Sega Genesis Games that Pushed the Limit

Sega Genesis does what Ninten-don’t — oh yeah? Well let’s just see. Here’s some Sega Genesis / Mega Drive games that flat out pushed the limit of what the 16-bit console could do in its day on this edition of Friday Night Arcade.

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[00:00] – Intro
[00:38] – Vectorman 1 & 2
[02:04] – Red Zone
[03:17] – Zero Tolerance
[05:00] – The Adventures of Batman & Robin
[06:40] – Star Cruiser (Japan only)
[08:54] – Duke Nukem 3D (Brazil only)

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  1. Trevor Watson on April 10, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Zombies eat my neighbours was the best Sega Genesis game in the world

  2. chadbailey30 on April 10, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Kids in Brazil still playing Duke Nukem 3D to this day probably…lol
    They get no console love over there! Visited brother down there and many, MANY kids still have Snes/Sega or strictly android gaming

  3. blarg harblarg on April 10, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Star Cruiser makes me think of phantasy star hmmm..

  4. Dub 1 on April 10, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    That batman and robin game is sick… It was also hard as hell

  5. Beard Tech on April 10, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    There’s some absolutely incredible games on this list: DEFINITELY checking out Zero Tolerance when I get the chance. Hadn’t even heard of it till your video dude

  6. Tequila MokkingByrd on April 10, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Lhx attack chopper 3d game on sega

  7. slavchez on April 10, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Don’t forget about the 3D style levels of Toy Story –> and Blood shot –>

  8. evdjj3j on April 10, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    All I can say is dithering.

  9. JonnySpeed on April 10, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    SNES is pronounced as "snez" = one word.

  10. John Raiden on April 11, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Your channel is amazing and you’re to blow up.

  11. Trollsome on April 11, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Zero tolerance is literately doom

  12. bitronic1 on April 11, 2021 at 12:07 am

    I never bought into any of Sega’s marketing as a kid… no matter from which angle I looked at Sega games, something is always off and they look like shit in one way or another… I never owned any sega consoles, until the day I bought a Dreamcast and figured out you can actually run ISOs on them… Best console ever…

  13. PlasmaBurns on April 11, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Herzog Zwei was one of my favorites.

  14. Alan Rizkallah on April 11, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Some helpful info for anyone wondering: Rendering 3D polygons in those days was strictly CPU-driven, this was before dedicated hardware accelerators. The Motorola 68k CPU in the Genesis, which clocks at 7.67 MHz, is what handles all the arithmetic and rendering for the geometry, the VDP chip only handles 2D. It’s speed, along with having 32-bit registers internally and being connected to a 16-bit bus, means it has the overhead to achieve this without the need for special chips in the cartridges. It doesn’t always make for playable games but it’s an impressive technical feat of the hardware. 🙂

  15. Jeffery Johnson on April 11, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Castlevania bloodline just to name one 😃😎🎮

  16. nightmuffin937 on April 11, 2021 at 12:10 am

    *Vectorman 1 & 2
    *Jurassic Park: The Lost World
    *Virtue Racing
    *Ecco: The Tides of Time
    *Sonic 3D Blast
    (This might be underrated or Unpopular opinion but I remember being Mindblown from playing Sonic 3D blast back in the mid-90s.)

  17. Mr. N on April 11, 2021 at 12:14 am

    It’s inconceivable not to include Dynamite Headdy and Sonic CD onto this list!

  18. natewebs on April 11, 2021 at 12:14 am

    The Genesis was an amazing piece of hardware.

  19. Roberto Felippe Santiago on April 11, 2021 at 12:14 am

    *Zero Tolerance* simply is the best fps even made to Genesis. I still hope someone gonna finish the second one, *Beyond Zero Tolerance* , that’s unfortunatelly until now just a Beta.

  20. Mmhmmm Yea right on April 11, 2021 at 12:18 am

    I love the Richard Nixon winning pose from Vectorman

  21. Ed y on April 11, 2021 at 12:18 am

    You should have included the more recent Wolfenstein 3D port for the Genesis. Its almost a 1;1 from the pc version and far better then the Snes port.

  22. Nightlife Bartenders on April 11, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Vector man is a wannabe megaman..

  23. Didi Meow & the MEWS on April 11, 2021 at 12:20 am

    the best part of Zero Tolerance was if you had two copies you could link up a second Genesis and have a two tv LAN party blew my mind at the time i didn’t know the genesis could do that

  24. Eric H on April 11, 2021 at 12:20 am

    That duke nukem port,,, holy crap is that ugly AF

  25. Jason Michael on April 11, 2021 at 12:22 am

    4:25 That ‘F’emale has an Adam’s apple.

