Genesis does what Nintendon't. That was the marketing slogan for Sega in the '90s. It was also the truth. Genesis did do things that Nintendidn't -- like support a cartridge-shaped add-on device or attempt a CD-based add-on device. How did those ideas work out again?
Sorry, Sega. But despite those failings, Sega did serve as genuine competition for Nintendo over many years. After the NES demolished all comers, that's nothing to sniff at. And the reason the Genesis was so successful is clear -- it was the games. Well, that and the fact that Sega's version of Mortal Kombat had blood in it, aka literally the reason I hounded my parents into buying me a Genesis even though I already owned a SNES. What a brat.
My spoiled childhood can be used for good, though. I can write you another list of games from days gone by that have been forgotten, games that deserve another chance, another shot at greatness, a forchancegreat at gotshotness.
These are the 10 Sega games from the Genesis era I want to come back. There are a lot of games I did not include that you might have. Ristar does not feature here. Neither does Ecco the Dolphin. And there's nary a Columns nor a Skitchin' in sight. So after you've finished reading my anecdotal waxings, feel free to wax yourself. And when all that unsightly body hair is removed, tell me some Genesis games you love, too.