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360 Sunday Games Top 10: Genesis Games

4 May 2009 by: Alex St-Amour One Comment

Top 10 Genesis Games

  Last week we counted down the Super Nintendo’s top 10 games, if for some reason you missed it check it out here.

  Some of the best things are birthed out of intense rivalries, nowhere was this more true then with the early 90’s console war between the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis. Both consoles featured amazing games, great 16-bit graphics, awesome controllers and most importantly some of the fondest memories of our childhoods. The Genesis may have eventually conceded the battle to Nintendo, but the following 10 games are the reasons why Genesis does what Nintendon’t.

SEGA!

10 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist

  • Publisher: Konami
  • Developer: Konami
  • Year Released: 1992
  • Genre: Action / Brawler

 You may not know it, but you probably have played this game. That’s because Hyperstone Heist is basically a port of Turtles In Time, one of the best 2D brawlers of all time, and it’s easy to see why: smooth controls, crisp graphics and gameplay to boot. Good news came this week for fans of the original as the game will be remade for the Xbox Live Arcade and Wii Ware services. 

9  – Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat

  • Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment
  • Developer: Midway
  • Year Released: 1993
  • Genre: Fighter

  Blood sells. It’s as simple as that. The Genesis version of Mortal Kombat quickly became a console best seller, even outselling the Super Nintendo version by a wide margin because the bloody fatalities and KO’s weren’t censored like they were in the S.N.E.S. port. But gore wasn’t the only selling point for this game. Great controls and an exceedingly fun multiplayer kept pushing players to be the best in the ring.

8  – Sonic & Knuckles

Sonic & Knuckles

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Developer: Sega Technical Institute / Sonic Team
  • Year Released: 1994
  • Genre: Platformer

  This game may have turned more heads thanks to its unique ‘lock on’ technology, which allowed the cartridge to be plugged directly into another cart to act as a sort of expansion pack (although this only worked with 2 games Sonic 2 and 3), however Sonic & Knuckles proved that it was more then a gimmicky add-on. Classic Sonic design and speed mixed perfectly with the flying gameplay of Knuckles to give gamers one of the Blue Blur’s last great games.

7  – Phantasy Star II

Phantasy Star II

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Developer: Sega AM7
  • Year Released: 1990
  • Genre: R.P.G.

  When it was announced that Sega would create their own R.P.G. to go against Squaresoft’s legendary Final Fantasy series most gamers thought it would be a complete disaster, how wrong they were. Bringing an original local set in a distant star system, classic R.P.G. gameplay and a story that moved some gamers to the verge of tears, (sniff, sniff) Phantasy Star II proved that Sega could stand toe to toe with the big boys of the role playing world.

6  – Comix Zone

Comix Zone

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Developer: Sega Technical institute
  • Year Released: 1995
  • Genre: Action / Brawler

  Comix Zone and many other games were the reasons why Sega was one of the most creative companies of the mid-90’s. Hit after hit, IP launch after launch kept Sega at the top of its game, and Comix Zone was the peak. You play as Sketch, a comic book artist who is pulled into the pages of a comic and made to battle against enemies drawn in by an evil villain. Now why can’t games today be this creative? 

5  – Vectorman

Vectorman

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Developer: BlueSky Software
  • Year Released: 1995
  • Genre: Action / Platformer

  Sega’s answer to Nintendo’s Donkey Kong Country, Vectorman sported incredible 3D pre-rendered graphics that made it look a full generation ahead of its time. The story set you in a futuristic Earth that humans have abandoned due to over-pollution (apperantly sometime in 2049, better get those space ship tickets stamped), you play as Vectorman a Orbot (a type of robot… I guess) who takes it upon himself to free his fellow Orbots from an evil dictator. The game plays similar to Mega Man games with all the shooting and platforming you could dream for.

4  – Sonic The Hedgehog

Sonic The Hedgehog

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Developer: Sonic Team
  • Year Released: 1991
  • Genre: Platformer

  Sorry Alex Kidd but you’re just not cutting it. Sega needed a mascot to go up against the star power of Mario and after several board room meeting musing over questions like ‘sunglasses or no?’, ‘cat or dog?’, ‘fast or slow’, Sega’s higher ups finally decided on a blazing fast hedgehog with that characteristic 90’s ‘tude’. In 1991 Sonic The Hedgehog blew us all away with some of the fastest gameplay ever seen. It truly was the perfect answer to fat Italian plumbers.

3  – Gunstar Heroes

Gunstar Heroes

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Developer: Treasure
  • Year Released: 1993
  • Genre: Action

  Their seems to be a general theme to this countdown of Sega looking for ‘answers’ to compete with other companies top franchises. Well the trend continues with Gunstar Heroes, Sega’s own run & gun game to compete Konami’s Contra series and SNK’s Metal Slug games. Sporting crazy fast action, hundred of bullets wizzing around the screen and enemies coming from every corner, their’s no doubt that Gunstar Heroes as earned its place in history.

2  – N.H.L. ’94

N.H.L. '94

  • Publisher: EA Sports
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Year Released: 1993
  • Genre: Sports

  Man gamers in the early 90’s were a violent bunch, with bone crunching hits and (gasp) blood on the ice, the Genesis version of N.H.L. ’94 quickly burned up the sales charts. But the game deserves the praise for much more then bloody hip checks. Still considered one of the best hockey games of all time (it was even an unlockable in the Playstation 2 version of N.H.L. ’06) with stellar controls, the best multiplayer available on the console N.H.L. ’94 delivered the most realistic hockey experience of the day.

1  – Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Developer:  Sega Technical Institute / Sonic Team 
  • Year Released: 1992
  • Genre: Platformer

  Arguably one of the best 2D platformer of all time, Sonic 2 perfected what Sonic games were all about. Incredible level design, blazing fast speed, tons of secrets to uncover, the introduction of Tails and so much more made it easy for gamers to switch over to Sega’s blast processor. This is the pinnacle of Sonic games, a game which the series has not managed to match in 17 years! For the sake of all that is good Sega, give Sonic a new lease on life and bring him back to his roots.

Tune in next Sunday as we take a look at the best…well we’ll keep it a secret until then.

* – Note from the editor: I apologize for all the delays it took for this article to be published, apparently switching web browsers is more work then I thought.  from now on the Sunday top 10’s will be on time.  😉

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  • Old School Consoles said:

    Nice list … I would have thrown in Toe Jam and Earl tho 🙂

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