On November 11th, we witnessed the release and a near instant sell-out of NES Classic – the new console which is actually a blast from the past, bringing us the age-old classics such as Super Mario Bros., Castlevania and Donkey Kong.
Some people might find it strange that three-decade-old rehashed game systems still have enough appeal to be sold out in less than an hour. However, those who grew up with 2D like to “member” the games they played on NES, SNES, Genesis and other systems. Not only that, should any other similar system get a remake, it will surely be sold out as well.
Sega’s classics are officially present on our modern devices for some time now (PC, Xbox 360, PS3). There are more than 50 games available for purchase on Steam, and Sega released the “Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection” on Xbox and PS in 2009.
Although there is already a third party classic console supported by Sega among the 80 featured games, there wasn’t any place for some of the best games that were released on Genesis, some consider to be the best games of all time.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist
Forget the modern TMNT and forget Jonathan Liebesman’s movie which, in all honesty, is for some reason quite overrated on IMDB. This game is the heart and soul of TMNT. It has everything – Foot Soldiers, Bebop and Rocksteady, Baxter Stockman, Leatherhead and other classic characters. And yes, there is tons of pizza!
It’s a classic side-scrolling ‘beat ‘em up‘ with vivid colors, excellent audio and April O’Neil.
Streets of Rage 2
One of the best looking games of the time, a side-scrolling ‘beat ‘em up’ with outstanding graphics and music. Not only does this game have an immense replay value, its soundtrack is awesome as well!
You can pick one of the four available characters (Max, Axel, Blaze and Skate) and then stroll down the streets of the chaos plagued city. Your goal is to save your friend Adam Hunter from the hands of the notorious Mr. X – yeah, character naming isn’t the strongest side of the game.
Aladdin/Lion King/The Jungle Book
All three games are based on Disney’s cartoons and were developed by Virgin Interactive and Disney Software. These platform games were not only fun to play, but were also quite beautiful for their time. Aside from the looks, they all utilised the “power” of Genesis system to its fullest in order to deliver amazing sound.
NBA Jam/NBA Live 98
Though these bare a similar name, they are actually quite different. While NBA Jam is a pure arcade style game, NBA Live is a sports simulation game.
In Jam, you play 2 on 2 game across the entire court. There are no rules; you can even set the net on fire, shatter the board glass and slamdunk while doing a front flip from the free throw line.
On the other hand, in NBA live, the game is played by the rules; teams are full sized, you can play an entire season, or an exhibition. Additionally, you can play 2v2, 3v3, three point shootout and slam dunk your competition.
These are the games that left the biggest impression on me during the nineties, and the most important ones I think should find their way on future “Sega Classic”. Nevertheless, they are not the only ones. Other games I think should also be included are:
While we wait for Sega to potentially do something like Nintendo did and release a real homage to Genesis, we can go to Steam and purchase some of these timeless games to kill time. The best thing is that they are free of system requirements and can be played on any machine, from the cheapest gaming laptops to your old PII that you still keep in your basement.