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Interview: Susan Manley (EA Project Manager)

Interview: Susan Manley (EA Project Manager)

For several key years, Susan Manley served as a project manager for Electronic Arts. During her tenure, some of the publisher’s most renowned franchises were born, and they helped propel Electronic Arts to the top tier of Genesis publishers. We had a chance to chat with Ms. Manley about her experiences, so read on for all the details!

Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa

Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa

Opa-Opa’s second adventure on the Master System may not be as classic as his first, but it’s still some quality shooter action. Great gameplay and solid design overcome some hardware shortcomings (particularly regarding sound) and make for an excellent addition to anyone’s Master System library.

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.


8-Bit Reviews

Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa

Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa

Opa-Opa’s second adventure on the Master System may not be as classic as his first, but it’s still some quality shooter action. Great gameplay and solid design overcome some hardware shortcomings (particularly regarding sound) and make for an excellent addition to anyone’s Master System library.

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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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Features

Interview: Susan Manley (EA Project Manager)

Interview: Susan Manley (EA Project Manager)

For several key years, Susan Manley served as a project manager for Electronic Arts. During her tenure, some of the publisher’s most renowned franchises were born, and they helped propel Electronic Arts to the top tier of Genesis publishers. We had a chance to chat with Ms. Manley about her experiences, so read on for all the details!

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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.

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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!

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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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