Each day I’m starting to feel less and less rare. Each day I’m becoming less of an oddity 🙂 I really am amazed at the love Sega and retro gaming are getting.
I found this homage to the Mega Drive/Genesis at sega-16.com and it really made my day. This song and video really rock. Part Retro Gaming, Part Scott Pilgrim and all awesome.
Did I say it was a good time to be a retro gaming fan? I’m pretty sure I did and it really is 😀
After stumbling onto the fan project Golden Axe Myth I started looking for others and it didn’t take long to find them. I’m going to do my part to get the word out there.
SorR Project by Bomber Games is a complete, ground up remake of Sega’s Streets of Rage. It combines many different elements from Streets of Rage 1, 2 and 3; including playable characters and enemies. As well as original cut scenes and eight endings. The list of features is extensive and you can find all the details at the SorR Project Blog.
Click on the Image below for Screen Shot comparisons:
Streets of Rage Compaison Screen Shots
I haven’t yet beaten Streets of Rage Remake but with 93 stages in story mode it sounds huge. I’m sure this will keep my attention for a very long time. It also has 10 alternate game modes. See a sample of both below:
Story Mode Trailer:
Although not yet complete this Fan Made Remix of Sonic the Hedgehog looks like it could actually be better than Sega’s own recently created Sonic 4. Personally Sonic 4 does look very good but wow this fan project is mind blowing!
For me, there are two things happening here. First: a company did not produce this game. A fan (or several) did. Clearly they are extremely talented and passionate about what they’re doing. Second: We all have a really very excellent new Sonic game to look forward to.
Check out the video clip in this post or visit the official site at sonicfanremix.com
Or better still download the the level one Demo.
I can’t find the words to express how great it feels to know there are people out there doing this kind of work. I really do hope they have the time and resources to complete this project. And even though I know they are not yet complete I can’t help but think about what project they might try next! 😀
These are good times to be a retro gaming fan. Just a few days ago I discovered a fan made prequel to Sega’s Golden Axe called Golden Axe Myth.
Golden Axe for the Sega Genesis was one of my favorite games back in the day and it’s clear I’m not the only fan out there. This remake is fantastic! I haven’t yet beaten it but here are my impressions so far. First and foremost it’s true to its predecessor. The pace, mechanics and action all feel like Golden Axe. What’s new are the graphics have been much improved and there many added nuances. Some of those that stood out right away are the addition of Power-ups for attack strength and defense strength, hidden zones, multiple paths, and a huge variety of enemy sprites. You don’t have to look hard to see that this game is spilling over with subtle additions that take it to the next level while at the same time feeling entirely like Golden Axe. Another example is your dash attack. Of course it has been included in this prequel and I was amazed, wowed and stunned when I tried to dash attack a large enemy who then laughed heartily as I bounced off of him! That use to be my ‘take it down a notch’ move for when the enemies were getting a little out of hand.
Check out this clip of the game in all it’s glory:
And did I mention that Death Adder is a playable Hero? I’m very eager to see how his story unfolds.
The four playable characters
Once long ago I owned a copy of Tetris for the Mega Drive. The knock-off bootleg version. Then I traded it away long before I knew how rare it was. Well, that is, how rare the actual licensed version is. Knowing that I’d never end up with the licensed copy I really wanted to try and get my bootleg version back. Not so easy. Those few times it showed up on ebay it was listed for hundreds of dollars. Sometimes for just the cart.
Then recently I saw it listed for $350. I don’t know why but I made an offer for $100. Not nothing but far from the asking price. I got a counter offer asking $150. That was down a lot but I really honestly felt like I was at my limit. I replied explaining that $100 was all I wanted to do, including shipping. I got another reply stating that if it wasn’t sold after the up coming weekend that my offer of $100 would be accepted. I was pretty excited. At the same time I still feel a little crazy for spending $100 but this one game will be a place holder in my collection for the single rarest game for the Genesis/Mega Drive. I’m pretty sure I’m really happy with this 😛
A BIG Danke Schön to my fellow collector auf Deutschland!
This is my new Bootleg Mega Drive Tetris. Not mint, but pretty good:
This is what Sega’s officially licensed copy of Tetris was going to look like for the Japanese Mega Drive. Sega ended up losing the license for Tetris on consoles so they had to destroy the copies they made.
The assumption is that some were spared and got out into the wild. Which is why this version of Tetris is so rare and why someone on ebay got a little crazy in the head. Signed Licensed Sega Mega Drive Tetris:
Wildly over priced eBay auction for Tetris:
While searching for pictures of the license version I came across some really well made custom case covers and labels that I might print up some time. I believe the person who posted them also created them. The following is a link for many more excellent covers: http://www.box.net/shared/5qi65zpjbp
Tetris Case Cover Sleeve and cartridge lable:
With all of the recent hype for the originally licensed Tetris it really nailed home the idea that I’ll never have it. Which for me adds some extra value to my bootleg copy. For fun I even considered trying to Photoshop up a copy that looks like the licensed version but despite how simple the Tetris cover looks it’s really not that easy to reproduce (at least for me).
It never really dawned on me that there were games very close to completion but never saw the light of day close to the Mega Drive’s end. By chance I stumbled onto this clip of such a game. This is a clip of a never released game called Hardcore and it looks very good.
What’s interesting is in 2010 two people responsible for Hardcore actually demoed the game. If you watch the video you’ll hear the details and it sounds like they are trying to get the licencing rights to release this game. I really doubt this means it will appear as a Mega Drive cartridge (which would be awesome) but maybe we will still get to play this game some day.