The gaming industry has started blooming since the early 90s.
Back then, there was plenty of gaming consoles launched, marking the revolution from the arcade to home computers.
However, not many systems can become the rival of Nintendo but SEGA Genesis.
In 1989, SEGA introduced the revolutionary Genesis system, also known as the Mega Drive. Compared to other contemporary 8-bit consoles, SEGA Genesis really stood out as it featured a broader color palette, meaner processing power, and much enhanced resolution.
By publishing a large number of bold, boundary-pushing games, this SEGA system soon attracted young people.
So far, over 890 titles developed and made for the Genesis.
Let Pikoland show you the best of the best via this article!
1. Mortal Kombat II (1993)
Mortal Kombat II (MKII) is a fighting game produced by Midway. It was firstly made for the arcade in April, 1993; yet later, the creators ported it to multiple home systems, such as PC, Game Boy, SEGA Genesis, SNES, and PlayStation.
In the game, players must choose one among 12 fighters. Tons of moves are added to help you survive in each combat. Surely, MKII was definitively one of the best two-player versus game of the early-to-mid 90’s.
This time, you will continue fighting to unlock more hidden opponents.
2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992)
If the original Sonic is the most popular SEGA title, then Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the second-best-selling Genesis game ever.
In this entry, SEGA introduced a new sidekick of Sonic: Tails (Miles Tails Prower), a fox with double tails who is in charge of speeding behind Sonic, as well as follow Sonic’s runs and jumps. The player navigating Tails could jump in at any time with the split-screen mode.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was an improvement of its predecessor – it included everything from Sonic the prequel and added more interesting factors, from the crazy ball tracks to the in-game backgrounds.
Sonic 2 is one of top 6 retro games of all time.
3. Super Street Fighter II (1994)
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers is a one-on-one fighting game developed by Capcom. Originally released as an arcade game in 1993, it then was ported to SEGA Genesis in 1994 as The Championship Edition.
Although it is the fourth installment in the Street Fighter II sub-series, it is the first fighting game allowed players to choose the character they prefer most – each possesses different moves and abilities. Aside from existing characters, this title also introduces four completely new fighters; additionally, a new combo system will give players the reward for successive hits.
Created on CP System II hardware of Capcom, Super Street Fighter II left a big impression for its great graphics, play control, and music.
4. Phantasy Star IV (1995)
Considered as one of best JRPGs you must play, Phantasy Star IV is an excellent video game launched for the Genesis worldwide in 1995.
This is the fourth and also final installment of the original series. Though SEGA released Phantasy Star Online in 2000, its main story has no relation with the predecessors in the past.
What makes this turn-based role-playing video game standout?
Phantasy Star IV is widely acclaimed as the best of the series due to its futuristic story line, anime-like cut-scenes, and new combo attacks. In addition, many reviews give complements for the game’s graphics quality.
5. Road Rash II (1993)
Introduced the first time by EA (Electronic Arts) in 1993, Road Rash II is the second installment of the motorcycle-racing video game series.
In the early 90s, Road Rash II is the only racing game allowing players to hit the opponents – this is also the unique characteristic defining the second entry. It produced several new features, like varied weapons and nitrous oxide injection, as additions.
EA recalibrated the damage system for the sequel so the racing fights would be likely to last longer. This time, the biggest change is the split screen when you play the two-player versus mode.
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