade's DonPachi, or even Recca on the NES. It's a watered down port of the arcade version but still a solid console experience. Be sure to play the Japanese version V-Five as the American Grind Stormer did away with the power-up bar and replaced it with bombs, making an already low res port more restrictive. Grindstormer.jpg
Haunting Starring Polterguy Being a Badass You play Polterguy, following this family around various houses to scare the living crap out of them by possessing objects in the house. Beware of the family dog! Ghost Trick on the DS, uses a similar premise of possession and manipulation, but revolves more around a murder mystery. Haunting.jpg
Herzog Zwei RTS / Shoot 'em Up This is the first GOOD console RTS, and still one of the best. Think Advance Wars, but real time, and instead of being limited to a cursor or an out-of-field CO, you're on the field in a transforming jet-mech, assisting your troops by fighting alongside them in shmup-like action. This adds a whole other level of strategy, as concentrating on either alone spells defeat. Incredible soundtrack and great multiplayer fun to be had here. Herzogzwei.jpg
High Seas Havoc / Captain Lang Platformer / Arcade High Seas Havoc, known as Captain Lang (キャプテン ラング) in Japan and just Havoc in Europe, is a platform game developed by Data East for the Sega Mega Drive and a special Data East-made arcade board based on the Mega Drive in 1993. It is the only game for this special board. In the game you play as an anthropomorphic seal named Havoc (Lang in the Japanese version) on a quest to rescue a girl named Bridget from the evil pirate Bernardo. Very nice and sweet platformer with soul put into it. High seas havoc cover.jpg
The Incredible Hulk Beat 'em Up / Platformer Vastly underrated beat 'em up game that stays loyal to the '70s Incredible Hulk mythos and comic book style. You play the eponymously Hulk as he smashes and jumps his way through several levels bashing robots and villains from the comics. There are many neat secrets including special fighting moves available in Hulked Out mode and the ability to turn back into Dr. Banner to crawl into tunnels and access other secrets. Theincrediblehulkcover.jpg
Jurassic Park Action Action platformer loosely based on the movie. You can play as either Dr. Grant, or an escaped Velociraptor. Grant has access to a bunch of different weapons that let you take on various dinosaurs in different ways, whereas the raptor has only its claws and a leaping attack. Iffy collision detection can make it frustrating at times, but still a damn fun game. Jurassic Park Genesis.jpg
Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition Action Not the same game as the first. Uses the same graphics and sounds, but if you wanted more levels to trounce, then Rampage Edition's got you covered with a new Velociraptor to play as and a different human to go through levels. Almost like an expansion with a full game's worth of levels. JP Rampage Edition.jpg
Kid Chameleon Platformer Platformer in the vein of Mario, but with a ton of unique powerups. The game sports a ton of levels, that depending on how you exit them, will play out in a different order, creating opportunity for a lot of replay value. Kid-chameleon gen.jpg
King Colossus Action RPG A game in the vein of Startropics, Ys, and Zelda, with elements of each (platforming, multiple weapons, and hidden passages). Starts a bit slow, but picks up fast. The action's a little stiff, but still enjoyable. The bosses start small, but some TAKE UP MORE THAN THE SCREEN CAN SHOW. The story has some neat twists that'll keep you playing and the action only gets better. Japanese only, but there's a translation here King Colossus.jpg
Landstalker Action-Adventure Think isometric Zelda, but puzzles require more logic and less gadgets. You can also jump. The controls take a bit of time to get used to, but once you get them down, you'll be set to enjoy this mighty fine game. The team members who made this went on to make similar games, such as Dark Savior and Alundra. Landstalker-cover.jpg
Light Crusader Action-Adventure You are a crusader on vacation in king's domain. But then you realise that many townsfolk disappeared and you should go into the dungeons to save them. It feels like Zelda and Landstalker, but with magic, cool bosses and interesting puzzles. You can combine 4 elements: fire, water, earth, wind for lots of different spells. Lightcrusader.gif
Lion King, The Platformer Based on the movie with artwork done by Westwood and Disney studios. Great visuals and music for the Genesis. First levels are for the little Simba, but then you play as the grown up lion Simba. Very challenging and touching game. Also on SNES with worse music and worse graphics. Has notoriously tough level design. Impossible as fuck without all the hidden health upgrades. Lion king.jpg
Marvel Land / Talmit's Adventure Platformer Despite the cover looking creepy as fuck, it's a whimsical little platformer from the arcades. Actually, it's more fleshed out stage-wise than the arcade version with difficulty altered (some parts are harder, others easier). As Prince Talmit, you go to "Coni" Island (yes, seriously) to help your kidnapped princess friend and her fairy galpals and defeat the goofy stooges of some Mole King douchebag. The platforming parts have well done level design and even secret warps. You can also get power-ups like gliding, or shadow-clones to attack with. The bosses are mini-game styled, but amusing and fair enough. There's just something fun about this game. Well, it is Namco! Marvelland.jpg
McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure Platformer I know what you're thinking but it's made by Treasure (coincidence?) and features pretty good level design. It's not game of the year, due to being short and a little generic, but at least Treasure made it well polished and did some creative things for a license game. You can obtain magic and power-ups and use your magic scarf to grapple onto hooks. Even in a different game and system, you will NEVER have enough golds... MC.jpg
Mega Turrican Platformer Turrican 3 in Genesis Form. We try to avoid personal inputs, but... THIS GAME IS FUCKING GREAT. Take Contra‘s style of weapons, add Metroid's atmosphere, give the player an aimable Bionic Commando wire, now top it all off with great gameplay from Factor 5 and an incredible soundtrack from the legendary Chris Hulsbeck, and you have Mega Turrican. If that doesn't have your mouth watering and make you want to play this, then you need to go see a doctor. MEGA TURRICAN.jpg
Moonwalker Beat 'Em Up(?) A jamming sidescroller that has you take control of the King of Pop as he ventures out to save kidnapped children from Joe Pesci who always shows up to taunt you near the end of levels. Features hat tossing, magic fingers, and of course, the dance number desperation move (This takes up a good chunk of health, but each level set has a different dance). Plus, Michael Jackson can turn into a giant robot and wreck shit on screen. Also available on the Master System, which has a few minor differences, but the MD/Gen version is definitely the way to go. Note: The soundtrack is highly recommended. MJ's songs transition marvelously into the Sega sound. This game was notably made by the guys who went on to make the Shinobi games, which explains why it's so well made. Also, that 'ring' sound effect famous to Sonic actually debuted here. Moonwalker.jpg
Micro Machines (series) Racing Arcade racing with a top down view. It's all about little cars, tanks, etc. racing on tables, work-benches, beaches. There are, like, four titles of this on the Genesis. Take any of them, they are all good. Genesis MicroMachines96 FRONTboxart 160w.jpg
Monster World IV Platformer Final title in the long-running Wonder Boy/Monster World series. You play a cute green-haired Arabian girl with her bird-critter companion as you explore, solve puzzles, and battle in various themed caverns and temples along with a central hub town. Lots of personality in the girl's animation and some lush, colorful locales. Japanese only, but there is an English translation patch. The twists in the story will make you cry. Monsterworld4.jpg
M.U.S.H.A. Shoot 'em Up Another delicious shmup in Compile's Aleste line (known as Musha Aleste in Japan). In addition to killer gameplay, it has one of the best soundtracks on the Genesis as well as some pretty crisp graphics. Sadly, an actual cart will cost you a pretty penny, but at least you can make do with the 800 point price on Wii's VC. Seriously, this is one of those games you'd feel bad not to spend money on, no matter what the medium. 200px-M.U.S.H.A. Coverart.png
Mutant League Football Sports Same as below, but HANDEGG. Different rules apply as well (of course). There's also some different mutilation methods. Mutant-league-football-cover.jpg
Mutant League Hockey Sports Mutants and Leagues go together like video and games. If you thought HUMANS weren't entertaining enough, try this. You can play dirty, mutilate the other team as much as HUMANLY possible (although there's still 16-bit limits), and even score a goal! (PROTIP: Kill the goalie with a chainsaw to make scoring goals easier!) Mutant League Hockey.jpg
Panorama Cotton Shoot 'em Up Have you played Cotton? Yeah, this is like Cotton, but with SPACE HARRIER mixed in. Has the cool and beautiful music Cotton is known for, but the effects and visuals are stunning considering Genesis has no special FX chips or nothing like that. The action can also move pretty damn fast. It will cost you a fortune though, so emulate unless you're loaded. Japan only, but needs no translation since menus are in English. Panorama cotton.jpg
Phantasy Star II RPG The first 16-bit Phantasy Star. A number of things have been removed or added since the original, but for the most part, everything has been improved. Although a bit old, it is an RPG with some strongly emotional scenes, which makes up for the difficulty. For a very early title, this game has some pretty impressive visuals. Phantasy Star II.jpg
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom RPG The "black sheep" of the Phantasy Star series. Several things here work unlike any other entry. One interesting aspect is that at end of the first two "generations" of heroes, you'll choose who to marry. This affects your child's stats and abilities, alters what adventures they go on, and adds replayability as well. Sadly, previous generations do NOT help their kids (due to plot restrictions), but your two robot pals are always ready to help any generation combo. An EASY MODO patch is available here and makes the experience much more accessible and enjoyable. Phantasy Star III box US.jpg
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium RPG Quite possibly the largest Mega Drive/Genesis game made, Phantasy Star refined the franchise formula further, creating a more forgiving difficulty curve, adding macros and spell/skill combos, and a more enjoyable experience overall. Great story, characters, music, and comic/manga-style cut-scenes. Beware level 99 without a patch or cheat device to fix the bug. This team would later make Skies of Arcadia on Dreamcast, which is also great. Phantasy Star EotM cover.jpg
