Games: A. If you're wondering why the Genesis is held in such high esteem, all you need to do is look at its extensive library of games.
The early titles were marginal (including the original pack-in game "Altered Beast") but the quality increased over time. The system excelled in platformers, shooters, and most of all, sports titles. Compared to their Super Nintendo counterparts,
Genesis sports titles didn't look as sharp or sound as clear, but they played far better. Especially in Madden, NHL Hockey, and NBA Live, the animation was more fluid and the controls more responsive.
The Genesis's blazing processor also allowed it to run intense shooters and frenetic platformers like Sonic the Hedgehog with none of the dreaded "slow-down".
The system was a bit weak in terms of RPGs and one-on-one fighters, two genres which thrived on the SNES.
The Genesis did manage to edge out the SNES in sales of the first Mortal Kombat game however, thanks to a blood-enabling code (the SNES version was limited to "flying sweat").
Another interesting move by Sega was introducing "lock-on" technology with their Sonic and Knuckles cartridge. Not only was the cartridge a complete game in of itself, but it allowed Sonic 2 and 3 cartridges to plug into the top of it, exposing new features and hidden areas in those games.
Although a novel concept, the technology has never been used since. Sega also released a version of the 3D driving game Virtua Racer in 1994. Equipped with a special chip in an oversized cartridge, this game was impressive but its $100 pricetag proved prohibitive to most gamers.