The Top 153 Genesis Games Ever According to SnS - Part 1
by Sliders n' Socks

#153 - Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
Chosen by: toydonut

toydonut - I would play this at another friend's house. The best part was messing around with the sound test, spamming Michael's "ooh"s and "sha"s and laughing our dumb little babby asses off.

#152 - Zoop
Chosen by: heavymetalmage

heavymetalmage - It can be rather hard to innovate when it comes puzzle games. Zoop is an innovator and also a treatment for low blood pressure. You've got colors coming at you from all sides and the pace picks up quickly. No more single dropping blocks, now you're being violated in every way possible. At the very least, it deserves recognition for being different while still maintaining the fun factor.

#151 - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Chosen by: Voltech44

Voltech44 - It's pretty much a given that Street Fighter II is the better game, but I have much fonder memories of this fighter. The actual game mechanics are serviceable at best (and that might be a little generous), but the game captures the spirit of the show pretty well, and lets you play as the Megazords. But the best part for me is how they managed to get the voices -- or SOME voices, at least -- into the game, and the quality was so muddled they might as well have been saying something else. My brother and I still poke fun at it; instead of "Raging Buffalo" we'll spontaneously shout "Way-Jay Bapalo!" We still can't make out what the Green Ranger's fireball is supposed to be; it sounds like "Mighty Morphin' Orb," but we just think of it as "Waigi Womperg Blorg!"

#150 - Alisia Dragoon
Chosen by: Crono Maniac

Crono Maniac - Here's the pitch: Castlevania, but instead of a whip, you shoot chain lightning that covers half the screen and homes in on all enemies. Naturally, the game compensates for your more powerful arsenal by flooding the screen with dozens of enemies at a time. Difficult, but incredibly rewarding.

#149 - Time Gal
Chosen by: Layrinn

Layrinn - I'm not sure I ever beat this game. I just remember trying to get the bikini-clad heroine killed in silly and embarrassing ways.

#148 - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
Chosen by: The Hutch

The Hutch - As a kid of the 90s, obviously I was into Power Rangers. I remember playing Power Rangers with my friends, owning action figures and Power Ranger weapons. My mother owned a consignment store, so she would often get all sorts of Power Ranger paraphernalia, and much of it would find it's way towards me. I was so excited one Halloween when she told me that she had a Power Rangers costume in, and I could wear it, and not only that, but I would get to have my picture in the paper, the local newspaper was doing a story on her store! Holy shit!

It was the Blue Ranger.

#147 - Cool Spot
Chosen by: Beepner

Beepner - While this game had serious problems with control precision and was overall just frustrating as fuck, I still played the tar out of it. This was probably the first time I got hooked on a real collect-em-up, you're always looking for nooks and crannies to find more dots. Plus the Spot's animations are amusing to watch.

#146 - Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure
Chosen by: FreezingInferno

FreezingInferno - I loved the PC version of this as a kid and the Sega CD version is pretty much that. With an obligatory FMV opening. It's not a perfect platformer, but it's still an enjoyable romp that manages to challenge and excite. It even has the original Atari Pitfall hidden in there!

#145 - Shin Megami Tensei
Chosen by: TheBowtieGuy

TheBowtieGuy - This may be the worst version, with ugly dialogue portraits, butchered music, horrid redrawn art, and terrible load times, but I can excuse all of this because this is still an excellent game. Killing Satan and then God shortly afterwards was never more fun, except perhaps in the sequel, which wasn't on the Sega CD anyways.

#144 - Chuck Rock II: Son of Chuck
Chosen by: AdmiralMaxtreme

AdmiralMaxtreme - Is it the greatest game in the world? No. Did I ever beat it? I can't remember. Was there really that much going on with it? Not really. But you're a goddamned baby who smacks the shit out of dinosaurs with a club. I don't think there is a satisfying counterargument to this.

#143 - Hellfire
Chosen by: Pitchfork

Pitchfork - Maybe the first shmup I put in the effort to get good at. And I'd only looked into it because of the title!

