Wherein GAF selects and ranks the best games ever released for the Sega Genesis

Sixfortyfive

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Results posted here: http://www.sixfortyfive.com/genesis/

What started out as a quest to list all of the Genesis / Mega Drive games I've wanted to play but haven't got around to yet culminated into a bigger internet project of sorts. Here's the deal: I want you to go here and vote on your favorite games for the Gen/MD.

The script is fairly sophisticated; it allows you to pick as many games as you want and then assigns points to each game according to how you rank them. Your favorite game gets 21 points, 2nd favorite gets 20, and so on. All games you rank below 20th get 1 point each. Results will be displayed according to this point system along with standard first-past-the-post and instant runoff results and more. Polls in this format have been run at a few other forums I frequent and they usually yield very good results, so I wanted to try one myself. If nothing else, I suppose this could serve as a general Virtual Console recommendation thread for the games that apply.

There are mechanisms in place to prevent cheating. If you vote more than once, all of your votes will be deleted.

I'll keep this up for about a week and then make the results public.

EDIT: Also, let me know if there's any errors in the game list. I tried to make sure I didn't miss anything or get anything wrong but at 900+ titles I wouldn't be surprised if a few mistakes slipped in.

I'm already receiving some votes despite posting this at 6 AM EST on a Sunday. Thanks guys.
 

Sixfortyfive

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Bringing this thread up for visibility. I don't want to do this too much, but I don't think many people saw the thread this morning.

Though I won't be posting the full results until the poll is closed, feel free to discuss your votes if you want.
 

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(chirp chirp chirp chirp)




(All in good fun, mind you. I do want to hear how this goes... I've been very sparse on my Genesis purchases and I have a very LIMITED Genesis hardware collection -- more Sega CD than Genesis.)
 

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I think the thread title sounds too intelligent for GAF. :lol

Anyway, Streets of Rage 1,2 & 3, Sonic and Knuckles, Sonic 2, Sonic 3
 

grandjedi6

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Ah Sega Genesis I love you. Even though I didn't own you until 1996, and the fact you broke down on me 3 times in only a year, I still loved you like a child :D
 
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Here ya go, the top 50 Genesis games you should play first, ranked:

Sonic 3 & Knuckles (Platformer)
Sonic 2 (Platformer)
Gunstar Heroes (Run 'n Gun)
Shining Force 2 (Strategy/RPG)
Contra Hard Corps (Run 'n Gun)
Streets of Rage 2 (Action)
Alien Soldier (Run 'n Gun)(import)
Phantasy Star 4 (RPG)
Earthworm Jim (Platformer)
Herzog Zwei (Strategy)
Ristar (Platformer)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Platformer)
Shinobi 3 (Action)
M.U.S.H.A. (shmup)
Gleylancer (shmup) (Import)
Lightening Force (Shmup)
Monster World IV (Platformer/RPG) (Import)
Dynamite Headdy (Platformer)
Rocket Knight Adventures (Platformer)
Phantasy Star 2 (RPG)
Shining Force (Strategy/RPG)
Super Street Fighter 2 (Fighting)
Street Fighter 2: Championship Edition (Fighting)
Streets of Rage 3 (Action)
Landstalker (RPG)
The Revenge of Shinobi (Action)
Thunder Force 3 (Shmup)
Castlevania:Bloodlines (Action)
Ghouls and Ghosts (Platformer)
Ranger X (Run 'n Gun)
Yu Yu Hakusho Makyôtô Itsusen (Fighting) (import)
Mega Man: The Wily Wars (Platformer) (import)
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (Puzzle)
The Adventures of Batman and Robin (Action/Shooter)
The Castle of Illusion (Platformer)
Jungle Strike (Non-traditional Shooter)
Toe Jam & Earl (Platformer)
Crusader of Centy (Action/RPG)
Beyond Oasis (Action/RPG)
Wonderboy in Monster World (Adventure)
Mega Bomberman (Action)
Aladdin (Platformer)
Eliminate Down (shmup) (import)
Pirates! Gold (Strategy)
Flashback (Action)
Zombies ate my Neighbors (Action)
Shadowrun (RPG)
Vectorman 2 (Run'n Gun)
Vectorman (Run'n Gun)
Ghostbusters (Platformer)
 

Sixfortyfive

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Ninja Kn1ght said:
I think the thread title sounds too intelligent for GAF. :lol:
Aheh. The idea was just to make it long enough to be noticeable. Dunno if that was a good idea.

