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!
Jurassic Park roared onto just about every piece of hardware that was out in 1993, including the Master System, which was still around in Europe. It may have been scaled down for the machine, but it offered an excellent adventure.
There’s nothing better than crushing your enemies and seeing them driven before you, and Genghis Kahn on the Genesis provides an excellent strategy experience for would-be world conquerors. Manage resources and public opinion, and drive your hordes forth to victory! All that’s missing is the lamentation of the women.
As with many of Sega’s arcade titles of the ’80s, Quartet found its way onto the Master System. There were many changes in the transition, and the popular four-player feature of the original was lost. Still, the version that came home was fun enough to spend an afternoon with, especially with a friend.