5 groundbreaking Mega Drive games that everyone needs to play

Mega Drive Mini Games
Mega Drive Mini Games

1990 was a simpler time. The internet had not yet entered households and the concept of a wireless controller was a far-off dream. It was also the year that gave us one of the most iconic game consoles of all time – the Sega Mega Drive.

The groundbreaking console was one of the first to use 16-bit graphics, pushing visuals and gameplay to new highs. Now, almost 20 years on, the Sega Mega Drive Mini is poised to make us fall in love with the console all over again, bringing back 40 classic games in one retro-styled package. Here are five Mega Drive games totally changed the future of the medium.

1990 was a simpler time. The internet had not yet entered households and the concept of a wireless controller was a far-off dream. It was also the year that gave us one of the most iconic game consoles of all time – the Sega Mega Drive.

The groundbreaking console was one of the first to use 16-bit graphics, pushing visuals and gameplay to new highs. Now, almost 20 years on, the Sega Mega Drive Mini is poised to make us fall in love with the console all over again, bringing back 40 classic games in one retro-styled package. Here are five Mega Drive games totally changed the future of the medium.

1. Sonic The Hedgehog

Ok, let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. The original Sonic was a showpiece for the power of the Mega Drive, demonstrating how fast and fluid gameplay could be on Sega’s new hardware. It also has one of the most iconic opening levels in gaming history – Green Hill Zone.

2. Streets of Rage II

Streets of Rage II Mega Drive Mini

Streets of Rage II is considered by many to be one of the greatest beat ‘em ups of all-time, and for good reason. This stunningly stylish title refined the original’s tightly responsive combat to near-perfection, making it the go-to for any co-op session.

3. Gunstar Heroes

Much like Streets of Rage, Gunstar Heroes represented a massive leap forward for the shoot ‘em up genre, introducing players to a frantic world of anime-inspired action.

4. Earthworm Jim

Long before the likes of Crash Bandicoot and Ratchet & Clank came along, a worm in a spacesuit was our platforming obsession. This delightfully odd game remains a blast to play, but is perhaps most fondly remembered for its utterly unapologetic silliness.

5. Phantasy Star IV

Phantasy Star IV Sega Mega Drive Mini

Phantasy Star was a wildly ambitious sci-fi-tinged JRPG series, which wowed players with its in-depth storyline. Closing out the original Phantasy Star series, this game would go on to influence many an RPG to come.

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