Sega Genesis

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).

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 (Wikipedia)

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.

Sega Genesis Global Problems


There are no known global problems with Sega Genesis titles on Dolphin.

Virtual Console Compatibility List (Sega Genesis)

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Compatibility Description
  Perfect: No issues at all!
  Playable: Runs well, only minor graphical or audio glitches. Games can be played all the way through
  Starts: Starts, maybe even plays well, but crashes or major graphical/audio glitches
  Intro/Menu: Hangs/crashes somewhere between booting and starting
  Broken: Crashes when booting
  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 4  
Alien Soldier 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
Alien Storm 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
Altered Beast aka Jūōki 2006 JP/NA/EU 5  
Assault Suit Leynos 2007 JP 0  
Bahamut Senki 2007 JP 0  
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 4  
Bio-Hazard Battle aka Crying 2007 JP/NA/EU 4  
Bonanza Bros. 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure 2008 NA/EU 0  
Chelnov 2007 JP 0  
ClayFighter 2009 NA/EU 5  
Columns 2006 JP/NA/EU 5  
Columns III: Revenge of Columns 2008 JP/NA/EU 5  
Comix Zone 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
Crack Down 2007 JP/EU 0  
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine 2006 NA/EU 5  
Dragon Slayer: Eiyū Densetsu 2009 JP 0  
Dragon Slayer: Eiyū Densetsu II 2009 JP 0  
Dyna Brothers 2007 JP 0  
Dyna Brothers 2 Special 2007 JP 0  
Dynamite Headdy 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
Earthworm Jim 2008 JP/NA/EU 5  
Earthworm Jim 2 2009 JP/NA/EU 5  
Ecco Jr. 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
Ecco the Dolphin 2006 JP/NA/EU 0  
Ecco: The Tides of Time aka Ecco the Dolphin 2 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
ESWAT: City Under Siege 2007 JP/EU 0  
Eternal Champions 2007 JP/NA/EU 4  
Forgotten Worlds 2008 JP/NA/EU 0  
Gain Ground 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
Galaxy Force II 2009 JP/NA/EU 0  
Ghouls'n Ghosts aka Dai Makaimura 2007 JP/NA/EU 4  
Gley Lancer 2008 JP/NA/EU 0  
Golden Axe 2006 JP/NA/EU 5  
Golden Axe II 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
Golden Axe III 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
Gunstar Heroes 2006 JP/NA/EU 4  
Gynoug 2008 JP 0  
Hybrid Front, The JP 0  
Hokuto no Ken: Shin Seikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu 2008 JP 0  
Kid Chameleon aka Chameleon Kid 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole aka Landstalker: Koutei no Zaihou 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
Langrisser 2007 JP 0  
Langrisser II 2007 JP 0  
Light Crusader 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
Lord Monarch: Tokoton Sentou Densetsu 2008 JP 0  
M.U.S.H.A. aka Musha Aleste: Full Metal Fighter Ellinor 2009 JP/NA/EU 0  
Mega Turrican 2007 NA/EU 0  
Mercs aka Senjou no Ōkami II 2008 JP/NA 0  
Monster World IV 2012 JP/NA/EU 5  
Pepenga Pengo 2009 JP 5  
Party Quiz Mega Q 2009 JP 0  
Phantasy Star II 2008 JP/NA/EU 0  
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom aka Toki no Keishousha: Phantasy Star III 2008 JP/NA/EU 0  
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium aka Phantasy Star: Sennenki no Owari ni 2008 JP/NA/EU 0  
Phelios 2008 JP 0  
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure 2009 JP/NA/EU 5  
Powerball aka Wrestleball 2008 JP/NA 5  
Pulseman 2009 JP/NA/EU 5  
Puyo Puyo 2006 JP 5  
Puyo Puyo 2 aka Puyo Puyo Tsū 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R 2007 JP 0  
Puzzle & Action: Tanto-R 2007 JP 0  
Rent-A-Hero 2006 JP 0  
Revenge of Shinobi, The aka The Super Shinobi 2009 JP/NA 5  
Ristar aka Ristar the Shooting Star 2006 JP/NA/EU 0  
Rolling Thunder 2 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi 2006 JP/NA/EU 0  
Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye 2010 NA/EU 5  
Shining Force aka Shining Force: Kamigami no Isan 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing aka Shining Force II: Inishie no Fūin 2008 JP/NA/EU 0  
Shining in the Darkness aka Shining and the Darkness 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master aka The Super Shinobi II 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
Sonic & Knuckles 2009 JP/NA/EU 4  
Sonic 3D Blast aka Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island 2007 JP/NA/EU 4  
Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 JP/NA/EU 5  
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 2007 JP/NA/EU 4  
Sonic Spinball 2007 JP/NA/EU 4  
Sorcerian 2008 JP 0  
Space Harrier II 2006 JP/NA/EU 0  
Splatterhouse 2 2008 JP/NA/EU 0  
Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition aka Street Fighter II Dash Plus: Champion Edition 2008 JP/NA/EU 4  
Streets of Rage aka Bare Knuckle: Ikari no Tekken 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
Streets of Rage 2 aka Bare Knuckle II: Shitou he no Chinkon Uta 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
Streets of Rage 3 aka Bare Knuckle III: Tekken Seiten 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
Strider aka Strider Hiryū 2011 JP/NA/EU 0  
Super Fantasy Zone 2008 NA/EU 0  
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers 2012 JP/NA/EU 4  
Super Thunder Blade 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
Sword of Vermilion aka Vermilion 2007 JP/NA/EU 0  
ToeJam & Earl 2006 JP/NA/EU 0  
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron 2007 NA/EU 0  
Vectorman 2007 JP/NA/EU 4  
Virtua Fighter 2 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair 2009 JP/NA/EU 4  
Wonder Boy in Monster World aka Wonder Boy V: Monster World III 2007 JP/NA/EU 4  

See also