#142 - Rolo to the Rescue
Chosen by: KMD

KMD - From the makers of the James Pond games, this cutesy platformer starts the most energetic damn elephant I've ever seen. If you thought getting jumped on by a fat plumber would hurt, imagine a baby pachyderm landing on you. It has plenty of secret levels and some Lost Vikings-style puzzles that require you to swap between Rolo and his captured woodland pals, including a squirrel that climbs walls and a rabbit that jumps absurdly high. The controls are a little slippery (Rolo's top speed is unmanageably fast most of the time) and it unfortunately suffers from the same problem as Plok, another underrated British-made platformer lots of levels, but no password system. Unless you intend to marathon the entire thing, savestates are advised.

#141 - King of the Monsters 2
Chosen by: Pauncho Smith

Pauncho Smith - This Neo Geo original had ports on both the SNES and Genesis. The SNES port was a good deal more faithful to the original, which meant tedious side-scrolling stages, only three playable monsters to choose from, and a ball-busting difficulty level. The Genesis port pared things down to the point where it played more like your typical arcade fighter, sans the scrolling areas and with all of the monsters at your disposal (save for the last boss fight, replaced with a doppelganger showdown). This made for a simpler, yet more enjoyable experience. And shoot, if there were two things I couldn't get enough of in my youth, it was giant monsters and fighting games. King of the Monsters 2 didn't have to try very hard to win me over.

#140 - Yu Yu Hakusho: Makyou Toitsusen
Chosen by: ommadawnyawn

ommadawnyawn - Growing up we used to play a 3-player fighting game called International Karate+ on a buddy's Amiga all the time, and we loved the sheer chaos of it. So when I discovered this game had the same feature I had to play it. Matches are never as fair or precise as in SF2 or something, but the laughs from unintended results and the fun in temporary alliances make up for it.

#139 - Pier Solar and the Great Architects
Chosen by: Zeloz

Zeloz - I'll admit to not playing much of it, but just the fact that it even exists is a testament to what dedicated hardcore Genesis fans are capable of. Besides, it's not like I see the SNES getting any new RPG love from its fans.

#138 - Toy Story
Chosen by: Voltech44

Voltech44 - I'm nominating this one because of the sound effects; the music is surprisingly memorable, and I don't mind popping into YouTube every now and then to have a listen. But in terms of quality, I'm assuming that it's at least a little bit better than the Power Rangers game, even though they're in different genres. It's also worth noting that there's a surprising amount of variation between levels -- almost as if it's a medley of different games. You've got basic platforming stuff, but there are times when you have mission objectives, like getting the toys back in position in a time limit. There are racing sections -- top-down and otherwise -- a stealth section, and even an FPS of sorts. So if nothing else, it's got variety.

#137 - NHL Hockey
Chosen by: Cooltrainer Bret

Cooltrainer Bret - Ah.....nothing like a good old fashioned fist-fight with your friends due to your anti-patriotism. This game features 22 national teams, some of whom can barely spell hockey properly in their native languages, competing for the EA CUP. How glorious is that.

#136 - Spider-Man & Venom: Separation Anxiety
Chosen by: Remnant

Remnant - While it dropped the ball on carrying the translation of its comic story to the game, it had the gameplay of Maximum Carnage with a little polish and the addition of two-player support. Prepare to argue with your friend over who's going to be Spider-Man and who's going to be Venom.

#135 - Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
Chosen by: Layrinn

Layrinn - I liked the generations thing and the multiple storylines that resulted, but I felt this title took a step back in gameplay value. I was sorely disappointed to not see my characters in action during battles.

#134 - Menacer 6-Game Cartridge
Chosen by: The Hutch

The Hutch - This really belongs to the Menacer light gun attachment, but I have to go with the game pack that it came with. I had an NES and a Genesis as a kid, and the Menacer was so much more badass than the stupid orange zapper. What a fucking gyp. But the Menacer? Holy shit, that thing was fuckin' badass. All the games were fun, but my favourite had to be the Toe Jam and Earl game. Shootin' tomatoes at weird aliens, sheep, and magic genies? Rad as Hell.

#133 - Fatal Labyrinth
Chosen by: FreezingInferno

FreezingInferno - This is a game I played and beat only recently. It's a console roguelike! Except it goes easy on you and has unlimited continue points on every 5 floors of the 30-floor dungeon. It's got everything your standard roguelike has; mystery items, random-ish floor layouts, cursed items, and turns of bad luck that will make you curse the heavens. "You feel like dancing" may be the worst words to read in a video game. Still, this is an experience.