Pirates of the Dark Water, The Action / Platformer Based on the 90's cartoon, this game is pretty well done. You are a prince, your dad died, you find a flying ape, a port gal and an old pirate to save your planet from the dark water. Hack 'n slash bad guys using all of your characters, which you can swap them in the middle of the action. Very good visuals and plot. There is also a The Pirates of the Dark Water on SNES, but it is a bad clone of Final Fight. 1196899743-00.jpg
Pulseman Platformer Also known as Seizures: The Game. Pulseman is fast like Sonic, but with some features like Megaman. While Pulseman can't get boss weapons, he can use all of his own cool electric powers from the get-go. Most of these rely on charging up static by running, or "swishing" (a quick nigh-invulnerable dash similar to Megaman's slide), and using stored up energy. Pulseman also hacks into trippy digital worlds. Short, but fun. Released in Japan only, though it did pop up on Sega Channel. Now it's on Wii's Virtual Console everywhere. Pulseman MD.jpg
Quackshot Platformer A really fun platformer starring Donald Duck. Donald finds a treasure map and goes searching for more clues to the treasure's whereabouts. The levels are varied and the gameplay is inventive. Donald has a gun which shoots plungers. He can shoot them at walls to climb up them, at enemies to stun them, or even at flying enemies which become moving platforms. Quite short, but really fun if you're looking for a game to play on a boring afternoon. Had a sequel of sorts in World of Illusion. Quackshot.jpg
Ranger-X Platformer / Shoot 'em Up Play as a transforming mech, blow shit up. This game is really amazing, it actually uses twice the amount of colors the Genesis will allow and it manages to be amazing in every other department too. Ranger-x.jpg
Rings of Power RPG A very unique game for a console. Here we have a giant open world, nonlinear quests, hundreds of NPCs, tons of text and a good lore. Sometimes it's really hard to say what to do next. So if you want to beat this game you should obtain some walkthrough. But even if you end up wandering and exploring Ushka Bau you still will have a good time. (Framerate and sound are pretty limited though). 1150190656-00.jpg
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
(clearly this is in the wrong place)
Action / Adventure In a complete different style of gameplay than other JP games, you explore Isla Sorna in an isometric view as a nameless mercenary capturing dinosaurs and completing varied missions like collecting velociraptor eggs or bombing rival mercs. Tense exploration, as dinosaurs and other mercs can ambush you suddenly from any direction. Capture dinosaurs alive with tranquilizer darts to receive supplies from the HQ. Kickass boss battles at the end of each of the 4 acts. Great fun on co-op, with the possibility of enabling friendly fire just for kicks. Lostworld-gen.jpg
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Platformer Came out after Revenge below but isn't a direct sequel. Game mechanics are more like the original arcade game, as you're out to save hostages and you can only take one hit, so beware! Don't worry, in addition to your ninja magic, blade, and shurikens, you have a new weapon - your trusty dog! Sick him on your enemies to set up easy kills and rescues. Fun Fact: In the Japanese version you're the biological son of Joe Musashi, while in the English localization you ARE Joe Musashi. Look at that badass dog. 1140259844-00.jpg
The Revenge of Shinobi Platformer A 16-bit sequel to the arcade/master system classic. Joe Musashi is back with more moves, more ninja magic, and more enemies. Departs from the original in that it is more straight forward with only Joe's girlfriend being the only hostage you have to save. Unfortunately, Joe's got some tough competition: enemy ninjas, disco dancers, a brain in a tank guarded by lasers, ninja nuns, a kabuki master, and (depending on the version you play) Batman, Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, and Godzilla. Revenge of shinobi front.jpg
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Platformer If you thought Joe couldn't get more pimp, you thought wrong. He's back and decked out with even MORE skills and even cooler and crazier levels, including horseback asskicking and a surfing level that would make Snake Plissken proud. Some prefer the slower pace of Revenge, with Yuzo's music, but this is good if you want a fresh blast of a ninja kicking ass. Shinobi III - Return of the Ninja Master Coverart.png
Super Fantasy Zone Shoot 'em Up Fantasy Zone sequel that stays true to the series roots. Beautiful music, colorful graphics, buying loads of power-ups, and the classic cheap deaths everywhere. Mega Drive only, so get a Game Genie or something! Super fantasy zone.jpg
Ristar Platformer Ristar uses his stretchy arms to swing, climb, swim, lift and throw his way through stages. They are also used to tackle and rocket at enemies and bosses. Features very surreal stages, but pleasant music. Despite being simple, the game is a bit tough, yet manages to be quite creative with its level design as well, making for quite the experience. Feels similar to Sonic (in a good way), and that's no coincidence, it was made by Sonic Team. Homaged by Sonic as the Werehog in Sonic Unleashed. RistarGenesis.jpg
Road Rash Racing

