The Sega Genesis in 1990 | Classic Gaming Quarterly

Episode 59 – The Sega Genesis in 1990. We pick up where “The Sega Genesis in 1989” and launch episodes left off. 46 games came out for the Genesis in 1990; some great, many good, and a few stinkers. Standout titles include Truxton, Golden Axe, Phantasy Star II, Thunder Force III, and Castle of Illusion. Obviously with this many games to cover they can’t all get equal screen time, so I tried to give more attention to the games that deserved it.

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Show notes:

– Obviously everyone is going to have their own preferences as far as the 1990 lineup goes. I tried to focus on games that are exceptionally good or that have a compelling story in order to keep the flow of the video going. That means that some people will be displeased when a personal favorite game of theirs got limited screen time. Unfortunately, it is not possible to please everyone, so I focussed on the storytelling.

– The excellent website was an invaluable resource when researching this episode.

– As was shown in an on-screen credit, the footage of both the Phantasy Star II pocket guide and the Sega Arcade Power Stick were provided by Coury over at My Life in Gaming, as I do not own either of those items. As always, his collaborative spirit is much-appreciated.

– As usual, all arcade footage for this episode was recorded using MAME. The arcade overlays used in this episode were created by “Orions Angel” –

– The Die Hard Arcade footage was recorded using Mednafen, and is actually the Sega Saturn port of the game.

– The Mega SG console was released while I was producing this video. Some of the footage was recorded using a model 1 Genesis, while other footage was recorded using the Mega SG. I can’t tell which is which, which is a good thing.

– At about 25:44, during the “Genesis Does” commercial, I’m about 95% sure that’s “Malibu” from American Gladiators as the warrior with the broad sword.

– My wife served as player #2 for the Golden Axe vs. footage and the Forgotten Worlds footage. Thanks, Mrs. CGQ!

– The script for this episode was 8,834 words long. I don’t know if that’s long, but it seems like it. That’s a lot of writing!

– I got not one, but TWO Die Hard references in this video.

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  1. Sian Jackson on April 3, 2020 at 6:45 pm


  2. T.B Martin on April 3, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    @1:00:24 Isn’t that the USS Enterprise NCC-1071-D from Star Trek I see?

  3. Classic Gaming Quarterly on April 3, 2020 at 6:49 pm

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  4. Damin Mance on April 3, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    sega genesis is still my favorite console

  5. remytv on April 3, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Nice video, lot’s of stuff I didn’t know, I was a die-hard nintendo fan, but I really liked to play Genesis when I was over at my friends. Though can we talk about the horrible controller design? It was way too big, the d-pad was soft, the cords too short and you couldn’t use A and C button at the same time unless you used your fingers instead of the thumb to play…haha, the memories 🙂

  6. Chris Carey on April 3, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Loved Sword of Vermilion.

  7. Damin Mance on April 3, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    sega should have stayed with the genesis alone we sega fans still play it

  8. Beebo McGroober on April 3, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Added two games to my list that looked interesting and I’d never heard of: Granada and Target Earth

  9. Martini Gaming on April 3, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    I can’t count on two hands what content is better than this on YouTube.

  10. Kyle on April 3, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Boy I could have really used this YouTube video back in 1990 to know what game to rent for the weekend.

  11. LoCdogAK47 on April 3, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Awesome man, love it! Could you please make something similar for the ps1?! 🙏

  12. jmoreno600 on April 3, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    You missed Gaiares! I’m goin’ out on a limb here, it’s better than Thunderforce III!

  13. Schimnesthai on April 3, 2020 at 7:03 pm


  14. K B on April 3, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Best console ever

  15. James Morris on April 3, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    23:25 Man EA has ALWAYS been a shady company.

  16. etherealessence on April 3, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Never played II but Phantasy Star IV is one of my favorite games of all time.

  17. Gator on April 3, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Aw cmon, Insector X is excellent!

  18. Ray Fincham on April 3, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Great video, really brings back memories. Also has gotten me interested in some of the Genesis’s early releases that I might not have been interested in.

  19. Ray Timpson on April 3, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    I have a very large soft spot for InsectorX. The insect motif went a long way for young me. And I spent an inordinate amount of time Columns and to this day remains the only video game I ever got my mom to play.

  20. J T on April 3, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    These are awesome videos! You do a really great job.