#132 - The Incredible Hulk
Chosen by: AdmiralMaxtreme

AdmiralMaxtreme - I know a lot of people who aren't fans of this game, and that's likely due to its unforgiving difficulty. I think one thing that's endearing to me about this game is the fact that it's your fists vs. the enemy's guns. In a lot of RPGs the evil security forces are armed with machine guns, and they get inexplicably mowed down by the hero and his sword. In this game, the fact that fists beat bullets is actually understandable, given that you're the freaking Incredible Hulk. This game also puts the player in an interesting position when the Hulk reverts to Bruce Banner. You find out very quickly just how weak the average human is, and just how much of a mismatch they are for anyone with a gun. I don't know many other games that make you as weak as this one does at times. That may be a good thing or a bad thing, but it's certainly an interesting thing.

#131 - Eternal Champions
Chosen by: Pitchfork

Pitchfork - Played like Street Fighter, but had fatalities as vicious as Mortal Kombat's (and better looking!). I'm not sure how much I'd like it now that I've become a fighting game snob, so I'm perfectly happy to just think of it fondly without revisiting it.

#130 - ESWAT: City Under Siege
Chosen by: Zeloz

Zeloz - It's sorta like what Cyber Shinobi could have been, if it were on the Genesis and not completely horrendous.

#129 - American Gladiators
Chosen by: Voltech44

Voltech44 - I always loved this show, and try to watch at least a few minutes of it every now and then if I spot a rerun on TV. So you'll forgive me if I was genuinely bummed-out when I thought the cartridge I rented from Blockbuster didn't work... and my joy years later when I got my hands on a working copy. The game's not much in the way of music (only one song that plays forever), but it hits pretty much all the high notes of the show. The rollerball things, the shooting, the powerball, the friggin' JOUST -- all there, giving children and weaklings everywhere the chance to prove themselves. Of course, I'm pretty sure that the mechanics were actually pretty crappy (I don't think I ever managed to hit anything in the shooting sections), but for the most part I think it worked, and did its job well.

#128 - Sonic Spinball
Chosen by: The Hutch

The Hutch - Here's one I expected to see from more people so far, as it's one of the best console pinball games ever put out. Obviously it has about as much to do with Sonic as Mario Hotel has to do with Mario, but it's still a great game. The music is among the best in the series, it's fun, responsive, and a great pick-me-up game.

#127 - Ghouls 'n Ghosts
Chosen by: Pauncho Smith

Pauncho Smith - How in the mother of fuck am I able to beat this game and not Strider? Oh yeah, no anti-gravity ceiling pits in Arthur's world. The usual GnG musings apply here; hard as diamond, but oozing with style and armed with addicting gameplay. If nothing else, I can comfort myself with the knowledge that I'm marginally more masochistic than the typical member of the general public... now if only that actually worked.

#126 - VV (JP) / Grind Stormer (US)
Chosen by: Zeloz

Zeloz - About the closest I've gotten to playing a vertical-scrolling Gradius game, albeit one designed for sadists.

#125 - Alien Storm
Chosen by: Spyda K

Spyda K - While it's not the best beat-em-up game I've played, it's one of the most varied. One notable deviation is that instead of a jump button, you have a defensive roll that feels like it was ripped straight out of an SNK fighting game. And it's arguably more useful than jumping has ever been in any beat-em-up, though it does make your arsenal of attacks feel somewhat more limited as a result.

Sections of wandering the streets fighting aliens are broken up by shooting galleries and run-and-gun sections. While none of the elements are extraordinary on their own, the variety makes for a fun, if somewhat easy, co-op experience.

#124 - NHLPA Hockey 93
Chosen by: Cooltrainer Bret

Cooltrainer Bret - This is somewhat different from 91, namely cause it features the actual IRL NHL teams and has one of the best soundtracks in any sports game.

#123 - Herzog Zwei
Chosen by: Layrinn

Layrinn - Shooter + RTS ... back before there were RTS games!

