Sega Genesis

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Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
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Sega Genesis Console Mod2.png Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Model 2
Sega Mega Drive JP Mod1 Console.png Genesis/Mega Drive Model 1
Manufacturer Sega
Generation Fourth generation
Retail availability JP October 29, 1988
NA August 14, 1989
EU November 30, 1990
Discontinued JP 1995
NA 1997
Units sold 37.3 - 40.9 million
Media ROM cartridge
CPU 7.67MHz Motorola 68000 16-bit processor, 3.58MHz Zilog Z80 8-bit processor
Online services Sega Meganet, Sega Channel, XBAND
Best-selling game Sonic the Hedgehog (pack-in), 15 million
Disney's Aladdin, 4 million
Predecessor Sega Master System
Successor Sega Saturn

The Sega Genesis is a fourth-generation video game console developed and produced by Sega. It was originally released in Japan in 1988 as Mega Drive (メガドライブ Mega Doraibu), then in North America in 1989 as Sega Genesis, and in Europe, Australia and other PAL regions in 1990 as Mega Drive. The reason for the two names is that Sega was unable to secure legal rights to the Mega Drive name in North America. The Sega Genesis is Sega's third console and the successor to the Sega Master System with which it has backwards compatibility (with the Sega Power Base Converter).

The Sega Genesis was the first of its generation to achieve notable market share in Europe and North America. The Sega Genesis was launched to compete with the Nintendo Entertainment System and NEC's PC-Engine/TurboGrafx-16. Two years later, Nintendo released the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and the competition between the two would dominate the 16-bit era of video gaming. While technically inferior to the newer SNES, the Sega Genesis enjoyed significant 3rd party support, in large part because it did not censor games as severely as the SNES, using a rating system instead. The rating system allowed for accurate arcade ports and controversial games to thrive on the console, and proved so successful that Nintendo adopted the rating system, leading to the ESRB.

The console and its games continue to be popular among fans, collectors, retro gamers, emulation enthusiasts and the fan translation scene. Licensed 3rd party variations of the console are still being produced to this day, and there are also several indie game developers continuing to produce games for the console. Many games have been re-released in compilations for newer consoles or offered for download on various online services.

The Sega Genesis began production in Japan in 1988 and ended with the last new licensed game being released in 2002 in Brazil, making it one of the longest supported consoles of all time. The Genesis was also Sega's most successful console; though Sega has never released a total sales figure quote, sales estimates in the past have ranged from as low as 29 million to over 40.8 million. It was succeeded in 1994 with the release of the Sega Saturn.

Virtual Console Global Problems (Sega Genesis)

Problems that may occur with any Sega Genesis title on Dolphin are listed below.

Stuttering Video

Titles will freeze at times while the game still runs. It happens the most when moving about, but it can happen even when perfectly still. Set "Texture Cache Accuracy" to "Position 1 (Safe)" to fix this.

Virtual Console Compatibility List (Sega Genesis)

