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The History of the Sega Video Game Consoles

Updated on March 24, 2017

Sega Begins

The Sega SG-1000 is the first video game console released by Sega and it had a joystick type controller.
The Sega SG-1000 is the first video game console released by Sega and it had a joystick type controller. | Source
Monaco GP is one of the best racing games of its time.
Monaco GP is one of the best racing games of its time. | Source

SG-1000 (1983)

The SG-1000 was released in 1983. The console has 97 game titles. Sega was new in the game but they had some solid games that was able to compete with Atari. Sega made arcade games and it made the SG-1000 in order to jump directly into the video game market. Not a bad start and truth be told it is a classic console that is much sought after by game and toy collectors.

The top video games released on this console are:

1. Congo Bongo

2. Sega-Galaga

3. Golgo 13

4. Monaco GP

5. Girl's Garden

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Improving Along the Way

The SG-1000 2 was just like the original except for the looks and the control pad which was improved greatly to say the least.
The SG-1000 2 was just like the original except for the looks and the control pad which was improved greatly to say the least. | Source
Flicky lets the player be a bluebird in hot pursuit of all the chirps.
Flicky lets the player be a bluebird in hot pursuit of all the chirps. | Source

SG-1000 2 (1984)

The SG-1000 2 was released in 1984. This console improved the controllers and cosmetically it looked better as well. Unfortunately, Nintendo was coming along and this console was not gonna be around long. A stop through console only meant to cover a small area of time until the release of the Master System which was levels above anything Sega ever made.

The best video games released on this system are:

1. Champion Boxing

2. Flicky

3. The Castle

4. Champion Pro Wrestling

5. Space Invaders

Sega Genesis Commercial (Video)

Fun Game Playing

Sega finally arrived as a true player, so to speak, in the video game industry with the release of the popular Master System.
Sega finally arrived as a true player, so to speak, in the video game industry with the release of the popular Master System. | Source
Alex Kidd was the face of Sega until the emergence of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Alex Kidd was the face of Sega until the emergence of Sonic the Hedgehog. | Source

Master System (1986)

The Sega Master System was released to the public in 1986. This was a true 8-bit console that took Ataris place in sales and it stayed a strong number 2 against the Nintendo which had the hit, Super Mario Brothers. The color, sound playing experience and graphics were vastly improved over the previous generations consoles.

The top games that were made for the Master System are:

1. Alex Kidd

2. Phantasy Star

3. Spy vs Spy

4. Hang-On

5. Ninja Gaiden

Video Game Console

5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Sega Dreamcast

16-Bit Power

The Sega Genesis went head to head with the Super Nintendo with solid results.
The Sega Genesis went head to head with the Super Nintendo with solid results. | Source
When Sega Genesis went on sale it came packed with two controllers and the game, "Altered Beast".
When Sega Genesis went on sale it came packed with two controllers and the game, "Altered Beast". | Source

Sega Genesis (1989)

The Sega Genesis was released in 1989 and its direct competition became the Super Nintendo. Sega, for a time anyway, had the top selling game console with the Genesis which came packed with 2 controllers and the game Altered Beast. Finally, Sega struck gold with the release of Sonic the Hedgehog. Overall, this is the best selling console Sega ever produced. I like the Dreamcast as my favorite even though I thoroughly enjoyed many Genesis and Sega CD titles. At first Sega Genesis had a 3-button controller with buttons ABC. Later, the controller changed to a 6- button and the buttons were ABC and XYZ.


Top 10 Sega Genesis Games

Altered Beast
Sonic the Hedgehog
Streets of Rage 2
Golden Axe
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic and Knuckles
 
Mortal Kombat 2
Earthworm Jim
 
Double Dragon
NBA Jam
10 of the best Genesis games ever released.