#122 - Decap Attack
Chosen by: Rainiac

Rainiac - This one's a little more obscure, but that's part of the reason I'm so attached to it (no pun intended). You play as Chuck D. Head (and no, I didn't make that name up), a mummy/scientific experiment and have to traverse various levels using your only weapon, your own head. The game is quite a simple action platformer, but the controls and gameplay are executed very well, and its goofy central premise is enough for me to put it on this list.

#121 - Pirates! Gold
Chosen by: Ehow22

Ehow22 - The genesis remake of Sid Meiers' classic. Swashbuckling at its finest.

#120 - The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare
Chosen by: Pitchfork

Pitchfork - Wait... wait, this game is actually really annoying and terrible. Sorry for wasting everyone's time.

#119 - Cannon Fodder
Chosen by: KMD

KMD - None of the console ports of Cannon Fodder are a patch on the original Amiga version (or other home computer versions, or indeed anything with proper mouse support), but it doesn't really detract from how good a game it is. Move your tiny squad around, shoot things, blow up other things, all the good stuff is still there. The only criticism I have of the game as a whole is the difficulty curve seems a little off; the first few missions are relatively easy, but the difficulty spikes up dramatically when rocket-launching enemies show up. By mission 8, your squaddies will be lucky to get through a single phase unscathed.

#118 - Truxton (US) / Tatsujin (JP)
Chosen by: jetstorm4

jetstorm4 - OOH OOH GENESIS SHMUP! Aparently this is the easiest version of the game. This makes me afraid to play the PC Engine version.

#117 - WWF Royal Rumble
Chosen by: Pauncho Smith

Pauncho Smith - Okay, I was still kind of a Hulk Hogan mark at the time, hence why I went with the Genesis version of this one (Hulkster, I.R.S., Rick Martel, Jim Duggan and Papa Shango were Genesis-exclusive characters while the SNES version had Ric Flair, Ted DiBiase, Mr. Perfect, Tatanka and Yokozuna on its lineup). Not much to say here; it's an early wrasslin' game and I loves me some wrasslin'. And where else are you going to see Hogan finally do what's right for the business and put over that up-and-comer, Bret "Hitman" Hart by submitting to the Sharpshooter?

#116 - Gaiares
Chosen by: Rhete

Rhete - I was pretty harsh on this game when I reviewed it, but honestly as a kid I really liked this game, even if it was a bit of a love/hate relationship. The graphics are great, the music is rockin, the ability to steal weapons from your enemy is original and well done... but the game is just SO FUCKING HARD. Just reaching level 3 was always a triumph that I've only done a few times.

#115 X-Men
Chosen by: Spyda K

Spyda K - A solid side-scroller for one or two players. You can play as your favorite member of the X-Men (or Cyclops) as you go from level to level beating up all the bad guys until you get overwhelmed and you call in Storm to come save your dumb ass. Why aren't we just playing as Rogue and Storm? Seems like they could just fly around and punch or lightning anything in their way. But hey, the men aren't completely useless. They'll punch and kick their way off a cliff, then Jean will bring them back up with her telekinesis. This game ought to be titled "The X-Women Babysit the Dumb X-Bros".

#114 - Mortal Kombat II
Chosen by: AdmiralMaxtreme

AdmiralMaxtreme - No matter what the name "Mortal Kombat" is associated with nowadays, you can't deny the greatness of the early installments, and Mortal Kombat II is the best of those titles.

#113 - Keio Flying Squadron
Chosen by: Pitchfork

Pitchfork - There was once a time I was young enough to think Rami was sexy. I don't remember when this was, but I believe it coincided with when I just HAD to have a Sega CD why won't you get me one but Brian's mom got HIM a Sega CD...!

#112 - Wonderdog
Chosen by: Rhete

Rhete - This is a simple platformer for kids, but hey, when I was a kid I liked it. It's nothing amazing, but pretty solid at what it does.

#111 - Sewer Shark
Chosen by: Carmichael Micaalus

Carmichael Micaalus - My cousin owned this game on the Sega CD. The only times I got to play it was when we visited my Grandma and Grandpa and he brought this with him, but I remember finding it to be such an awesome game. (I can't remember if I had my Super Nintendo or not when I played this; probably not.) I'm pretty sure I'd be singing a different tune if I tried to play it again today, but that's what nostalgia does. At heart it's pretty much just an on-rails shooter that requires a certain score in order to advance past the later levels. It took me awhile, but I did actually beat it. (I was slightly disappointed that the credits were on the same screen as the Game Over screen.)

