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Dark Wizard

Dark Wizard

Dark Wizard is the kind of game you quickly overlook, but love once you actually begin playing it. It’s very well done and has a deep and involving storyline that will enthrall RPG and strategy gamers alike. It’s a shame it was released so late into the Sega CD’s life span, as I’m sure more gamers could have enjoyed it had the soon-to-be-released Saturn not killed the momentum of everything Genesis-related.

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Popful Mail

Popful Mail

In 1994, Falcom and Working Designs brought forth one of the best reasons to own a Sega CD. Popful Mail’s combination of great gameplay, crisp visuals, and wonderful cut scenes produced an action/RPG classic, and it’s a game all of the system’s owners should have in their libraries.

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Decap Attack

Halloween 1991 saw the release of a pretty unique title called Decap attack. Originally released in Japan as “Magical Flying Hat Turbo Adventure” (which was based on a cartoon), Sega made some changes and instead gave the game a spooky theme. Why? Who cares? The game is different and tremendous fun.

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Golden Axe III

Golden Axe III

The third installment in the Golden Axe series never left Japan, and with good reason. Aside from a few good ideas, such as branching paths, the game comes off as extremely watered-down when compared to the original, which came out half a decade before it.

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Pulseman

Pulseman

Pulseman is an import-only platformer that came out late in the Mega Drive’s life span. As one of the many triple A-quality games that SOA either didn’t promote (Ristar) or ignored altogether (Monster World IV), Pulseman lost much of its intended audience. Over the years it became one of those import gems that leaves one wondering what the heck Sega of America was thinking.

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