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Matters Of Import: Shining Force Feather

Shining Force Feather

We take a look at Sega's Japan-only DS strategy RPG

Sega's Shining Force series is still well thought of, even if the PS2 instalments arguably got off on the wrong foot by drastically rewriting series canon and deviating from the strategic gameplay found in older titles. Evidently someone was buying these games anyway, as after four entries on the...

News: This Video Brings Back Festive Sega Memories of the '90s

This Video Brings Back Festive Sega Memories of the '90s

When new games dominated letters to Santa

We suspect many know what we mean when referencing "the Nintendo 64 kids", a short video that showed the excitement that a new games console could prompt on Christmas Day. Naturally a games console is for life — or at least a generation — and there are plenty of Holiday seasons when games for our...

Review: 3D Galaxy Force II (3DS eShop)

3D Galaxy Force II (3DS eShop)

A sense of Super Scale

Galaxy Force II has something of a bad reputation with many players, purely because the domestic ports of the game which followed the arcade release way back in 1988 were, by and large, abysmal. Many fans base their opinion of this on-rails space shooter on the Mega Drive / Genesis version, which was downright unplayable...

News: 3D After Burner II Is Jetting Towards The Japanese 3DS eShop

3D After Burner II Is Jetting Towards The Japanese 3DS eShop

Missiles locked on

Take a moment to reflect on the gaming days of yesteryear, and no doubt there’ll be some fond memories of Sega’s jet fighter classic, After Burner. Originally released in 1987 — and following on from Sega’s equally successful arcade racer Out Run in 1986 — After Burner placed the player in the seat of an F-14 Tomcat...

Video: Learn Some Sega History in Just One Minute

Learn Some Sega History in Just One Minute

Right up to the Genesis / Mega Drive era

After the VGX shenanigans absorbed far too lengthy a period of our lives this weekend, perhaps a snappier, more to-the-point video is needed. This will work nicely, in that case, as it's a history of Sega's early days in just over a minute. While we've had plenty of opportunity to learn about Nintendo's...

News: SEGA Working on Second Round of 3D Classics

SEGA Working on Second Round of 3D Classics

May come worldwide if the first set sells well

This week saw the arrival of the first two titles in SEGA's range of 3D re-releases on the 3DS eShop, with 3D Space Harrier and 3D Super Hang-On. There are another six games coming in the next three weeks to give retro SEGA fans — and perhaps those trying them for the first time — a taste of...

News: SEGA Offers Atlus Its Dormant IPs and States The Company Will "Remain The Same" Under SEGA Ownership

SEGA Offers Atlus Its Dormant IPs and States The Company Will "Remain The Same" Under SEGA Ownership

Sega went and got itself some RPGs

Fans of popular Atlus games like Shin Megami Tensei IV and Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan can start to turn that sigh of defeat into a sigh of relief. In mid-September, SEGA Sammy Holdings obtained Atlus's parent company, Index Corporation, after Index was forced to declare bankruptcy — an event that...

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.

Review: Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (Wii U)

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (Wii U)

Back on the slopes and going nowhere fast

Unless you’re an enthusiast or currently living in Sochi (that’s in Russia, by the way), there’s a good chance you aren't aware that the Winter Olympics are almost upon us. Yes, it’s time for all your favourite winter sports to hit the screens again; sports such as skiing, skiing off a cliff,...

News: SEGA Confirms Western Release Dates and Details of 3D Classics Range

SEGA Confirms Western Release Dates and Details of 3D Classics Range

Rejoice, retro fans!

We've been aware of the 3D range of retro remakes from SEGA for a good while, splashing the cash on our Japanese unit while waiting for their eventual localisation. Of course, that's not an option for everyone, so the pleasing news is that SEGA has now confirmed release details for both Europe and North America, with a total...

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...

News: Sega Genesis Owners Very Nearly Missed Out On Treasure's Gunstar Heroes

Sega Genesis Owners Very Nearly Missed Out On Treasure's Gunstar Heroes

Sega of America almost passed on the legendary run-and-gun title

Localising Japanese games for western release is a costly process, and even today we still see a lot of titles remaining Japan exclusives and therefore tantalisingly out of reach. Back in the '90s it was very much the same deal, with many amazing 16-bit games failing to make the jump...

News: SEGA's Retro Remakes Down to Fans for "Next Lineup"

SEGA's Retro Remakes Down to Fans for "Next Lineup"

Europe and North America still awaits retro 3D series on the eShop

While now a software developer and publisher with other major interests in entertainment such as Pachinko machines in Japan, for some SEGA will always be the hardware and arcade company that brought joy to their early gaming years. It's a strong legacy, and the company often shows a...

Feature: A Supersonic History of Sonic Cartoons

A Supersonic History of Sonic Cartoons

I’m waaaaiiiiting...

For anyone growing up in the early nineties, there was one gaming rivalry that dwarfed all others – Nintendo vs SEGA. While the feud gave us classic moments such as “Genesis does what Nintendon’t” and the infamous Genesis ‘blast processing’, this gaming cold war would split playgrounds and even families over who...

Review: Sonic Lost World (Wii U)

Sonic Lost World (Wii U)

Sonic gets lost in his own world

It's tough being Sonic. Every new release starring the mascot comes with a significant weight of expectancy, and the evolution from his 16-bit 2D heights to a current-day franchise hasn't always been straight-forward or successful. His home console exploits have been showing positive trends, however, with Sonic...

Review: Sonic Lost World (3DS)

Sonic Lost World (3DS)

Smaller screens, bigger problems

Due to the disparity between technical capabilities, it's tough for a dual Wii U / 3DS release to hold up on the portable device that's captivated tens of millions of gamers. So let's just toss that comparison aside and acknowledge that much of the 3DS iteration of Sonic Lost World is following the same principles...

Feature: Last Night A Hedgehog Saved My Life

Last Night A Hedgehog Saved My Life

Damien McFerran recalls his once ardent love for Sega's Sonic

This week sees the launch of Sonic Lost World on Wii U and 3DS. Two of the most anticipated Sonic games in years, these new instalments have been subject to the usual level of hype which seems to surround any new adventure starring Sega's popular mascot. I've been swept up in this...