Over 330 individual games have received votes so far.
 

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SonicMegaDrive said:
Here ya go, the top 50 Genesis games you should play first, ranked:

Sonic 3 & Knuckles (Platformer)
Sonic 2 (Platformer)
Gunstar Heroes (Run 'n Gun)
Shining Force 2 (Strategy/RPG)
Contra Hard Corps (Run 'n Gun)
Streets of Rage 2 (Action)
Alien Soldier (Run 'n Gun)(import)
Phantasy Star 4 (RPG)
Earthworm Jim (Platformer)
Herzog Zwei (Strategy)
Ristar (Platformer)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Platformer)
Shinobi 3 (Action)
M.U.S.H.A. (shmup)
Gleylancer (shmup) (Import)
Lightening Force (Shmup)
Monster World IV (Platformer/RPG) (Import)
Dynamite Headdy (Platformer)
Rocket Knight Adventures (Platformer)
Phantasy Star 2 (RPG)
Shining Force (Strategy/RPG)
Super Street Fighter 2 (Fighting)
Street Fighter 2: Championship Edition (Fighting)
Streets of Rage 3 (Action)
Landstalker (RPG)
The Revenge of Shinobi (Action)
Thunder Force 3 (Shmup)
Castlevania:Bloodlines (Action)
Ghouls and Ghosts (Platformer)
Ranger X (Run 'n Gun)
Yu Yu Hakusho Makyôtô Itsusen (Fighting) (import)
Mega Man: The Wily Wars (Platformer) (import)
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (Puzzle)
The Adventures of Batman and Robin (Action/Shooter)
The Castle of Illusion (Platformer)
Jungle Strike (Non-traditional Shooter)
Toe Jam & Earl (Platformer)
Crusader of Centy (Action/RPG)
Beyond Oasis (Action/RPG)
Wonderboy in Monster World (Adventure)
Mega Bomberman (Action)
Aladdin (Platformer)
Eliminate Down (shmup) (import)
Pirates! Gold (Strategy)
Flashback (Action)
Zombies ate my Neighbors (Action)
Shadowrun (RPG)
Vectorman 2 (Run'n Gun)
Vectorman (Run'n Gun)
Ghostbusters (Platformer)
I am looking for flaws in this list but I can't find any.

EDIT: Never mind. I don't see Sparkster or Comix Zone. Or Rolo to the Rescue or Puggsy, but I don't expect most people to remember or like those games.

EDIT 2: Ohhh wait a second, this is ranked too. Yeah, I don't completely agree with this list.

Plus I just noticed it's missing Kid Chameleon. Come on now.
 

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If the thread title was changed and the OP was less text and just a Top 10 list, this thread could be going somewhere.

My list will come later.
 

Tain

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Gave it a shot. Didn't put a whole lot of thought into it, though, I'll admit.

I am looking for flaws in this list but I can't find any.
Alien Soldier isn't at the top.

edit: how the fuck do I forget Herzog Zwei jesus christ
 

Woo-Fu

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Herzog Zwei and Warsong are the only two that stick in memory. Spent a couple weeks in the hospital with double pneumonia. Good thing I had a genesis and Warsong. :p
 

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I'll just steal SMD's.

