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Ganbare Gorby!

Ganbare Gorby!

Sometimes, the weirdest concepts can make for a fun game, and few get weirder than Ganbare Gorby! for the Game Gear. What can one say about a puzzle game where you play as the former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev as he passes out food and items to citizens? Weirdness aside, it’s an entertaining puzzle title worth tracking down.

Virtua Fighter 2 (Saturn)

Virtua Fighter 2 (Saturn)

Sega released a technical marvel with the Saturn version of Virtua Fighter 2. Graphical compromises were made for it to happen, but the gameplay made the transition home intact. AM2 added a ton of great options as well, making this port a must-have for Saturn owners.

Ys The Vanished Omens

Ys The Vanished Omens

The only Ys released on the Master System was a port of the first game, and while it lacks the advanced features of its CD-ROM cousin, it offers an excellent rendition of the classic action/RPG. Adol’s first adventure is one anyone with Sega’s 8-bit machine should play, and it still holds up, even with its somewhat clunky combat.

Alien Syndrome (Arcade)

Alien Syndrome (Arcade)

Sega’s 1987 sci-fi classic has done the rounds on multiple formats, but the best way to play it is in its original arcade form. Tense and action-packed, the game was a blast to play with a friend, and it hasn’t lost any of its charm or challenge over the years. It remains one of Sega’s arcade best.

Classic Interview: Makoto Uchida (Die Hard Arcade)

Classic Interview: Makoto Uchida (Die Hard Arcade)

These two interviews with AM1 Designer and Director Makoto Uchida were originally published in the October/November 1997 issue of Sega Saturn Magazine and on Sega’s website circa 1997. They contain some interesting information regarding what would become Sega’s most successful American-developed arcade game and a Saturn classic.


8-Bit Reviews

Ganbare Gorby!

Ganbare Gorby!

Sometimes, the weirdest concepts can make for a fun game, and few get weirder than Ganbare Gorby! for the Game Gear. What can one say about a puzzle game where you play as the former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev as he passes out food and items to citizens? Weirdness aside, it’s an entertaining puzzle title worth tracking down.

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16-bit Reviews

A-Rank Thunder Tanjouhen

A-Rank Thunder Tanjouhen

The Mega CD has plenty of great games that never left Japan, and A-Rank Thunder Tanjouhen is one that fans of anime and visual novels should definitely try. The language barrier may be a problem, but the cool character designs and presentation make it worth the effort. We need a fan translation!

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Arcade/Saturn/DC Reviews

Virtua Fighter 2 (Saturn)

Virtua Fighter 2 (Saturn)

Sega released a technical marvel with the Saturn version of Virtua Fighter 2. Graphical compromises were made for it to happen, but the gameplay made the transition home intact. AM2 added a ton of great options as well, making this port a must-have for Saturn owners.

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Features

Classic Interview: Makoto Uchida (Die Hard Arcade)

Classic Interview: Makoto Uchida (Die Hard Arcade)

These two interviews with AM1 Designer and Director Makoto Uchida were originally published in the October/November 1997 issue of Sega Saturn Magazine and on Sega’s website circa 1997. They contain some interesting information regarding what would become Sega’s most successful American-developed arcade game and a Saturn classic.

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Recent Posts

A-Rank Thunder Tanjouhen

A-Rank Thunder Tanjouhen

The Mega CD has plenty of great games that never left Japan, and A-Rank Thunder Tanjouhen is one that fans of anime and visual novels should definitely try. The language barrier may be a problem, but the cool character designs and presentation make it worth the effort. We need a fan translation!

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It Came from the Desert

It Came from the Desert

One of the more famous Genesis titles that was completed but never given a commercial release, It Came from the Desert has been freely available in ROM form for years. Cinemaware’s lost Genesis game may not be ground-shaking, but it’s worth checking out to see what could have been another addition to the console’s robust library.

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Interview: Chris Tang (Game Creator)

Interview: Chris Tang (Game Creator)

A winner in both Nintendo’s World Championship and Sega’s “Rock the Rock” tournament, Chris Tang has also had a long and storied career in game development. From Tengen to Capcom and beyond, he’s been involved in some of our favorite titles. We recently chatted with him about his work on the Genesis, Sega CD, and Dreamcast; along with his current projects.

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Ecco: The Tides of Time (Game Gear)

Ecco: The Tides of Time (Game Gear)

Sega’s star dolphin made the rounds on the Genesis and Sega CD, and those games came to the Game Gear as well. The second of them, Tides of Time, isn’t a bad game at all, but it seems to lack that special something one would expect at this stage of the series. It’s worth taking a dip in this sea and checking out Ecco’s quest, just don’t expect a major experience.

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Policenauts

Policenauts

Hideo Kojima’s Snatcher is often hailed as one of the best reasons to buy a Sega CD. A well-received sequel was released on the PlayStation and Saturn but never made it stateside, depriving fans of a great adventure game. Thankfully, it was finally fan-translated a few years back and we can now enjoy what Kojima himself considers the definitive version.

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