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Best Sega Genesis Games

Updated on March 24, 2013

The must have games for the Sega Genesis

The best Sega Genesis games are needed to really experience retro gaming using Sega's hardware. So, if you want to kick it back old skool and take a trip down memory lane I highly recommend buying the best Sega Genesis games of all time.

The Sega Genesis (known as the Sega Mega Drive in Japan and Europe) was Sega's 16bit video games console that was released back in 1989. Even though Sega has released many games consoles over the years the Sega Genesis/Sega Mega Drive was the best seller and it is easy to see why.

Sega released many video games for the Sega Genesis, some of which are fun for a few minutes but soon become boring, and some that are as enjoyable to play today as they were when they were first released. It is these classic video games that are the best Sega Genesis games and these are the Sega games all retro gamers should have to play.

The big question is "What are the best Sega Genesis games?" Well, having played several Sega genesis video games over the years, and being a keen retro gamer today, I have devised a list of what I consider the best Sega Genesis games as follows in this article.

Best Sega Genesis games - Sonic the Hedgehog

One of the best Sega Genesis games of all time is also the game that was packaged with the Sega Genesis console, and that game is Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic is the "face of Sega" and this character is responsible for making the Sega Genesis such a popular games console.

Sonic the Hedgehog is one of those classic Sega games that is as enjoyable to play today as it was when it was first released and it never gets boring. The lush green and rolling hills, the bright blue skies, the loops to run around, the fast n furious gameplay, the background music and the sound effects makes this a great game to play. Sonic the hedgehog is simple to pick up and play but extremely hard to put down because it is so addictive.

There are loads of different Sonic the Hedgehog games released however the best has to be the first Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Sonic and friends never really moved on and the original remained the best.

Sonic the Hedgehog's debut on the Sega Genesis

Sonic the Hedgehog available from Amazon

Amazon is another place to source used Sonic the Hedgehog game cartridges for the Sega Genesis. Check out the games below or use the search facility for even more Sonic games.

Best Sega Genesis games - Mortal Kombat

Next in the list of the best Sega Genesis games is Mortal Kombat. Mortal Kombat was a blood thirsty and gory game that sparked f a lot of controversy when released. Mortal Kombat is a mindless beat em up game with decapitations, ripping out body organs, cutting off limbs, burning bodies and lots of blood. Many parents were against Mortal Kombat, and some countries even tried to ban it. As you have probably already guessed Mortal Kombat became the "must have" game and it was a top seller with millions of copies sold the world over.

The objective of the game is pretty simple in that you select your character and beat the living daylights out of the other characters on the way to ultimate victory.

Mortal Kombat is an awesome game. The characters are unique and look really cool. The fighting sequences are excellent and the "finishing moves" are awesome. Combine the fast game play with some cool sound effects and a lot of blood and you have one of the best Sega Genesis games of all time. If you have some pent up anger you want to get rid of this is the Sega video game with which to do it.

Of all the best Sega Genesis games of the fighting genre Mortal Kombat was the most violent and, ultimately, the most popular.

Best Sega Genesis games - Mortal Kombat game play

Mortal Kombat available from Amazon

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Best Sega Genesis games - Road Rash

The best Sega Genesis games are those that are unique, different and never been seen before, and Road Rash was one of those games. If you like motorcycles, racing and some Mad Max action Road Rash is the perfect game for you.

The idea of Road Rash is to race your motorcycle around different circuits in a bid to win cash to tune and "pimp" your ride. In order to get to the chequered flag first you not only had to be a good rider, but also a dirty rider. Road Rash is a game of dirty tactics where you have to punch, hit and kick fellow competitors off their motorcycles to win. If you weren't prepared to dismount your opponents then you would be dismounted and never win.

Road Rash is an excellent game and whilst the sound effects and music may not be as good as that of some of the other best Sega Genesis games, the gameplay was fast n furious and so addictive.

Best Sega Genesis games - Road Rash game play

Road Rash available from Amazon

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Playing the best Sega Genesis games without an original Sega Genesis

If you really want to experience what it is like to play the best Sega Genesis games you need an original Sega Genesis console, however it is possible to play the best Sega Genesis games without a Sega Genesis, using either a modern day video games console that will play not only the best Sega Genesis games, but all Sega Genesis game cartridges.