Racing on a bike, smacking people in the face and rocking out to nice music.


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Road Rash 2 Racing

Same as above, nearly. A third game was released as well; it's basically the same.

PRO TIP:This time get the chain for MASSIVE DAMAGE!

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Rocket Knight Adventures Action / Platformer / Shoot 'em Up A fun platformer with lots of speedy platforming, but lots of action as well. You play as Sparkster, an opossum knight with a sword (that shoots laser waves) and a jetpack to fly around with. Awesome. He was meant to be Konami's "animals with 'tude" mascot of the 90's, but unlike all those hacks (except Sonic of course), he wasn't a stupid asshole, and his game was actually brilliant (although the mind behind Contra always helps). Most stages are action/platforming, but it has a few shmup sequences too. A must have Genesis classic! Rocket Knight Adventures.jpg
Shadowrun Action RPG Another game with this weird 'Aladdin' effect. But gameplay of the Sega version of Shadowrun is VERY different from the SNES version. Anyway, it's a sandbox action RPG on the Genesis. You can hack cyberspace, you can be shaman, and more importantly you can just kill people on the street. There's a big city populated with a decent number of henchmen to aid you, and a myriad of interesting quests. It's generally considered the closest video game adaptation of the Pen and Paper Shadowrun RPG to date. So go and give it a try. RIGHT NOW. 62290 shadowrun.jpg
Snow Bros. Platformer Oddly, it's even more expensive than the NES Snow Bros. Has the same great music and horrible graphics of the arcade game! Like the NES game, you shoot ice at your enemies, turn them into cool bowling balls, and try to get a "Strike" in every level by steamrolling every foe. It's quite similar to Bubble Bobble, and arguably better. Very accurate to the arcade. Snow Bros gen.jpg
Shining Force Tactical RPG Arguably, Sega's answer to Fire Emblem. Both have units with different stats, classes, abilities, and promotions. However, Shining Force has out-of-battle exploration of towns and battlefields to stock up and meet new allies, instead of everything done mid-battle. This has harder odds at times, but is more forgiving as there's no perma-death. The Shining series has great music, decent visuals, and a unique flair that's been spun-off into other games and genres under the its name. This also had a vastly improved remake on the Game Boy Advance. Shining force gen.jpg
Shining Force II Tactical RPG This is even longer than the first! Exploration has a stronger role with some more freedom. Some classes have alternate promotion options as well. The soundtrack variety is not as strong as the first, and some of the more chatty characters are a little annoying, but the gameplay is much improved, including the difficulty not to mention visuals vastly superior to the previous games and some of the best on the whole system. This later had a Game Gear prequel, Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict, that ties some loose ends between this and SF1 (and hints at Shining in the Darkness). Shining force II gen.jpg
Shining in the Darkness RPG Dungeon crawler that started 'Shining' franchise. Visuals really aren't the series best, though they display the well-known whimsical fantasy in character and monster designs. Not so hard for a crawler, but the mazes are somehow complicated, challenging, and have a number of secrets to find. Has some really cool music as well, though the normal battle theme can get annoying. A spiritual sequel/spinoff, Shining the Holy Ark was released on Sega Saturn and is also pretty good. Images (3).jpg
Sonic the Hedgehog Platformer Awesome, fast platforming. Classic Sonic. Re-released on nearly every console since the Saturn. The Game Gear/Master System games of the Sonic series that share the same names are different games, but also good. Sonic 1.jpg
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Platformer Added the spin dash and became slightly faster. The best of the 2D Sonic games in most opinions. Adds a second player, Tails, for co-op and competitive multiplayer. Sonic2-cover.jpg
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Platformer The debut of Knuckles and, when combined with Sonic & Knuckles, the pinnacle of the series. Features the hardest level select code ever. Protip: For a certain platform in Carnival Night Zone, up and down on the D-pad can save your life. Curiously, a few songs in 3 change when the S+K lock-on is used! Sonic3 cover.jpg
Sonic & Knuckles Platformer Combines with Sonic 3 to make one of the best platformers ever. A good game in its own right, though; Tails is not included (unless combined with 3)! Can also be combined with the original Sonic and Sonic 2, the latter of which adds Knuckles into the game. The former unlocks a huge extended Blue Sphere mode. Sonic and Knuckles.jpg
