Welcome to the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise.
This week we will be looking at the top 10 bestselling Sega Genesis (known as the Mega Drive outside of North America) games. Last week we looked at the top 10 bestselling games in November 2012 and the week before that the top 10 bestselling Super Nintendo games. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10.
Looking at the top 10 bestselling Sega Genesis games, one game was released in 1990, one in 1991, one in 1992, three in 1993, three in 1994, and one in 1995.
The top 10 bestselling Sega Genesis games sold a combined 25.68 million games. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the only game to sell five million or more units on the Sega Genesis. The top five games did sell two million or more units, while all the games in the top 10 sold one million or more units.
There are six first party titles, published by Sega, and four third party titles. The six first party titles sold a combined 18.21 million units or 70.9 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The four third party titles sold a combined 7.47 million units or 29.1 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.
Taking a look at the top 10 bestselling Sega Genesis games as a graph it is easy to see how important two titles and one franchise was for the system. The franchise of course being Sega’s answers to Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog. The first two titles in the franchise for the Sega Genesis sold a combined 10.37 million units. Also the four games in the franchise in the top 10 sold a combined 13.95 million units or 54.3 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.
Mortal Kombat is the bestselling third party title and one of four fighting / beat ‘em up games in the top 10. The other three titles are Streets of Rage, Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat 3. The three games sold a combined 8.27 million units or 32.2 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.
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