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Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Megadrive/Genesis

Released in 1992, one year after the classic Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2‘s big contribution to the series was the introduction of two-player games of Sonic. It was also a Japanese/American co-production this time, by Sega Technical Institute.

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Sonic the Hedgehog, Megadrive/Genesis

When Sega bigwigs asked their talented designers to create a video game character that would become the company mascot, the designers rubbed their chins for a while, then came up with a blue hedgehog, called Sonic.

In fact, the designers were so enamoured with their new creation that they changed their name to Sonic Team as they developed the game.

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Phantasy Star II, Megadrive/Genesis

Released in 1989 for the Sega Megadrive/Genesis, Phantasy Star II is a pioneering RPG for its time. It’s a sequel, obviously; to the classic Sega Master System release of 1987, Phantasy Star.

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Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Sega Master System

My personal favourite of the Alex Kidd Sega Master System games – Miracle World was first released in 1986.

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Skies of Arcadia Legends, GameCube

This classic level-grinder first came out on the Sega Dreamcast in 2000 and was later remade for the Nintendo GameCube in 2002.

Skies of Arcadia Legends – as the remake is called – is a fantastic slice of traditional Japanese role-playing and story-telling, with a main character who is a young ‘air pirate’, that is: a pirate who sails ships that fly in the air. His name is Vyse, and you control him through a complex chain of events, and a procession of seemingly never-ending, Final Fantasy-style, turn-based battles.

Skies of Arcadia Legends is brilliant fun, with nice graphics and engaging gameplay. Definitely one of the best games on the GameCube.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skies_of_Arcadia

Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium, Megadrive/Genesis

For my money: THE best game on the Sega Megadrive/Genesis.

Sega‘s very own level-grinding RPG franchise comes to full fruition in this fourth instalment of the Phantasy Star series, first released in 1993.

Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium is a perfect mix of Final Fantasy-style adventuring, with a futuristic setting, great graphics, sound, and a humorous script. The combat is fantastic, with lots of detail, and decent rules, and great variety in the monsters, backdrops, and bosses. There are vehicle sections too. It’s a huge game.

Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium is one of the best level-grinders/dungeon-crawlers of all time! And it’s still available on Steam.

More: Wikipedia
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Steam: Phantasy_Star_IV_The_End_of_the_Millennium