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Dynamite Dux

During the Master System’s heyday, arcade brawlers like Final Fight and The Punisher were all the rage, though hardware restrictions often saw the crunchiest pummel-em-ups…

Super Monaco GP

A historical curio of ludological nomenclature (or a game with an interesting name), Super Monaco GP may be the only time that Sega offered a…

GP Rider

Motorcycle racing, today a genre dwarfed by its four-wheel equivalent, saw considerable representation on the Sega Master System, perhaps because bike racing is a lot…

G-LOC Air Battle

G-LOC is short for G-force induced Loss Of Consciousness, which the arcade iteration of this After Burner spin-off elicited by literally strapping you into a…

Ecco the Dolphin

What’s a common way of breaking up the left-to-right routine of your typical platformer? Put an underwater level or two in it! So if your…

Super Smash TV

Never say the Master System wasn’t game for a fight. Adapting one of the most flat-out arcade shooters of its day for the little black…

Marble Madness

In later generations, a title as then-unique as Marble Madness would be heralded alongside the likes of Rez or Katamari. Back in the 8-bit era,…

Sonic Spinball

One of Sonic’s higher-profile ventures out of the left-to-right platform-jumping ghetto came with this 1993 spin-off, ported to 8-bit machines the following year. The story…

Shinobi

The late ’80s saw Western youths descend en masse into ninja fever: video stores were filled with star-throwing assassins, and any black garment on the…

OutRun Europa

Outsourced to future Forsaken developer Probe Software, OutRun Europa packs precious few of the good-time holiday vibes of its namesake. Instead of a straight time-challenge…

Hang-On

In arcades, Hang-On would always draw crowds: that’s what you get when the joystick of your cabinet is a full-sized motorcycle chassis for players to…

Sonic the Hedgehog

The original hedgehog-themed platformer puts in a fine showing on Game Gear, with an inventive mixture of platforming game styles keeping the action fresh and…

Dragon Crystal

In standard old-school RPG fashion, the view is top-down and combat is turn based, but navigating the world is like exploring a maze. New terrain…

Streets of Rage 2

The game featured levels that looked like the console versions, but they were laid out differently, and enemies didnt have names and life bars like…