Quantcast
Classic Interview: Yoshiki Kawasaki (Flicky Designer)

Classic Interview: Yoshiki Kawasaki (Flicky Designer)

This interview about the design of Flicky was originally published in May 2002 as part of Sega of Japan’s Masterpiece Album series, which featured comprehensive talks with some of Sega’s brightest Japanese arcade and console designers. It was translated as research material for the Flicky section of the book The Sega Arcade Revolution: A History in 62 Games. 

Fighters Megamix

Fighters Megamix

Sega took the best of its fighting game efforts and molded them into one of the best brawlers of the 32-bit era (or any, for that matter). A huge cast of characters from Fighting Vipers, Virtua Fighter, and even Virtua Cop come together to create one incredible battle experience. Have a Saturn? Then simply put, you need this game.

NBA Live ’96

NBA Live ’96

EA continued its streak of great basketball games with Live ’96. While it wasn’t a major step up from the previous year, it made some minor adjustments that put it among the best games in the sport available on the Genesis. Opinions will vary as to which entry was best overall, but Live ’96 is a solid entry point for 16-bit B-ball fans.

House of Tarot

House of Tarot

Tired of playing Sonic or Shinobi? Here’s something different for your Game Gear. Sega released a Tarot reading game in Japan that does creates a pretty good 8-bit representation of fortune-telling with only two buttons. Is there a screen mod in your future? Perhaps a restored battery pack? You’ll have to play to see!

Astal

Astal

Astal was a welcome release for Saturn owners starving for new games. It also hinted at what could have been an amazing upgrade for 2D games on the new 32-bit machine. While it has its flaws, it remains a fun action platformer that boasts decent gameplay, some stunning visuals, and a stellar soundtrack.


8-Bit Reviews

House of Tarot

House of Tarot

Tired of playing Sonic or Shinobi? Here’s something different for your Game Gear. Sega released a Tarot reading game in Japan that does creates a pretty good 8-bit representation of fortune-telling with only two buttons. Is there a screen mod in your future? Perhaps a restored battery pack? You’ll have to play to see!

continue reading

16-bit Reviews

NBA Live ’96

NBA Live ’96

EA continued its streak of great basketball games with Live ’96. While it wasn’t a major step up from the previous year, it made some minor adjustments that put it among the best games in the sport available on the Genesis. Opinions will vary as to which entry was best overall, but Live ’96 is a solid entry point for 16-bit B-ball fans.

continue reading

Arcade/Saturn/DC Reviews

Fighters Megamix

Fighters Megamix

Sega took the best of its fighting game efforts and molded them into one of the best brawlers of the 32-bit era (or any, for that matter). A huge cast of characters from Fighting Vipers, Virtua Fighter, and even Virtua Cop come together to create one incredible battle experience. Have a Saturn? Then simply put, you need this game.

continue reading

Features

Classic Interview: Yoshiki Kawasaki (Flicky Designer)

Classic Interview: Yoshiki Kawasaki (Flicky Designer)

This interview about the design of Flicky was originally published in May 2002 as part of Sega of Japan’s Masterpiece Album series, which featured comprehensive talks with some of Sega’s brightest Japanese arcade and console designers. It was translated as research material for the Flicky section of the book The Sega Arcade Revolution: A History in 62 Games. 

continue reading

Recent Posts

Psycho Fox

Psycho Fox

A late platform release for the Master System, Psycho Fox takes a bunch of good ideas and fumbles about with them, never quite knowing what to do. The game is fun and has some interesting dynamics, but it leaves players with the impression that it could have been so much more.

read more

Interview: Ray Price (Founder of Arcade816)

Interview: Ray Price (Founder of Arcade816)

Ray Price’s Arcade816 is looking to take some of the most iconic game consoles of all time and put them in sexy arcade cabinets so that they can play their favorite games in an arcade setting. The result is a very sleek and practical way to give old consoles new life on modern screens and in locations where more people will experience them.

read more

Preview: The Sega Arcade Revolution: A History in 62 Games

Preview: The Sega Arcade Revolution: A History in 62 Games

Ken Horowitz returns with his second Sega book! This new work chronicles the company’s arcade history from the early ’60s to the merger with Sammy Corp. 62 arcade classics are discussed in detail, along with multiple landmark events in Sega’s history! This is a must-read for Sega and arcade fans!

read more

John Madden Football ’93

John Madden Football ’93

Football season may be over, but it’s always Sunday on the Genesis! Madden ’93 continued EA’s steady evolution of its gridiron juggernaut with the 1993 installment, and it offers a great time for anyone wanting to play armchair quarterback for a while. Grab some chips and a cold one and get ready for some football!

read more

Galactic Attack

Galactic Attack

The Saturn has a robust selection of shooters, but relatively few of them left Japan. One that people should definitely examine is Galactic Attack, known as Layer Section in Japan, a vertically-scrolling affair with lock-on attacks. It’s a solid port that has some great action, crisp visuals, and a great soundtrack.

read more