It’s finally time to celebrate the milestone 25th anniversary of the launch of SEGA’s most successful console, the SEGA Genesis.
System launches were quite a bit different in 1989 than they are now, so details of the event are a little sketchy. What we do know is that the Genesis launched in both the New York and Los Angeles markets on or about Aug. 14, 1989, where the very first of approximately 40 million consoles would be sold in the United States. The full launch across all US markets would come a month later on Sept. 15.
The Genesis retailed for $189 with the Altered Beast pack-in, though specifics as to what the actual launch lineup included are a bit harder to come by. Other than Altered Beast, there is almost no information as to what else was available in New York and L.A.
For the wider September launch, some gamers insist that titles such as Super Hang-On, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Arnold Palmer’s Tournament Golf and Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle were all launch games. Certainly they may be correct, but what was available Day One varied from individual market to market.
For our purposes, we are focusing on what has become the generally accepted list of six launch titles, including:
– Altered Beast
– Last Battle
– Space Harrier II
– Super Thunder Blade
– Tommy Lasorda Baseball
– Thunder Force II
To celebrate, the SEGA Nerds crew is aiming at delivering retro reviews for all six of these games during the month of August. We may also have a bit more up our sleeves, but let’s keep it at that for the moment.
In addition, I intend to continue the celebration beyond September by focusing mostly on Genesis-related content throughout the next year (because I’m a total slut for the Genesis).
We hope you enjoy what we have coming, and let us know in the comments if there is anything Genesis you would like to see!