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Behind the Design: Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

Behind the Design: Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

Early in the 16-bit era, Sega and Disney teamed up to produce one of the best platformers on the Genesis. They created a game that represented an early example of the power of Sega’s new hardware and that is still beloved to this day. Sega-16 delves into the making of Castle of Illusion to see how this classic came to life and how it helped define a new generation of platformers.

E-SWAT (Master System)

E-SWAT (Master System)

Sega’s armored cops took arcades and the Genesis by storm, and they eventually set up a precinct on the Master System. Closer to the coin-op than the Genesis version, the 8-bit game provides a decent amount of gameplay with some decent presentation. It’s not as good as its siblings, but it makes for a decent addition to Master System libraries.

Interview: Coury Carlson (My Life in Gaming)

Interview: Coury Carlson (My Life in Gaming)

Coury Carlson has been making video game documentaries and videos for his YouTube show, “My Life in Gaming” since 2013. Recently, he filmed an excellent documentary on the making of the Sega CD classic Night Trap for its 25th anniversary. We chatted with him about the process, as well as his upcoming projects.

Creative Genesis: Master System Games!

Creative Genesis: Master System Games!

Getting a console for Christmas or a birthday is a wonderful thing. iretrogamer’s Tyler Esposito has shared a great video about the time he got his Master System. It’s a story about a father and son bonding over Sega games, and it’s sure to give you some warm fuzzies inside.

Reader Roundtable Vol. 135

Reader Roundtable Vol. 135

It’s been a pretty good month for gaming overall, and hopefully you’ve been able to tear yourself away from¬†Sonic Mania to play some classic Sega consoles. Our staff and readers sure have, and they’ve got a great selection of titles to share this month!


8-Bit Reviews

E-SWAT (Master System)

E-SWAT (Master System)

Sega’s armored cops took arcades and the Genesis by storm, and they eventually set up a precinct on the Master System. Closer to the coin-op than the Genesis version, the 8-bit game provides a decent amount of gameplay with some decent presentation. It’s not as good as its siblings, but it makes for a decent addition to Master System libraries.

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Genesis Reviews

Dyna Brothers 2

Dyna Brothers 2

Real-time strategy buffs who aren’t afraid of a little Japanese will want to check out Dyna Brothers 2. Charming visuals, engaging gameplay, and dinosaurs make for a neat little game that will keep players occupied for hours. The language barrier is perhaps the only obstacle to an otherwise excellent title.

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Sega CD Reviews

Demolition Man CD

Demolition Man CD

Break out the Taco Bell! Stallone and Snipes are on your Sega CD, and they’ve got lots of action and shooting to keep you busy. That is, unless you’ve already played the Genesis version. In that case, they’ve got the same game but with some grainy FMV scenes! Still, it’s worth adding to your library, since it’s a very solid action title.

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Behind the Design: Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

Behind the Design: Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

Early in the 16-bit era, Sega and Disney teamed up to produce one of the best platformers on the Genesis. They created a game that represented an early example of the power of Sega’s new hardware and that is still beloved to this day. Sega-16 delves into the making of Castle of Illusion to see how this classic came to life and how it helped define a new generation of platformers.

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Dyna Brothers 2

Dyna Brothers 2

Real-time strategy buffs who aren’t afraid of a little Japanese will want to check out Dyna Brothers 2. Charming visuals, engaging gameplay, and dinosaurs make for a neat little game that will keep players occupied for hours. The language barrier is perhaps the only obstacle to an otherwise excellent title.

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Interview: Patrick Hickey Jr. (Author of “The Minds Behind the Games”)

Interview: Patrick Hickey Jr. (Author of “The Minds Behind the Games”)

We recently chatted with Patrick Hickey Jr., an author, professor and journalist whose forthcoming book,¬†“The Minds Behind the Games,” examines 36 different classic titles from multiple consoles and includes input from over 50 developers.

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Hands-On: Ecco Jr. and the Great Ocean Treasure Hunt!

Hands-On: Ecco Jr. and the Great Ocean Treasure Hunt!

From the Game Gear to the Sega CD, Sega’s Ecco the Dolphin was seemingly everywhere in the ’90s. What many people don’t know is that he also made an appearance on the Pico, Sega’s educational children’s console. A variation of the Ecco Jr. game was released, and we’ve given it a hands-on to see if it sinks or swims.

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College Football’s National Championship

College Football’s National Championship

Anxious for football season to start? Here’s one game you might want to go back and check out. It was one of the BlueSky’s better football games and the last one to use the fabled Sports Talk feature. The NFL may be weeks away, but there’s some solid college football action available on the Genesis, so give it a tackle.

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Reader Roundtable Vol. 134

Reader Roundtable Vol. 134

Summer is in full swing, and you’ve hopefully had some extra time to play games. As always, we’re here to share what we’ve been playing over the past 30 days, and there’s usually a game or two that might have slipped under your radar or that you’ve been thinking of revisiting. Well, now’s the time! Grab that controller and play some games!

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