Sonic 3 & Knuckles (Platformer)
Sonic 2 (Platformer)
Gunstar Heroes (Run 'n Gun)
Shining Force 2 (Strategy/RPG)
Contra Hard Corps (Run 'n Gun)
Streets of Rage 2 (Action)
Phantasy Star 4 (RPG)
Earthworm Jim (Platformer)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Platformer)
Shinobi 3 (Action)
Rocket Knight Adventures (Platformer)
Phantasy Star 2 (RPG)
Shining Force (Strategy/RPG)
Super Street Fighter 2 (Fighting)
Street Fighter 2: Championship Edition (Fighting)
Streets of Rage 3 (Action)
Landstalker (RPG)
The Revenge of Shinobi (Action)\
Castlevania:Bloodlines (Action)
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (Puzzle)
The Castle of Illusion (Platformer)
Jungle Strike (Non-traditional Shooter)
Beyond Oasis (Action/RPG
Aladdin (Platformer)
Pirates! Gold (Strategy)
Flashback (Action)
Zombies ate my Neighbors (Action)
Shadowrun (RPG)
Vectorman 2 (Run'n Gun)
Vectorman (Run'n Gun)
Ghostbusters (Platformer)

Took out the ones I didn't play and I'll add two more:

Shining Force (S-RPG)
Jurassic Park (action)
 

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My personal favorites (I was like 9, by the way):

Sonic 2
Toe Jam & Earl
Earthworm Jim
Aladdin
Jungle Strike
 

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SonicMegaDrive said:
Here ya go, the top 50 Genesis games you should play first, ranked:

Sonic 3 & Knuckles (Platformer)
Sonic 2 (Platformer)
Gunstar Heroes (Run 'n Gun)
Shining Force 2 (Strategy/RPG)
Contra Hard Corps (Run 'n Gun)
Streets of Rage 2 (Action)
Alien Soldier (Run 'n Gun)(import)
Phantasy Star 4 (RPG)
Earthworm Jim (Platformer)
Herzog Zwei (Strategy)
Ristar (Platformer)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Platformer)
Shinobi 3 (Action)
M.U.S.H.A. (shmup)
Gleylancer (shmup) (Import)
Lightening Force (Shmup)
Monster World IV (Platformer/RPG) (Import)
Dynamite Headdy (Platformer)
Rocket Knight Adventures (Platformer)
Phantasy Star 2 (RPG)
Shining Force (Strategy/RPG)
Super Street Fighter 2 (Fighting)
Street Fighter 2: Championship Edition (Fighting)
Streets of Rage 3 (Action)
Landstalker (RPG)
The Revenge of Shinobi (Action)
Thunder Force 3 (Shmup)
Castlevania:Bloodlines (Action)
Ghouls and Ghosts (Platformer)
Ranger X (Run 'n Gun)
Yu Yu Hakusho Makyôtô Itsusen (Fighting) (import)
Mega Man: The Wily Wars (Platformer) (import)
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (Puzzle)
The Adventures of Batman and Robin (Action/Shooter)
The Castle of Illusion (Platformer)
Jungle Strike (Non-traditional Shooter)
Toe Jam & Earl (Platformer)
Crusader of Centy (Action/RPG)
Beyond Oasis (Action/RPG)
Wonderboy in Monster World (Adventure)
Mega Bomberman (Action)
Aladdin (Platformer)
Eliminate Down (shmup) (import)
Pirates! Gold (Strategy)
Flashback (Action)
Zombies ate my Neighbors (Action)
Shadowrun (RPG)
Vectorman 2 (Run'n Gun)
Vectorman (Run'n Gun)
Ghostbusters (Platformer)
The lack of Comix Zone, NBA Jam and Earthworm Jim 2 irks me a bit. Otherwise, awesome to the max.
 

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Night_Trekker said:
I am looking for flaws in this list but I can't find any.
Well subjectively I think Super SFII should be higher. Again this is just me but Aladdin>Castle of Illusion and Streets of Rage>Streets of Rage 3.
 

Sixfortyfive

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Streets of Rage 3 gets a lot of hate for weird reasons. The music is poor in spots and the localization changes were questionable, but gameplay-wise it's head and shoulders above the others in the series.
 

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Am I the only one who played Outrun 2019? The game was fantastic - awesome music, great background cities in traditional outrun form, a batmobile type of power boost, and ramps and double layer tracks (highways above one another). Fun factor was very high, great game.
 

