Pachinko has always been popular in Japan, enough so to get its own Mega Drive game! Soft Vision’s Pachinko Kuunyan took the concept and refined it to work on console, and the result is a surprisingly playable title that most gamers have unfortunately never heard of.
P.T.O. (Pacific Theater of Operations)
Koei’s excellent war simulation releases extended beyond ancient Japan and into the 20th century, spawning a franchise that lasted several console generations. P.T.O.’s robust and fun military management gave players the chance to play as either Axis or Allies and determine the fate of the world.
Water Margin: The Tales of Clouds and Winds
Lots of Mega Drive games came out in Taiwan and never left. Thankfully, we’re finally seeing releases of many of these titles, and Water Margin is one worth checking out. A beat-’em-up steeped in ancient Chinese history, it’s a fun romp for two players.
Gain Ground was a great arcade experience, and SIMS managed to capture that magic and charm for the Genesis port. Unfortunately, it decided against a U.S. release. Thankfully, Renovation stepped up to the plate and gave us a chance to play this awesome co-op action title.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
While not inherently a bad game, it suffers from a wide range of problems that combine to keep the good captain from reaching his full potential. There are some good ideas here, but sadly no amount of heart can make Captain Planet’s Genesis adventure a good one.