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  • News The Team Behind Earthworm Jim Would Like to Make a Sequel

    "I think everyone would be up for it sometime"

    Arguably one of the most memorable titles to grace the Sega Genesis in the 16-bit era was Earthworm Jim. Starring a worm in control of a super suit that fell from the sky, the crazy intergalactic adventure became famous for its bizarre sense of humour and fluid animation techniques. The classic received...

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  • Feature Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Damien McFerran

    Damien McFerran talks festive play and mentions Sega a few times (sorry)

    In the second part of our festive series, Damien McFerran talks about the gaming Christmas memories of his youth and why consoles like the SNES and Mega Drive have such a special place in his heart. As you may have gathered from the large volume of Sega-related content that...

November2014

  • Hardware Classics 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...

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  • News 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...

March2013

  • Hardware Classics 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...

January2013

  • Hardware Review 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...

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  • Rumour 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

  • News Super Street Fighter II with Online Coming Westward Too

    Capcom confirms

    Just a little while ago, we posted a story about Japan getting the Mega Drive version of Super Street Fighter II with added online multiplayer. As the west had not received the previous two online-enabled Virtual Console games (the arcade versions of Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo 2), and because of the fact that there haven't been any...

July2011

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  • News 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..

June2010

  • Feature 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..

February2010

  • Nintendo Download 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..

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  • News EU VC Update: MERCS and Winter Games

    This week offers no real surprises for Europe. One game was released in the US last week instead of ClayFighter, heavily hinting it would hit Europe soon, and the other game was bound to come sometime!

    Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS is the second game in the Commando series. You can take control of one of a number of muscular characters as you trek through jungles, mountains and villages blowing up..

  • News USA VC Update: Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS

    Instead of ClayFighter, today sees the VC release of another Capcom classic. It's not that surprising though, because Capcom hinted that it would be released not too long ago!

    Mercs, now renamed Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS, as promised by Capcom, is an overhead run and gun game for the Genesis. You can pick one of a number of characters as you run through jungles, villages, mountains and enemy..

  • News EU VC Update: ClayFighter and Sonic Chaos

    Hanabi Festival enthusiasts have to wait a bit longer, it seems - Due to recent OFLC ratings, many thought one would be right around the corner, but Nintendo seems to have given this VC week to Sega instead.

    The first new game this week is ClayFighter for the Mega Drive. Attempting to cash in on other popular games at the time, such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, Visual Concepts created one..

January2009

  • News USA VC Update: MUSHA

    Nintendo's streak of good VC games continues this week with a fantastic Genesis shoot 'em up! It's also a super-rare game, so for people who've been longing to play the game this will be a much cheaper option than hunting down a cartridge.

    MUSHA is the US title for Musha Aleste, which is, as you can obviously tell from the title, part of the Aleste...

December2008

  • News USA VC Update: Phantasy Star IV

    You won't believe it - A lot of people were probably expecting multiple games this week because of the holidays, but Nintendo of America has decided to continue the trend once more, releasing just one new game again! This time, it's an amazing classic RPG.

    Phantasy Star IV is the final title in the "main" Phantasy Star storyline. After the somewhat subpar Phantasy Star III Sega decided to..

  • News EU VC Update: Last Ninja 3, Impossible Mission II and Boogerman

    After a short hiatus, the Commodore 64 is back with two new games - One is easily one of the most stunning games on the system, while the other is a good platform/action game. They're accompanied by a platformer on the Mega Drive.

    Last Ninja 3 is the final part of the Last Ninja series. It's basically more of the same - Explore your isometric surroundings to find key items, kill enemies and solve..

November2008

  • News EU VC Update: Metal Slug 2, Forgotten Worlds and Space Invaders

    Not many surprises for Europe again this week! It's basically the exact same as the US update last week, with the addition of one more game.

    Metal Slug 2 basically just builds on the standard set by the original Metal Slug. If you like rock-hard shooting/platforming action this is the game for you! This time, there's four characters to play as, more weapons, more "Slugs" to ride, more..

  • News USA VC Update: Boogerman

    It's just one game again this week, and unfortunately it's neither of the big-name titles (Castlevania III and Phantasy Star IV) which Europe recently got. What you get instead is Interplay's next title.

    Boogerman is a rather average game in terms of gameplay - Just run and jump your way through the stages. What really sets it apart from other...

  • News USA VC Update: Forgotten Worlds and Space Invaders

    Hot on the heels of Mega Man 3, Capcom has released yet another of their classics on VC! It's accompanied by a popular, yet aged arcade game by Taito.

    Forgotten Worlds is the Genesis port of Capcom's arcade shooter. You control a flying warrior in a robotic suit who, as is usually the case in shooters, has to take down an evil overlord and his...

  • News EU VC Update: Phantasy Star IV and Mega Man 3

    Fear not, European Mega Man fans. You don't have to wait long for Mega Man 3 - It's available now! And while it alone would make for a great update, Sega has decided to give us a special treat as well - One of the best Mega Drive games ever made!

