hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Sega Genesis

3DS photo

OutRun is going to be a 3D Classic in Japan

And elsewhere, if there's any justice in this world
Mar 24
// Jordan Devore
Every time we cover Sega's 3D Classics line for 3DS, someone inevitably jumps in to talk about how OutRun should be among those games. I agree. And it will be -- at least in Japan. A logo for the legendary arcade racing game ...
Deals photo

Sega has a new Humble sale and it's super tempting

Featuring the likes of Alpha Protocol, Typing of the Dead, and Binary Domain
Mar 13
// Jordan Devore
Over the next seven days you'll be able to save on a wide array of Sega-published PC games in a Humble Weekly Sale. A nice mix of new and old titles, the deal is broken down into three tiers. You can name your price for a bun...
Aladdin photo

Aladdin designers weigh in on which version was best

Shinji Mikami and David Perry speak up
Feb 21
// Jordan Devore
Which is the better version, Aladdin on Sega Genesis or Super Nintendo? It's a question that will never be resolved given the varying strengths and weaknesses of these distinct games and our personal preferences. One looks be...
3DS photo

Sega 3D Classics Altered Beast and Sonic out now for 3DS

Take a trip to the ol' eShop
Dec 05
// Jordan Devore
Following last week's debut of 3D Space Harrier and Super Hang-On on the 3DS eShop, another pair from the Sega 3D Classics line is available: 3D Sonic the Hedgehog and 3D Altered Beast. These are priced at $5.99/€4.99/&p...
Kickstarter photo

Upcoming Sega Genesis/Megadrive art book looks marvelous

25th anniversary book celebrates Sega's 16-bit glory
Nov 17
// Wesley Ruscher
SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works, an officially licensed 25th anniversary commemorative compilation of artwork, development sketches, hardware manufacturing plans, and interviews from Sega's golden years looks to be t...
Sega photo

Sonic, Streets of Rage, and other 3DS re-releases dated

3D Classics Series
Oct 30
// Jordan Devore
There was a time when I would load up my 3DS with re-releases of games I already owned because I needed an excuse to use the system. That time is long gone now that Pokemon X/Y is devouring my free time and Animal Crossing: N...

Jimquisition: Vertigo

Sep 30 // Jim Sterling
Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Let's look for a playable woman protagonist in a videogame that doesn't rely on the same pool of restrictive stereotypes as every other playable woman protagonist. To do this, let's look at a fighting game from 1994. That one about the dinosaurs. Yes, that one. Because I damn well sure can't find many better example. Folks, be prepared ... to RAGE.

The Adventures of DnB photo
The Adventures of DnB

Duane & BrandO's remastered LP is ready for yo' bawls

NES all up in this beast with LP of Devastation [Remastered]
Sep 30
// Tony Ponce
It's been almost a year since the comedy rock-rap duo of "8-Bit Duane " Zuwala and "The Amazing BrandO" Lackey made peace with each other following a very intense falling out. Back in the studio as The Adventures of Duane &a...
Gunstar Heroes photo
Gunstar Heroes

Celebrate 20 years of Gunstar Heroes with OC ReMix

Be Agressive! is the latest OCR tribute album
Sep 14
// Tony Ponce
Treasure knows how to make some f*ckin' games. That's an undisputed fact. And one of the best Treasure games is of course Gunstar Heroes on SEGA Genesis. Did you know it just celebrated its 20th anniversary this past Monday?...
Steel Empire photo
Steel Empire

A 3D Steel Empire remake is coming to the 3DS

Shoot 'em 3D!
Aug 23
// Chris Carter
If you're a long-time shmup fan, you may remember a largely forgotten Genesis classic called Steel Empire that dropped in 1992. Well it appears as if said classic was fondly recalled by someone, as it's heading to the 3DS in ...
Chaos Engine photo
Chaos Engine

The Chaos Engine hits Steam and this month

Online co-op, you say? August 29, you say? Have some money!
Aug 17
// Jordan Devore
Abstract Games, the folks responsible for porting Hotline Miami to PlayStation 3 and Vita, has also been working to restore The Chaos Engine / Soldiers of Fortune. The classic top-down shooter will have some additions, like ...

