One feature of Sega Retro is acting as the "Metacritic of the 1990s". We've been collecting magazine articles and reviews for years, and it's getting to a stage where the lists are rebust enough to actually highlight popular opinions. Or at least, Mega Drive one is. We're generating averages from double figures, so while there are still massive margins of error (and it's really more of a 20-95 scale than 0-100, so don't get hooked on the numbers), it's vaguely reliable sometimes. So because this as exciting as our lives can get at the moment, the top 10 and bottom 10 Mega Drive games, according to science, right now, because wiki clickbait is the best clickbait. All of these scores are based on contemporary reviews - the wiki has all the details and workings if you're into that sort of thing. Top 10: 10th best Mega Drive game - 90.875 - NHL Hockey The very first EA Sports ice hockey game, pre-dating the EA Sports brand. This is the North American version with official NHL teams, with the rest of the world's EA Hockey currently sitting around 88-ish. While John Madden Football was a big thing for American football games, NHL Hockey seems to have been a bigger thing for ice hockey, as none of its competitors even come close in terms of popular opinion. I don't know enough about the sport to tell if EA is still the industry leaders, but they absolutely were in 1991. 9th best Mega Drive game - 91.30354267310796 - Earthworm Jim It seems the internet classes this as "graphics before gameplay" these days, but before the sequels and remakes spoiled the legacy, Earthworm Jim was stupidly popular. I'm surprised it's rated this highly, given it's a game not actively talked about much today, but here we are. Not sure this is the best version of the game to actually own though - Earthworm Jim: Special Edition on the Mega-CD seems like a safer bet. 8th best Mega Drive game - 91.32942592592592 - Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition Fighting game experts will be able to tell you why this consistently scores higher than Super Street Fighter II, but there was a great deal of hype for a Sega version of Street Fighter II in 1993 which probably feeds into this result. In fact I believe this is Capcom's most successful Sega product, followed by Resident Evil: Code Veronica on the Dreamcast years later. 7th best Mega Drive game - 91.52941176470588 - FIFA Soccer 95 All Mega Drive FIFAs score highly, but this was the last one where the Mega Drive was the target console. It's also a meaty upgrade over the original FIFA with all the club teams and customisation gubbins - others might have the edge in gameplay, but in terms of content, I'm not sure this was bettered in 1994. 6th best Mega Drive game - 91.59677419354838 - Sonic the Hedgehog (Mega Drive) A milestone in gaming. It was only after Sonics 2 and 3 that we began to re-assess Marble Zone, but such was the initial praise, the average still ends up being extremely high. 5th best Mega Drive game - 91.69736842105263 - Earthworm Jim 2 I mean we're only talking a .3 pecentage point difference, but yeah, I think it's better than the first too. But again, not the version you want - the Saturn's soundtrack is among the best on the system. 4th best Mega Drive game - 91.72988505747134 - Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Mega Drive) The best selling Mega Drive game is also one of the highest rated? Who'd have thought. I think you can write your own sentence here. 3rd best Mega Drive game - 92.0909090909091 - Micro Machines: Turbo Tournament '96 Collectively Micro Machines has the best multiplayer on the Mega Drive, and Turbo Tournament 96 was the last and most polished version. The added track editor also probably helps. 2nd best Mega Drive game - 94.5 - Tetris And this is where the system breaks down. Tetris wasn't on the market long enough to get a decent number of reviews, but for what it's worth, it's a decent version of the game. I think the story goes that Nintendo's versions have the music, but Sega's attempts are closer to the modern Tetris Company-enforced standard. Also more illegal. Best Mega Drive game - 95.0 - John Madden Football: Championship Edition And then there's this one-off special edition of Madden from 1993 that only has one review and isn't widely understood and completely ruins this list. Unless it really is the best game on the system - American football isn't my thing. ...and the bottom 10: 10th worst Mega Drive game - 37.16666666666667 - Dark Castle Dark Castle's a decent game... on the classic black and white Macintosh, with high resolution graphics and mouse controls. But it doesn't translate well to d-pads and buttons, nor is it really suited to an audience brought up by Sonic. There's a reason it makes good AVGN material. 9th worst Mega Drive game - 37.121452380952356 - Double Dragon II: The Revenge I'm not an expert on Double Dragon lineage, but this definitely seems the least pleasant of the Mega Drive offerings. It's a curious thing to release when Sega had games like Golden Axe on the system, and was set to be trounced by things like Streets of Rage. 8th worst Mega Drive game - 36.833333333333336 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day Another AVGN classic. Mega Drive owners are spared from the LJN brand, but it's still Acclaim under the hood making shoddy decisions with movie licenses. 7th worst Mega Drive game - 36.142857142857146 - Unnecessary Roughness '95 The Mega Drive's worst American football game. I'm sure the experts could tell you why. 6th worst Mega Drive game - 35.20871428571429 - Nekketsu Kouko Dodgeball Bu: Soccer Hen MD Football game in Technos' Kunio-kun franchise that looks and plays like something designed for the NES (because it was). With so many more modern options to choose from, it was torn apart by critics. 5th worst Mega Drive game - 34.625 - Time Killers Really late conversion of a not-so-good Mortal Kombat clone. Standards were too high for this sort of thing in 1996. 4th worst Mega Drive game - 30.0 - Earth Defense Unlicensed tat from Taiwan. Unlike most, this was packaged up and sold in the US, but it doesn't stop it from being a crappy shooter. 3rd worst Mega Drive game - 29.9375 - Chester Cheetah: Wild Wild Quest Not sure if it's the game that's truly awful, or what the product represents, given that it's a sequel to a crap platform game that's only out to make quick cash. 2nd worst Mega Drive game - 29.4 - Super Battleship: The Classic Naval Combat Game Remember when they made a film and an FPS out of Battleship? This isn't that - it's just Battleship. I'm guessing the board game cost less and was generally more fun. Worst Mega Drive game - 13.0 - Barney's Hide & Seek Game I think this is an easy target given it's clearly a game for very young children, but hey - statistically the worst Mega Drive game. Sadly(?) some of the genuinely horrible games, Action 52, The Great Waldo Search and X-Perts are all sitting in the 40s right now. Really need more review scores added to fix that.