  26. TerminusÉŚT on April 11, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Uses nes game music for genesis video. Fail 🤦‍♂️

  27. RedRight Hand on April 11, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Vectorman is my 2nd favorite Sega game after Sonic . Criminally underated

  28. Absolynth on April 11, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Vectorman. Truly an underrated classic. Though not without it’s cult following no doubt, myself counted among them.

  29. AustynSN on April 11, 2021 at 12:24 am

    A quick google search shows I’m not the first to notice this, but…. HOLY CRAP WALL-E STOLE FROM VECTORMAN BIG TIME.
    (But then, it’s Disney. What would we expect?)

  30. Daniel T. on April 11, 2021 at 12:28 am

    I miss the feeling of actually having the money to purchase a new game, informing myself of what was good in a few magazines, travelling to the store in antecipation, taking it from the shelf where so many colorful others were, smelling the scent of new plastic and paper, bringing it home in a physical jewel case while reading the manual, physically plug the cartridge into the console and play the game forever.

  31. GoKllyoslf x on April 11, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Vector man 1 is harder than 2

  32. F TP on April 11, 2021 at 12:31 am


  33. chzzyg269 on April 11, 2021 at 12:31 am

    I was obsessed with Zero Tolerance back then. I remember being so excited to beat it because it was such a long game with limited lives. Always wanted to see a sequel or a remake of it. It deserves some sort of attention.

  34. EpicPanda on April 11, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Surprised Ballz isn’t on this

  35. Daniel T. on April 11, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Aladdin, Streets of Rage 2, Sonic 3D, Earthworm Jim 1 & 2, Toy Story, Mickey Mania, Lion King, Jurassic Park – The lost World, Dynamite Headdy, Seaquest, Tintin in Tibet, Kawasaki Superbikes, Virtua Racing, Flashback, Comix Zone, The Pagemaster…

  36. ssj3vegett0 on April 11, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Go Daddy Gooo

  37. TheRetroLog on April 11, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Ever played ‘Comix zone’ its to me the most unique and cool looking game on the console, you basically go through comic strips fighting dudes!
    Great video btw 😛 definitely subbed!

  38. Max Willson on April 11, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Just bought Zero Tolerance LOL. Can’t go wrong with FPS games, it’s like pizza ahahaha

  39. gamerguy980 on April 11, 2021 at 12:35 am

    zero tolerance was my first FPS

  40. Bane on April 11, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Vector man 1 & 2 is so underrated. The sound effects overall could’ve been better.

  41. video gamesman on April 11, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Sega does what Nintendo don’t. Yes Sega goes out of the system business and Nintendo does

  42. Jacob Short on April 11, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Earthworm Jim 1 and 2 !!!

  43. Jonathan Wilson on April 11, 2021 at 12:38 am

    How can you not mention any of the games by Travelers Tales like Sonic 3D (with its 3D intro FMV) or Toy Story or Mickey Mania?

  44. ericblackwell70 on April 11, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Vector man was too dam hard for me when I was younger

  45. RiCHaRD 'ABK' SToRM on April 11, 2021 at 12:40 am

    I just found your channel and subbed…Great vid fella, now I need to binge your other stuff too…Thank You 👍🙏

  46. tommy mccown on April 11, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Thanks again for the awesome video’s!!!!!!!!” You have saved us a lot of time doing your homework 📚 and then letting us look over your shoulder and cheat!!!!!!!! Lol God bless ya all today Shalom

  47. ArktikVixen & MadWolf on April 11, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Try Lost World: Jurassic Park and Ballz if you want some more tech impressive stuff for Genesis (Even Jurassic Park 1 was cool as you could play the Raptor).

    As for DN3D on Sega MD better than DNF? Boo, bad joke. DNF isn’t that bad but merely came out at the wrong time. If it was released in 2007-2009 with the original Prey it probably would’ve blown peoples’ minds. Still, keep in mind that DN3D came out 3 years after the original Doom and a year after Descent yet Duke just feels like a Doom-clone. Full 3D Quake was released only 5 months later so Duke3D was never honestly groundbreaking. And ugh, the bullet sponge enemies were even on PC, if it takes more than 10 bullets to kill the standard bad guys you really gotta re-code some HP stuff or hitscan accuracy…
    -Mad Wolf

  48. Optidorf on April 11, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Five frames per second isn’t pushing the limit. It’s actually breaking the limit.

  49. popculturehero on April 11, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Viewpoint, and Cool spot goes to hollywood, did some really impressive pre rendered 3d stuff as well. Quite a few isometric perspective games now that I think about it.

  50. 8 Bit Wulf on April 11, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Vector man

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