Arcade Legends: Sega Genesis Returns
By James Grahame
Sega debuted their 16-bit Genesis system in 1989. The $189 system ran a 7.6 MHz Motorola 68000 and offered a reasonable screen resolution of 320 x 224 with a 512 colors palette. Sega managed to beat Nintendo to the 16-bit market by two years. Since the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) had crushed Sega's offerings, Nintendo wasn't worried.
Sega did everything right and knocked the NES out of first place that holiday season. The Genesis was fast and inexpensive, had good controllers, and came bundled with a respectable title -- Altered Beast. When Nintendo finally released the 16-bit SNES in 1991, everyone thought Nintendo would regain the 16-bit crown. However, Sega took full advantage of their system's significantly faster processor by releasing the dazzlingly fast Sonic the Hedgehog. The result was a battle for market supremacy that resulted in a stream of top-quality titles throughout the early 1990s.
Radica now sells several low-cost TV games based on the Sega Genesis. Arcade Legends: Sega Genesis includes Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Kid Chameleon, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine and Flicky. It retails for about $25 and includes a pretty decent imitation of the original Genesis controller, along with a miniature console unit.
There's also a Genesis Volume 2 unit that includes Sonic 2, Ecco The Dolphin, Gain Ground, The Ooze, Columns, and Alex Kid & the Enchanted Castle.
These are great games at a giveaway price. Isn't technological progress great?