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Sega Chat / Re: Underappreciated Megadrive/Genesis Games
« on: September 12, 2015, 06:18:30 AM »
Quote from: "TrekMD"
The Wind, eh?  Never heard of that game before.
I love that game, it's a part of the Earnest Evans trilogy.  They seem to get a mixed reaction from the Youtube reviewers, but they're some of my favorite 16 bit Sega games.  Only the first two got a release in the U.S. and only the 2nd in the UK though, the third is import only. 
They are: Earnest Evans - Mega CD in Japan, cartridge in the U.S., I don't think it got a PAL release.
El Viento / The Wind - Genesis/MD for JP/U.S./PAL
Anette Futatabi - Mega CD, JP only.
Here's a really good write up of the series that is better than the Youtube videos on it: ... tevans.htm

It is really easy to play import Mega CD games now though, with an Everdrive.  Here's a good video on it: ...

Retro News & Chat / Re: The History of Donkey Kong
« on: September 12, 2015, 06:07:52 AM »
That was a fun video, I think either Donkey Kong or Galaga had to be my first arcade game.  Time flies, it's hard to believe we're over three decades into that franchise.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Saturn's Atari Jaguar Collection
« on: September 11, 2015, 06:24:37 AM »
Thanks for the pics, as the years roll on I'm starting to think I really like the white shell for the Jag the best.  I always loved the lines of that case and it really shows them off.

Sega Chat / Re: Underappreciated Sega Saturn Games
« on: September 11, 2015, 06:16:09 AM »
Thanks zapiy, I think history is slowly coming back around on its side much more now, as gamers appreciate 2D again since the 3D craze of the 32 bit era has worn off. 

onthinice, you are correct about Lunar.  The best version of Lunar is the MPEG Edition for the Saturn that uses the MPEG card add on, but it's one of the great JRPGs that never saw U.S. or UK release unfortunately.  Check out how good the opening looks with that card:

One thing I forgot to point out for any U.S. gamers, you want to buy the PAL version of Torico as a value game, NOT the U.S. version as a value game.  The U.S. version is one of the more expensive games and will run you $200 or so, but the Pal and JP versions are very cheap.  It was called Lunacy in the U.S. and Torico in other markets, that's why I listed both names.

I was digging around Youtube and saw that Classic Game Room has done some great reviews for many of the imports I listed, this one for Cyberbots in particular is well done:

I also remembered one more shmup that I should have had on the import list, Steam Hearts.  It makes top shmup lists for the TG16 a lot of the time, but the Saturn port is far superior to it.  Here's a good video on that:

Marketplace / Re: Auction Watch! what are things fetching?
« on: September 09, 2015, 20:16:17 PM »
I love that box art, I really miss the days when games had to use quality artwork to sell you on the premise. We're starting to see a comeback with a lot of the Kickstarter games targeted at retro gaming fans, at least.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Kickstarter Projects
« on: September 09, 2015, 20:11:20 PM »
Quote from: "zapiy"
This is a sure fire way to have a successful Kickstarter now. Just add a version for a retro system and your done.
The Dreamcast seems to be picking up steam in that regard also, I just read an article about how demand has spiked due to younger gamers wanting to play Shenmue - ... nmue-3.htm

Sega Chat / Re: Underappreciated Sega Saturn Games
« on: September 09, 2015, 20:06:51 PM »
Thanks Isgoed, hopefully more people will check out the Saturn as info on these games has spread.  Since I made that import list, most of the games have had videos posted on Youtube and are easy to research.  For a long time, you just had to own and play those games to even know what they were.  Just to give you an example, CNet once wrote a ridiculous article naming it the worst console of all time - ... -all-time/

A few more things to note, that import list and value list are both on topic.  You might wonder why I left off the majority of SNK and Capcom games as playable imports, that's because those aren't really under-appreciated at all, they normally take the top import/playable in English lists for the Saturn.  That's not an exhaustive list of playable imports, just a list of ones you don't normally see mentioned, and most of the value games fall into that also.  I also corrected one other thing, I listed D&D Collection as oppposed to Tower Of Doom.  When I made the list originally, I copied + pasted together from a few different shorter lists I'd made in the past and one of them referred to that game specifically, not the whole disc.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Kickstarter Projects
« on: September 08, 2015, 23:34:32 PM »
I think I'm going to have to back this one, I just hope it hits the goal.  This is the first DC Kickstarter I've been excited about in a long time.

Sega Chat / Re: Underappreciated Sega Saturn Games
« on: September 08, 2015, 22:55:40 PM »
I have posted some lists in the past for people getting into the Saturn, I thought I'd put them in spoilers here so they're all in one place and organized.

