Mega Drive: The Sega Genesis Story
The Sega Genesis is one of the most globally recognized gaming systems and is the platform for some of the top games in video game history. The system was developed by Sega Enterprises, Inc. to compete with Nintendo's home gaming systems. This video game console can still be found on market shelves today despite its outdated technology.
The Sega Genesis official release date was January 9, 1989. Prior to the emergence of the Sega Genesis, the Nintendo 8-bit Entertainment System practically monopolized the market with 95% market share in the United States. The capabilities of the new gaming system coupled with the quality graphics quickly proved to be superior to the Nintendo.
Sega decided to accept applications for mascots, and the idea landed them their iconic mascot Sonic the Hedgehog. This perfect mascot was built for speed just like the system itself. By the time the games Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and 3 were released, the system was selling twice as much as Nintendo. The hero quickly became one of the most iconic global mascots.
Sega was well known for both its Sonic the Hedgehog games and not censoring violence in other games. Top selling games include:
- Gunstar Heroes
- Mortal Combat 2
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Toejam and Earl
- The Lion King
- Earthworm Jim
- Castlevania Bloodlines
- Streets of Rage 2
- Sonic & Knuckles
- Street Fighter 2
History of Sega
Since the original Sonic game was released, around 80 additional Sonic games have been developed. Though this cute hedgehog has remained the mascot, the Sega Genesis has had a controversial past. In 1992, Mortal Kombat was an extremely popular but violent video game that both Sega and Nintendo decided to develop for their home consoles. While Nintendo demanded the violence be censored, the Genesis version kept the fatalities and blood. The Sega Genesis Mortal Kombat game outsold Nintendo's censored version three to one.
By 1994, nearly 30 million Sega Genesis gaming systems had been sold across the globe. Once newer gaming systems were released, the Genesis sales declined. More recently, however, there has been a resurgence of interest in older gaming systems. The cost of a Sega Genesis today hovers anywhere from $60-$100 new and $30 for used models.