Game Corner [Bite-Size]: Streets of Rage 4: Mr. X Nightmare (Xbox One)

Released: 14 July 2021Developer: Dotemu/Lizardcube/Guard Crush GamesAlso Available For: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 A Brief Background:After an absence of almost twenty-five years, the Streets of Rage series (SEGA, 1991 to 1994) finally made a long-awaited comeback in 2020. As a massive fan of the series, and sidescrolling beat-‘em-ups in general, I was very surprised, … Continue reading Game Corner [Bite-Size]: Streets of Rage 4: Mr. X Nightmare (Xbox One)

Game Corner [Sonic 2sday]: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2007; Xbox One)

After the release of Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic Team, 1991), Sonic had firmly established himself as the hot new icon on the block and catapulted SEGA to the forefront of the Console Wars. Anticipation was high for a sequel and, in keeping with their aggressive marketing strategies, SEGA dubbed November 24, 1992 as “Sonic 2sday”, … Continue reading Game Corner [Sonic 2sday]: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2007; Xbox One)

Game Corner [Mickey Mouse Day]: World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck (Mega Drive)

It’s November 18th, which means that it’s Mickey Mouse Day! Disney’s beloved mascot first debuted in Steamboat Willie (Disney and Disney, 1928) and has since become one of the most recognisable and influential cartoon characters in the world, the face of an entire multimedia conglomerate, and one of the most enduring and popular characters of … Continue reading Game Corner [Mickey Mouse Day]: World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck (Mega Drive)

Game Corner [Mega Drive Anniversary]: SEGA’s Mega Machine

On 29 October 1988, SEGA released the 16-bit Mega Drive (known as the SEGA Genesis in North America); far superior to Nintendo’s 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and bolstered by both an aggressive marketing campaign and the eventual release of Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic Team, 1991), this release kicked off the “Console Wars” of the … Continue reading Game Corner [Mega Drive Anniversary]: SEGA’s Mega Machine

Back Issues [Knuckles Day & Knuckles]: Sonic’s Friendly Nemesis: Knuckles

With the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (SEGA Technical Institute, 1994), gamers were introduced to Knuckles the Echidna. This mischievous, dreadlocked antagonist was created by Takashi Yuda and his debut was made all the more impressive by virtue of the fact that Sonic 3 was too big to fit on one cartridge, which meant … Continue reading Back Issues [Knuckles Day & Knuckles]: Sonic’s Friendly Nemesis: Knuckles

Game Corner [Spider-Man Month]: Spider-Man (Mega Drive)

Easily Marvel Comics’ most recognisable and popular superhero, unsuspecting teenage nerd Peter Parker was first bitten by a radioactive spider and learned the true meaning of power and responsibility in Amazing Fantasy #15, which was first published in August 1962. Since then, the Amazing Spider-Man has featured in numerous cartoons, live-action movies, videogames, action figures, … Continue reading Game Corner [Spider-Man Month]: Spider-Man (Mega Drive)

Game Corner [Sonic CDay]: Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Xbox One)

Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sonic Team, 1993) released on this day back in 1993. Produced alongside the blockbuster Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SEGA Technical Institute, 1992), Sonic CD expanded upon the Blue Blur’s original debut title with lush graphics, a time travel mechanic, gorgeous anime cutscenes, and introduced players to Metal Sonic (one of Sonic’s … Continue reading Game Corner [Sonic CDay]: Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Xbox One)

Game Corner: Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Nintendo 3DS)

Released: 9 February 2012Developer: SEGA Sports R&D/RacjinAlso Available For: Nintendo Wii The Background:During the “Console Wars” of the nineties, there were no truer rivals than Nintendo’s Super Mario and SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog; both went head to head as their respective company’s mascots, spearheading the release of some of the greatest and most influential videogames … Continue reading Game Corner: Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Nintendo 3DS)

Game Corner [Sonic’s Anniversary]: Sonic the Hedgehog (2007; Xbox One)

Sonic the Hedgehog was first introduced to gamers worldwide on 23 June 1991 and, since then, has become not only SEGA’s most enduring and popular character but also a beloved videogame icon. This year, the Blue Blur turns thirty and what better way to celebrate than by dedicating an entire month’s worth of content to … Continue reading Game Corner [Sonic’s Anniversary]: Sonic the Hedgehog (2007; Xbox One)

Game Corner [Donald Duck Day]: QuackShot Starring Donald Duck (Mega Drive)

It’s June 9th, which means that it’s National Donald Duck Day! Disney’s foul-tempered fowl first debuted in The Wise Little Hen (Jackson, 1934) way, way back on 9 June 1934 and has since become one of the multimedia conglomerate’s most enduring and popular characters, featuring in a variety of cartoons, videogames, and other merchandise. Released: … Continue reading Game Corner [Donald Duck Day]: QuackShot Starring Donald Duck (Mega Drive)