Sega Does What Nintendon’t

Sega Does What Nintendon’t

Sega Does What Nintendon’t

0 comments 📅30 December 2016, 09:31

The Sega Genesis, I have been waiting to write about this console ever since I started writing this retro gaming column. I live and breath Sega, to this day. It was my very first gaming system that we actually owned, it was not the first one I played but when I first turned on my Genesis I was blown away! Growing up my brother and I used to beg our parents to get us a video game system, and like most parents they saw the price and said “No, you guys will be fine without one”. That was until we saw the first commercial for the Genesis with the “Sega scream” and we doubled down on our efforts. This tactic eventually got us our brand new Sega, but there was a thing┬áto that. Our parents bought us a bunch of two player games, but they only got us one controller. Savage right? So we each had to take turns playing Sonic the Hedgehog and eventually we were able to get that second controller. Most of my best memories of my brother and I revolve around the Genesis.

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Sega began back in the 40’s and 50’s ,and like most future video game companies did they began with making pinball machines. The original Sega, or Service Games, was created by ex US military personnel stationed in Tokyo post world war 2. They set up a series of photo booths that people could go to to get their mandated ID pictures taken. They saw how successful it was and decided to start putting pinball machines with them and boom, Sega. The Sega Genesis came out in 1989 in North America, it was the only legitimate competition to the Nintendo Entertainment System and it showcased a whole new level of game play experience. They were able to build a system that was capable of using 16-bit graphics and amazing sound. They also jumped out and used their advertising to go straight up to and challenge Nintendo with their slogan “Sega does what Nintendont!”. I see this as the equivalent of being tossed into jail and walking up to the biggest baddest guy in the yard and punching him in the face.

Sega went on to sell around 29 million consoles and had some really memorable games. Such as; Echo the Dolphin, Aladdin, Jurassic Park, Mortal Kombat, and John Madden Football. But here is the most popular game and my personal favorite.

Most Popular Game: Sonic the Hedgehog

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No surprises here, Sonic the Hedgehog sold over 15 million copies and really changed the way I looked at Video Games. It also ushered in one of the Icons of video games and launched a series that still continues to this day.

Personal Favorite: Sunset Riders

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This was one of the games that my brother and I used to play all the time, and then when we got the second controller it was about the ONLY game we played. It’s a basic side scrolling shoot-em-up but it had us entertained for hours and hours at a time! The game is kind of hard to find, or its fairly pricey, but it is well worth it in my opinion.

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Luke Hunsaker
Luke Hunsaker

Luke Hunsaker, also known as The Podcaster Without Fear, is the host of The Nerd Dome Podcast. He also writes a comic book review column on thenerddome.com. You will also find him as a frequent panelists at Salt Lake City Comic Con, and Fan X.

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