Sega Megadrive Games - Six of the Best

Written by Graham W Wöbcke

"8-bits" may have changed my life forever, but a particular 16-bit console made me enjoy gaming even more, particularly with easier access to multi-player games - of which were played for countless hours after university lectures deep into the night - such as Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Mutant League Football and WWF Royal Rumble. The first time I saw Sonic The Hedgehog on a Sega Megadrive (also known as a Sega Genesis), I was lost for words and have never been the same since. Never had I seen a game before with such speed and playability. I ended up enjoying this console so much that at one time I had collected over 230 game cartridges but now I have around 40 remaining - and now from those to pick just six.

My Top Six Sega Megadrive Games

1 Sonic The Hedgehog

A fast-paced game with Sonic, a lightning fast blue hedgehog as the main character and his efforts at preventing the evil Dr. Robotnik from mechanizing the world. The colourful graphics, catchy theme tunes, and challenging levels makes this one of my favorite games ever.

2 The Punisher

The Punisher is a former Vietnam veteran whose family was murdered in a random and senseless killing. He now devotes his time solely to killing any criminal he comes across. This would be in my Six of the Best 2D beat-em games and is one I still enjoy playing today. You can pick up items like baseball bats, knives and guns to assist him and you can restore health by breaking objects and consuming food.

3 Prince of Persia

This is, in my opinion, one of the most intuitive platform games ever made. You play as a young Arabian hero, you must rescue the sultan's daughter from a forced marriage as she is your true love. Once aware you are going to attempt to save her, you are imprisoned inside the deepest dungeon in the palace. You will need to escape, fight guides, dodge traps and solve puzzles before your final encounter with Vizer. Great game still today.

4 Aladdin

Probably my pick for Disney platform games, you play as Aladdin, who discovers a magical lamp that leads him on all sorts of adventures. Based around the Disney movie, you will need to complete tasks and puzzles to successfully complete this platformer.

5 Ghouls 'n' Ghosts

Ghouls'n Ghosts is similar Ghosts'n Goblins, where you control the knight Arthur, who must advance through a series of levels and defeat a number of undead creatures in his quest. To defeat the game, Arthur must complete levels 1 to 5 twice, before the final battle with Lucifer.

6 NBA Jam: Tournament Edition

Probably the best known arcade basketball game, NBA Jam is still great to play even today. Even though this game has been reduced graphically and soundwise compared to the arcade version - probably to fit it onto the cartridge format - it still permitted up to 4 people to play at the one time (with the appropriate adapters of course). With outrageous plays and dunks, the game maintains it playability still and is easily one of the best casual sports titles out there.

Other Great Sega Megadrive Games

I am sure my top 6 list is going to disagree with yours because there were so many good titles available for this system. Here are some more games in alphabetical that I recommend for this system:

  • Aero the Acrobat 2
  • Alien Storm^
  • Altered Beast
  • Bram Stokers Dracula
  • Castle of Illusion: Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Castlevania: The New Generation
  • Gauntlet 4
  • General Chaos
  • Golden Axe
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Lemmings
  • Mega Turrican
  • Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
  • Mortal Combat
  • Mutant League Football
  • NHL '94^
  • Pebble Beach Golf Links
  • Phantom 2040
  • Revenge of Shinobi
  • Ristar^
  • Road Rash 2
  • Rocket Knight Adventures
  • Rolling Thunder 2^
  • Shining Force 2
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 3
  • Sonic and Knuckles
  • Space Harrier II
  • Street Fighter Championship Edition
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Toejam and Earl
  • Thunder Force IV
  • Wimbledon Championship Tennis^
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World
  • World Cup 94
  • WWF Royal Rumble^

Note: Games marked with a ^ are games I previously had but sold and regret doing so now. One day I'll get them back.