Happy birthday, Genesis! Yes, Sega's second home console was released in the United States two and a half decades ago on August 14, 1989. (In case you didn't know, Genesis launched in the US more than a year before the Mega Drive came to Europe on November 30, 1990.) And while GamesRadar has showered plenty of love in our list of the best Genesis games of all time, there's so much else to love on this big anniversary.
The last 25 years of Genesis/Mega Drive love has been fueled by the tiny details just as much as the huge exclusives. Between the hardware, accessories, advertisements, and, yes, some games, here are 25 unique things that make the case for Sega's most popular system being one of the greatest consoles ever.