Sega licensing the X-Men property was a big deal in 1993. Fans knew they were going to get a slightly edgier game than what would be allowed on the Nintendo platforms. While there is no blood, the Genesis X-Men did give gamers something no other game had the balls to do. A unique Easter Egg that no one wanted- one that was required to beat the game which kind of went against the whole Easter Egg idea.
X-Men for the Sega Genesis doesn’t feature the full roster of characters in spite of it containing Wolverine and Cyclops. Instances in which female characters in this game are relegated to the status of mere sidekicks include Jean Grey, Storm, and even Rogue.
However, the Sega innovation shows that you don’t need to recreate the comic book series to make an excellent game. With Sega’s X-Men game, which takes place in the Danger Room projection room, it has become easier for them to focus on making a great game without worrying about the odd details of the comic book superpower franchise.