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)

Talking Movies [Sonic Month]: Sonic the Hedgehog (1999)

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 every Friday of this month to SEGA’s … Continue reading Talking Movies [Sonic Month]: Sonic the Hedgehog (1999)

Game Corner: Taz in Escape from Mars (Mega Drive)

Released: August 1994Developer: HeadGamesAlso Available For: Game Gear and Master System The Background:Following his debut in “Devil May Hare” (McKimson, 1954) as a dim-witted and voracious foil to Bugs Bunny (Mel Blanc), my absolute favourite Looney Tunes (1930 to present) character, the Tasmanian Devil (or simply “Taz”), became a recurring character in subsequent Looney Tunes … Continue reading Game Corner: Taz in Escape from Mars (Mega Drive)

Game Corner: Taz-Mania (Mega Drive)

Released: July 1992Developer: Recreational BrainwareAlso Available For: Game Boy, Game Gear, Master System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) The Background:My absolute favourite Looney Tunes (1930 to present) character, the Tasmanian Devil (or simply “Taz”) first debuted in “Devil May Hare” (McKimson, 1954) as a dim-witted and voracious foil to Bugs Bunny (Mel Blanc). In the … Continue reading Game Corner: Taz-Mania (Mega Drive)

Game Corner [Sonic 3’s Anniversary]: Sonic 3 & Knuckles (Xbox One)

Following a highly anticipated release, bolstered by an extravagant marketing and release schedule, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SEGA Technical Institute, 1992) not only improved on every aspect of its influential predecessor but also went on to become the second best-selling SEGA Mega Drive game of all time. Expectations were high for the equally-anticipated third entry, … Continue reading Game Corner [Sonic 3’s Anniversary]: Sonic 3 & Knuckles (Xbox One)

Game Corner: Streets of Rage 4 (Xbox One)

Released: April 2020Developer: Dotemu/Lizardcube/Guard Crush GamesAlso Available For: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 The Background:Back in the good old days of the mid-nineties, one of the most prominent genres in arcades was the sidescrolling beat-‘em-up. Simple, mind-numbing arcade action, these titles demanded little more from players than to hold right and mash buttons to take … Continue reading Game Corner: Streets of Rage 4 (Xbox One)

Game Corner [Castlevania Marathon]: Castlevania: Bloodlines / Castlevania: The New Generation (Xbox One)

Released: May 2019Originally Released: December 1993Developer: Konami Digital Entertainment/Konami Industry Co. LtdOriginal Developer: KonamiAlso Available For: Mega Drive, Nintendo Switch, PC, and PlayStation 4 The Background:For the longest time, Castlevania was a series synonymous with Nintendo’s home consoles; handheld or otherwise, Castlevania was generally played on a Nintendo-branded product, meaning those of us (like me) … Continue reading Game Corner [Castlevania Marathon]: Castlevania: Bloodlines / Castlevania: The New Generation (Xbox One)

Game Corner: Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (Mega Drive)

Released: November 1990Developer: SEGA AM7Also Available For: Game Gear and Master System The Background:As I’ve mentioned before, Disney had quite the reputation for licensing their characters for top quality videogames back in the nineties. These days, licensed videogames are often frowned upon but, back then, Disney’s movies and characters made for some of the most … Continue reading Game Corner: Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (Mega Drive)