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  • Redeater - April 17, 2012 2:40 p.m.

    Alright Phantasy Star being number one blew my mind away. I thought for sure it would be Sonic 2. Nice list though.
  • AlbVega - April 17, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    Jesus Christ, just yesterday I was thinking about Ghlus n' Ghpsts being the same genre as Dark Souls. I should get into writing my gaming articles NOW
  • Cyberninja - April 17, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    only thing I see wrong for this list is the Castlevaina Entry since in most of OoE is also spent outside of dracs castle but otherwise great list
  • BladedFalcon - April 17, 2012 3:54 p.m.

    Doesn't make Bloodlines any less of a fantastic game though. Specially since it spawned some of the greatest tracks of the series! And it's one of the few reasons that make me wish I had a Genesis...
  • LBD_Nytetrayn - April 17, 2012 9:21 p.m.

    To say nothing of Simon's Quest, and if you want to nitpick, most of Super Castlevania IV was set on the castle grounds, rather than in the castle proper. I believe Dracula's Curse may have been similar there...
  • espenrio - April 17, 2012 3:44 p.m.

    I'm really, REALLY happy you put Shining Force so high up on the list! But I have to be THAT guy, the screenshot there is from Shining Force 1, but the title and text are about Shining Force 2. Which one is it? (Both are fantastic games though that all Advance Wars or Fire Emblem fans should play)
  • BladedFalcon - April 17, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    Man... This list reminds me of how much I missed out mainly due to still being too little back when the Genesis was in full force, and that what little I played of it was when my elder brother had one, but honestly never got many games for it... And the few he got weren't particularly great. (Altered Beast was one of them, and man did i grow bored of that game after a a few tries.) But yeah, even though I don't think it comes close to the SNES. There are games here that look really fantastic, and two of them I've at least experienced in you Tube videos and can admrie their awesomeness. On that note, I can't believe you guys put Contra: Hard Corps in there, but neglected to mention that the game had TRUE branching paths that completely changed the last couple end stages depending on the combination of choices you made. I really can't think of many games that offered you FOUR drastically different endgame stages, bosses and endings. And Also had other different stages in between AND a secret arena and weird extra ending XD
  • Moondoggie1157 - April 17, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    Sooooo glad to see Road Rash 3 on here, fucking awesome game. Same with Aladdin. Would have liked to see Ecco the Dolphin, Bubsy, and Boogerman. Great list though! Don't know if I'm the only one here, but Syd of Valis is definitely one of my favourite sidescrollers ever. The crazy cool bosses, a bunch of different powers you could choose from. Man, I miss that game.
  • tr1ggerf1nger - April 17, 2012 4:48 p.m.

    Nice list! Though I Wish I could've seen Altered Beast on there. Also, I think I'm one of the few who thinks Shadow Dancer was better than Shinobi 3 or Revenge of Shinobi.
  • Dg - April 17, 2012 5 p.m.

    Super Street Fighter 2 was a great game, however, it did NOT introduce super combos to the game. That was not until Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo. I remember playing Super on the Genesis and loving it only to watch the 3DO get Turbo. I wanted those super combos so bad.
  • LordZarlon - April 17, 2012 5:27 p.m.

    How could you not include Phantasy Star 2 on that list. On the SNES list you had both Final Fantasy 2 and 3. Phantasy Star 2 is the RPG that set the mold.
  • ThePesmergia - October 15, 2012 1:10 p.m.

    It was. You must also be on the gamefaqs board. You can tell a true RPG fanatic from the fakes. I played Phantasy Star 2 way back when it first came out, and beat it. Man I was young then. The good old days of going to the game renting store and renting Phantasy Stay 2 and Shadowrun on genesis.
  • Rowdie - April 17, 2012 5:46 p.m.

    Ah you must be kidding. Super Street Fighter on the Genesis but not the SNES? It was much better on the SNES and kind of almost stank on the Genesis. No Herzog Zwei makes me think no one writing the article had pubes when the Genesis was out. Nice call on NHL '94. Even lacking the fighting it's the best version. Not a single football title? Bill Walsh '95. Not a single Strike title? Desert Strike. Kid Chameleon could have replaced any number of the platformers that were included. No bomberman to be found on any list yet. Maybe for the TG-16. That can be a short list; Bonk, Bomberman.
  • Moondoggie1157 - April 18, 2012 12:40 a.m.

    Totally with you on Kid Chameleon, now that was a hell of a game.
  • Levontaun - June 17, 2013 3:51 a.m.

    Thank you for mentioning Herzog Zwei. It is consistently ranked very high on several "Top Games of all Time" lists, and is my all time Genesis favorite. I also had Desert Strike, another really good pseudo-3D game on a 2D console. Plus with the first Gulf War having just happened, it was highly relevant to the times. I like your list better than theirs.
  • thesteve2 - April 17, 2012 5:48 p.m.

    Gunstar heroes was the best. I remember playing that game for hours because no saving meant you had to start from the beginning. Thank You!
  • IceBlueKirby - April 17, 2012 6 p.m.

    With Gunstar Heroes and a RPG taking the top two spots, it's hard to believe Light Crusader isn't on there somewhere. But I'm glad to see Vectorman and Beyond Oasis get a mention, among the more obvious choices.
  • ThatGamerDude - April 17, 2012 6:03 p.m.

    I completely agree with this list especially with Sonic 2, Phantasy Star IV, and Shining Force II up so high. Funny thing is all 3 are in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection so all the young kids can finally play some classic games!
  • G0523 - April 17, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    Never heard of Ranger X but it looks interesting. Too bad it's not available on the current consoles. Looks like I gotta hit my local games store.
  • HumorTumor - April 18, 2012 6:10 a.m.

    I had Ranger X. It was pretty damn amazing. Well worth hunting down and playing.

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