Full-Motion Video on CD-ROM

The Sega CD attached to the Sega Genesis and it had improved graphics and more memory than cartridge games.
The Sega CD attached to the Sega Genesis and it had improved graphics and more memory than cartridge games. | Source
Night Trap was a horror game that caused controversy at the time of its released.
Night Trap was a horror game that caused controversy at the time of its released. | Source

Sega CD (1992)

The Sega CD, which is an add-on for the Genesis, was produced and put on store shelves in 1992. It had better color and sound than the Genesis. Genesis had a cartridge but Sega CD was the first foray into CD games at the time. The big thing with this system was that it utilized Full-Motion video which was relatively new at the time.

The top games for this CD-ROM based system are:

1. Night Trap

2. Prizefighter

3. Cliff Hanger

4. Bram Stoker's Dracula

5. Sonic CD

Top 10 Sega CD Games (Video)

Genesis Addition

The Sega32X is an attachment that plugs directly into the Sega Genesis cartridge port.
The Sega32X is an attachment that plugs directly into the Sega Genesis cartridge port. | Source
Doom was remade for the 32X with new weapons, enemies and improved sound effects.
Doom was remade for the 32X with new weapons, enemies and improved sound effects. | Source

Sega 32X (1994)

The Sega 32X was made to be plugged into the top of the Sega Genesis and it came out for sale in 1994. It had poor sales and faded because a lack of game titles. It was improved graphics over the Genesis but not over the Sega CD by much at all.

The games that were the best on this gaming console are:

1. Doom

2. Corpse Killer

3. Star Wars Arcade

4. Virtua Racing

5. After Burner

Sega 32X Review (Video)

Video Game Planets Align

The Sega Saturn was what video game freaks had hoped the 32X would be and more.
The Sega Saturn was what video game freaks had hoped the 32X would be and more. | Source
Daytona USA was a top notch car racing game for its time at the arcade and on the Saturn.
Daytona USA was a top notch car racing game for its time at the arcade and on the Saturn. | Source

Sega Saturn (1995)

Sega Saturn was true 32-bit CD power and it hit stores across the nation in 1995. It only had a four year life span but it spurned out some great games in that time and the controller was a perfect fit, in my opinion. Sega made some entertaining games for this system and if not for the emergence of the PlayStation, Sega would have still been a large company.

The best video games that came out on the Saturn are:

1. Daytona USA

2. Virtua Fighter 2

3. Resident Evil

4. Sonic 3DBlast

5. Duke Nukem 3D

Sega's Final Dream

The Dreamcast was Sega's last home console and without a shadow of a doubt the best.
The Dreamcast was Sega's last home console and without a shadow of a doubt the best. | Source
Crazy Taxi was ported from arcades to the Dreamcast and it was constant fun.
Crazy Taxi was ported from arcades to the Dreamcast and it was constant fun. | Source

Sega Dreamcast (1999)

The final and easily best console Sega invented was the 128-bit Dreamcast and it went on sale in 1999. This was my favorite because it was the first system to get consoles internet connected, games were awesome and the graphics were ahead of their time.

The best games that Sega came out with for the Dreamcast are:

1. Sonic Adventure

2. Resident Evil: Code Veronica

3. Rayman 2

4. Crazy Taxi

5. Grand Theft Auto 2


Birthplace of Sega (Tokyo, Japan)

Speedy Blue

Sonic the Hedgehog is the most successful game franchise that Sega ever had.
Sonic the Hedgehog is the most successful game franchise that Sega ever had. | Source

Sega Dreamcast Commercials (Video)

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      Gilbert Arevalo 3 months ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Leslie, I remember attending Comic-Con San Diego, many artists loved creating characters and background scenery for game companies. They were a great source of work. You posted very nice illustrated images and videos, another nice list.

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      J. L. Tracey 2 months ago from United States

      I loved the dreamcast tremendously. I played seaman and never made it past him becoming a frog before neglecting him for too long. Miss that little guy.

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      Angel Guzman 7 weeks ago from Joliet, Illinois

      I grew up on a Sega Genesis and own a Dreamcast with 40+ games. Did you know they still make new games for it!? It's sad it only had a 2 1/2 lifespan in US but in Japan it performed very strong for 8 years I think?

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