  21. AP AP on April 3, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Bad Dudes ,Ninja Gaiden, Rastan, Aliens, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Should have made it to the Genesis and never did. The Genesis definitely was an arcade system.

  22. Ove Malmström on April 3, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Please make a video about the Mega CD.

  23. CBD ZONE on April 3, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    the genesis😎 is the best 16bit console the snes is gay🤗

  24. stephen schneider on April 3, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    The amount of effort that went into this awesome video is comendable. Awesome job Chris;)

  25. bottle2lip on April 3, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    maybe one of the best genesis games was, General Chaos

  26. AP AP on April 3, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    Legendary Axe good game; similar The Astyanax Arcade game. 16-bit was a big deal in the days. Sky-shark was an excellent game.

  27. Doom Slayer on April 3, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    6 Megabytes..Just let that sink in..Not 60, not 600, not 6,000, but SIX FREAKING MEGABYTES!! That is just insane when you sit here and think about it. Look at how far things have come in such a short time..It is absolutely amazing to think about!!

  28. Hybrid Eye78 on April 3, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    1990 Genesis was AWESOME

  29. Teddy M on April 3, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    You must be confusing the thunder forces.. 3 is easy for any average shmup fan. 4 is the hard one.

  30. GNEEL 88 on April 3, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    @ 0:38 What games that? lol

  31. Damin Mance on April 3, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Golden axe 2 is the best

  32. Paul McCormack on April 3, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Thunderforce 3 is so dam awesome!

  33. MantisVillainy on April 3, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Truxton was so good!

  34. Nathan Justice on April 3, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    My brother and I used to love playing Hard Drivin’ at the arcade just to crash and watch the replays!

  35. SuperPlumbus Idk on April 3, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Wait! People actually liked Hydlyde? HOW?!!

  36. jay wilbur on April 3, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Herzog Zwei very under rated. Many countless exciting hours playing with brother and friends. Very good video 🙂

  37. Technical Machine on April 3, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Death Adder, Death Bringer, and Death Carrier.

  38. DP3com on April 3, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Watching this, I never played Double Dribble. That said, upon hearing the music and sound effects of it at the 47:55 mark, I was nostalgically reminded of Konami’s other sports title Blades of Steel. (LOVED that game!)

  39. Damin Mance on April 3, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    gaming just isn’t the same anymore with out a gaming magazines

  40. FCBreports on April 3, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Who came here just to hear this dude calming voice?

  41. TheBlackRavenclaw on April 3, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    I would love to see you continue this as a companion series to your launch videos!

  42. Robbie Nightgoat on April 3, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    These retrospectives are great… keep it going! I just bought a Mega SG and am rebuying all the SMS and Genesis games I had when I was a kid. Watching these videos is reminding me of how many great games Sega made. Please keep making Sega videos.

  43. Baz Daniels on April 3, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Great content!
    I gotta say, the narration style… that sounds so generic. Here’s to embracing your personality! It will take you to the next level.

  44. Sessão Delírio on April 3, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    I am mesmerized every time I watch an episode of CGQ, one of the greatest game channels here on Youtube. Tons of interesting information regarding old consoles and games and their respective histories made this channel not only fun, but cultural important as well. Long Live, CGQ! Best wishes from Brazil!

  45. 9EG on April 3, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Really well put together video, kudos to you my man.

  46. Doom Slayer on April 3, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    It’s good to know that EA was a sleazy, scumbag company, even back then. I absolutely DESPISE 😡 EA. Who else here can’t stand them and wants to seem them go bankrupt?? I would damn sure love to see

  47. Stevie Jo on April 3, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    I bought TMNT for the NES in 1990. It was a popular game.

  48. nlcs on April 3, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Granada strikes me as very similar visually to Traffic Department 2192, so much so that I immediately looked it up thinking it might be made by the same people. Nope, apparently not. Maybe some inspiration though? TD2192 came out in 1994.

  49. Jonjon Rods on April 3, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Sorry you had a difficult time with Strider. I got it when I got my Genesis and it was amazing

  50. Matthew James Jong on April 3, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Since I’ve witnessed arcade and observed consoles home and portable, I haven’t properly been steered clear away from Sony’s ps3 slim, ps4 slim both front slide in loading discs, just the massive amount of games available, in Australia I haven’t seen any console that beats those two Sony’s, wouldn’t mind borrowing a switch for a month, Sony’s vita still was incredible, Sony does make some incredible products

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