Ghouls ‘n Ghosts Best Bits

The Sega Mega Drive / Genesis conversion of Capcom’s arcade smash hit Ghouls ‘n Ghosts is considered one of the machine’s finest games. The 16-bit conversion is playtested, dissected and studied for GameFan’s latest article. There’s no denying the fantastic visuals and gameplay that GnG offers, but oh, that “you gotta be kiddin’ me” difficulty and false ending are real slaps to the face. And [... read more ...]

The Genesis of EA Sports

It’s hard to think of a gaming world without EA Sports dominating the sports genre with their Madden, NHL, PGA and FIFA franchises, but back in 1991, Electronic Arts were just beginning to realise the potential of their sports division. With the help of the super sleek Mega Drive/Genesis console, EA Sports’ quickly emerged as the world’s greatest sports videogame publisher. Not only were the [... read more ...]

MegaTech issue 2 digitally preserved

The underrated MegaTech was one of the many magazines that I lost in the unfortunate moving incident of 1999, so it’s fantastic news that meppi has started digitally preserving the issues. MegaTech was the first magazine in the UK dedicated to the Sega Mega Drive and was EMAP’s first publication to feature fully digitised screenshots. In fact, the lengths editor Paul Glancey and his team [... read more ...]

Road Rashing GameFan style

I’ve mentioned Road Rash II before, but I never had to chance to delve into it in such depth as I have with this article posted over at the GameFan website. I’d forgotten just how much fun this game can be, especially in two player split screen mode and it still holds up well to this day. A brilliant motor biking game with a difference: [... read more ...]

Final version of Streets of Rage Remake released

You’ve probably seen the previews, seen the four-page article in Retro Gamer many moons ago, but only now has Bombergames released the completed version of Streets of Rage Remake. Eight years in the making, Streets of Rage Remake is, of course, a fitting tribute to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis side-scrolling beat-’em-up series. However, this simply isn’t a straight remake. Several additional stages have been created, [... read more ...]

Mega Drive Advanced Gaming issue 3 digitally archived

Another official release of Mega Drive Advanced Gaming been digitally archived at Out-of-Print Archive. Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (aka MAG) was launched during the rising popularity of Sega’s 16-bit console in 1992 and endured through to the machine’s decline in 1995. Issue 3 of MAG, which was originally published in November 1992, features a cover review of Thunder Storm FX on the Mega CD, as [... read more ...]

Retro Respect: Speedball 2

Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, to give its full title, is arguably the Bitmap Brothers’ most famous and best game. The game was released for many formats including the Amiga, Atari ST, Mega Drive, and even the C64. Taking the basic ideas behind the original Speedball, the Bitmap Brothers used the best parts of the first game and incorporated them with a whole host of new features for the sequel. [... read more ...]

Shining Force SOS

Shining Force SOS is a campaign to show Camelot (the original developers) how much the fans love the original games and to encourage them to work with Sega once again on a new Shining Force game. On 29th March 2011 the Shining Series will celebrate its 20th Anniversary and to coincide with that occasion, the Shining Force SOS will hand over a “bundle of love” [... read more ...]

Sega Mega Drive Classics Vol. 4

We don’t usually bother much with digital downloads or re-released packages such as this, but there’s just so many quality games here that it can’t be ignored – plus it’s for the PC. This is the fourth, and arguably the best, installment of Sega’s Mega Drive Classics series which are all available to download on PC – just click in the direction of your favoured [... read more ...]

Pier Solar released on Mega Drive/Genesis

Pier Solar and the Great Architects, which has been in development by WaterMelon since 2004, has finally been released on Mega Drive/Genesis platform. This is a turn-based RPG game where the player controls Hoston, who embarks on an epic journey to find a cure for his ill father. With 64 meg of gaming power, innovative game design and the best 16-bit visuals to set foot [... read more ...]

MegaTech issue 1 at Out-of-Print Archive

Another world exclusive for Out-of-Print Archive as they release the first issue of MegaTech, thanks to meppi, who scanned and edited the magazine. MegaTech, which was launched with editor Paul Glancey, was EMAP’s Mega Drive dedicated videogaming magazine and the company’s first publciation to use high quality production values such as super A4 glossy paper and digital screen capturing. As usual, the release comes with [... read more ...]

Retroaction's handful of Halloween retroness

It’s that time of the year again, when kids are too scared to go trick or treating and the hooligans patrol the streets at night. To keep the Halloween tradition alive, we take a look back at our favourite horror themed games. [...]

Digitising Mega Drive Advanced Gaming issue 1 for official release

To coincide with the “official” release of Mega Drive Advanced Gaming issue 1, as well as the UK’s 10th anniversary of the Mega Drive, we take a look at what went into digitizing this magazine. If you’re in the dark where “Mega Drive Advanced Gaming” (MAG from now on) and “official” releases are concerned then go check out Out-of-Print Archive’s interview with Hugh Gollner, the publisher/owner of Maverick Magazines [...]

Aero The Acro-Bat, Making of...

Aero the Acro-Bat was a short lived and underrated game from Sunsoft. The original game, released in 1993 on the SNES and Mega Drive, featured a red bat named Aero, who had to rid his circus of an evil clown. This was right down Sonic the Hedgehog territory with 2D platforming action, involving taking out the enemy with a drill attack or a limited amount [... read more ...]

Space Pixy released on Mega Drive / Genesis

The annual NEO Retro Coding Compo has been running for a few years now. However, it was only for the 2010 competition that the rules had been relaxed so that the games entered don’t just have to be a GBA, NDS or PSP game. Despite this, all 52 games, bar one, were developed for the NDS or PSP handheld console. The one game that stood [... read more ...]