Sega Genesis - August 14, 1989
Lineup: Altered Beast, Last Battle, Space Harrier II, Super Thunder Blade, Thunder Force II, and Tommy Lasorda Baseball
With six titles on hand for the launch of the Genesis, Sega could have provided a varied spread to showcase the kinds of experiences they had to offer over their major competitor, the Super Nintendo. Yet for all its cult status, Altered Beast is probably the most remarkable title in the lineup, and it clocks in at under an hour's worth of playtime, making it more of a technical showpiece than a game with real longevity. Space Harrier II and Super Thunder Blade are also novelties, but like the rest of the launch group, they weren't worth the price at the time of release.
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