100 Underrated/Less Known/Hidden Gem Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Games!




*NOTE* The intro song is a sample from a Beastie Boys sample of an old Spanish song called El Rey Y Yo. You can find the sample here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrdu8v71Iv0

Here we go with 100 more MD/G games, this time of the underrated/less known/hidden gem variety!

Calling these “hidden gems” may be a little misleading; in my experience, I’ve found that MG/D fans are a hardcore and passionate bunch and are very familiar with most of the library. If you are one of these MG/D fans, there’s probably nothing here you haven’t seen before.

If, however, you are new to the MD/G or only have a cursory knowledge of the platform’s more popular titles, then you’re in for a treat. There are some real gems here – certainly ones I had never heard of and some of them are truly amazing. True, most of them tend to be more of the arcade/action type (I don’t think there are any JRPG-style games on this list), but sometimes that’s all you need.

Please note that I explicitly omitted any titles that were on the recently released “MD/G Mini Console”. So titles like Alisia Dragoon, Beyond Oasis and Kid Chameleon – which are widely regarded as hidden gems – are not here. I did that because many of you who are watching this video probably own the MD/G Mini, and don’t need to see those titles again.

As a personal note – as someone who did not have a lot of MD/G experience before making this video – this was one of the more enjoyable videos I’ve assembled for this channel. I was simply blown away by some of these games. I hope you enjoy watching as much as I did making this!

And to celebrate this video, here is a steam key for a game! 2LCLE-8H9IK-BZTIJ – if you claim it, please comment below and let us know what it was!

Enjoy!

1. Arcus Odyssey
2. Atomic Runner
3. Battle Mania Daiginjo
4. BattleTech
5. Bio Hazard Battle
6. Blades of Vengeance
7. Bubba’n’Stix
8. Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday
9. Burning Force
10. Centurion: Defender of Rome
11. Chakan: The Forever Man
12. Championship Pro-Am
13. Chiki Chiki Boys
14. Combat Cars
15. Cosmic Spacehead
16. Crue Ball
17. Crusader of Centy
18. Cyborg Justice
19. Dahna: Megami Tanjou
20. Dashin’ Desperadoes
21. Death Duel
22. Decap Attack
23. Desert Demolition
24. Dick Tracy
25. Dragon’s Revenge
26. Duke Nukem 3D
27. Dune: Battle for Arrakis
28. El Viento
29. Elemental Master
30. Exile
31. Ex Mutants
32. Fatal Labyrinth
33. Flicky
34. Gadget Twins
35. Gairares
36. Gain Ground
37. Garfield: Caught in the Act
38. Gauntlet IV
39. Generations Lost
40. Ghostbusters
41. Gleylancer
42. Granada
43. Greatest Heavyweights
44. Growl
45. Gynoug
46. Haunting Starring Polterguy
47. High Seas Havoc
48. James Pond 3
49. Jewel Master
50. Legend of Galahad, The
51. Killing Game Show, The
52. Marvel Land
53. Master of Monsters
54. Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter
55. McDonald’s Treasure Land Adventure
56. Mega Turrican
57. Misadventures of Flink
58. Mutant League Hockey
59. Mystic Defender
60. Normy’s Beach Babe-o-Rama
61. The Ooze
62. Outlander
63. Panorama Cotton
64. Phelios
65. Puggsy
66. Powerball
67. Pulseman
68. Rainbow Islands Extra
69. Ranger X
70. Red Zone
71. Rings of Power
72. Rolling Thunder 3
73. Saint Sword
74. Saturday Night Slam Masters
75. Scooby Doo Mystery
76. Second Samurai
77. Shadow Blasters
78. Skeleton Krew
79. Skitchin
80. Socket
81. Stormlord
82. Sub-Terrania
83. Super Skidmarks
84. Sword of Vermillion
85. Target Earth
86. Techno Clash
87. Technocop
88. Tinhead
89. True Lies
90. Twinkle Tale
91. Tyrants: Fight Through Time
92. Undead Line
93. Valis 3
94. Wani Wani World
95. Wardner
96. Wiz’n’Liz: The Frantic Wabbit Wescue
97. Wolfchild
98. Yu Yu Hakusho: Makyo Toitsusen
99. Zany Golf
100. Zero Tolerance

source

32 thoughts on “100 Underrated/Less Known/Hidden Gem Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Games!

