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Articles written by: Ken Horowitz

Interview: David O’Hare (Advertising Specialist)

Interview: David O’Hare (Advertising Specialist)

Goodby, Berlin & Silverstein’s “WELCOME TO THE NEXT LEVEL” campaign, along with the legendary “Sega Scream,” gave Sega the edge it needed to finally break Nintendo’s monopoly on the industry and become part of popular culture. David O’Hare was part of that legendary campaign, and he shares his experience with us in this exclusive interview!

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Congo Bongo (SG-1000)

Congo Bongo (SG-1000)

Congo Bongo is one of Sega’s underrated arcade titles, and it’s more than a mere Donkey Kong clone. Unfortunately, its charm and engaging gameplay didn’t make it into the SG-1000 conversion. What’s left is barely reminiscent of the coin-op, and it fails to offer any incentive for play over superior ports on other hardware of the era.

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Xeno Crisis

Xeno Crisis

Bitmap Bureau’s Xeno Crisis is an explosive, frenetic blast of a good time that shows just how much life is left in the ol’ Genesis. It combines a gorgeous aesthetic with some great two-player run-‘-n-gun action, producing a title that’s a model of crowd-funding done right.

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Sounds of Sega: Turbo OutRun (Arcade)

Sounds of Sega: Turbo OutRun (Arcade)

Following up a soundtrack as timeless as OutRun’s was a difficult proposition, but 1989’s Turbo OutRun made an excellent try at it. Its selection of fast-paced themes echoed the new racing style that still leaves fans of the series divided today. Despite the controversy surrounding the changes to the gameplay, this was a great score that deserves some attention.

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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.

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