The Sega Genesis Turns 20

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Twenty years ago today, Sega released in Japan what was to be the most successful console in the history of the company. While the Sega Master System had only really taken off in Europe, the Sega Mega Drive, later renamed the Sega Genesis for its North American release, took the western world by storm. While it may have stayed a distant third behind the Super Famicon and NEC's PC-Engine in Japan, in North America the console fought Nintendo to a standstill, and in Europe it consistently outsold all competition, cementing Sega's place as a top-tier console manufacturer...until they went and screwed it all up. I didn't get my Sega Genesis until 1994, picking it up at a MediaPlay in Roswell, Georgia, mainly because it was bundled with the excellent game based on Disney's The Lion King. That system is still very much alive to this day, holding a special place in my heart as the first game console I purchased for myself as an "adult", sparking the realization that I could spend a massive percentage of my income on video games and still afford cheap frozen food, a practice I continue to this very day. Thanks a lot, Sega Genesis, and happy birthday!

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shouryuuken

good ole genesis... i remember when i was 8 years old (1991), i went to memphis to visit family like every summer. my older cousins (one was in middle school, the other had just graduated) showed me the sega genesis. i played strider, streets of rage, and sonic the hedgehog all day on that entire trip. changed my life..

made me the sega fiend i am today.. the only company to ever hold my attention nearly as fiercely as sega is capcom. when i went home, i abandoned my atari xe system (how many of you know what that is?! lol) and my nes, and moved onto the genesis.

before the genesis, i liked video games.. the genesis made me obsessed. i think the japanese saturn and dreamcast are vastly superior to the genesis, but the genesis is full of greatness... good times.