Mega Drive RPGs

From Sega Retro

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Though not particularly well known for its RPGs or for having many, the Sega Mega Drive did have a fair enough amount of them, from Sega's own flagships in the Phantasy Star and Shining series to various third-party efforts by a number of smaller developers to the Chinese unlicensed game market. Many of the more coveted RPGs were only released in Japan, and both hobbyists and commercial outings like Super Fighter Team work to bridge both the regional gap and the quantitative gap in the genre.

Points worth noting:

  • Shining in the Darkness was the inaugural game in the series.
  • Phantasy Star was repackaged for the Mega Drive for a Japanese magazine contest; this is just the Sega Master System version in a Mega Drive cart and the appropriate mode pin set (as the Mega Drive can play Master System games if the game's cart has a certain pin lifted)
  • Madou Monogatari I was the last officially licensed Mega Drive game released in Japan
  • Pier Solar and the Great Architects was the first commercial homebrew Mega Drive game released internationally that was not a translation of a Chinese game