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Sega Genesis turns 20

The Sega Mega Drive was released in Japan on October 28, 1988 and in Europe two years later in November 30, 1990. Gamers in US only had to wait a year before it got its Genesis as it was named in the States on August 14, 1990. So that marks its 20 Anniversary of the Genesis in the states.

You can read more about the anniversary on:

blogs.sega.com

joystiq.com

kotaku.com

You can also vote for the next Mega Drive/Genesis game to appear on Xbox Live Arcade on genesispoll.com. My contribution to the anniversary is to post some old Norwegian SEGA Official Software News letters from 1991 and 1992. I found them in my old stuff earlier this Summer. Click on the pictures to see fullscreen versions of them.

SEGA Official Software News 1991 no.1

SEGA Official Software News 1991 no.2

SEGA Official Software News 1991 no.3 front

SEGA Official Software News 1991 no.3 back

SEGA Official Software News 1992 January front

SEGA Official Software News 1992 January back

SEGA Official Software News 1992 March front

SEGA Official Software News 1992 March back

SEGA Official Software News 1992 April

SEGA Official Software News 1992 Summer

SEGA Official Software News 1992 September

WiiWare, Virtual Console & DSiWare – Europe – Friday May 1st, 2009

This week, Europe finaly got Dr. Mario on DSiWare. I will get that game. Here is all the new games on DSiWare, WiiWare and Virtual Console in Europe on Friday May 1st, 2009.

Galaxy Force II
Mega Drive – 1991 by Sega – shooter - 1 player – 800 points – age 7+

Bit.Trip Beat
WiiWare – 01/05/2009 – Aksys Games – arcade – 1-4 players – 600 points – age 3+

A Little Bit of… Magic Made Fun: Funny Face
DSiWare – 01/05/2009 by Nintendo – magic tricks – 1 player – 200 points – age 3+

A Little Bit of… Dr. Mario
DSiWare – 01/05/2009 by Nintendo – puzzle – 1 player – 500 points – age 3+

Virtual Console – Europe – Friday February 20, 2009

This week Europe got two new Virtual Console games.

Wolf of the Battlefiled
Sega Mega Drive – 1991 by Sega – action/shooter – 1 player – 800 points – age 12+

Following increased outbreaks in terrorism an insurgency using guerrilla warfare, the US Goverment has decided to hire a group of highly trained mercenaries. Their job: to carry out secret missions behind enemy lines. To go where no ordinary soldier would dare to go.

Based on the popular arcade game, MERCS for the Sega Mega Drive lets you play as a MERC on these dangerous missions, and also adds an Original Mode, allowing players to choose from 5 different MERCS. Take no prisoners as you shoot your way thorugh enemy forces, drive jeeps and tanks, and battle against huge bosses to accomplish you mission.

Winter Games
Commodore 64 – 1985 by Commodore Gaming – sports/winter sports – 1-8 players – 500 points – age 3+

Picture this: You’re an athlete at the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, Canada. And you’re about to move across snow and ice with as much speed, strength, endurance and grace as you can muster in the blustery cold.

Listen up, team. You’re here, at the winter portion of the world’s foremost amateur sports competition. You’ll match your skills against the top athletes from around the world. Be proud. Today you stand among the elite few whose courage and stamina will be tested by these Winter games.

Can you hear that? A fanfare of trumpets sounds as the Winter Games flag is slowly raised. Thousands of white doves are symbolically released, to fly to the countries of the world with the message of peace – and the news that the Winter games have begun. This is it, team – your chance to go for the Gold!

Wii: Virtual Console – Europe – Friday February 6, 2009

There are two new Virtual Console games to download on Wii in Europe this week, Friday February 6, 2009.

Clay Fighter
Mega Drive – 1994 by Interplay – fighting – 1-2 players – 800 points – age 12+

In this zany 2D fighter, it’s just another average day for a humble traveling circus troupe – until a meteor crash lands in their camp! This other-worldly orb, made entirely out of interstellar clay, contaminates all o the circus employees, turning  them into bizarrely superpowered versions of themselves!

Choose from among the uniwue clay creatures such as Bonker, the cheerfully manic clown, or Blue Suede Goo, once a mild-mannered Elvis impersonator but now a violent vocalist. Master their “Clayalitilies” such as operatic Helga’s deadly high note and Bad Mr. Frosty’s fists of snowball fury!

