Unlicensed Mega Drive games are actually quite common outside the U.S., and many come from Taiwan. Over the last few years, many have surfaced in some form or another, allowing western gamers to finally get a chance at playing them. Among them was this shmup by Gamtec, which is worth a glance, despite its sweet look and derivative gameplay.
Video game tournaments were once a staple of the the industry, with major players like Nintendo and Sega bringing their faithful together to compete for big prizes and big money. Blockbuster video got in on the craze and hosted its own series of competitions, and cartridge used in the second one now commands a high price.
Just because the Cold War has ended doesn’t mean we still can’t defend U.S. interests through the barrel of a gun! Well, we can in spirit, anyway. Absolute Entertainment’s first-person action title for the Sega CD tires to continue the fight with some mission-based combat, but it falls short in some key areas. Still, it might be worth checking out for those looking for a new disc to spin in their machines.
For more than a decade, Joe Miller has been seen almost exclusively as the virtual father of the 32X. What most people don’t know is that his role at Sega as Senior Vice President of Product Development was mostly software-driven, and though he saw the launch of almost a half-dozen platforms, he oversaw over a hundred in-house games and was involved with everything from the Sega Channel to the Multimedia Studio.
Before you check out the fanmade Barkley: Shut Up & Jam Gaiden and its prequel, spend some time with the game where it all began. Accolade’s take on the NBA Jam formula generated a title that may not have been as good as its inspiration but still provided some solid street-style basketball gameplay. And it has Sir Charles himself!