All Nintendo Switch Online Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Games Ranked

The best Sega Genesis Mega Drive Nintendo Switch Online games
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The Sega Mega Drive / Genesis Game Library announced as part of the upcoming ‘Expansion Pack’ for the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service features some 16-bit system library options. We may have had the opportunity to play many of these games in many other places in recent years, including Switch in some cases, but the easy availability of more classic video games on Switch is always worth celebrating.

But which of the Sega Genesis games coming to Nintendo Switch Online is the best? Well, we can answer that question with the help of Nintendo Life readers who have rated the titles in our game database.

The following list is compiled using the user ratings (out of 10) awarded to each Mega Drive game available through the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack. it should be noted that this ranking is not set in stone and will automatically fluctuate over time based on assigned user ratings (and new additions to the NSO game roster).

Do you think a game below deserves to be higher on the list? Just click the ‘star’ button and rate it yourself – your personal rating could boost your placement in the overall ranking.

So, sit back and enjoy the best Sega Genesis / Mega Drive games coming to Nintendo Switch Online …

Ecco the dolphin (MD)Ecco the dolphin (MD)

Editor: SEGA / Developer: Novotrade International

Release date: November 28, 2006 (USA) / December 8, 2006 (UK / EU)

Ecco the Dolphin as some kind of anomaly when it was released; a contemplative game about a dolphin saving his marine world from ecological ruin on a console that would otherwise overflow with the console’s war fodder. Ecco was a breath of fresh ocean air in that context, and while his visuals and overall idea were perhaps better than the execution here, we still fondly look at Ecco’s adventures and the atmosphere of this game, calming and unnerving in equal measure. .

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Dr. Robotnik's (MD) Medium Bean MachineDr. Robotnik's (MD) Medium Bean Machine

Editor: SEGA / Developer: Compile

Release date: December 11, 2006 (USA) / December 15, 2006 (UK / EU)

Better known as Puyo puyo, the sticky block-dropping puzzle was given a Sonic-based paint job to appeal to gamers in the West, specifically the incredibly ugly-looking Robotnik and his badnik friends from the animated series Sonic the Hedgehog Adventures. Regardless of the Sonic showcase, this is a good puzzle and if you are a fan of Puyo Puyo Tetris and want to see where the Puyos started (on Mega Drive, at least), you will find a lot to enjoy here. .

Golden Ax (MD)Golden Ax (MD)

Editor: SEGA / Developer: SEGA

Release date: December 22, 1989 (USA) / November 30, 1990 (UK / EU)

The high-fantasy beat ’em up Golden Ax appeared relatively early in the life of the Mega Drive and, while far from essential, it demonstrated the power and potential of the system to deliver System 16-quality arcade ports in the home. It has a wave of SEGA arcade nostalgia similar to that of Altered Beast (which the same designer had), although battling Yuria and giving Death Adder a beating is infinitely more satisfying than roaming Ancient Greece as a beast and the trio. of heroes add a dash of variety that would inspire the Streets of Rage series.

Strider (MD)Strider (MD)

Editor: SEGA / Developer: Capcom

Release date: September 29, 1990 (USA) / March 15, 2012 (UK / EU)

Definitely from Capcom’s golden age of arcades, Strider then it emerged in this excellent iteration on SEGA’s 16-bit machine. It’s the kind of fun, futuristic sci-fi action platformer that inspires a lot of games in the modern age and still certainly holds up well for audiences today. Although this console port is not a Perfect recreation of the game room, it gets pretty close.

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Editor: SEGA / Developer: Compile

Release date: 1991 (USA) / July 17, 2009 (UK / EU)

Launched in an era where you couldn’t move a Genesis controller without knocking a shooter off the shelves, MUSHA he was fighting a crowd when he first launched. Today, however, there is more appreciation for this vertical scroller by virtue of its rock soundtrack and imagery that genuinely lives up to the best of the time; Don’t sleep on this.

Ristar (MD)Ristar (MD)

Editor: SEGA / Developer: SEGA

Release date: December 4, 2006 (USA) / December 15, 2006 (UK / EU)

They may forgive you for not knowing much about Ristar, but you may be intrigued to learn that the concept and ideas for this game were part of the development of the original. Sonic the Hedgehog. While SEGA’s mascot focus shifted to faster gameplay, Sonic’s core development team would eventually re-realize their vision of Ristar, which is certainly fantastic and quirky.

Expect slower platforms and a lot of focus on the ability to grab enemies and the environment alike. It is unique and worth checking out.

Bright Force (MD)Bright Force (MD)

Editor: SEGA / Developer: Entertainment Climax

Release date: July 23, 2007 (USA) / August 3, 2007 (UK / EU)

Although not a series that has spanned decades, Shining Force is worth checking out if you like turn-based strategy RPGs; it’s more like a SEGA equivalent to Fire Emblem, but without a 2010s revival. There’s a bit of exploration and typical RPG, but the gist here is the challenging turn-based battles, some of which can take an hour or more to conquer. It’s a bit “of its time,” sure, but a fascinating part of the Mega Drive / Genesis library.

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