Sonic Chaos
Sega Master System – 1993 by Sega – action/platformer – 1 player – 500 points – age 7+

Play as Sonic or tails in Sonic Chaos – the first 8-bit title to feature his loyal sidekick Tails as a playable character!

Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik) has stolen the Red Chaos Emerald to create nuclear weapons. This has thrown the remaining Chaos Emeralds off balance, causing them to transport to a parallel universe. As a result, South Island – the heroic hedgehog’s home – is sinking into the water!

Speed thorugh various levels in your mission for the six Chaos Emeralds. Whizz and zoom around as Sonic or take the skies as Tails, to restore order in Sonic Chaos!

Wii: Virtual Console – Europe – Friday December 12, 2008

This week, Friday December 12, there was three new Virtual Console games to download for us in Europe.

Boogerman – A Pick and Flick Adventure
Mega Drive – 1994 by Interplay – action – 1 player – 800 points – age 7+

In this top pick from the Sega Mega Drive collection, you play as Boogerman, the heroic alter ego of Snotty Ragsdale! While investigating Professpr Stinkbaum’s lab, Boogerman stumbles upon a strange machine that opens a portal to Dimension X Crement. Boggerman has a nose for adventure, but has he met his match this sticky situation?

Journey through dangerous worlds such as the Flatulent Swamps and the Mucous Mountains, while battling wicked enemies like Fly Boy and deoder Ant. Deal them a blow with Boogerman’s super abilities: pick and flick boogers with deadly precision, blech and pass gas with panache, and deal a deadly blow with his signature butt stump!

Impossible Mission II
Commodore 64 – 1988 by Commodore Gaming – action/adventure - 1 player – 500 points – age 7+

Operation Cobra Blue: a top secret surveillance and counterterrorist operation directed against Professor Elvin Atombender by Field Operations agent “Bravo 29″. Elvin, a known psychotic genius, is one of the world’s leading experts on robotics, compters and codes. He lives at the top of an immense eight-tower complex. So far, his complex has proven to be nearly impossible to enter by agents of any police or intelligence agency.

Intelligence reports inidicate that Elvin has spent the past four years trying to electronically break into military computer installations around the owrld, and he may be close to succeeding. In addaition, it is believed thatElvin is becoming increasingly mentally unstable. He has been monitored muttering threats about destroying himself and the world.

Your task: stop Elvin and to prevent him from destroying the world. You have 8 hours to complete your mission. Good luck, Agent.

Last Ninja 3
Commodore 64 – 1991 by Commodore Gaming – action/adventure - 1 player – 500 points – age 12+

In the previous instalment, the Last Ninja Armakuni was dragged across time and space to modern day New York to fight the Evil Shogun Kunitoki, the man who whiped out his clan. This was supposed to be their last battl… but yet again, the Shogun slipped away.

Armakuni began to build a new Ninja brotherhood. But once again the spiritual Ninjitsu masters are calling on Armakuni for another dangerous mission. This time they take him back in time to Tibet, whose temples contain the spiritual guidance and strenght that provide the foundation for all of the learning of the ninja brotherhood. Without these spiritual guides, they would be no more. Kunitoki has seized upon this opportunity to go back and destroy theknowledge he could never have, and bring an early end to the enemy he could never defeat.

Never has Armakuni’s task been more important… Never would the unacceptable result of failure be more damaging… And so, as you stand in Tibet as Armakuni, the Last Ninja, remember: the entire fate of the Ninja, past and present, is in your hands!

Wii: Virtual Console – Europe – Friday November 28, 2008

The last couple of weeks I haven’t posted new games on the Wii Shop Channel. Been a bit lazy typing this in. But this week I’ll do it. Europe got three new Virtual Console games to play on Wii this week.

Forgotten World
Mega Drive – 1989 by Capcom – action – 1-2 players – 800 points – age 7+

Forgotten Worlds is a side-scrolling shooter, one of the first to incorporate 360 degree aiming and shootingm a revolutionary feature at the time. And no need to go to the arcade to play – this Sega Maga Drive version brings the game right into your home!

