Saturday, January 17, 2009

I Need Some Sega Tapes

Last week, I visited the local Game Xchange while waiting for my brother's pizza to finish cooking for pickup. I spotted a little thing made by these guys: An NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis crammed into one system. Cleaned out some space from my TV stand, and don't have to worry about bad picture from an old, old RF switch.

Back in the day, I was very heavily on the Nintendo side of the console wars and never got a Genesis. So, now that I've essentially got one, any recommended games?

Also saw that they had Atari 2600 cartridges there. Anyone ever made a compact version of the 2600?


Jeremy Metzler said...

Streets of Rage 1,2,3
Gunstar Heroes
Sonic 1,2,3
Ranger X

Just to get you started.

Don said...

Phantasy Star 3 and 4. Shining Force and Shining Force 2. The only RPGs on the system worth playing.

It also had its own Ninja Turtles beat-em-up called The Hyperstone Heist that was a lot of fun, and a bunch of good shooters. Like Zero Wing! You should set yourself up the bomb.

Joshua said...

Ditto on Jeremy's suggestion of Sonic games. The new ones kinda suck, but old school Genesis-era Sonic was the hotness.

I played a lot of Genesis at the time, but for the life of me I can't remember anything else that I played on it right now.

Tom Foss said...

Yay! I only had a Genesis as a kid, so this is actually right up my alley. Here are some of my favorites:
Vectorman 1 & 2
Sonic & Knuckles (for the crazy novelty aspect, if nothing else)
Comix Zone
Kid Chameleon (one of the trippiest games ever)
Altered Beast (lame, but classic)
Toejam & Earl: Panic on Funkotron (I never cared for the first one, but this sequel was crazy fun)

I did a bit of Googling to try to jog the ol' memory banks (I'd check the Genesis library myself, but it's in my brother's room, and he's asleep), and people keep mentioning Dynamite Headdy and Rocket Knight Adventures. I own both, found the former weird and the latter frustrating, but I may have to give them another shot, given the online praise.

Don said...

I enjoyed Rocket Knight Adventures, but it was pretty hard at points.

I have to go against the grain and say these Sonic lovers are crazy. I've always hated those games (except SOnic and Knuckles, mostly for the novelty aspect).

While we're on the topic of games, I just bought Okami (finally!) and it is just as good as you have made it sound.

King of Ferrets said...

What, you only just got Okami? Heresy! Ammy will not let this sin go unpunished.

Bronze Dog said...

Well, I looked at what they had. Got Sonic 1-3+Knuckles, Vector Man, and Strider Returns.

Don said...

Hey, I wanted the Wii version, and I didn't see it used anywhere until yesterday. It's well worth the wait.

Anonymous said...

I'll definitely second both Phantasy Star IV and Shining Force 2. I lost track of how many times I rented those from the local video store (frequently enough to have just saved up the money to buy both, at least).

I actually own Phantasy Star III, but I think that IV is about 10x better. Though III does have a neat generational system which gives you 4 different paths through the game.

Shining Force 2, to me, is FFT before there was a FFT.

Don said...

My friend and I killed some Shining Force 2 back in the day. It's so amazingly good.

Agreed that Phantasy Star IV is much better than III, like SF2 is much better than 1. But they're all worth playing, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to increase my own Genesis collection. We've got a Game Xchange here, but it never seems to have nearly the inventory of the Vintage Stock stores.

One recommendation, if you are stuck between getting the Genesis or SNES version of a game, go with SNES. Better music and more colors in most situations. There's only a few exceptions to that rule to be wary of.

Got a Sega CD with that? Lots of good games to snag up for that thing, such as Sonic CD, Shining Force CD (Which is basically enhanced versions of the two Master System/Game Gear Shining Force games, oh, the Game Gear was, spec for spec, a portable version of the Master System, except for the cartridge port sadly, so there's a lot of straight "ports" you can pick up there).