Japanese games that are playable in English:
Spoiler: show

Lists by genre I made awhile back:
Spoiler: show

A top value list of good, but cheap games for the Saturn beginner:
Spoiler: show

After Burner II - Nearly arcade perfect.
Sky Target - A 3D version of After Burner.
Alien Trilogy - Fun shooter and nice homage if you're a fan of the films.
X-Men - Children of the Atom - Different enough from X-Men vs. Street Fighter to be worth a purchase.
Space Harrier - Another arcade perfect port, just get the JP version for the cheaper price.
Sonic 3D Blast - I think in hindsight, this was a solid game, just not a traditional "Sonic" game.
Pandemonium - Underrated platformer.
Last Bronx - Excellent weapon fighter.
The Horde - Notorious for the Kirk Cameron scenes, it's actually not a terrible game.
Clockwork Knight - Another underrated platformer.
Earthworm Jim 2 - My favorite version of this one.
Torico/Lunacy - Underrated Puzzle/FMV game by Atlus.
Manx TT Superbike - Underrated arcade racer.
Mr. Bones - Worth playing for the Montrose soundtrack alone.
Sega Touring Car Championship - Very underrated racer.
Skeleton Warriors - Based on the cartoon, similar to Shinobi.
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo - Still my favorite version of this one.
WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game - Actually an underrated fighter (yes, it's a fighter) based on the WWF.
Soviet Strike - Excellent helicopter shooter.
Bug! - Underrated Platformer.
Bug Too! - Another underrated platformer.
Cyber Speedway - Underrated racer with a great soundtrack.

Metal Jesus has done some good videos, too:

EDIT:  One final note needs to be mentioned.  Princess Crown is really only playable if you use a GameFAQs guide, but it is easily playable with one.  The dialogue from the game has even been translated, the fact that it's so difficult to dump text from a Saturn game is probably why it still hasn't been translated as an iso.  Here's a link to the best translation + walkthrough. ... ation.html

I also updated those lists from the Saturn thread, I added Silhouette Mirage to the imports and Sky Target to the value games.  If you're going to bookmark any of these pages for reference, this thread is the one to go with.  I also went back through and noted games that had PAL releases, if any UK posters catch some more i missed I'd appreciate it.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Anime and Manga Games
« on: September 06, 2015, 19:25:00 PM »
I enjoyed that video a lot, I just wish the Saturn had been featured.  It has so many great anime and manga based games, maybe they will do a part two later.  There would be a lot of titles to cover based on games that inspired anime also, Zillion on the Master Sytem is one of those.

Atari Chat / Re: Atari Jaguar: Battlesphere's Gauntlet levels summary
« on: September 06, 2015, 19:02:35 PM »
Quote from: "Isgoed"
Battlesphere is one of the best games on the Jag imo, but it always seems difficult to talk about it without "trouble" on the forums.
One thing I've noticed with the Jag over the years, a lot of its games were unconventional by console genre standards, and the games ended up being criticized for their genre rather than the game itself.  Cybermorph was another one like that, with the AVGN video about the Jag.  You can't compare an open world space shooter to one that's on rails, they were totally different genres, but he compared Cybermorph to Star Fox which doesn't make much sense.

Sega Chat / Re: Underappreciated Sega Saturn Games
« on: September 06, 2015, 18:39:06 PM »
The thing about the Saturn, isgoed, is that it is really a console for the 2D enthusiast.  I tried to pick a mix of 2D/3D with those four games, but the truth is that 2D platformers, shmups and fighters is where this console shines.  It is right up there with the AES/MVS/Neo Geo CD in that regard.  I don't know that it's worth investing in unless you are a diehard fan of those genres, or have a good enough grasp of Japanese to play the JRPG library as well.  It also has a decent number of exclusive racers if you're a fan of those, Manx TT Superbike is another underrated arcade port.

I dug around on Youtube, I wanted to post a couple of videos from those games:

Sega Chat / Re: Underappreciated Sega Saturn Games
« on: September 05, 2015, 17:48:56 PM »
Quote from: "TrekMD"
I guess there is no way to boot the system to play those games in non-Japanese consoles.
Actually, there is a really cheap and easy solution as long as you own the actual games (not CD-Rs like with the Dreamcast).  The Action Replay 4M Plus will make your console region free and let it boot JP games.  There are a couple of games that don't play well with it, Panzer Dragon Saga being one, but if you google there are Action Replay codes that will make them play nicely with it.  It works as a memory card, 4M expansion cart for games that use one, cheat device and lets your console boot JP region games.  Here's the one you want: ... XTYS0WWQ23

Homebrew Chat / Re: Jaguar Controller Inline USB
« on: September 05, 2015, 01:56:14 AM »
This has great potential for using one of the rotary controllers with MAME, I would guess.  If I end up buying one I will test this and report back, or if you have a rotary controller I'd be interested to hear your experience, Saturn.

Introductions / Re: Hello from a new member.
« on: September 05, 2015, 01:48:26 AM »
Welcome, I lurked and read up on the Jag quite a bit myself before I registered. It really did have a lot of appeal in terms of the hardware that AVP demonstrated, even if no other games with that level of promise came after it, plus it benefits from being Atari's swan song.   It's too bad that most of the misinformation about it has been incorrectly accepted as fact, but you're among friends here anyway.

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