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Sega Master System

Asterix

The NES may have had a stranglehold on big-name comics properties like Batman, but Marvel/DC funny-book heroes weren’t the only game in town. Master System…

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic’s characteristic zippiness was pressed into frequent service to sell whichever technological wizardry Sega was flaunting this season, but the hedgehog’s lo-fi debut still managed…

The New Zealand Story

Taito’s platformer was legendarily conceived after a company exec took a vacation in the future Middle-earth and decided here was a country worth designing a…

Prince of Persia

Personal computers of the late 1980s were incomplete without a translation of Jordan Mechner’s rotoscoped spin on Arabian Nights dungeon-crawling, which pioneered the use in…

Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts

That catchy soundtrack. That merciless difficulty curve. Those iconic boxer shorts. The NES got the original instalment of Capcom’s lance-chucking platform epic, but the sequel…

Impossible Mission

There are those who’ve had Impossible Missions trademark death-sounds burned into their eardrums from hours of unforgiving play, and then there are sane people. But…