Atgame Sega Genesis Classic Game Console Deluxe

Arguably, the best modern day games console to play the best Sega Genesis games is the Atgame Sega Genesis Classic Game Console Deluxe. This awesome retro gaming console has 80 built in games, which consist of 40 Sega Genesis games plus 40 bonus games. The Sega games include classics such as Golden Axe and Streets of Rage. As well as the built in games it is possible to play original Genesis game cartridges on the Atgame system, which means you can play the best Sega Genesis games of all time.

Atgame Sega Genesis Classic Game Console

If you think the 40 Sega games and 40 bonus games are going to be enough, and you don't want to play original Sega Genesis game cartridges the Atgame Sega Genesis Classic Game Console is the product for you. This is like the deluxe version, only you can't play original Sega Genesis game cartridges and it is also cheaper.

Best Sega Genesis games - Golden Axe

Next on the list of the best Sega Genesis games is Golden Axe, which is a classic Sega game. Golden Axe is another video game that was sold with the original Sega Genesis, and it has become a cult game amongst retro gamers.

Golden Axe is a medieval beat em up with a twist, a kind of Conan the Barbarian mixed with Merlin. Golden Axe is an excellent game for releasing some pent up aggression and there is a lot of satisfaction in slaying your enemies with a sword, spear or axe before unleashing that all important spell to finish them completely. The game play of Golden Axe isn't as fast and furious as some of the other best Sega Genesis games, but it isn't a slow paced game by any means.

If you want to own one of the best Sega Genesis games, no one of the cult and iconic Sega games you really need to get a copy of Golden Axe, and it is as enjoyable to play today as it was when it was first released.

Golden Axe game play

If you want to see why Golden Axe made my list of the best Sega Genesis games check out the following footage, courtesy of Youtube. As you can see Golden Axe is an awesome game and many retro gamers' favourite Sega title.

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Best Sega Genesis Games - Streets of Rage

A list of the best Sega Genesis games would not be complete without Streets of Rage…… The city was a safe place until one day when a criminal organisation took over. That day the city changed and all havoc broke out. The police vowed to clean up the streets and three men, Adam Hunter, Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding were leading the pack.

Streets of Rage is a classic beat em up game whereby the objective is to beat the living daylights out of all the baddies that come your way. The controls are simple and include pressing one button over and over to perform a killer combination to defeat the minions on the way to the end of level bosses. One of the best things about Streets of Rage is the ability to pick it up and start playing immediately without having to spend hours and hours getting to grips with the controls.

The graphics are awesome, the game play is fast n furious and the end of level bosses are unique and provide a challenge. The music and sound effects are average but perfectly adequate.

Streets of Rage is another of the best Sega Genesis games that can be considered a cult and iconic classic, and it is a video game all retro gamers should own.

Streets of Rage game play

Check out the following footage to see just how good the Streets of Rage is to play. As you can see, the graphics are awesome (for the time of release), the characters are great and the combos are sweet. Streets of Rage really is an iconic retro game and one of the best Sega Genesis games of all time.

Streets of Rage available from Amazon

If you want a copy of one of the best Sega Genesis games of all time, the Streets of Rage, I recommend taking a look on Amazon where there are always plenty of deals to be had. For some of the Streets of Rage game cartridges currently available take a look at the products below. Alternatively, use the Amazon search box and you will find plenty of others as well.

Best Sega Genesis games - Ghouls n Ghosts

It is the storyline and concept behind Ghouls and Ghosts that makes this game worthy of the list of the best Sega Genesis games ever. Three years after Knight Arthur rescues his true love, Loki raises an army of minions to steal the souls of helpless victims, and Knight Arthur's bride is amongst them so Knight Arthur dons his suit of armour to rescue his true love once more.

Ghouls n Ghosts is an addictive game that is very good and, in my opinion, deserves to be classed as one of the best Sega Genesis games of all time. The graphics are great, the sound is good and the game play is smooth, fast n furious. One of the best things about this game is the choice of weapons, including a lance, sword, axe, dagger and fire water. You wouldn't think such an array of weaponry is needed to defeat an army of ghouls and ghosts, but it is in this game. This is another side scrolling beat em up game, but this genre of gaming was popular at the time and it is this type of genre that suited the Sega Genesis.

