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Global Defense

Global Defense

Sega wowed arcade gamers with SDI, a trackball-based shooter that had them defending the planet from enemy attack. The game was soon ported to the Master System, and while several compromises had to be made for it to work on the less-powerful hardware (and with a controller), the conversion turned out surprisingly well. It’s one that’s worth checking out.

Fire & Ice

Fire & Ice

Platformers were all the rage during the early ’90s, and in some places, the Master System was still getting new releases. Tec Toy’s version of Fire & Ice tried to give the machine some new blood, but it the gameplay left more people cold than hot. Still, it’s not a bad game and one worth checking out if you’re a fan of Master System imports.

Creative Genesis: A Sega CD for Christmas!

Creative Genesis: A Sega CD for Christmas!

When you’re a kid, getting a new game console for Christmas is one of the most awesome experiences there is. Imagine getting a Sega CD in 1994, then! Tyler Esposito of the YouTube channel iretrogamer was lucky enough to capture on video his cousin’s odyssey to become two of those kids, and if it doesn’t give you the fuzzies then you’re probably a robot.

5-in-1 FunPak

5-in-1 FunPak

Board games on a game console might not hold much attention when released on their own, but bundled together, they can offer a package worthy of some time. Interplay’s 5-in-1 FunPak takes a few board game staples and puts them on a single Game Gear cartridge, complete with two-player option. Is it enough to hold one’s attention? Read on and see.

Reader Roundtable Vol. 128

Reader Roundtable Vol. 128

Hopefully, everyone got all they wanted for Christmas, and with luck, that included lots of Sega games. There are plenty of games worth asking Santa for, so it’s most likely that he brought something you wanted! Our staff and readers share their games for the month, so let’s see what they’ve been playing!


8-Bit Reviews

Global Defense

Global Defense

Sega wowed arcade gamers with SDI, a trackball-based shooter that had them defending the planet from enemy attack. The game was soon ported to the Master System, and while several compromises had to be made for it to work on the less-powerful hardware (and with a controller), the conversion turned out surprisingly well. It’s one that’s worth checking out.

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Genesis Reviews

NBA Action ’94

NBA Action ’94

Sega gave EA Sports a run for its money with a line of quality titles that covered all types of sports. One of its strongest series during the 16-bit era was NBA Action. Real teams and players and solid gameplay made up for the weak graphics, and the game is worth playing for fans of B-ball action, particularly the multi-player mode.

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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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Creative Genesis: A Sega CD for Christmas!

Creative Genesis: A Sega CD for Christmas!

When you’re a kid, getting a new game console for Christmas is one of the most awesome experiences there is. Imagine getting a Sega CD in 1994, then! Tyler Esposito of the YouTube channel iretrogamer was lucky enough to capture on video his cousin’s odyssey to become two of those kids, and if it doesn’t give you the fuzzies then you’re probably a robot.

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Recent Posts

Alex Kidd in Shinobi World

Alex Kidd in Shinobi World

Sega’s early mascot returns for his final Master System outing, released a year after his Genesis debut (and finale). A funny spoof on another Sega franchise, Shinobi World is still a fun game to play. It’s a bit on the easy side, but it’s worth checking out… if you’re willing to pay the prices it goes for nowadays.

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Double Dragon (Game Gear)

Double Dragon (Game Gear)

A legendary series like Double Dragon deserved better. Virgin Games somehow managed to take a fan favorite and make it almost unplayable. With all the versions out there, the Game Gear port should have been one of the best. Instead, it’s a farmed-out mess of a game. Stick with other versions… any other versions.

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Double Take: Ecco Jr.

Double Take: Ecco Jr.

Though Ecco the Dolphin is one of the most beloved franchises on the Genesis, the third game to appear that console isn’t particularly well-known. Ecco Jr. was released as part of Sega’s Kids Club line, and it was meant for younger audiences. This meant a lot of older gamers passed it by. Should they have? Read on and see.

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Space Harrier (Master System)

Space Harrier (Master System)

Sega’s classic shooter Space Harrier has graced virtually every hardware platform the company made, starting with a port on the Master System. While it isn’t as good as some of the later versions because of hardware limitations, it’s still worth spending some time with. Welcome to the Fantasy Zone!

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Reader Roundtable Vol. 127

Reader Roundtable Vol. 127

Thanksgiving may be over, but you’re probably staring down a refrigerator full of leftovers. Turkey for the rest of the week may not sound appetizing, but at least we can give thanks for all the great Genesis games we got to play this month! Our staff and readers put down their turkey legs and share what they’ve been playing all month.

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