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  • Click the icon Note.svg.png to the right of the rating stars and put just a number 1 through 5 into the page. Use the compatibility guide below as a reference of what rating to use.
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Compatibility Description
Stars5.png Perfect: No issues at all!
Stars4.png Playable: Runs well, only minor graphical or audio glitches. Games can be played all the way through
Stars3.png Starts: Starts, maybe even plays well, but crashes or major graphical/audio glitches
Stars2.png Intro/Menu: Hangs/crashes somewhere between booting and starting
Stars1.png Broken: Crashes when booting
Stars0.png Unknown: Has not been tested yet
Region indicator Region description
AU Australia
CA Canada (NTSC /w French translation)
EU Europe, PAL/SECAM territories
JP Japan and Asia (NTSC-J)
KO Korea
NA North America and NTSC territories
RU Russia
Title Year Region Compatibility
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle aka Alex Kidd: Tenkū Majou 2007 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Alien Soldier 2007 JP/NA/EU 3Stars3.pngEdit rating: Alien Soldier
Alien Storm 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Alien Storm
Altered Beast aka Jūōki 2006 JP/NA/EU 3Stars3.pngEdit rating: Altered Beast (Genesis)
Assault Suit Leynos 2007 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Assault Suit Leynos
Bahamut Senki 2007 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Bahamut Senki
Beyond Oasis aka The Story of Thor: A Successor of The Light, The Story of Thor: Hikari wo Tsugu Mono, ストーリー オブ トア 〜光を継ぐ者 2007 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Beyond Oasis
Bio-Hazard Battle aka Crying 2007 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Bio-Hazard Battle
Bonanza Bros. 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Bonanza Bros.
Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure 2008 NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure
Chelnov 2007 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Chelnov
ClayFighter 2009 NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: ClayFighter
Columns 2006 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Columns
Columns III: Revenge of Columns 2008 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Columns III: Revenge of Columns
Comix Zone 2007 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Comix Zone
Crack Down 2007 JP/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Crack Down
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine 2006 NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Dragon Slayer: Eiyū Densetsu 2009 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Dragon Slayer: Eiyū Densetsu (Genesis)
Dragon Slayer: Eiyū Densetsu II 2009 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Dragon Slayer: Eiyū Densetsu II (Genesis)
Dyna Brothers 2007 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Dyna Brothers
Dyna Brothers 2 Special 2007 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Dyna Brothers 2 Special
Dynamite Headdy 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Dynamite Headdy
Earthworm Jim 2008 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Earthworm Jim
Earthworm Jim 2 2009 JP/NA/EU 3Stars3.pngEdit rating: Earthworm Jim 2
Ecco Jr. 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Ecco Jr.
Ecco the Dolphin 2006 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Ecco the Dolphin
Ecco: The Tides of Time aka Ecco the Dolphin 2 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Ecco: The Tides of Time
ESWAT: City Under Siege 2007 JP/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: ESWAT: City Under Siege
Eternal Champions 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Eternal Champions
Forgotten Worlds 2008 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Forgotten Worlds
Gain Ground 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Gain Ground
Galaxy Force II 2009 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Galaxy Force II
Ghouls'n Ghosts aka Dai Makaimura 2007 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Ghouls'n Ghosts (Genesis)
Gley Lancer 2008 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Gley Lancer
Golden Axe 2006 JP/NA/EU 3Stars3.pngEdit rating: Golden Axe
Golden Axe II 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Golden Axe II
Golden Axe III 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Golden Axe III
Gunstar Heroes 2006 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Gunstar Heroes
Gynoug 2008 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Gynoug
Hokuto no Ken: Shin Seikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu 2008 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Hokuto no Ken: Shin Seikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu
Kid Chameleon aka Chameleon Kid 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Kid Chameleon
Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole aka Landstalker: Koutei no Zaihou 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole
Langrisser 2007 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Langrisser
Langrisser II 2007 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Langrisser
Light Crusader 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Light Crusader
Lord Monarch: Tokoton Sentou Densetsu 2008 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Lord Monarch: Tokoton Sentou Densetsu
M.U.S.H.A. aka Musha Aleste: Full Metal Fighter Ellinor 2009 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: M.U.S.H.A.
Mega Turrican 2007 NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Mega Turrican
Mercs aka Senjou no Ōkami II 2008 JP/NA 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Mercs
Monster World IV 2012 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Monster World IV
Pepenga Pengo 2009 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Pepenga Pengo
Party Quiz Mega Q 2009 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Party Quiz Mega Q
Phantasy Star II 2008 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Phantasy Star II
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom aka Toki no Keishousha: Phantasy Star III 2008 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium aka Phantasy Star: Sennenki no Owari ni 2008 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
Phelios 2008 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Phelios
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure 2009 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure
Powerball aka Wrestleball 2008 JP/NA 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Powerball
Pulseman 2009 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Pulseman
Puyo Puyo 2006 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Puyo Puyo (Genesis)
Puyo Puyo 2 aka Puyo Puyo Tsū 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Puyo Puyo 2
Puzzle & Action: Tanto-R 2007 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Puzzle & Action: Tanto-R
Rent-A-Hero 2006 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Rent-A-Hero
Revenge of Shinobi, The aka The Super Shinobi 2009 JP/NA 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: The Revenge of Shinobi
Ristar aka Ristar the Shooting Star 2006 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Ristar
Rolling Thunder 2 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Rolling Thunder 2
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi 2006 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye 2010 NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye
Shining Force aka Shining Force: Kamigami no Isan 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Shining Force
Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing aka Shining Force II: Inishie no Fūin 2008 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing
Shining in the Darkness aka Shining and the Darkness 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Shining in the Darkness
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master aka The Super Shinobi II 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Sonic & Knuckles 2009 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic 3D Blast aka Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island 2007 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Sonic 3D Blast
Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Sonic the Hedgehog (Genesis)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 2007 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis)
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 2007 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Sonic Spinball 2007 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Sonic Spinball
Sorcerian 2008 JP 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Sorcerian
Space Harrier II 2006 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Space Harrier II
Splatterhouse 2 2008 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Splatterhouse 2
Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition aka Street Fighter II Dash Plus: Champion Edition 2008 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition
Streets of Rage aka Bare Knuckle: Ikari no Tekken 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Streets of Rage
Streets of Rage 2 aka Bare Knuckle II: Shitou he no Chinkon Uta 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Streets of Rage 2
Streets of Rage 3 aka Bare Knuckle III: Tekken Seiten 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Streets of Rage 3
Strider aka Strider Hiryū 2011 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Strider
Super Fantasy Zone 2008 NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Super Fantasy Zone
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers 2012 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (Genesis)
Super Thunder Blade 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Super Thunder Blade
Sword of Vermilion aka Vermilion 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Sword of Vermilion
ToeJam & Earl 2006 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: ToeJam & Earl
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron 2007 NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
Vectorman 2007 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Vectorman
Virtua Fighter 2 2007 JP/NA/EU 0Stars0.pngEdit rating: Virtua Fighter 2
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair 2009 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
Wonder Boy in Monster World aka Wonder Boy V: Monster World III 2007 JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Wonder Boy in Monster World

See also