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Sonic Spinball

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Console: Sega Master System

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 was some hogwash about Dr. Robotnik taking control of a mountain fortress with a pinball defense system, which is an incredibly oddball scheme even by video game villain standards.

It certainly is strange on the Master System, for which this has the honor of being the sole extant example of the pinball-sim genre (unless you count the fairly dire mini-game in fairly dire-minigame collection Casino Games). The pyrotechnics may have been downgraded from the Genesis original, but this is still an admirable Master System showing for an oft-neglected genre.

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