With the popularity of soccer in Europe, it’s not surprising that consoles there saw some releases that never made it to North America. Champions of Europe for the Master System is one example, and judging by the gameplay, perhaps it was better left on the other side of the pond. It’s not great, but it has nothing on excellent releases like Sensible Soccer.
Originally hailed as a rival to Super Mario Bros. Alex Kidd in Miracle spawned a series that extended to the Genesis. Though it wasn’t as popular as Mario, the franchise is still well-regarded among Sega fans who loved its vehicles, colorful levels, and wacky boss battles. With a big heart and an even bigger punch, original game has become a bona fide Sega classic. Jan-ken-pon!
Youtube channel iretrogamer has done a great little retrospective on the Vic Tokai’s series of games that includes Decap Attack and Psycho Fox. Both titles are similar in the style of gameplay also found in Kid Kool on the NES. Check out the video and learn a bit more about this fun little series of platformers!
1991, cigarette maker Phillip Morris decided to sue Sega Enterprises over use of what was obviously a version of its Malboro brand logo. Found in the arcade version of Super Monaco GP, the ads set off what was a relatively quiet, if not tense situation between the two companies that ended in a settlement.
During its brief existence, Clockwork Tortoise created games that seemed to really test Sega’s hardware and were really fun to play. Robert Hunter was an artist at the studio, and he recently spoke to Sega-16 about his experiences at Clockwork Tortoise, as well as his time at Malibu Interactive and working on the Genesis and Sega CD.