It’s true; the Sega Genesis doesn’t get enough respect. For example, in my favorite local used video game spot I frequently see the Nintendo Entertainment System in one of it’s many boxed variations selling for between $50 and $70. In the past 6 months I have purchased two Sega Genesis Core Systems complete in the box, a Model 1 and a Model 2, for $4.95 each. I kid you not.
To look at this data, and the sheer number of Sega Genesis games wasting away in thrift stores and pawnshops everywhere, you’d think that the Genesis is a completely worthless console.
This, my friends, is a lie.
The Genesis, dwarfed and mocked by the massive NES collector community, is actually a pretty damn good console. As far as collecting goes, this is a really easy and comparatively inexpensive console to collect for. Take this into account: the rarest CIB NES games such as Little Samson, Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak, and Bubble Bobble 2 frequently go for $300 to $900. Holy Fuck! That’s a huge chunk of change for one game. On the other end of the spectrum, the rarest Genesis games, such as Warsong. Crusaders of Centy, and Shining Force 2 very rarely go over $100.
With this in mind, I have decided to give you all a path to begin your Genesis collections, and discover some under appreciated classics. I now present the first in a series highlighting best games for the Sega Genesis and why. Away we go…
Splatterhouse 2 and 3
Pioneer of the survival horror genre, a true gem. What would have probably been the first “Mature” rated game in the modern era, the Splatterhouse games are true masterpieces. Part survival horror, part beat ‘em up, this bloody, violent game is a must play for the Genesis enthusiast.
Phantasy Star series
Phantasy Star 2, 3, and 4
Futuristic SciFi RPG’s don’t get much better then this. Series stand outs being 2 and 4, this console RPG series builds on the tight story and challenging game play of the original Sega Master System classic.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, and 3
Classic side scrolling action that helped define the 16 bit era and Sega’s signature series. Great graphics, deadly music, high replay value and at times some of the most challenging platforming this side of Star Road.
Streets of Rage series
Streets of Rage 1, 2, and 3
What do you get when Axel and Blaze try to rid their hometown of evil crime boss Mr. X? A kick ass trilogy, that’s what. It remains a complete mystery why Sega didn’t continue this series on Saturn or Dreamcast, considering the game’s popularity.