Mega issue 2 digitally archived

This author has spoken about his fondness of the Mega Drive magazine, Mega, for some time, here and here, but has it really been two years since the release of Mega issue 1? Apparently so. Well that is going to change as one this author’s favourite gaming magazine of all time will start to appear slightly more frequently. Starting with issue 2 right now. With [... read more ...]

Mean Machines issue 6 digitally archived

We head back to the birth of the console gaming boom with issue 6 of Mean Machines from March 1991, courtesy of meppi from Out-of-Print Archive, who has lovingly digitally restored the magazine to its former glory. This was a time when the classic multi-format console magazine covered the Sega Master System, Mega Drive, NES, Game Boy and the ill-fated GX4000. As usual, four articles [... read more ...]

Sega Pro issue 2 digitally archived

It’s quite rare to find any Sega Master System coverage in magazines online, so it’s all the more welcome to have another fine Sega Pro issue digitally archived over at Out-of-Print Archive. Although there are some fine Mega Drive games covered in this issue from December 1991 – James Pond II, F-22 Interceptor and Decap Attack to name just three – the Master System was [... read more ...]

Sega Saturn Magazine issue 4 digitally remastered

Out-of-Print Archive have revisited the classic Sega Saturn Magazine and have remastered issue 4, which was originally published by EMAP in February 1996. This means this is the definitive “meppi” release with enhanced editing techniques throughout. To accompany this remastered digital release, there are four articles to view online which were taken from the magazine and include articles on Panzer Dragoon Zwei and Darius Gaiden, [... read more ...]

BEST BITS: Pulseman

“Before the enormously successful Pokemon franchise, Game Freak developed this little unknown action platformer for the Sega Mega Drive.  Chances are that you have never heard of Pulseman, let alone played it, as it was only physically released in Japan during the summer of 1994.  I say “physically released in Japan” because it was briefly available as an exclusive on the short lived Sega Channel [... read more ...]

Flashback RETROspective

I’ve always been such a massive fan of Flashback (known as Flashback: The Quest for Identity in North America), so it was inevitable that an article about the classic cinematic platform adventure would turn up sooner or later. Another article that was earmarked for issue 5 makes its way over to the wonderful retro section of the GameFan website. A superb game that is still [... read more ...]

Retro Gamer issue 91 celebartes Sonic the Hedgehog's 20th Anniversary

Right about now, Retro Gamer issue 91 should be hitting the shelves of select stores across the UK and it’s another superb cover with a foil coating along with a Sonic map and timeline within the folds. This issue, the RG team has plenty of content to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, which coincidently was released on the Mega Drive on the [... read more ...]

New Mega Drive/Genesis RPG, Star Odyssey, available to purchase

The new Mega Drive RPG, Star Odyssey, is now available to order online. The game, originally known as Blue Almanac, was only previously available in the Japanese market during the Mega Drive’s reign in the 1990s, but is now finally available in all its English translated glory. As with their previous Mega Drive RPG releases, Beggar Prince and Legend of Wukong, Super Fighter Team have [... read more ...]

Remembrance of an Arcade Gaming Pastime

To many gamers, the late 1980s was the true golden age of arcade gaming.  Looking back at this period, we reminisce about the classic games that we all played and loved.  In hindsight, it was the last great age of arcade gaming as home games consoles began to overtake the arcade in technical ability, negating the need for the average gamer to visit the arcades.  [... read more ...]

Sega Pro issue 1 digitally archived

The very first issue of Sega Pro – and the first for Paragon Publishing – has been digitally archived over at Out-of-Print Archive. Sega Pro was a very successful UK publication that was launched in 1991 and lasted right up to the Saturn’s demise. The magazine had such esteemed staff as Dominic Handy, Les Ellis and Damian Butt. So what can you expect to see [... read more ...]

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 ...]

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 ...]

Golden Axe Myth released on PC

Golden Axe Myth is a PC Windows fanmade prequel to Sega’s classic side-scrolling brawler. The three main characters from the original classic – Ax Battler, Tyrus Flare and Gilius Thunderhead – are present along with a fourth surprise playable character. Their task: take on the evil that has crept into the Empire of the Joined Lands and retrieve the stolen Golden Axe. Based on the [... 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 ...]