Sonic Spinball Pinball Honsetly fun kind of game. The concept of sonic being in a pinball game seems rather obvious because he's in a fucking ball all of the god dammned time. Ported to various collections. Fells like it deserves an arcade port honestly. CLUCK ALERT! -sonic-spinball-cover.jpg
Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2 Action / Platformer / Shoot 'em Up The sequel to Rocket Knight Adventures, Sparkster got a wild new hairdo and is ready to come back and kick some ass. Everything great about the first is here, but has been improved. Level designs are more extravagant, the graphics are better, and the jetpack is much more accessible. A must-have sequel to a must-have Genesis classic. Sparkster has the Aladdin syndrome: there's two games on opposite consoles with the same name and cover art, but are two different titles (aka go look up Sparkster in the SNES section). Both are different, great games, so get em' both! The spiritual sequel released on XBLA/PSN, but is a bit different. Sparkster genesis.jpg
Splatterhouse 2 Beat 'em Up The gory, horror themed beat 'em up is back! Rick has to go back to the haunted house to beat the shit out of more ghosts, zombies, and aliens in the most gruesome manner to save his girlfriend. Fuck yeah! Splatterhouse2boxart.jpg
Splatterhouse 3 Beat 'em Up The third and final chapter in the original Splatterhouse saga. Rick and Jen got married and had a kid, but the damn cursed mask draws Rick back to the house. Is a more traditional beat 'em up compared to the previous Splatterhouse games. Also has some disturbing as hell endings. NTSC only, Sorry Eurobros. Splatterhouse3-box.jpg
Star Trek: The Next Generation:
Echoes From The Past
Adventure Being a kid in the mid-90's who watched the original run of TNG this was a must have game. Just look at that goddamn box art, how badass is that? You kinda play this headless entity who commands the crew of the Enterprise. The bulk of the action occurs on away missions, which consists of sending members of the main crew or redshirts down to planets to solve puzzles or phaser shit. You can also fly the enterprise from destination to destination and have random encounters with enemy ships. The game has a lot of interesting filler, like being able to access the computer and learn about the universe, and you can travel to hundreds of stars and scan stuff. This game is also on the SNES but slightly different as it was made by another company. There's also a PC version which is entirely different. 586488 39041 front.jpg
Streets of Rage Beat 'em Up The Streets of Rage series may not be the first, but it is one of the best. Each entry has a choice of characters, each with unique stats. Not to mention each one has Yuzo Koshiro working on music. The first entry is a bit basic, but it manages to provide a solid foundation. There's not too many skills to use, but it does let you call for bazooka support from the local police. Streetsofrage.jpg
Streets of Rage 2 Beat 'em Up Arguably the best of the three entries. Features new moves, two new characters, better visuals, better tunes, better control, better enemies, better bosses, etc. This is one game for Sega's 16-bit baby that you don't want to miss. As you can guess, having multiplayer is a huge plus and provides large quantities of high quality fun. Streets-of-Rage-2.png
Streets of Rage 3 Beat 'em Up The gameplay of this entry is a bit different from previous entries, and for the most part, it's a bit more refined. However, many players will agree that it just lacks the magic that made SoR2 so exemplary. You'll have to play it to see what they mean. Whether it's the music, the new characters, and/or anything else that feels off is up to you. (Some people argue that this is due to the fact that the player's attacks lack priority, essentially making you feel helpless against the enemies) Like SoR2, the Japanese version has altered difficulty, and a better story (A patch does exist to fix this for the American version). Streets of Rage 3 boxart.jpg
Strider Action / Platformer An arcade port done right. You are a "strider" destroying commie forces. Main hero have a cool hair and a big sword, which slice communist scum like knife goes through bread, so you have no excuse not to play this game. 8MEGA MEMORY! Strider box us.jpg
Sub-Terrania Shoot 'em Up What? A shmup which plays like an adventure? And have a decent storyline? Sign me in! This game is for those who tired to be l33t MEGA SUPER STAR DESTROYER. So you are a pilot of a prototype space ship and your mission is to counter attack aliens on the little planet far away from earth. Controls somehow unusual but if you play for a bit you'll get along with it. Every level has a briefing so you will know what to do. This is undiscovered gem and you should try it. The team also made Red Zone, a game that pushed the Mega Drive to it's limit and beyond! The team would later form IO Interactive, the guys behind Hitman. Subterraniaie5.jpg