    Phantasy Star IV is often considered one of the greatest games ever made for the Mega Drive. It pushes...

October2008

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  • News USA VC Releases: Super Dodge Ball and Vectorman

    Don't just buy Mega Man 9 on WiiWare this week and ignore the Virtual Console - There's two great games up for grabs there as well!

    If you've played the excellent River City Ransom, you'll probably think Super Dodge Ball looks strangely familiar. If you do, you're right, because it's another game in the Kunio series, which all share a similar art style. Strangely, outside Japan, the link between..

August2008

  • News EU VC Update - Samurai Shodown II

    Samurai Shodown II was supposed to be released in the US last Monday, according to SNK. Sadly, this ended up not happening. Europeans, however, are now able to buy SNK's fighter masterpiece on Virtual Console. It is flanked by a cult Commodore 64 game and two Mega Drive games.

    Obviously, Samurai Shodown II is the pick of the bunch. We got International Karate +, a fantastic fighter, only two weeks..

  • News USA VC Update: Sonic (Master System) and Splatterhouse 2

    If you've been keeping up with the news and saw our recent articles, you would've known that Capcom, Hudson Soft and SNK Playmore all "confirmed" that one of their games would be released on VC today in the US. These games would have been Mega Man, Ys Book I & II, and Samurai Shodown II, all classics and very well liked among retro gamers. Sadly, it appears that Nintendo of America is having none of that (Just like two weeks ago with Star Parodier and Break In) and has chosen to release completely different games instead.

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July2008

  • News USA VC Update: Super Fantasy Zone and Gley Lancer

    If you're desperately hoping for another TurboGrafx-16 game to be released soon, you might've noticed that Hudson's site listed Star Parodier and Break In to be released today. Sadly this is not the case, as in a strange twist of fate two different games have been released instead. Both of them are shooters, both of them are on the Genesis, both of them are imports, and both of them were already released in Europe quite a while ago.

    Super Fantasy Zone is the last game in the Fantasy Zone series. It is quite...

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  • News Three Interplay-Owned Franchises Coming to VC

    Gaming news site Gamasutra has reported something which will no doubt please many - 3 franchises currently owned by Interplay are making their way to VC.

    After the recent relaunch of Interplay's website, there was some speculation on if there would be resurrections of the franchises shown around the company's logo. Well, these aren't exactly resurrections, but they're coming back, at least!..

  • News US VC Releases - 21st April - River City Ransom

    Fancy a bit of a punch up this week? Maybe embarking on an epic quest spanning several generations is your thing? If so you are in luck!

    What better way to herald in the series of weekly NES beat ‘em ups than to begin with the mighty River City Ransom? Our North American readers were green with envy when Europe got this in their Wii Shop (entitled...

  • News EU VC Release - 18th April - Sega Week - Phantasy Star III

    After the 4-game blowout last week, some Europeans wondered if Nintendo of Europe had somehow completely turned around and would start to throw out multiple games every week from now on. This dream has been quickly shattered, because it's just one game again this week.

    Apparently not considering the two Master System games last week as a true "Sega Week", Sega has now released a new Mega..

  • News US VC Releases - 14th April - Mega Turrican

    If you like blasting things then you are in for a treat this week as this Monday’s Virtual Console selection will give you hours of blasting pleasure.

    First up is Mega Turrican on the Sega Genesis. You might remember this as Turrican 3 on the Commodore Amiga. It's kind of a mix between Metroid, Contra and Gunstar Heroes but that doesn’t really...

  • News OFLC Update - Another Konami Import Title

    In an OFLC update today, three more titles have been rated for eventual Australia release (As always, this should most likely mean they will also come to Europe).

    The only "new" game of the bunch is Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa (Bio Miracle Baby Upa), a Kirby-esque game starring a baby called Upa. This baby would later appear in a few of...

March2008

  • News US VC Releases - March 24th - King's Knight

    Normally we lead with our favourite game of the week but as the Sega Genesis choice isn’t going to blow you away we’ll lead with Square’s King’s Knight this week just because, you know, um, it was developed by Square. Think of it as a skeleton in Square’s closet! This is no Final Fantasy it has to be said.

    Here at the VC:R we admit we do have a bit of a soft spot for vertically scrolling..

  • News EU VC Release - March 21st - Sega Week - Mega Turrican

    Tomorrow's Good Friday in most of Europe - Last year, Nintendo of Europe updated the VC a few hours earlier than normal because of this. Not this year though, the update was at the regular time!

    Super Turrican was only added 3 weeks ago - But now you can get the game that was originally released before it: Mega Turrican! This game's a bit more...

