Top 10 Sega Genesis Games


The Top Ten

1 Sonic The Hedgehog

Along with Sonic CD, the first 3 Sonic games on the Genesis are the best things about the Sonic franchise.

This game should be at the top of the list.

The best Sonic game ever.

Childhood in a nutshell, or, in this case, a cartridge.

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2 Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Sonic is on this list 4 times. These games were the first games you could and still name off the top of you head. But when you want to pick on sonic you just say sonic 06

Not just best Genesis game, but best game Sega has ever made in the existance of that company

So much better then any sonic game. Except for sonic adventure 2 of course. - PotBellyPup

No doubt it's one of the most loved games ever released by Sega - such great fun without becoming too easy. - Entranced98

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3 Sonic 3 & Knuckles

This is sonic 3 and sonic and knuckles put into one game. It has all the levels with the data select so that your progress will be saved even in the sonic and knuckles stages, has all three characters able to play all of those stages, and it has an exclusive super form to this game to boot! It has all that is good about the two games it combines and more.

I love this game it's one of my very favorites

GOAT... that's really all I need to say. - Heatnix23

4 Sonic The Hedgehog 3

Sonic 3 is the best out of all the Sonic games, it looks better than the new Sonic games and the very old sonic games.

You can actually save on this Sonic. - loganruckmanman

Sonic the hedgehog 3 should be number 1 the soundtracks are much better and they introduced knuckles and the stages have cool 3d effects its just better than sonic the hedgehog 2

Me and my siblings played this for hours on my stepdads old genesis. This game has incredible graphics for the time, amazing gameplay, a killer soundtrack and, has given me plenty of memories.

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5 Comix Zone

Fun entertaining and underrated

6 Mortal Kombat

You can play this game for hours. You'll never get bored. NEVER! - HeavyDonkeyKong

This one had the blood code that's why I bought it

All mortal Lombard are fun

7 Shining Force II

The best game ever made!

Oh wow I never got into rpgs back in the 16 bit era, I discovered snes rpgs later after I discovered Zelda on Gameboy and worked backwards to the classics.

I hadn't heard much about sega rpgs prior to dreamcast so I mistakenly thought there weren't any quality titles. I was so wrong. currently working on my first sf2 play through. I love this game, the story, the gameplay and presentation are absolutely amazing

8 Phantasy Star IV - Sega Genesis

There is simply not a bad thing that I can say about this game. Everything is perfect. The graphics look like anime and fit very well with the game. There isn't a single character in this game that I don't love, and yes that includes the villains. The characters look awesome and have some depth to them. The first main villain kills off a character that you actually care about (looking at you FF7). The soundtrack is memorable and doesn't get annoying. The story is amazing and is about as well paced as a story can be. I could talk about how great this game is until Ristar gets a sequel. I stand by this game as one of the best games ever made along with ocarina of time which I can say something bad about, *cough* water temple. This game is absolutely perfect. If you ever do anything, you should play this game.

9 Phantasy Star II

It's a fun game and sonic the hedghog 2 sucks - ecool553

10 Sonic and Knuckles

Why do people prefer Modern Sonic games over this true masterpiece? It's just pure awesome! Perfect graphics, music composed by Michael Jackson, anticipating levels, cute characters, easy controls, very fun gameplay, this game will be perfect no matter what. I love this list, Loganruckmanman!

The Contenders

11 Vectorman

This game was nothing like Donkey Kong Country. Vectorman is a third-person shooter, and a very slick one at that. It's a shame this video game franchise fell too quickly.

This is Sega's Donkey Kong Country, except with shooting and futuristic settings.

This game is an epic classic. The best and most beautiful game on the Sega Genesis.

This game is super fun and was groundbreaking

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12 Mortal Kombat II

The first mk game was great but this one made this franchise EPIC! True innovation for that time! Oh and my lovely Kitana was introduced! Hehe

13 Dynamite Headdy

Truly a gem, should be above Comix Zone and Phantasy Star II. One question, where is Ristar?

One of the best platformers ever. Still waiting for Treasure to make a sequel.

14 Gunstar Heroes

Best Genesis game ever! I still don't believe this game was released for Sega genesis, the environments, areas, effects and game engine is just perfect and better than all other genesis games! Best ever!

