Sonic! Golden Axe! Phantasy Star! Streets of Rage!
The Sega Mega Drive (or Genesis, if you're in North America) is a console that needs no introduction, even on a site devoted to Nintendo. During the early '90s, Sega and Nintendo were mortal enemies and their respective 16-bit systems were locked in an epic struggle which has since gone down as one...
Three decades of doing what Nintendon't
30 years ago today, Sega launched what would turn out to be its most successful piece of home gaming hardware, the Mega Drive (Genesis if you're in North America). It was pushed onto Japanese store shelves on October 29th, 1988, alongside Space Harrier II and Super Thunder Blade. The system got off to a slow...
The inside story on the game launch that made $50 million in a single day
September 13th, 1993 was a significant day in the world of video games; seasoned players might remember it better as 'Mortal Monday' – the day on which Acclaim released the home conversions of Midway's Mortal Kombat arcade game. Following hot on the heels of Capcom's Street...
We're one step close to the cartridge-based throwback
We're big fans of modern Mega Drive/Genesis title Tanglewood - in fact, we went hands-on with a preview build at the Revival Retro convention in Birmingham a couple of weeks ago and we were really impressed with how it's coming together - so we're pleased to hear the game has finally gone gold...
"We're really, really excited to be part of this retro renaissance"
Mega Cat Studios might not be a household name at present, but the company has been doing some incredible work in the realm of homebrew games development and has produced multiple physical NES carts over the past few years. We say down with Zack Manko, Mega Cat co-founder, to...
The retro gods have smiled upon us
It's safe to say we're big fans of the retro-focused wonders coming out of Retro-Bit - including the brilliant Retro-Bit RES Plus and the wealth of classic titles on its Super Retro-Bit micro-console - so you can imagine how excited we are following the announcement that it's teaming up with Sega to bring a...
AtGames has confirmed that it is rolling out three new versions of its "classic" Sega Genesis clone hardware this year, alongside three new Atari-themed systems. Coming this year are the Sega Genesis Flashback, a system we already knew about which features 85 games and support for original cartridges. Wireless controllers and 720p HDMI...
85 games, 720p over HDMI and save states
If you've been following the growth of "clone" consoles over the past decade or so then the name AtGames will instantly ring a bell. This company has been producing licensed hardware clones for years, and has periodically updated its Sega Genesis / Mega Drive line with new features and games, but what it has...
Also available on the Sega Genesis and Dreamcast
The original Game Boy was launched way back in 1989 but despite its advanced age it's still getting new software - albeit of the unofficial variety. OrionSoft has just released Escape 2042: The Truth Defenders for the monochrome console, a "futuristic fast-paced platformer game" which takes place in...
"Metal, aliens and awesome"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VLBFqSjqnc The fact that the Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive, if you prefer) is no longer in production hasn't stopped companies from creating new games for it. Pier Solar was one of the first to kick things off, but since then we've had other studios getting in on t
22 games pre-installed, supports original cartridges
Making old systems new again is a bit of a trend at the moment, with the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe) being just one example that's due in stores soon. Different markets cater to different needs, bringing up...
Checking out some of the more obscure fighters on the Genesis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGED7g4-8Lo When you think Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive, if you'd prefer) beat 'em up chances are the first things that come into your mind are names like Golden Axe, Alien Storm and - of course - Streets of Rage. The scrolling fighter was the arcade genre...
Alien Soldier! Wrestle War! Double Dragon II!
Despite the incredible success of the Sega Genesis in North America, there are a few puzzling omissions from the console's library in that particular region - and our friends over at iretrogamer have decided to take a look at some of the most notable examples. Sega's 16-bit system may have charged to...
Nintendo's NES revival is also a handy comparison
The upcoming NES Classic Edition / Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System is undoubtedly a cool little product. Its tiny form, accompanying controller, HDMI support and 30 pre-installed games will likely make it a Holiday hit for the big N. One thing we pointed out in an editorial...
More 16-bit goodness on your 3DS
Sega has confirmed that Streets of Rage 2, Gunstar Heroes and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 are making their way to the 3DS eShop. This trio of Sega Mega Drive / Genesis titles will be joining the steadily-growing ranks of Sega's retro remasters, which already includes the likes of Space Harrier, Out Ru
Reprints for classic SNES and Genesis titles, plus two new games
Super Fighter Team has confirmed that it is putting several of its classic titles back into production for a limited period of time. Legend of Wukong and Star Odyssey - two Sega Genesis / Mega Drive RPGs released in 2008 and 2011 respectively - are both getting reprints, as is fellow...
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...
1991 home movie intended to convince family members to dump the NES
As you'll know if you've read the recent Console Wars, back in the early '90s Nintendo was still very much the king of the hill when it came to video games. Sega's time in the sun was yet to come, but the 16-bit Genesis (Mega Drive if you're outside of the US) was already making...
"The Genesis version had a sword, actually"
Those of you old enough to recall the epic 16-bit console wars will remember that Sega and Nintendo fans utilised every available weapon they could to belittle each other. SNES owners boasted that they had Street Fighter II first, and Sega fans wore unbearably smug grins on their faces when they got an...
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.
Some things never change
When you're one of the world's most recognisable brands then it's only natural for people to predict your downfall. That has happened to Nintendo many times in the past, and history is repeating itself as a new console war begins in earnest. Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One launch this Christmas, and these hardware...
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,...
Two long overdue games are finally coming
With the release of Super Hang-On on Wii Virtual Console this week, SEGA has announced on its blog that it will be releasing the other two games announced last year soon as well. Very soon, in fact — both of them will see the light of day next week. Yes, that means there will be two new Wii Virtual Console...
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..
Zombies Washed My Neighbors
Many of you likely have collections of old Nintendo cartridges lying about; boxy relics of gaming's yesteryears great for some nostalgic fun. Still, there has always been one core functionality that these old carts lack: they don't clean dirt off your body. Well, Etsy shop DigitalSoaps aims to change all that with its...
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..
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