It is the 29th century. Years ago, without warning, warships broke thorugh the sky, carrying fiendish aliens. They rained down fire, bombs, missiles and napalm, making the planet barren and inhospitable. Humanity was enslaed and Earth became known as the Forgotten World. In a hidden place, agroup of brave humans raised two children in secret as warriors, training them for battle. The two warriors emerged as armed machines of incredible power- the Nameless Ones.

Take your place as the powerful Namless Ones and fight the hateful invaders! Collect Zennay to upgrade your weapons and satellite, and free the planet that was once called “Earth”.

Metal Slug 2
NeoGeo – 1998 by D4 Enterprise – action – 1-2 players – 900 points – age 12+

The second instalment of SNK’s wildly popular Metal Slug series! This game is a side-scroller which puts you in the boots  of Marco, tarma, Eri and Fio. Your mission: wiping out General Morden’s newly remobiliesd rebellion Army.

Just like in the original, players blast theur way through keveks by shiiting and jumping – but Metal Slug 2 boasts an expanded arsenal for you to wield, including a heavy machine gun, a shotgun and even a laser gun! Not only that, but transformation effects are packed in as well – players turn into mummies after getting caught in psison gas coughed up by other mummies! Your characters can also become obese and slow, albeit with an attack strenght upgrade, after picking up too many food items.

The popular two-player co-op mode returns from the first game, so grab a friend and have a blast!

The tutorial is also available in Portuguese, Spanish and Japansese.

SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection announced

Sega announced earlier this week that they will release SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection  for both Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 early next year, 2009. It will contain over 40 Mega Drive games including Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2 and 3, Columns, Alien Storm, Ecco the Dolphin, Space Harrier, and cult classic, Streets of Rage 1, 2 and 3. There will also be bonus with some Master System and arcade games.

This will be a great collection of games, and I will get it when it comes out. I wonder how the impliment gamerscore with over 40 games.

Well, here is the full press release from Sega.co.uk:

SEGA MEGA DRIVE™ ULTIMATE COLLECTION ANNOUNCED FOR THE XBOX 360 AND PLAYSTATION 3

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (November 6, 2008) – SEGA® of Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc today announced the development of SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. This compilation will feature the best first-party games from SEGA’s respected 16-bit Mega Drive years, as well as bonus content from its 8-bit Master System and 1980’s arcade era games library.

SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection is a must-have for any SEGA enthusiast,” commented Gary Knight, European Marketing Director for SEGA Europe. “Fans will get a chance to relive fond memories from these classic games in HD format.”

Developed by Backbone Entertainment, SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection contains over 40 celebrated SEGA classics in one package; making it the largest collection of SEGA first party games ever offered. Featured games include; Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2 and 3, Columns, Alien Storm, Ecco the Dolphin, Space Harrier, and cult classic, Streets of Rage 1, 2 and 3. The games in the collection have been reproduced with the utmost detail and accuracy to commend their originals. In addition, SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection can output the games in 720p with higher resolution graphics for HD televisions, bringing a new visual richness to these classic titles.

SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 is scheduled for worldwide release in early 2009.

Here is the complete list of Mega Drive (aka Genesis) games:

  1. Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  2. Alien Storm
  3. Altered Beast
  4. Beyond Oasis
  5. Bonanza Bros.
  6. Columns
  7. Comix Zone
  8. Decap Attack starring Chuck D. Head
  9. Dr. Robotnik’s MBM
  10. Dynamite Headdy
  11. Ecco the Dolphin
  12. Ecco II: The Tides of Time
  13. E-SWAT
  14. Fatal Labyrinth
  15. Flicky
  16. Gain Ground
  17. Golden Axe I
  18. Golden Axe II
  19. Golden Axe III
  20. Kid Chameleon
  21. Phantasy Star II
  22. Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
  23. Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
  24. Ristar
  25. Shining in the Darkness
  26. Shining Force
  27. Shining Force 2
  28. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  29. Sonic 3D Blast
  30. Sonic and Knuckles
  31. Sonic Spinball
  32. Sonic The Hedgehog
  33. Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  34. Sonic The Hedgehog 3
  35. Streets of Rage
  36. Streets of Rage 2
  37. Streets of Rage 3
  38. Super Thunder Blade
  39. Vectorman
  40. Vectorman 2