So, if oyu like your medieval type of video game and want one of the best Sega Genesis games of this genre Ghouls n Ghosts comes highly recommended.

Ghouls n Ghosts Game Play

If you want to see why many retro gamers consider Ghouls n Ghosts one of the best Sega Genesis games check out the following footage, courtesy of Youtube.

Ghouls n Ghosts available from Amazon

If you want a copy of Ghouls n Ghosts I suggest taking a look at Amazon, a site where there are always bargains to be had. For the current Ghouls n Ghosts games available check out the products below. Alternatively, use the Amazon search facility and you will find lots of others.

Best Sega Genesis games - NBA Jam

If you are in to your basketball you will find that NBA Jam is possibly one of the best Sega Genesis games ever made. When NBA Jam was released it was the ultimate sports game in every respect. The graphics were awesome, characters were well rendered and moved realistically and the game play was fast n furious. NBA Jam allowed you to take full control over your favourite basketball team and dribble, pass and slam dunk your way to victory.

NBA Jam was brilliant the features that made it one of the best Sega Genesis games ever were the sound effects and the special slam dunks. When you pulled off a special slam dunk the commentator would shout out quotes such as “Is it the shoes?” or “he’s on fire”, amongst other cool phrases. If you scored a three pointer you would get the “From downtown” or something else to that effect. The sound effects are difficult to explain and the only way to experience them is to play the game on the Sega Genesis yourself.

I have to admit that out of all the sports games ever released for the Sega Genesis NBA Jam is still my favourite and it is a game that deserves to be in the list of the best Sega Genesis games of all time.

NBA Jam game play

For a clip of the actual NBA Jam Genesis game take a look at the clip below. As you will see, the action is fast n furious, the moves are awesome and the sound effects are something else. NBA Jam really is one of the best Sega Genesis games of all time and is a retro gamers delight!

NBA Jam available to order from Amazon

If you want to experience NBA Jam for yourself I suggest heading over to Amazon, where there are always plenty of copies available. For the current range of NBA Jam game cartridges check out the products below. Alternatively, use the Amazon search box and you will find others.

The cheapest way to play the best Sega Genesis games

One of the cheapest ways of getting in to retro gaming and playing the best Sega Genesis games is with a PC and downloading the video games from Amazon. Downloading the Sega games is inexpensive and is the cheapest way of getting in to retro gaming. I have played downloaded Sega Genesis games on a PC and whilst I don’t think it is as good as using an original Sega Genesis (but then I am biased) it is still good fun.

The best Sega Genesis games downloads are the Classic series, as below.

Sega Genesis Classic Series 1 Download

Here is the first of the series of classis Sega Genesis games available for download, and it consists of:

1) Golden Axe

2) Altered Beast

3) Comix Zone

4) Ecco the Dolphin

5) Gain Ground

6) Shinobi III

7) Vectorman

8) Crackdown

9)Shadow Dancer

10) Space Harrier II

Sega Genesis Classic Series 2 Download

Here is the second of the series of classis Sega Genesis games available for download, and it consists of:

1) Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle

2) Bonanza Bros

3) Columns

4) Ecco Jr

5) Eternal Champions

6) Fatal Labyrinth

7) Galaxy Force II

8) Ristar

9) Kid Chameleon

10) Thunder Blade

Sega Genesis Classic Series 3 Download

Here is the third of the series of classis Sega Genesis games available for download, and it consists of:

1) Alien Storm

2) Bio-Hazard Battle

3) Columns III

4) Sword of Vermilion

5) Virtua Fighter 2

6) Ecco - The Tides of Time

7) Decap Attack

8) Flicky

9) ESWAT

10)Golden Axe

Sega Genesis Classic Series 4 Download

Here is the fourth of the series of classis Sega Genesis games available for download, and it consists of:

1) Alien Soldier

2) Gunstar Heroes

3) Landstalker

4) Light Crusader

5) Shining Force

6) Shining Force II

7) Shining in the Darkness

8) Streets of Rage

9) Streets of Rage II

10) Wonder Boy III

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      Edwardjames81 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yep - It certainly is.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Goldaxe, classic game! One of the best EVER!

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