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Hardware Classics: The Sega Genesis Nomad

The Sega Genesis Nomad

The less-travelled roadie

During the early '90s Sega's hardware department effectively went crazy. Flushed with the success of the Genesis / Mega Drive in North America and Europe, the company produced a series of commercial duds in an attempt to buttress its 16-bit business in the face of stiff competition from rival Nintendo. The first endeavour...

Weirdness: There's More To This Megatron Transformers Toy Than Meets The Eye

There's More To This Megatron Transformers Toy Than Meets The Eye

The worlds of Transformers and video gaming collide

Like any successful toy line, Transformers has seen its fair share of video game adaptations — earliest of which can be traced all the way back to the Famicom, the Japanese version of the NES. However, this latest Transformers gaming crossover has "weird" written all over it. Manufactured by...

News: Mega Drive: Collected Works To Include Input From Creators Of Ecco, Comix Zone And Vectorman

Mega Drive: Collected Works To Include Input From Creators Of Ecco, Comix Zone And Vectorman

US developers on-board for the definitive history of Sega's 16-bitter

We recently reported on the Kickstarter campaign for Sega Mega Drive / Genesis: Collected Works, and are happy to report that the project has already passed its initial funding goal of £30,000. However, Read-Only Memory founder Darren Wall has gotten in

News: Publisher Read-Only Memory Is Creating The Ultimate Retrospective On Sega's Mega Drive

Publisher Read-Only Memory Is Creating The Ultimate Retrospective On Sega's Mega Drive

Or the Genesis, if you're American

We recently investigated Read-Only Memory's excellent Sensible Software 1986–1999, a book which uncovers the history of one of Britain's most iconic games studios. Now, the publisher is back with another Kickstarter campaign, and this time it's Sega's legendary 16-bit console which is the main focus.

News: Sega's Most Successful Console Is 25 Years Old Today

Sega's Most Successful Console Is 25 Years Old Today

Happy birthday, Mega Drive

A quarter of the century ago, Sega released its most successful console. The Mega Drive hit Japanese retailers on October 29th, 1988 and would go on to sell an estimated 40 million units globally. Known in North America as the Genesis, the system was the first to genuinely challenge the supremacy of Nintendo's NES, and the...

Hardware Classics: Sega Mega Drive

Sega Mega Drive

The genesis of Sega's superstardom

It's fitting that the first non-Nintendo entry in our Hardware Classics series should be the Sega Mega Drive. This sleek 16-bit powerhouse remains Sega's most commercially successful console, having shifted around 40 million units globally. Famous for being the first console to challenge Nintendo's dominance in...

Hardware Review: Retrode 2

Retrode 2

Unlock your vintage games collection

We reported on the Retrode Version 2 last year, and have since been able to get our hands on one of these intriguing (not to mention controversial) devices. What follows is a straightforward review of the unit and an assessment of its functionality and usefulness to dedicated retro collectors. We're not going...

News: Mega Drive RPG Classic Pier Solar Could Be Headed To Wii U

Mega Drive RPG Classic Pier Solar Could Be Headed To Wii U

Kickstarter campaign for HD version at 50% after just 3 days

Back in 2010, indie developer WaterMelon created an all-new RPG for the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis to US readers) called Pier Solar and the Great Architects. An incredible achievement in itself, the game soon found a cult audience thanks to its gorgeous 2D visuals and gripping story line,...

News: Super Street Fighter II Strikes Europe Next Week

Super Street Fighter II Strikes Europe Next Week

Hadouken!

The much anticipated Mega Drive version of Super Street Fighter II is due to reach Europe next week. The official Nintendo site lists the game for 12th April at 800 Points. We've already got Super Street Fighter II on SNES available on Virtual Console, but this Mega Drive version is due to launch with online multiplayer, a Virtual Console...