Sixfortyfive

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Guy Legend said:
Am I the only one who played Outrun 2019? The game was fantastic - awesome music, great background cities in traditional outrun form, a batmobile type of power boost, and ramps and double layer tracks (highways above one another). Fun factor was very high, great game.
I played it some on Sega Channel and liked what I remembered of it. I didn't vote for it because I wasn't sure if nostalgia was clouding my judgement or not.
 
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Heh, well, there are easily 100 or more Genesis games I'd say are worth playing. I wouldn't replace any of the ones I listed with any of the ones mentioned. Well, Comix Zone can replace one of the Vectorman games, although they are essentially the same, quality-wise. :)

Definitely wouldn't put EWJ2, Quackshot, Rolo to the Rescue, or Puggsy. OutRun 2019 and NBA Jam? I suppose, if only to put more sports titles on the list(never my favorite genre).
 

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It was kinda difficult sorting the list, I couldn't decide on which game was better than the other at times.
Nice work, 645.
 

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SonicMegaDrive said:
Here ya go, the top 50 Genesis games you should play first, ranked:

Sonic 3 & Knuckles (Platformer)
Sonic 2 (Platformer)
Gunstar Heroes (Run 'n Gun)
Shining Force 2 (Strategy/RPG)
Contra Hard Corps (Run 'n Gun)
Streets of Rage 2 (Action)
Alien Soldier (Run 'n Gun)(import)
Phantasy Star 4 (RPG)
Earthworm Jim (Platformer)
Herzog Zwei (Strategy)
Ristar (Platformer)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Platformer)
Shinobi 3 (Action)
M.U.S.H.A. (shmup)
Gleylancer (shmup) (Import)
Lightening Force (Shmup)
Monster World IV (Platformer/RPG) (Import)
Dynamite Headdy (Platformer)
Rocket Knight Adventures (Platformer)
Phantasy Star 2 (RPG)
Shining Force (Strategy/RPG)
Super Street Fighter 2 (Fighting)
Street Fighter 2: Championship Edition (Fighting)
Streets of Rage 3 (Action)
Landstalker (RPG)
The Revenge of Shinobi (Action)
Thunder Force 3 (Shmup)
Castlevania:Bloodlines (Action)
Ghouls and Ghosts (Platformer)
Ranger X (Run 'n Gun)
Yu Yu Hakusho Makyôtô Itsusen (Fighting) (import)
Mega Man: The Wily Wars (Platformer) (import)
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (Puzzle)
The Adventures of Batman and Robin (Action/Shooter)
The Castle of Illusion (Platformer)
Jungle Strike (Non-traditional Shooter)
Toe Jam & Earl (Platformer)
Crusader of Centy (Action/RPG)
Beyond Oasis (Action/RPG)
Wonderboy in Monster World (Adventure)
Mega Bomberman (Action)
Aladdin (Platformer)
Eliminate Down (shmup) (import)
Pirates! Gold (Strategy)
Flashback (Action)
Zombies ate my Neighbors (Action)
Shadowrun (RPG)
Vectorman 2 (Run'n Gun)
Vectorman (Run'n Gun)
Ghostbusters (Platformer)
Hmm yeah, okay.

Next topic? :D
 

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here's the top 20 i ended up with. the ordering is pretty arbitrary, tbh -- i got sick of the interface. and there were a bunch of games i hated to leave out. the results should be interesting.

Lightening Force
Gunstar Heroes
M.U.S.H.A
Alien Soldier
Rocket Knight Adventures
Contra: Hard Corps
Dynamite Headdy
Phantasy Star II: At the End of the Lost Age
Streets of Rage 2
Gley Lancer
Ghouls 'N Ghosts
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Out of This World
Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole
Ranger-X
Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Revenge of Shinobi
Eliminate Down
Thunder Force III
 

Evlar

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This is using mcc's voting system? I can't vote because I can count the Genesis games I've played on one hand but I'm interested in seeing the results.
 

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Only Nazis vote against Vectorman.
 

Sixfortyfive

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I'm taking this thing down tomorrow night, so I figure I'd bring this thread back up and ask for a few more votes. I've only received about 150 so far.
 