Thunder Force III Shoot 'em Up Thunder Force is Technosoft's amazing horizontal shmup series. Features multiple upgradable weapons which you can switch on the fly, options that have multiple settings, lush and colorful stages, wonderful soundtracks filled with that Technosoft flair. The stages are filled with enemies and enemy fire and the bosses will beat you down. Really nice use of the Genesis' sound chip. Thunder Force III cover.jpg
Thunder Force IV Shoot 'em Up Released in the US as "Lightening Force" (wtf), this is possibly the hardest, grandest Thunder Force of the 16-bit games. You choose your stage order (unlike 3, where you just chose the first stage), and every stage is gorgeous, filled with enemies, and absolutely colossal. This follows the usual weapon system, but you also get a powerful laser cannon later on. Oh yeah and this game also made the sound chip do naughty, sexy things. Beautiful soundtrack. Thunder Force IV.jpg
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure Platformer Very well done platformer by Konami, so you know it was in good hands. One of the better looking games for the Genesis, and it's Tiny Toons! Tiny toons-buster front super.jpg
Toejam & Earl Adventure Travel through a twisted version of earth in order to repair your broken space ship and find your way home. Has a number of roguelike features, such as the option to play with randomly generated items and levels, but is not really an RPG. Features two-player co-op. Earl is a Weiner. Toejam and earl.jpeg
Toejam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron Platformer A bit more streamlined than the original as you're now restricted to a more platformer-esque planes of movement and stages are more set in stone. The action is faster and controls better to make up for this.Your purpose now is to capture earthlings stowaways from the first game. Do this by throwing jars at them. Also features a hard item hunt for the true ending. Features Co-op just like the first game. The third game was released on Xbox (Which is a censored version of the canned Dreamcast original). You'll want to avoid that game though. TJ&E PoF cover.jpg
True Lies Run 'n Gun Based on the movie, this is a top down shooter with Arnold Schwarzenegger. This game actually follows plot of the movie. Roll around, kill everyone with uzi. And you can use landmines and flamethrower too! And try not to kill civilians or it would lead to a mission failure. There's no erotic dancing though. True Lies Coverart.png
Truxton Shoot 'em Up One of the earliest games on the Genesis and also one of the best. Immensely difficult, known to make even those hardcore bullet hell fanatics cry. (Though thankfully, this version just so happens to be the easiest compared to the arcade/TG-16 ones.) If you've ever played and enjoyed Raiden, pay your respects to the game that inspired the series. You'll even see a prototype of the toothpaste laser! Truxton-genesis.jpg
Twinkle Tale Run 'n Gun One of the most gorgeous and underrated titles on the Genesis, only released in Japan. Despite her size she just SPRINTS through those nine vibrantly detailed levels, exploring tons of branching paths and side rooms with goodies to collect. Bomb pick-ups just rain from the goddamn sky, so you'd do well to exhaust your stock on each challenging midboss and boss. It can get hard but you're more than equipped to take on the enemy hordes. Just look at that cover art, she wants NO trouble. Twinkletale.jpg
Vectorman Platformer / Run 'n Gun You are a pile of balls who shoots energy balls at robots. Freakin' sweet. Also, some morph power-ups to change shape into different forms. Box-vectorman.jpg
Vectorman 2 Platformer / Run 'n Gun Same as above. Can't get enough balls! Has some neat morphs as well. Vectorman 2.jpg
Wonder Boy in Monster World Metroidvania Fairly forgotten title from the earlier days of the Genesis/Mega Drive. Sequel to Wonder Boy III: Dragon's Trap, this game has charming colorful graphics and solid gameplay with upgradable armor & weapons; not to mention helpers along the way. Wonderboyinmonsterworld.jpg
World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck Platformer A single sequel to two different games: Castle of Illusion and QuackShot - now that's something unusual. When playing solo, Mickey or Donald play the levels in different order, with altered layouts. When playing together, both players must cooperate in order to get past certain obstacles. The levels are massive, the graphics and sounds are stunning, and the gameplay is tight! World Of Illusion box art.jpg
Zero Tolerance FPS An FPS, on the Genesis? Yes, there are a few, and Zero Tolerance is the best. This game has an amount of depth that surpasses even some recent games of the genre: vast and complex maps, non-linear progression, and unique non-combat items. Zero Tolerance.jpg
Zero Wing Shoot 'em Up It's Zero Wing, you know how this shit goes already. What some people don't realize is that there's actually a pretty decent shoot 'em up once you finally get a hold of your laughter and press start at the title screen. Slightly better than the arcade version due to the fact you can actually kill that base stealing asshole CATS and end the game properly instead of looping indefinitely. Zero Wing MD.jpg

