Four Reasons Why the Sega Genesis Rules

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 series
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.

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3 thoughts on “Four Reasons Why the Sega Genesis Rules

  1. Sonic and Knuckles is where it’s at yo. The graphics/music are amazing in that game and unheard of on the genesis. also, recently I got Ranger X. holy shit, the graphics in that game will blow you away. stylistically it’s very proto-Armored Core.

    but on this list you should have the Disney games (Aladdin, Lion King, Jungle Book) they were some of the best games of the 16-bit era.

    this is why genesis gets a bad wrap, like over half the games for that system are sports games that are now horribly dated. Also, the really good games for the genesis never got a lot of word on the street for some reason. I remember people talking about final fantasy but I don’t ever remember anyone ever mentioning phantasy star. The only games anyone knew about on Sega were Sonic, Earthworm Jim and sports games. While the popular games on SNES are popular to this day.

  2. You pointed put some great games, but these are really the first 4 reasons why sega genesis rules. I am a big Aladdin fan, and i am going to do this on a regular basis, just because there are way more than 4 reasons to play a genesis.

    thanks for the feedback and i hope you keep checking back, i’ll be posting some new articles this week.

    -i heart yuna

  3. Right on, brother! I’m a little late to comment, but your site was the first to come up on Google under the search of “Sega Genesis Rules”; congratulations! Now random thinking f-ckers everywhere will be visitiing your site; I’m sure I’m not the first!

    But your words are very true. I just started buying up Genesis stuff again after selling my setup off some years ago. In just four weeks I’ve amassed a dumpload of a good game collection for literally pennies on the dollar from the local thrift shops. The Genesis is a gold mine is you’re looking for cheap fun.

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