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SonicMegaDrive said:
Here ya go, the top 50 Genesis games you should play first, ranked:

Sonic 3 & Knuckles (Platformer)
Sonic 2 (Platformer)
Gunstar Heroes (Run 'n Gun)
Shining Force 2 (Strategy/RPG)
Contra Hard Corps (Run 'n Gun)
Streets of Rage 2 (Action)
Alien Soldier (Run 'n Gun)(import)
Phantasy Star 4 (RPG)
Earthworm Jim (Platformer)
Herzog Zwei (Strategy)
Ristar (Platformer)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Platformer)
Shinobi 3 (Action)
M.U.S.H.A. (shmup)
Gleylancer (shmup) (Import)
Lightening Force (Shmup)
Monster World IV (Platformer/RPG) (Import)
Dynamite Headdy (Platformer)
Rocket Knight Adventures (Platformer)
Phantasy Star 2 (RPG)
Shining Force (Strategy/RPG)
Super Street Fighter 2 (Fighting)
Street Fighter 2: Championship Edition (Fighting)
Streets of Rage 3 (Action)
Landstalker (RPG)
The Revenge of Shinobi (Action)
Thunder Force 3 (Shmup)
Castlevania:Bloodlines (Action)
Ghouls and Ghosts (Platformer)
Ranger X (Run 'n Gun)
Yu Yu Hakusho Makyôtô Itsusen (Fighting) (import)
Mega Man: The Wily Wars (Platformer) (import)
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (Puzzle)
The Adventures of Batman and Robin (Action/Shooter)
The Castle of Illusion (Platformer)
Jungle Strike (Non-traditional Shooter)
Toe Jam & Earl (Platformer)
Crusader of Centy (Action/RPG)
Beyond Oasis (Action/RPG)
Wonderboy in Monster World (Adventure)
Mega Bomberman (Action)
Aladdin (Platformer)
Eliminate Down (shmup) (import)
Pirates! Gold (Strategy)
Flashback (Action)
Zombies ate my Neighbors (Action)
Shadowrun (RPG)
Vectorman 2 (Run'n Gun)
Vectorman (Run'n Gun)
Ghostbusters (Platformer)
you forgot to put Strider, Forgotten worlds, and Mercs.
 

Sixfortyfive

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Results posted on the site. Copy & paste job incoming for the terminally lazy:

The following are the results from a poll run from Aug 26, 2007 to Sep 2, 2007. 166 people were asked to pick and rank their favorite games for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive from a provided list of over 900 titles. Here's how they voted.

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In this results tally, each game is scored according to a weighted system. Users were asked to rank each Genesis game from favorite to least favorite. Each user's favorite game received 21 points, their second-favorite received 20, and so on. All games ranked 21st or lower by each user received 1 point each.

I'm not sure what to make of several older games of a series outperforming their often-superior sequels. Sonic 1 was only barely bested by S3&K, and SoR3 places below not only SoR2 but SoR1 as well (I'll never fully understand the hate for that game). I'm going to assume that this is partly a side-effect of the earlier games of a series being the ones most-widely played. The approval list further down the page lends some credibility to this theory.

In my opinion, the biggest shocker on this list was Disney's Aladdin. Though it failed to receive a single 1st place vote, it still managed to break into the top 10. I had no idea it was so popular.

1) Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1652)
2) Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles (1339)
3) Sonic the Hedgehog (1307)
4) Gunstar Heroes (953)
5) Streets of Rage 2 (850)
6) Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium (731)
7) Streets of Rage (597)
8) ToeJam & Earl (593)
9) Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal (543)
10) Aladdin (495)
11) Earthworm Jim (447)
12) Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention (440)
13) Phantasy Star II: At the End of the Lost Age (426)
14) Ecco the Dolphin (399)
15) Streets of Rage 3 (391)
16) Vectorman (371)
17) Contra: Hard Corps (370)
18) Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole (350)
19) Golden Axe (342)
20) Comix Zone (341)
21) Beyond Oasis (318)
22) Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (306)
23) Dynamite Headdy (305)
24) Street Fighter II' Special Champion Edition (296)
25) Castlevania: Bloodlines (295)
26) Rocket Knight Adventures (258)
27) Sonic Spinball (253)
28) Ristar (250)
29) Alien Soldier (245)
30) Kid Chameleon (234)
31) ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron (233)
32) Earthworm Jim 2 (218)
32) Road Rash (218)
34) Ghouls 'N Ghosts (217)
35) Ecco the Dolphin: The Tides of Time (214)
36) Zombies Ate My Neighbors (197)
37) Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (191)
38) Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (189)
39) Mortal Kombat II (184)
40) Wonder Boy in Monster World (183)
41) Flashback: Quest for Identity (181)
42) Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (177)
42) Battletoads (177)
44) Jurassic Park (174)
44) Road Rash II (174)
46) Ranger-X (172)
47) Shining in the Darkness (170)
48) Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (169)
49) Lightening Force (168)
50) Strider (163)