#110 - Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition
Chosen by: Rainiac

Rainiac - Jurassic Park is a good game for sure, but I never really cared for it for whatever reason. Its much more obscure sequel, on the other hand, now that's the game for me. Is it the greatest game ever made? Absolutely not. But it's damn fun, especially when playing as the raptor. Ever had a bad day at work/school/whatever? Plug this bad boy in, pick the raptor and go hog wild. I guarantee you'll feel better within minutes.

#109 - Gemfire
Chosen by: Ehow22

Ehow22 - From Koei, we have a rather simplistic strategy game that is great for those just starting out with the genre as well as the more experienced player wanting a break from more taxing, complicated titles.

#108 - Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament
Chosen by: KMD

KMD - Frantic top-down racing fun. Codemasters can be criticized for a lot of things, but you can't knock them for their innovation of the J-Cart; instead of forcing players to invest in a multitap for 4-player games, they just stuck an extra pair of controller ports on the cartridge itself so you could race against 3 friends across kitchen tables, bathtubs and workbenches right out of the box. I would have rated it higher if I wasn't completely burnt out from playing it every time I visit my friends even to this day oh god please you guys stop I don't want to play the level with the fucking corn bridges again please STOP!

#107 - Darius II (JP) / Sagaia (US)
Chosen by: Rhete

Rhete - Darius is a pretty simple series with no huge gameplay gimmicks, but I like the music, the unique aquatic themed bosses, and of course, the branching level paths. As far as I'm concerned, this one kicks the the crap out of both Darius games on the SNES.

#106 - Body Count
Chosen by: Aberrat

Aberrat - One of the best reason to buy a "menacer" for genesis and must have for every lightgun shooter fan. And this is bloody one!

#105 - Shadowrun
Chosen by: Cooltrainer Bret

Cooltrainer Bret - Most people may know this as the DnD with cyberpunk and stuff game, but the way Shadowrun takes the game's original base and converts it to video game form is totally jarring, yet brilliant at the same time. Its an action-ish RPG, and you have the ability to kill random pedestrians, police officers, trenchcoat and hat-wearing vampires, FUCKING GARGOYLES, and other stuff in a sorta GTA-ish fashion. This game features some shadowrun missions that are awesome, like going into a corporation to liberate some dude whos underpaid, all the while dodging security cameras, armed guards, fire-breathing attack dogs, security mages, and such. You can hack into the corporate computers and disable stuff my using MAGICAL INTERNET LIGHTNING OMG to destroy internet security enemies in an RPG-ish like game within a game, and you can also undergo shadowruns where you jack into a random computer out on the street and fight those same enemies in order to hack into corporations, where you can make something like 30 grand in 20 minutes. Its a really, really awesome game, and the fact its not on any lists here is criminal.

Have I mentioned you can incinerate enemies into a pile of ash with the two strongest magic spells in the game? Good, I did

#104 - Sol-Feace
Chosen by: Rhete

Rhete - There's a Genesis version of this called Sol-Deace, but if you're going to play it go with the CD version for the awesome redbook audio.

#103 - Advanced Busterhawk Gley Lancer
Chosen by: Rhete

Rhete - An awesome shooter that until a 2008 virtual console release, never left Japan. Gley Lancer features a ton of different weapons and option configurations to allow you to find a style that works for you.

#102 - Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters
Chosen by:Aberrat

Aberrat - Western as is. Cowboys, dilligance protection, bank robbery, mines shooting, revolver duel and saloon rampage include...

#101 Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Chosen by: Spyda K

Spyda K - No one outside of Japan was going to buy a game called "Puyo Puyo", so when bringing it to the west, the SNES version was reskinned as Kirby's Avalanche, and the Genesis version was changed to Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine. A fairly average puzzle game that still blows my mind to this day by including the characters from the American cartoon "The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog". Scratch and Grounder are in this game, guys. That's crazy!

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