Sega CD

The List

Title Genre Description Game Box
Dark Wizard RPG A tactical RPG that has a few resemblances to Fire Emblem. Darkwizard scd.jpg
Earthworm Jim Special Edition Platformer A groovy rearrangement of the original Jim. Features extra levels, rearranged audio, passwords, spoken endings, and of course, some better animation here and there.

The CD versions have the 'What are Worms' ending if you beat the game on Practice, which is hilarious as hell.

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Ecco the Dolphin Action-Adventure Play as a fucking dolphin while doing flips and shit. Save your Dolphins friends from aliens or something. Fucking great game. Port of the Genesis version, with nicer music, and one or two more levels. Eccodolphin scd.jpg
Eternal Champions: Challenge from the Dark Side Fighting A highly amusing fighting game in the vein of Mortal Kombat. This game ups the ante as much as it possibly could back then. Plays pretty well.Better than the Mega Drive version anyway. Since it's on the Mega CD is has some BADASS MUSIC! Eternal Champions SCD.jpg
Final Fight CD Beat 'em Up One of the best arcade beat 'em ups in one of its finest ports. This version includes a (badly) voiced intro, a survival mode and remixed music by the same guy who did the music for "Lords of Thunder" Finalfight CD (1993).png
Heart of the Alien Adventure / Platformer Contains Out Of This World (originally Another World) and its sequel (Heart of the Alien). The first game is pretty much one of the best platformers ever made, one of the first games to use true cinematic elements, and is amazing. This CD port of it is pretty good. The sequel (and the main feature here) was not made by Eric Chahi, and to be frank, pretty much sucks. But it's worth playing as a curiosity item. This disc is worth it for Out Of This World alone, though. Heart of the Alien.jpg
Keio Flying Squadron Shoot 'em Up A humorous horizontal cute 'em up, in the style of Parodius, but plays a bit differently. Most of your enemies and bosses don't make a lot of sense, and it's best that you don't think too hard about it. However, despite the cuteness and charm, it's actually a bit hard. There was a sequel on Saturn but it is a platformer insted of a shooter. It's still good though. KeioFlyingSquadron SegaCD.jpg
Lords of Thunder Shoot 'Em Up The most metal horizontal shmup ever. You play as Landis, a god-knight who tears through monsters with the powers of his elemental armor (your choice out of 4) . In addition, he can slice and dice up close with his mighty blade (this does more damage than you might think, especially on the Sega CD version). Incredible graphics mean you have some seriously detailed beasts to fight, great gameplay and controls mean you won't ever get bored, and a killer soundtrack means you won't stop rockin'. Lords of Thunder SCD.jpg
Lunar: The Silver Star RPG This version of Lunar is extremely different from its remakes. It features story events and music not seen elsewhere. However, it was quite revolutionary for its time, with its great story and characters with real personalities and desires. Worth a shot, even if you've played the remakes. Lunar sega cd.jpg
Lunar 2: Eternal Blue RPG This version is only slightly different from its remakes. Honestly, the remakes have changes done for the better. Unfortunately, they're expensive and rare as hell now. This is an entirely acceptable alternative. It looks great, sounds great, and plays more like conventional Lunar games. It also has great characters and music, just like the first. Lunar2 sega cd.jpg
Mansion Of Hidden Souls (NTSC-U) /
Yumemi Mystery Mansion (PAL)
Adventure If you are familiar with D, it owes a lot to this game. Mansion Of Hidden Souls is a first person adventure game. It is very basic in concept and rather short, but its strongest point is its atmosphere. It was also the first of its kind and a forgotten influential game. Mansion of Hidden Souls Coverart.png
Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse Platformer The best version of Mickey Mania there is, which itself is a solid platformer that romps through different ages of Mickey cartoons and adventures, giving one hell of a nostalgia trip. If you can't can't get your hands on this version, either go for the core Genesis version (missing a few extras) or the retitled European Playstation version (Mickey's Wild Adventure). The Playstation version has some issues though, and the SNES version is gimped.Annoying loading times but not as bad as the SNES version (Yes, the SNES's carts are slower than the cd!). Mickey Mania Sega CD.jpg
Popful Mail Platformer / RPG A very nice Platformer with minor RPG elements. Features great music and gameplay. This is more or less the best version to play for gameplay factors and thanks to Working Designs: amusing characters are more amusing and the not-very-serious story just got less serious.

If you like Slayers, you might notice a few resemblances here and there, but it's all for the best