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In this results tally, the list is sorted according to instant runoff voting. In an IRV election, if no candidate receives an overall majority of first place choices, the candidates with the fewest number of votes are excluded one by one, and ballots cast for those candidates are redistributed to the next candidate according to the voters' indicated preference. This process is repeated until one candidate obtains a majority (50% or more) of votes among remaining candidates.

The complete results for this sort will not be posted, as it takes way too long to calculate the entire list.

1) Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (122)
2) Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles (102)
3) Sonic the Hedgehog (116)
4) Gunstar Heroes (69)
5) Streets of Rage 2 (73)
6) Streets of Rage (71)
7) Aladdin (65)
8) Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium (53)
9) ToeJam & Earl (51)
10) Earthworm Jim (64)
11) Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal (50)
12) Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention (47)
13) Ecco the Dolphin (60)
14) Streets of Rage 3 (51)
15) Contra: Hard Corps (47)
16) Comix Zone (50)
17) Vectorman (48)
18) Phantasy Star II: At the End of the Lost Age (43)
19) Beyond Oasis (39)
20) Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (42)
21) Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole (39)
22) Castlevania: Bloodlines (44)
23) Earthworm Jim 2 (41)
24) Ghouls 'N Ghosts (42)
25) Street Fighter II' Special Champion Edition (40)
26) Golden Axe (61)
27) Sonic Spinball (38)
28) Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (39)
29) Altered Beast (39)
30) Kid Chameleon (32)
31) ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron (33)
32) Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (35)
33) Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (33)
34) Mortal Kombat II (32)
35) Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (36)
36) Road Rash (33)
37) Alien Soldier (28)
38) Rocket Knight Adventures (29)
39) Dynamite Headdy (34)
40) Ecco the Dolphin: The Tides of Time (33)
41) Ristar (29)
42) Flashback: Quest for Identity (26)
43) Shining in the Darkness (28)
44) Revenge of Shinobi (31)
45) Zombies Ate My Neighbors (30)
46) Battletoads (26)
47) Golden Axe II (39)
48) Mortal Kombat (33)
49) Quackshot (26)
50) Columns (36)

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In this results tally, each game is scored solely on the number of 1st place votes received. These would have been the results had each participant been asked to list only his or her single favorite Genesis game.

S3&K absolutely crushed everything on this one, and it's nice to see that I wasn't the only one to pick Alien Soldier. ToeJam & Earl did better than I expected of it here.

1) Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles (25)
2) Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (10)
2) Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium (10)
2) ToeJam & Earl (10)
5) Sonic the Hedgehog (8)
6) Phantasy Star II: At the End of the Lost Age (7)
6) Streets of Rage 2 (7)
8) Gunstar Heroes (6)
9) Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal (5)
10) Streets of Rage (4)
10) Kid Chameleon (4)
12) Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (3)
12) Alien Soldier (3)
12) Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention (3)
12) Vectorman (3)
16) NHL '94 (2)
16) Herzog Zwei (2)
16) Ghouls 'N Ghosts (2)
16) Rocket Knight Adventures (2)
16) Beyond Oasis (2)
16) Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (2)
16) Streets of Rage 3 (2)

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In this results tally, each game is awarded 1 point for each vote regardless of where it ranks on each participant's individual list. Games scoring high on this list are typically widely-played and widely-enjoyed but not necessarily strongly-enjoyed.