  • News USK update - Four new Sega games: Phantasy Star, Gley Lancer

    The USK is the German equivalent of the PEGI, ESRB, OFLC and all those other rating groups. They have been known to rate VC games occasionally, however, they never add the ratings to their site. Sometimes, though, they slip up and accidentally add them as Wii games - This is the case today, as they've added four new games which are all published by Sega, and are all Mega Drive games. The games are as follows:

    Gley Lancer (Import): This shooter by NCS (The makers of Cybernator, among other games) never made it out of Japan, but still has...

  • News US VC Releases - March 10th - DoReMi Fantasy

    Break out the sushi and sake because this week the Virtual Console is turning Japanese! Platform and puzzle fans are sure to be delighted with these two choices. Both DoReMi Fantasy and Puyo Puyo 2 never saw the light of day outside of the land of the rising sun, which is a crying shame as both are excellent. Finally Nintendo have addressed the balance and done all the legal business to get them on to the VC this week.

    DoReMi Fantasy: Milon’s DokiDoki Adventure is the sequel to Milon's Secret Castle on...

February2008

  • News EU VC Releases - 15th February - Sega Week - Phantasy Star II

    In a rather welcome change of pace, this week finally sees more than one new release in Europe. It also brings back Sega Week, which was strangely absent in January (Well, unless you count a single Mega Drive game as a Sega Week).

    The obvious top pick today is Phantasy Star II, a rather well-known Mega Drive RPG which has been rereleased a bunch of...

  • News US VC Releases - 4th February - Operation Wolf

    You can practically hear the sound of a funeral march as this week’s North American Virtual Console releases slowly appear from out of the impenetrable mist…

    Those of you that moaned about the solo-game weeks will be heartened to learn that you have two games to choose from today, but the bad news is that both aren’t really worth downloading. Operation Wolf on the NES may cause some to prick..

January2008

  • News Phantasy Star II Confirmed by ESRB

    Lucky Japanese gamers got their chance to enjoy the game today, but the recent certification of Phantasy Star II by the ESRB confirms that the classic Genesis/Megadrive RPG is coming to Western shores, too.

    This isn’t a tremendous surprise as the game has been released in the West several times, but it’s certainly worth looking forward to nonetheless. The Phantasy Star series is one of Sega’s..

  • News The Sega Master System Rap

    Now that the Sega Master System is joining the ranks of consoles that are emulated on the Virtual Console we thought it would be the ideal time to reveal the infamous "Sega Mastermix '90" to the world!

    Back in 1990, Virgin (then the UK distributors of Sega hardware and software) were aggressively marketing the Sega Master System and attempting to grab headlines wherever they could. One..

  • News EU VC Releases - 11th January - StarTropics

    Once again, Europe does not get 3 or more games this week. And once again, Nintendo seems to try and make up for it by making one of the games they do release a great one (The other is ok). Well, at least it wasn't just one game again! The great game this time is StarTropics, the first of only two games in Nintendo's (unfortunately) dead franchise of the same name. It's a lot like the original The Legend of Zelda, with some improvements, leading some to refer to it as "everything Zelda II should've been". It's still a mystery why Nintendo killed this franchise off. Let's hope for StarTropics 3 someday!

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December2007

  • News US VC Releases - 31st December - Light Crusader

    The US plays catchup today, as they get three games Europe's already had a while. All of them are good, though, so hopefully no complaining this time!

    Leading the pack is Treasure's Genesis RPG, Light Crusader. This is to this day probably Treasure's only Western game, featuring almost no obvious Japanese influence. It's also usually named as one of Treasure's worse games, but that's a bit wrong,..

  • News US VC Releases - Christmas Eve - Donkey Kong Country 3

    Merry Christmas! Nintendo's gift for Americans is the final game in the DKC trilogy, Donkey Kong Country 3! The game was released late in the SNES's life, meaning a lot of people missed out on it. Now is the time to make up for that mistake, as it's a great game, although not as good as DKC2. Here's a secret - Enter your name on the file select screen as "MERRY" for a very Christmas-y experience!

    Today's other releases probably won't cater to as much people, unfortunately. Blades of Steel is one of very few NES sports games that has held up to this day, but if you don't like ice hockey it's probably n..

  • News US VC Releases - 17th December - Cybernator

    A lot of shooting in today's three US games! First up is Cybernator, the SNES game where you control a large robotic suit and blast your way through a multitude of stages. It's one of the more popular "lesser known" SNES games and as such is quite a cult classic.

    The second game today is Monster Lair, the TurboGrafx-CD version of Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair for the arcade and Mega Drive..

  • News EU VC Releases - 7th December - Sega Week

    Breaking the norm again this month, Sega only releases two games instead of the usual three. No matter though when both of them are great! Rolling Thunder 2 is one of Dazza's favourites. It borrows some elements from Shinobi and combined it with arcade action, as there's enemies coming at you from all sides. While somewhat short, the game just oozes quality every step you take, with great music, graphics and gameplay.

    The other Mega Drive offering is Light Crusader, an isometric Action RPG which is somewhat similar to Landstalker. Don't ignore it - It's a Treasure game! If you've played games like Gunstar Heroes, Sin &..

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