Top 5 Sega Genesis Games

Published: December 3, 2013

This is my personal countdown of the top 10 titles on the Sega Genesis, or Mega Drive if you live outside the US. The Genesis was important to me because I had it through most of my formative years. My parents bought it for me when I was 7 and I played it nonstop. The 16-bit graphics and "Blast Processing" that the advertisements claimed were very impressive back then, combined with the imaginitive and original games made the Genesis an unforgettable console.

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog

    The Original of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog Franchise. This game is less polished in gameplay or controls than the later titles, but it makes up for that in cartoony visuals, original level design, unique boss fights, and surprisingly challenging, fast platforming.

  2. Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

    WOO! This genesis remake of an arcade flop was a cult success in the 1990s and on. In this sidescroller, the player take control of the King of Pop as he ventures out to save kidnapped children from Joe Pesci who always shows up to taunt you near the end of levels.

  3. Comix Zone

    In Comix Zone, the player is Sketch Turner, a comic book artist who finds himself the main character of his latest neo-dystopian sci-fi fantasy comic! The gameplay is insanely difficult, but rewarding. It's arcade style, so expect to start over a lot. It also features some of my favorite music in any video game, composed by Howard Drossin.

  4. Disney's the Lion King

    The Lion King is Based on the classic animated film of the same name. Its' artwork and music was done by Westwood and Disney studios. The player goes through platforming levels of Simba's childhood and then adulthood in later levels. Gameplay is extremely challenging, and I would not recommend trying to finish it without all of the hidden health upgrades.

  5. Star Trek: The Next Generation - Echoes from the Past

    The video game adaptation of my personal favorite television series. This RPG/Bridge Simulator is every trekkie's dream. The player takes the role of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard of the U.S.S. Enterprise, and controls every aspect of the ship from its computers to its engine. There are also away team mini games for specific missions. Great timesink.

The Sega Genesis, in my opinion, has some of the most unique and imaginitive titles of any other console. It had games ranging from RPGs to Adventure, to Sports and even Casino simulators. These top 5 are only scratching the surface of what that little black box had to offer in its active years. (1989-1997)