Castle of Illusion out first week of September

Plus get the original Genesis version if you pre-order
Aug 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse will be out on September 3 for the PlayStation Network, and September 4 for Xbox Live Arcade and PC. It'll run you $14.99 across all platforms. Starting on August 20 and until Septembe...
Ripple Dot Zero photo
Ripple Dot Zero

Free PC game Ripple Dot Zero is Sonic mixed with Strider

Genetically engineered penguin in sneakers
Jun 29
// Tony Ponce
It's a pretty slow weekend. Why not kill an hour or two by playing this freeware Flash game just released yesterday? Ripple Dot Zero by Pixeltruss is an homage to the super awesome Genesis years of my youth. Taking its cues ...
The Chaos Engine photo
The Chaos Engine

The Chaos Engine is coming back with a 'restoration'

Updated, but not a full-blown remake
Jun 24
// Jordan Devore
My first reaction to this annoyingly teaserish trailer for The Chaos Engine was, "Holy eff! They're remaking The Chaos Engine!" That is not quite what's happening here -- this is a "restoration" of the classic top-down co-op...
3DS eShop photo
3DS eShop

Two more Sega titles getting the 3D treatment on 3DS

Well at least in Japan...
Jun 19
// Wesley Ruscher
Sega's marine mammal simulator extraordinaire, Ecco the Dolphin, is coming to the Japanese 3D eShop next week alongside arcade classic Galaxy Force II. Similar to Sega's other -- hopefully for the time being -- Japanese-...
VG a cappellas photo
VG a cappellas

The ecstacy of Smooth McGroove's VG a cappellas

Two months of Sonic, Chrono Trigger, DuckTales, and more
May 25
// Tony Ponce
I've tried my very best to avoid sharing too much of Smooth McGroove's kickass a cappella arrangements. Not because I think he's lost his Midas touch, but because I didn't want to be held responsible for making heads explode...
Sonic the Hedgehog photo
Sonic the Hedgehog

Original Sonic the Hedgehog out now for Android

Well, I've got the Labyrinth Zone theme stuck in my head again
May 16
// Jordan Devore
As promised, Sonic the Hedgehog ($2.99/£1.99/€2.69) is out now for Android devices via Google Play. Widescreen support at 60 frames per second, a remastered soundtrack, leaderboards, achievements, Time Attack mode,...
3D Sonic 1 on eShop photo
3D Sonic 1 on eShop

3D Sonic The Hedgehog coming to 3DS eShop in Japan

The other side of the rainbow
May 12
// Tony Ponce
It's been a while since any region outside of Japan received a new 3D Classics touch-up on the 3DS eShop. You may think that the only difference between the originals and their 3D remakes is the added stereoscopic effect, but...

Super Retro Console plays SNES, NES, Genesis, GBA

May 01
// Dale North
The Super Retro Console and Adapter by Retro-bit doesn't have the best name, but I like what it could do for my old game collection. It accepts carts from the SNES, NES, Genesis, and through an adapter, GBA, covering mos...
Console chimera photo
Console chimera

18 different gaming consoles combined into one system

The ultimate mod
Apr 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Modder Bacteria spent over three years and over $1,000 to merge 18 different consoles into one giant box. It contains circuitry from 15 different systems, works with one master controller, a single power supply, and a single...
RetroN 5 photo
RetroN 5

Hyperkin's new RetroN console will also support Famicom

Along with a new name
Mar 25
// Jordan Devore
Ahead of release, Hyperkin's upcoming RetroN 4 console has become the RetroN 5. With the change comes increased support: the new system count is NES, Famicom, Super Nintendo, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, and Game Boy A...
Road Rash Reboot photo
Road Rash Reboot

