My friends all had Mega Drives (or Sega Genesis, if you’re in the US), but I didn’t get into the game until a little whileștii.știi.
It was better for me because all the games were much less expensive.
As a child who played the best SNES and N64 games, the best part of the Mega Drive was always the controller.
It was so different from anything I had used before. It felt like a crescent moon (just trying out my writing skills).
No matter if I was letting out my own button-mashing rage while driving through the streets in the sixth-best game on our list or saving helpless penguins in the third-best game for the console, the control pad took a lot of abuse and never let me down.
And then there’s the main character himself…
… No, I’m talking about Sonic, of course!
What comes next is my attempt to write down all of the memories I have from when I was a kid.
We hope you’ve already played some of the best Sega Mega Drive games on this list.
If you don’t, you’re in for one hell of a month!
This list of the best Sega Mega Drive games of all time starts with Disney’s Aladdin. It’s one of those titles that stays true to its roots, which in this case is one of the most famous Disney movies ever.
Disney’s Aladdin has some of the best game play of any computer game, from the beginning to the end. Players use Aladdin’s sword to fight, jump, and run through levels that are based on Arabian nights.
And the most famous genie ever helps him out every now and thenștii. No, we’re not talking about James Acaster in the Off Menu podcast (you can look it up), we’re talking about the blue guy with the ponytail!
If you’re wondering why this game looks so good, it’s because real Disney animators worked with Sega to make it. That would be like if the FBI showed up at your local police station and helped out.
This game is also great because of how well it’s put together. Check out the health metre up top. The smoke coming out of the genie’s lamp shows how much health Aladdin has left.
It’s like one big interactive movie, and Disney fans will love it.
Aladdin brought a lot of people to the Mega Drive back in the day, along with games like Lion King, which is one of my all-time favourite SNES games. You might think that Disney movies are for kids, but this one is hard to crack.
The Story Of Thor
The Story of Thor is a must-read for anyone who likes Zelda. I’m going to assume that everyone reading this article is a fan of Zelda. If you’re not, don’t say anything, okay?
People play Prince Ali… I thought we had just played that game.
This Prince Ali is not the same one that Robin Williams sings about. He is looking for a mysterious amulet that will stop another person with an amulet from causing trouble.
They should have called it something like The Story of Amulet…
This adventure classic has a map that looks like Hyrule and a lot of secret areas to find. Players take on huge bosses in epic places from a top-down view.
To bring peace back to your world, you’ll need to gather bombs, fight with a knife, and use elemental spirits in battle.
But weapons can break, so bring something strong with you when you go into battle.
Listen, this is basically a repackaged version of a Zelda game for the Mega Drive, which means it will be great right away. Try it out and let us know what you think.
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron is the 29th best Sega Mega Drive game of all time, according to this list.
Now, I love this game, but I know that when it first came out, it was kind of a weird elephant in the room.
The first ToeJam & Earl game will always be a classic, and you’ll probably see it on this list again. Still, a lot of fans thought that Panic on Funkotron was just too different from the original formula to be allowed.
It’s like the Arctic Monkeys suddenly putting out a David Bowie concept album instead of their usual stuff. It’s a real “WTF?” moment.
I’m going to say for the record that I liked the change in the art’s style. Now it’s out in the open.
In this ToeJam & Earl story, the two of them are trying to catch humans who have sneaked back to their home planet with them and are helping themselves. Even for a hipster like TJ, that’s not cool.
By checking a funkadelic radar, our alien friends must safely bring all the humans back to their ship and keep them from scaring away all the grovoalicious vibes that make Funkotron such a fun place to live.
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine is great for people who like games where shapes fall and blocks are broken.
It’s basically a mix of the games Puyo Puyo, Bubble Bobble, and Columns, with Sonic characters.
Robotnik has been doing what he always does. This time, he has taken even more innocent people hostage and turned them into Robots that do his bidding.
Maybe he makes them all make moustache wax. Man, that guy must go through a lot!
The game is easy to play: just connect different blocks to get rid of the beans.
For a player to win and move on to the next round, they need to clear their screen. When playing multiplayer, getting big colour combos sends garbage blobs onto your opponent’s screen, making it harder for them to beat you.
That’s how Robotnik plays; he’s a sneaky guy!
This is one of the best Sega Mega Drive games in terms of how often you can play it and how long it lasts. It has 13 levels and a multiplayer mode that never gets old.
Shining Force II
Shining Force II is the first RPG quest on our list, so let’s talk about it.
In Shining Force II, players explore the legendary world of Guardiana. This is an epic quest, and every console needs one.
Fight dragons, use magic, wear a cape that is always getting ruffled by the wind, and feel the light and dark swords.
In Shining Force II, players have to win battles to level up their characters, just like in any other RPG worth its salt.
If I had to compare this game to something else (and let’s be honest, I’m going to do it anyway), it reminds me of Fire Emblem. Strategy is a big part of the game, and each character has a different class system that gives them different skills and abilities.
If you often play Dungeons & Dragons and pretend to be a wizard instead of a bank manager from Bromsgrove, this is the game for you.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Forget about Pes or Fifa, in the 1990s there was a fanboy war over a hedgehog and an Italian plumber that was much more divisive. In the late 1980s, Mario games like Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario World were the most popular. Sega’s second Sonic game came out in 1992 and brought back some of Mario’s glory in the platforming genre. It was crazy fast, and the co-op system added a lot of fun variety to the game. Do we really know what the Chaos Emeralds did? No, but we loved getting them all the same.
Streets Of Rage II
Yes, Streets of Rage was a good game, a great game. Its sequel added more moves, including special moves for each character, physical handicaps to overcome and balance, and the deadly katana.
The best fact is that the original Japanese version of Bare Knuckle II: The Requiem of the Deadly Battle doesn’t mess around at all.