  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    NOTE: The song used in the title sequence is an old Spanish song called "El Rey Y Yo" – but then sampled by The Beastie Boys for their song "Hello Nasty". Read the description for a link to the sample.

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    The vast majority of these games make me think "It's about time they made a games arcade with ORIGINAL Atari, Sega, Amiga, Nintendo, PC, PS and ALL consoles that ever existed and have the games as they were

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    Many good games mentioned but I am absolutely baffled that Syndicate and Primal Rage didn't appear! How come?

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    wani wani world is basically Mr. Do's Castle (which was beefed up version of Mr. Do vs. Unicorns).

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    Slammasters on genesis lacked the 4 player mode of the snes version (which was sad, there was a 4 player adapter for genesis!) but it introduced an exclusive "death match" mode with barbed wire and exploding mines outside the ring (for 2 player vs. mode only)

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    master of monsters reminds me of the original godzilla on the nes.

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    I remember laughing when I read the first review of marvel land (was it video games & computer entertainment or gamepro?) that basically called it a super mario bros rip-off. thanks for posting this video, brought back a lot of memories!

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    greatest heavyweights is basically a beefed up version of "Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing" and its pretty great, even though it will wear out your fingers/controller and fights can go on forever

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    ghostbusters is an AWESOME game… and probably the ONLY good ghostbusters game to be released prior to the Xbox 360 one…

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    Gain Ground reminds me of many games like that from the arcades… Ikari Warriors and Time Soldiers among them. it's one I own now but haven't played much. I should give it another try…

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    Flicky was of course a classic sega game… combining elements from Mappy and Mario Bros but charming in its own right…

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    Dune the Battle for Arrakis is a classic PC RTS, and arguably the first game of the RTS genre (certainly the one that popularized it). earlier on the genesis was Herzog Zwei which was slightly different as you controlled a space ship while building your base to attack the equivalent on the other side (was made for an early type of modem-to-modem combat).

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    the Genesis could (barely) do 3D FPS games… one was Zero Tolerance and another was Duke Nukem 3D. the latter game on that system looked a lot more like Wolfenstein 3D. the 32x could handle that sort of thing a lot better.

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    Dragon's Fury is a game I own. it is a reworked version of "Devil Crash MD" on the japanese megadrive, which was a port of "Devil's Crush" on the turbografx 16. Dragon's Revenge looks like pretty much the same game.

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    I remember playing Death Duel… the later "Terminator 2" (arcade game, later ported to the Genesis as T2 the arcade game) lightgun game could be its spiritual sequel, although Space Gun is also similar

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    Combat Cars looks like the modern indie game "Rush Rush Rally Racing" for the Dreamcast… I guess now we know where that game drew its inspiration! (also reminds me of Motor Roader for the Turbografx 16).

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    I had a genesis back in the day & still do, and many of these I
    never got to try… arcusodyssey at least in the short clip reminds me
    of Gate of Doom / Dark Seal from the arcades, and Battle Mania is a
    straight up gender swapped edition of Forgotten Worlds where I hear you
    control both characters at once, and Blades of Vengeance looks like a female Rastan. Bubba & Stix could be the cousin of Boogerman (similar artstyle)

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    I really liked Atomic Runner because of its graphics and gameplay. But i never made it through the last level, which was insane.

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    Socket.. A game kind of like Sonic but you got clothes on and some attitude.

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    I think you don't know well the megadrive… Decap Attack was a shit game… The Japanese version released 1 year before and was 1000 times better…

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    Ahaa! Ranger X!! Something told me if i waited long enuf it would show up. That was the game back in the day but i forgot its name lol. thanks G!

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    Man, compare the sprite work in these games with the current "retro" indie scene and it's night and day. Modern retro games look hideous compared to this.

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    I’m in 2021 looking at mutant league hockey like wow that looks cool 🤑

    Reply
  • January 13, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Permalink

    "Dune: The Battle From Arrakis" released in 1994 (August), NOT 1993. Don't trust wiki. Read copyright screen in the game itself. Build date of US ROM is January, 17, 1994.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Translate »