Road Rash reboot now being discussed, says designer

Programmer/co-designer responds to fan reaction
Mar 15
// Keith Swiader
Following the stir caused by Road Rash programmer/co-designer Dan Geisler's Reddit post about the possibility of a series reboot comes a promising reply to the fan response. "I am amazed at the level of interest in the remake...
Road Rash Reboot photo
Road Rash Reboot

Road Rash to resurface if there's demand, says designer

Programmer/co-designer takes to Reddit
Mar 13
// Keith Swiader
A new entry in the long-absent motorcycle racing series Road Rash could be a possibility if there's enough demand for it, programmer/co-designer Dan Geisler said on Reddit. When a post raised the question as to why ...
RetroN 4 photo
RetroN 4

RetroN 4 plays NES, SNES, Genesis, and ... GBA?!

Sounds crazy enough to work
Mar 05
// Jordan Devore
Ahead of a full reveal later this month, Hyperkin has begun talking about its latest system, the RetroN 4. This bad boy has slots for NES, Super Nintendo, Genesis, and Game Boy Advance cartridges, as well as six controller po...
Sega Genesis synth photo
Sega Genesis synth

Savor this album of Sega Genesis-styled jams

Vurgon by Ario is FM synth music for the discerning aficionado
Mar 05
// Tony Ponce
Tuesday morning music madness gives props to the Sega Genesis! I will not rest until I convert all you SNES-loving heathens (I don't really think you are heathens) into soldiers of the Genesis nation. The war rages on (no it ...
Ecco the Dolphin photo
Ecco the Dolphin

Ecco the Dolphin's music was never this bizarre

ECCOS is "furniture music" for the dolphin-loving soul
Feb 13
// Tony Ponce
Have you ever been playing Ecco the Dolphin and thought to yourself, "This music is great, but I really wish it sounded as trippy as how the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey looked"? Well then have I got a gift for you! Last year...