I would vote Sonic 3 and knuckles but that's two games! Gunstar heroes is a magnificent shoot 'em up by treasure with so many rereleases that plants vs. Zombies'd be jealous! - Thepenguinking2

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15 Earthworm Jim

This game should be in the top 5

If you like platformers, play this. You will not be dissapointed

16 Streets of Rage

What the hell?! Streets of Rage wasn't even in the list. I had to put it down. For God sake people what did you grew up with? Streets of Rage is the mad notes

Streets of rage crushed the genre and the sequels made super Nintendo fans jealous!

A classic game with an amazing soundtrack.

I love this game

17 Altered Beast

Love this GAME! It used to be the pack in game before sonic

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18 Rocket Knight Adventures

Sweet controls and excellent mechanics. The cartoony style is lovely and levels are engaging. Deserves to be high on this list and is severely underrated. - Maplestrip

Amazing soundtrack, One that id listen to after playing. Amazing gameplay that is super unique and awesome level design. - Acdcdanny

One of the ONLY good Sonic rip offs ever made.

19 Castlevania Bloodlines

This one is a bit different but still really good in comparison to any of the others

as good as any SNES castlevania except dracula x. - alucard

20 Ecco the Dolphin

Amazing thanks whoever put this game here! Love this game and play it ever time a need a refresher on the old days and how good old games are.

This game is my favorite, it's one of my favorite classic adventure games and the story of the game is great.

A beautiful, enchanting game. Until you need air- than it is hella stressful!

21 Shinobi 3

I got a Sega Genisis ( the new version by AT Games that has 80 built in games and small enough to be the controller) for Christmas, and this is my favorite game so far. This is coming from someone who only got to level two you know. My only complaint is when I ran out of continues on level two I was scent back to level one but I am fine with that. - Skullkid755

22 Toejam & Earl
23 Boogerman: A Pick And Flick Adventure


24 NBA Jam
25 Super Street Fighter II
26 Alien Soldier
27 Streets of Rage 2

One of the best brawlers ever, it's iconic, but 1 still has a better soundtrack and Adam. Still all improvements came to light in streets of rage 2, short of the soundtrack and Adam.

Can't believe this is not in the top 10. When you think of the Genesis, Streets of Rage should be one of the first series to come to mind. This was the pinnacle of the series!

I am shocked this is so low. Everything from the characters and fluid animation to the addictive soundtrack hits the mark and makes it a firm favourite of mine. - Entranced98

Streets of Rage 1 & 2 need to be higher up on this list... - drdevil

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28 Ecco: Tides of Time

This is a great improvement over the original. Better music, graphics, levels and you only hear that annoying screaming sound when you die. Plus you can play easy mode, normal or difficult. This should be rated above the original.

29 M.U.S.H.A.

Very good shot em up game that needs more praise. Only the rich people can afford this.

30 Sonic Spinball

Fun but hard pinball game

31 Ristar

Most underrated game in gaming history. Amazing gameplay, tight controls, AMAZING soundtrack, and overall the funnest game I've ever played.

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32 Ranger X
33 RoboCop vs. Terminator
34 El Viento
35 Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Before the PS1, this is where you killed zombies

36 Mortal Kombat III
37 Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
38 Alisia Dragoon
39 Strider

Better than the arcade version and the best action-platform ever made beside Shinobi III

40 Bonanza Bros.
41 Kid Chameleon

This is a beast game and you get to have lots of power ups but I find it kind of weird how they say die when the enemies actuall die and you get bosses that are bald which is really weird cause when they die they have a spas attack

42 Earthworm Jim 2
43 Jurassic Park

Way better than the Super Nintendo port (And that's coming from someone prefers Super Nintendo)

44 Golden Axe
45 The Lion King

Memories :')

46 Landstalker

A true classic and a revolutionary game. Light years ahead of snes' Zelda.

The Genesis' answer to The Legend of Zelda- and it's a great action RPG!

47 Road Rash
48 Tetris

Tetris is not a genesis game. Tetris is its own entity. It can be on any game console, just like Pac-Man.

49 Virtua Fighter 2

This game can really get addictive. Comix Zone is above this? Are you serious? I've played this on the PSP and the PS2 and compared to comix zone it had glitches. My favourite characters are Akira and Kage. What are yours?

50 Virtua Racing

awesome better than any 16 bit racer. The genesis did something Nintendo couldn't pushing polygons that were believable was on thing the genesis did better. Star fox was crap until the n64 version. Even look at genesis hard driving versus the she's race driving. This is the best 16 bit cartridge racer.

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