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Play a Prince in Beyond Oasis and Summon the Elements against Evil – Today in History – March 15th, 1995

Another integral title that is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year is Beyond Oasis by Sega for the Sega Genesis.  This was Sega’s answer to the Legend of Zelda series that Nintendo had been flogging them with in the console wars.  Par for the course with these Sega answers to Nintendo questions, there is a […]

Cruisin’ USA Powerslides Onto the Nintendo 64: Today in History- December 3rd 1996

Having lived through the build up to the launch, the launch and the gaming drought shortly thereafter of the Nintendo 64 has given me a rather unique point of view when looking back in these historical articles.  The build up for Cruisin’ USA was HUGE, it was to be THE game that got gamers to […]

China Warrior Shows Off Immense Sprites on Turbo Grafx-16 But Not Much Else – Today in History – August 19th, 1989

The debut of the Turbo Grafx-16 was a tough launch for NEC. This was probably due to a couple of reasons, one, this was their first console and not ever launch title is going to be a hit with fans. Secondly, their lack of understanding what North American gamers wanted hurt throughout the consoles’ life. […]

3D Endless Running Takes Off With Space Harrier II on Sega Genesis – Today in History – August 14th, 1989

While not the first title to feature 3D “endless” running gameplay, Space Harrier II is the first to feature it on the Sega Genesis. Sega was eager to show off the power of their newly launched console and what better way to do that than with a title that would be severely limited on the […]

Collect Coins and Beat Up Baddies in Top Hunter for the Neo Geo: Today in History- May 18th, 1994

The Neo Geo was known for great arcade games that catered to many gamer tastes, at least early on. There were racing, fighting, action and adventure games available on this SNK arcade behemoth, that is before fighting games really took off. One such action game, Top Hunter, borrowed a little from the Fatal Fury fighting […]

Mario and the Gang Go Turn Based with Super Mario RPG: Today in History – May 13th, 1996

Mario was not a character that was content with sitting on his laurels when it came to adventuring around the gaming world. Mario has been a doctor, kart racer, played many sports and of course has championed the saving of a couple of different princesses. The only thing he hasn’t really done yet is actual […]

Magician Lord Brings Adventure Gaming to the Neo Geo: Today in History- April 26th, 1990

The Neo Geo had a bright future early on before SNK hit fighting game gold with certain games. Titles such as Nam 1975, Baseball Stars and Neo Turf Masters led gamers to believe the Neo Geo was going to be everything to all gamers. Everyone knows that didn’t pan out and fighting games ruled the […]

Contra III: The Alien Wars Leaps onto the SNES- Today in History: April 6th, 1992

When Nintendo launched the Super Nintendo fans rejoiced based on the hopes that 16-Bit updates of NES favorites would be coming soon.  This hope was kindled from the fact that Super Mario World was a pack-in cart (yeah, there was a time when systems came with games and TWO controllers).  While many NES classics did […]

Today in History: April 4th, 1993- Cybernator Blasts onto the Super Nintendo

Konami were not new to taking chances with games and Cybernator is no exception.  Gamers may recognize the game style as being similar to the Sega Genesis game, Target Earth.  That is because they are related, Cybernator is the “prequel” to Target Earth and share a universe.  They also share game play similarities which may […]

Today in History: October 15th, 1993- Columns III Shines on Genesis

Sega was pretty much left out when it comes to well known puzzle games thanks to Nintendo locking up the rights to Tetris (even though for a bit it was available to Genesis gamers). Sega, and other companies, played puzzle roullette releasing all kinds of games in this genre, hoping something would take off and […]


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