Aliens games to play that aren't Aliens: Colonial Marines

Feb 12 // Jim Sterling
Alien 3SEGA Genesis1993 I have fond memories of Alien 3. Not the most refined of games, this sidescrolling shooter nonetheless maintains its own unique charm. A nice little soundtrack, an atmospheric (for its time) visual style, and a genuine effort to be authentic as possible within the 16-bit limitations, Alien 3 is worth giving a spin. If you're into vent crawling, ladder climbing, prisoner rescuing and Alien blasting, you'll get your fix right here.  The fact I still remember that stage intro screen after all these years has got to say something!  Alien TrilogyPlayStation, SEGA Saturn, PC1996 Okay, Alien Trilogy isn't that good of a game, and it's here mostly for nostalgia. I played the everloving hell out of it when I was a kid, and I recall many a school sick day spent playing this little number. The music still induces a little shiver down my spine.  Trilogy is a fairly basic little DOOM clone. You run around various stages inspired by Alien, Aliens and Alien 3, blasting Alien warriors, Dog Aliens, and excruciatingly annoying Chestbursters. The game's stingy with its ammo and can be pretty damn cheap, which is why I rarely felt shame inputting the famous password:  1GOTP1NK8C1DBOOTSON. That's, "I got pink acid boots on" for those lacking an eye for subtlety. Great cheat name, and the unlimited firepower was certainly nothing to spit at! You can pick PSOne discs up for peanuts on eBay, and it'll work on your PS3. Worth a spin, if only for reminiscence's sake.  Aliens vs. Predator 2PC, Mac2001 If I'm quite honest, I never really gelled with any of the Rebellion/Monolith AvP games, but AvP2 is so fondly regarded, I'd not be doing my job if it was omitted from the pile. This game is widely considered the last word in terms of Marine-on-Xenomorph-on-Predator action, with its three-way battles designed to make Preds feel badass, Xenos feel insidious, and Marines shit their pants. In many ways, playing as the terrified and powerless humans was the most fun part of the game. You are gonna die, but sometimes it's hilarious to be so utterly screwed. I may not have quite appreciated it the way some people did, but I'd be a fool to contest the assertion that it pretty much codified the idea of what an Aliens vs. Predator game should be, and has not been topped by anything in the field. There just doesn't exist a worthy adversary to this particular installment.  Aliens: ExterminationArcade2006 Anybody who hangs out with me for any length of time will soon learn one thing -- if there's an Extermination arcade machine in the vicinity, I'm going to find and play it. A few places local to me always seem to boast one of these, and I consider it a failure of a trip if I visit one of these places and don't waste at least one coin.  Extermination is a typical lightgun shooter. You grab your plastic pulse rifle and face the incoming horde of screaming Xenomorphs. It's silly arcade fun that never tries to be anything else, and while it looks pretty dated now, it still offers a pretty good commitment to detail and some cool environments. Plus, who isn't a sucker for a solid plastic-gun-holdy-shooty game? Aliens vs. PredatorArcade1994 Aliens vs. Predator for arcade is one of those games that really make me hate the dodgy world of licensing. Capcom made this, but SEGA owns the rights to Aliens games, so the chances of it ever getting a re-release are minimal at best. Still, if you can get a chance to play it, do so. It's bursting with character, is entertainingly ridiculous, and delivers some righteous brawler action the only way a Capcom arcade game can. You get to be either a Marine or a Predator, and face off against an army of increasingly colorful and bizarre Xenomorphs. It's as garish and neon as any nineties brawler could be, and I love it for that fact. The Alien designs are outlandish and strictly nonsensical, but that doesn't stop them from being cooler than they had any right to be. I have a lot of time for this little beauty.  Aliens: InfestationNintendo DS2011 SEGA's run with the license may not be the most glorious chapter of interactive Aliens history, but it is at least responsible for bringing us Aliens: Infestation, a genuinely great scrolling shooter from the fine folks at WayForward. Atmospheric, original, and closer to the spirit of the property than Colonial Marines could ever hope to be, this unique little spin on the Aliens universe is challenging, engaging, and quite a lot of fun. Players get to switch between four Marines at any one time, and there is a small army of 19 heroes to rescue and play. The twist is that once one of them dies, they're gone for good. If you start growing fond of one (which is possible, as they all have their own neat looks and personalities), you may very well find yourself in mourning.  For a retro-style shooter, Infestation is surprisingly scary. Aliens hit hard, and hit fast, while the dismal environments can be genuinely foreboding. While the difficulty can border on the wrong side of unfair, it at least makes Xenomorphs intimidating, credible threats, returning some of the edge they've lost in the transition from indestructible stalker to mindless bug. 
Xenomorph action that won't ruin your day
Aliens: Colonial Marines is finally out over more than half a decade of waiting, and the disappointment is real enough to lick. It's a terrible letdown, to the point that this particular Aliens fan -- who buys almost anything...

Mega Man on Genesis photo
Mega Man on Genesis

This is how Mega Man would sound on Sega Genesis

Fan re-arrangements of every numbered Mega Man game
Feb 03
// Tony Ponce
I've professed my love for the Sega Genesis' music capabilities numerous times, but people still look at me like I'm taking crazy pills. I am dead serious! I love the grungy, metallic sound of FM synth! It was the dressing t...
Streets of Rage photo
Streets of Rage

This Streets of Rage fan film was shot in one take!

Most impressive!
Feb 01
// Tony Ponce
De-Pixelated by Blue Goggles Films is a web series that re-enacts videogames in real life. So far, nothing we haven't seen before, right? In this latest episode, based on Streets of Rage for the Genesis, Adam Hunter shuffles...

Pier Solar HD hits funding goal on Kickstarter

Stretch goal could mean Wii U version
Nov 28
// Jordan Devore
2010's homebrew Sega Genesis RPG Pier Solar was one of those projects that was fun to watch from the sidelines, but I never got to actually play it myself. That's what was great about development team WaterMelon turning to Ki...

Auto-loading more stories ... un momento, corazón ...