Besides S3&K receiving several fewer votes than its predecessors, nothing really stands out to me here.

1) Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (122)
2) Sonic the Hedgehog (116)
3) Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles (102)
4) Streets of Rage 2 (73)
5) Streets of Rage (71)
6) Gunstar Heroes (69)
7) Aladdin (65)
8) Earthworm Jim (64)
9) Golden Axe (61)
10) Ecco the Dolphin (60)
11) Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium (53)
12) ToeJam & Earl (51)
12) Streets of Rage 3 (51)
14) Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal (50)
14) Comix Zone (50)
16) Vectorman (48)
17) Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention (47)
17) Contra: Hard Corps (47)
19) Castlevania: Bloodlines (44)
20) Phantasy Star II: At the End of the Lost Age (43)
21) Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (42)
21) Ghouls 'N Ghosts (42)
23) Earthworm Jim 2 (41)
24) Street Fighter II' Special Champion Edition (40)
25) Golden Axe II (39)
25) Altered Beast (39)
25) Beyond Oasis (39)
25) Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (39)
25) Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole (39)
30) Sonic Spinball (38)
31) Columns (36)
31) Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (36)
33) Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (35)
34) Dynamite Headdy (34)
35) Road Rash (33)
35) Ecco the Dolphin: The Tides of Time (33)
35) Mortal Kombat (33)
35) ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron (33)
35) Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (33)
40) Mortal Kombat II (32)
40) Kid Chameleon (32)
40) Strider (32)
40) Jurassic Park (32)
44) Revenge of Shinobi (31)
45) Zombies Ate My Neighbors (30)
46) Rocket Knight Adventures (29)
46) Ristar (29)
48) Cool Spot (28)
48) Alien Soldier (28)
48) X-Men (28)
48) Shining in the Darkness (28)


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In this results tally, each game's score from the pseudo-condorcet score is divided by the total number of votes it received. Under-played but strongly-liked games are more likely to score high on this list, but outliers are more prevalent as well.

It's nice to see Monster World IV, Pirates! Gold, and some other more obscure titles get a little recognition here. Sports titles generally did better than I expected them to.

1) Gunstar Heroes (13.812)
2) Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium (13.792)
3) Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (13.541)
4) Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles (13.127)
5) Streets of Rage 2 (11.644)
6) ToeJam & Earl (11.627)
7) Sonic the Hedgehog (11.267)
8) Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal (10.860)
9) Phantasy Star II: At the End of the Lost Age (9.907)
10) Monster World IV (9.533)
11) Double Dragon (9.400)
12) Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention (9.362)
13) Micro Machines: Turbo Tournament '96 (9.143)
14) Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole (8.974)
15) Dynamite Headdy (8.971)
16) Rocket Knight Adventures (8.897)
17) Alien Soldier (8.750)
18) WWF Royal Rumble (8.667)
18) Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (8.667)
20) Ristar (8.621)
21) Tecmo Super Bowl (8.571)
22) Streets of Rage (8.408)
23) Lightening Force (8.400)
23) Pirates! Gold (8.400)
25) WWF Raw (8.200)
26) WWF Super Wrestlemania (8.167)
27) Beyond Oasis (8.154)
28) King's Bounty (8.000)
29) Road Rash II (7.909)
30) Contra: Hard Corps (7.872)
31) NHL '94 (7.769)
32) Vectorman (7.729)
33) Streets of Rage 3 (7.667)
34) Aladdin (7.615)
35) Mutant League Football (7.600)
36) B.O.B (7.571)
37) Langrisser II (7.545)
38) Dune: Battle for Arakis (7.500)
38) NHLPA Hockey '93 (7.500)
40) Battletoads & Double Dragon (7.421)
41) Championship Pro-Am (7.400)
41) Street Fighter II' Special Champion Edition (7.400)
43) Herzog Zwei (7.333)
43) Starflight (7.333)
45) Kid Chameleon (7.313)
46) Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (7.286)
47) Aerobiz (7.200)
48) Tecmo Super Bowl 3: Final Edition (7.167)
48) General Chaos (7.167)
50) MERCS (7.111)