Sega Genesis

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Sega Genesis
DesignerSega
ManufacturerSega
CPU7.6 MHz Motorola 68000
Graphics13.4 MHz Yamaha YM7101
RAM16 MB Main RAM
64 KB Video RAM
MediaROM cartridge
CD-ROM with Sega CD expansion
ReleaseJP: October 29, 1988
NA: August 14, 1989
Korea: August 1990
EU/AU: September 1990
Brazil: September 1, 1990
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Sega Genesis was the third home video game console by Sega, after the Sega Master System. It was known as the Sega Mega Drive in most areas outside of North America. In South Korea, it was distributed by Samsung first as the Super Gam*Boy and later as the Super Aladdin Boy.

It was succeeded by the Sega Saturn.

Name

Outside of Japan, the Sega Genesis was named the Sega Mega Drive. The reason behind the North American rename to Sega Genesis is unknown, but it's possibly due to a trademark dispute with Mega Drive Systems Inc.

Versions

The Mega Drive II lacked a headphone jack.

The North American-exclusive Genesis 3 lacked expansion ports, which made it incompatible with the Sega CD and 32X.

The Sega Nomad was a portable version of the Sega Genesis.

Expansions

The Sega Genesis had several expansions throughout its lifespan.

The Sega CD, known as the Mega CD outside of North America, allowed the system to use CD-ROMs, added a second processor for sound, and expanded the system memory.

The 32X, known as Genesis 32X in North America, Super 32X in Japan, Mega Drive 32X in Europe and Australia, and Mega 32X in Brazil, added two 32-bit processors, more memory and more RAM.

The Sega CD and 32X could be combined and the added capability was utilized in games labeled as supported by the Sega CD 32X.

Legacy of the Sega Genesis

The legacy of the Sega Genesis remains, even after its heyday. Independent, unlicensed games continue to be produced for the system to this day.

Sega has capitalized on the system's continuing popularity by providing a license to AtGames to release several Sega Genesis consoles with built-in games and a cartridge slot for legacy games.

In 2019, Sega released the Sega Genesis Mini, which contained forty-two built-in Sega Genesis games, including two new arcade ports by M2.

Physical Genesis games owned by WEC Museum

Title Developer Released Added to Museum Notes
Escape 2042: The Truth Defenders OrionSoft 2017 May 23, 2018 European Mega Drive format
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sega Technical Institute 1992 December 25, 1992
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Sega Technical Institute 1994 December 26, 2018
Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball Sega Technical Institute 1993 December 26, 2018

Emulated Genesis games owned by WEC Museum

Title Developer Released Added to Museum Notes
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Sega 1989 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Alien Soldier Treasure 1995 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Alien Storm Sega 1991 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Altered Beast Sega 1988 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics and the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Beyond Oasis Ancient 1995 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Bio-Hazard Battle Sega 1992 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Bio-Hazard Battle Sega 1992 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Bonanza Bros. Sega 1991 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Sega AM7 1990 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Castlevania Bloodlines Konami 1994 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Columns Sega 1990 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Columns III Sega 1993 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Comix Zone Sega 1995 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics and the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Contra: Hard Corps Konami 1994 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Crack Down Sega 1990 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Decap Attack Vic Tokai 1991 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine Compile 1993 May 4, 2019 Puyo Puyo gameplay with graphics and a storyline based on the Sonic the Hedgehog 1990s animated series.
The WEC Museum owns Sega Genesis and Genesis Classics and the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Dynamite Headdy Treasure 1994 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Earthworm Jim Shiny Entertainment 1994 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Ecco the Dolphin Sega 1992 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics and the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Ecco Jr. Appaloosa Interactive 1995 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Ecco: The Tides of Time Novotrade International 1994 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
ESWAT: City Under Siege Sega 1990 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Eternal Champions Sega Interactive 1993 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Fatal Labyrinth Sega 1990 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Flicky Sega 1991 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Gain Ground Sega 1991 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Galaxy Force II Sega AM1 1991 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Golden Axe Sega 1989 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Golden Axe II Sega 1992 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Golden Axe III Sega 1995 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Gunstar Heroes Treasure 1993 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics and the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Kid Chameleon Sega 1992 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole Climax Entertainment 1993 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics and the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Light Crusader Treasure 1995 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Phantasy Star II Sega 1990 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Sega 1991 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium Sega 1995 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
The Revenge of Shinobi Sega 1989 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Ristar Sega 1995 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Sega 1990 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Shining Force Sega 1992 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics and the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Shining Force II Sonic Software Planning 1994 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Shining in the Darkness Climax Entertainment
Sonic Software Planning
1991 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Sega 1993 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics and the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Sonic 3 & Knuckles Sega Technical Institute
Sega
1994 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Sonic 3D Blast Traveller's Tales
Sonic Team
1996 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic Team 1991 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics and the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sega 1992 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics and the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball Sega Technical Institute 1993 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Space Harrier II Sega 1989 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics and the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Streets of Rage Sega 1991 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Streets of Rage 2 Sega, Ancient 1992 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics and the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Streets of Rage 3 Sega, Ancient 1994 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Super Fantasy Zone Sunsoft 1992 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Super Thunder Blade Sega 1989 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Sword of Vermillion Sega AM2 1991 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
Thunder Force III Technosoft 1990 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
ToeJam & Earl Johnson Voorsanger Productions 1991 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics and the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron Johnson Voorsanger Productions 1993 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Vectorman BlueSky Software 1991 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Vectorman 2 BlueSky Software 1996 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Virtua Fighter 2 Sega AM2 1997 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Wonder Boy III Westone 1991 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
Wonder Boy in Monster World Westone 1992 December 21, 2018 The WEC Museum owns Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on which the Genesis version is included.
World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Sega AM7 1992 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns the Sega Genesis Mini, on which the Genesis version is included.