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Robo Aleste Shoot 'em Up All the Aleste action you've come to love from Compile, now on the Sega CD. There's also a story within the gameplay, but it isn't too important. Robo Aleste SCD.jpg
Shining Force CD SRPG A great package that contains enhanced ports of BOTH Shining Force Gaiden titles for Game Gear. IN ENGLISH! These games are spin-offs taking place between Shining Force 1&2, this is simply a must own. It even has some extra content not found in either. Sadly, towns weren't expanded to full levels of SF1+2, but with music rearrangements THIS good, who cares?! Shining Force CD.jpg
Silpheed Rail Shooter Devloped by Game Arts, the same people behind the Lunar series, silpheed is a pretty interesting rail shooter/shmup game that will have you playing for quite a while, if you enjoy this sort of game. 2D graphics, but they work here. Not to be confused with Soul Star or the DoS game of the same name. SilpheedSegaCD.jpg
Snatcher Adventure / Light Gun An early Hideo Kojima game. A fantastic experience that mixes a great graphic text-adventure with light gun segments for a truly unique experience. Didn't originally catch much attention and fell at the end of the Sega Cd lifespan thus dooming it rarity and to being VERY FUCKING EXPENSIVE. The ISO can also be a bitch to work with sometimes, so good luck. NOTE: The Sega CD plays burned games fine without modification, so that's always a perfectly viable option, but make sure you read a tutorial before attempting this just to be extra sure you don't waste a few discs. Snatcher.jpg
Sol-Feace Shoot 'em Up A pretty good SHMUP, albeit a bit easy if you're used to REALLY HARD ones. Better than the american cover.jpg
Sonic the Hedgehog CD Platformer Considered by many as the best original 2D Sonic platformer. Fast, tight gameplay, great visuals, great music, and a cool implementation of the 'two FUCKING FOUR worlds' theme (like Zelda's Dark World) via time travel. The first appearance of Metal Sonic and Amy Rose.For those not in the know, the US and Japan/Europe versions have different soundtracks. Keep that in mind when you make your purchase or download. Though 'hybrid' versions do exist.Only the PC port has the fully animated intro/outros. Sonic CD.jpg
Soul Star Rail Shooter A pretty awesome rail-shooter in space. Pretty enjoyable, if it a bit slow. Early polygonal graphics looking surprisingly decent. Not to be confused with Silpheed. Soulstar scd.jpg
Terminator Run 'n Gun A balls to the walls hard Run 'N Gun game with the Terminator franchise. Super tough, super manly, FANTASTIC SOUNDTRACK . An overlooked game. A few control issues, but you'll get used to them and not really notice after awhile. No, I don't know what's up with the weird packaging art either. Terminator sega cd.jpg
The Secret of Monkey Island Adventure One of the best point 'n click adventure games ever made ever gets a damn fine home console port. The secret of monkey island sega cd.jpg
Vay RPG A somewhat basic, but still well done RPG, mostly thanks to the efforts of Working Designs. The game is a little generic, but the characters and voice acting are very well done. CD-audio music helps a lot too. There is also an iPhone edition out as well, complete with voice acting, too! Vay scd.jpg


The List

Out of the 30 or so games, only a small amount are worth getting (Though it never hurts to try the other games; most of which are either bad ports or bad games):

Title Genre Description Game Box
After Burner Complete Arcade Shooter Near arcade perfect port of a classic. Also re-released on many other formats. Afterburner-32x.jpg
B.C. Racers Racing A Mario Kart style racing game with a good sensation of speed and a prehistoric setting. Also available on PC and 3D0 but the 32X version is the best one. Bcracers-32x.jpg
Blackthorne Adventure / Platformer Good Blizzard platformer with the manliest man wielding a shotgun. You should save your kingdom from orcs with shotguns and free your people. Cause you are a king. Who was trapped in the earth realm. I know that does not make much sense but this game rocks! And this version has one unique level, which can't be seen in SNES and PC versions. 1033087784-00.jpg
Doom FPS Missing a level or two but it has the gore the SNES version hasn't. As always, the PC version is the best. Doom-32x.jpg
Knuckles Chaotix Platformer Like Sonic, but you tag-team between players to clear randomly selected stages. Has damn cool music. Is the first game to feature Vector, Espio, and Charmy, who would reappear in some sonic games later one, such as Sonic Heroes (playable) and Shadow (not playable). Only game to have Mighty the Armadillo, or 'sonic with a red hoodie'. KnucklesChaotix.png
Kolibri Shoot 'em Up Play as a bird and shoot flies... Made by the people behind Ecco. Kolibri.jpg
Metal Head Action Play as a robot mech thing, in 3D! MetalHead-32x.jpg
Mortal Kombat II Fighting The best port of the best Mortal Kombat ever. Nuff said. Mortal Kombat II for Sega 32X.jpg
Space Harrier Arcade Shooter Near arcade perfect port, shooting things is fun! WELCOME TO THE FANTASY ZONE! GET READY. Spaceharrier-32x.jpg
Tempo Platformer Platformer with nice music theme, though some of the tunes are a bit awkward. It's arguably Japan's answer to our goofy-cool stuff like Earthworm Jim, with similar humorous elements, such as what may be the weirdest invincibility ever. A sequel is on Saturn, Super Tempo, but it plays notably different. A "remix" is on Game Gear, called Tempo Jr., but it sucks. Tempo-32x.jpg
Virtua Fighter Fighter

Forget about the Saturn port, this is the definative version to own. Although the graphics and sounds aren't as good as those found on the Saturn, the 32X port is identical to the arcade in terms of gameplay (something the Saturn port completely dropped the ball on).

This was the reason to own a 32X. If you have one, get this game NOW.

Virtua Racing Deluxe Racing Like the Genesis/Mega Drive version but with better graphics and such, still not a perfect port, for that try the Saturn version. Virtuaracingdeluxe.jpg

Genesis does what Nintendon't.

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