Rumour: Strider Bound for Wii Virtual Console

Strider Bound for Wii Virtual Console

It's all happening

As if the recent revelation that Super Street Fighter II with online play is coming west, there's a double-whammy of good Capcom VC news as rumours also point to a Western release for Strider. Siliconera reports both games are now confirmed for release outside Japan, but so far only SSFII has been officially announced by Capcom. We've approache

Interview: Star Odyssey and The Challenge of Bringing Dead Games Back to Life

Star Odyssey and The Challenge of Bringing Dead Games Back to Life

We speak to Super Fighter Team's Brandon Cobb about its latest retro resurrection project

If you're the kind of person that appreciates vintage gaming then chances are you're already familiar with Super Fighter Team. Formed in San Diego, California with the express intention of giving long-forgotten games a new lease of commercial life, the group has already successfully localised and published a..

News: Monster World IV Coming to Virtual Console in Europe

Monster World IV Coming to Virtual Console in Europe

PEGI rating seals the deal

In February we brought you news that Monster World IV was finally coming Westward, according to a rating by the Australian OFLC, and there was much rejoicing. Now the European rating board PEGI has got in on the act, rating the game for Virtual Console in Europe. Naturally there's no specific release date yet, but the fact it's been rated for Virtual Console alone is..

Feature: Hyperkin Retron3 Console Review

Hyperkin Retron3 Console Review

The unholy three-in-one

Those of you with sharp memories will recall that we reviewed the Retro Duo console a few months back and were quite impressed with the system's power to grant new life to dusty old Nintendo cartridges. We've since been sent yet another of these "clone" systems to take a look at, but this time there's a twist - instead of just playing SNES and NES titles, the..

Nintendo Download: 12th February 2010 (Europe)

12th February 2010 (Europe)

Increasing the amount of games ever so slowly.

Nintendo of Europe's planned games for today seemed almost set in stone since last week, but over the past few days we suddenly got a handful of extra games to complement update, bringing the total amount of new things this week up to seven. Still not quite as much as elsewhere, but at least they're inching their way ever closer! By far the biggest..

Nintendo Download: 8 January 2010 (Europe)

8 January 2010 (Europe)

Virtual Console returns!

After two weeks of very few interesting downloadable games, today offers us some potentially good titles. The Virtual Console gets one new game (And a good one, at that) while WiiWare gets two and DSiWare gets three. The first Virtual Console game in 3 weeks is Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi on the Mega Drive. Released...

Nintendo Download: Earthworm Jim 2, Mahjong, Happy Holidays, Foto Face, Karaoke, Magic and Another Notebook (EU)

Earthworm Jim 2, Mahjong, Happy Holidays, Foto Face, Karaoke, Magic and Another Notebook (EU)

We are spared of another no VC week!

Nintendo of Europe already had all DSiWare and WiiWare releases for today listed on their site or a while, but curiously enough, there was no Virtual Console game. Thankfully, they've chosen to release one anyway! Earthworm Jim 2 offers more crazy platforming action with everybody's favourite worm in a suit, and it does so pretty well. However, the developers..

Nintendo Download: Flip Champs, Missiles, Shanghai II, Copter Crisis, Dragon Master, Rabbids Lab and Solitaire (EU)

Flip Champs, Missiles, Shanghai II, Copter Crisis, Dragon Master, Rabbids Lab and Solitaire (EU)

The Virtual Console does not bring us what most of us wanted.

After a week with no Virtual Console game, and the recent North American releases of Indiana Jones and Super Mario Kart, one would think that one or both of them would've been released in PAL regions this week - After all, either would've been the 300th VC game for Australia. Sadly, neither has been released, but we have finally gotten a..

Nintendo Download: Ninjas, Picture Books, Slot Cars, Sudoku and Guitars (US)

Ninjas, Picture Books, Slot Cars, Sudoku and Guitars (US)

Nintendo of America does a bit of catching up.

There's nothing really unexpected this week - Except for the fact that it seems LucasArts won't be releasing their Super Star Wars games in consecutive weeks, as there's no new one this time. Four of today's five new games have already been released in Europe, so we've already got reviews ready. The Virtual Console has the best new game this week,..