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Game List by stonedwal

Version: 1.10 | Updated: 12/21/04

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The Sega Master System Game Guide
Started Monday, 25th November, 2002
Written by Matt Keller
Last updated Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Version 1.10
342 titles covered
319/342 entries complete (93.27%)
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Contents
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1. Overview
2. Explanation of Format
3. Game List
4. Unreleased/Unconfirmed Titles
5. Blank Form
6. Credits
7. Legals
8. Contact
9. Version History

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1. Overview
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This guide is intended to serve as a reference to all of the commercially
available titles on the Sega Master System.  While it is currently a work in
progress, I hope that it could one day be touted as a comprehensive guide to
the games available on the system.  This is the second guide of this nature
that I have written, with my long running Gamecube Game Guide being the first.

The guide currently caters to the games available for the system, but I would
like to one day expand it to cover the various different models of Sega Master
System hardware and the variety of peripherals that were once available.

Please note that I am unable to fluently speak Portuguese, so I apologise to
any South American readers if I make any glaring errors while referring to
popular culture which appears in some of the Brazillian SMS releases.  My
Japanese abilities have suffered unmeasurably since the completion of high
school, so some of my translations may be less than acceptable.  With the help
of the Master System community, I'd like to get these both up to scratch.

Also note that this is a WORK IN PROGRESS.  There are still many glaring
errors in the guide, such as double ups and titles that don't exist.  I am
aware of the majority of these errors, and am doing my best to correct them,
but keep in mind that these things take time.

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2. Explanation of Format
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Name:             Name of the game, preferably full title
Author/Vendor:    Developer/Publisher
Year:             Year of release
Region:           Places it was released in
Language:         All languages supported
Genre:            Type of game
Cart Size:        How many Megabit?
Players:          # of players
Peripherals:      What extra peripherals are supported

Premise:          What the game is about

Impressions:      What I think of the Game

Rating (1-10):    A rating for the game

Comments:         Any extra notes

Variations:       Notes about versions on other consoles or clones
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3. Game List
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Name:             20 em 1
Author/Vendor:    Tectoy
Year:             1997
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Multi
Cart Size:        ? megabit
Players:          Multi
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          One of those cheap multi-game carts designed for children
                  who are so poor they can't afford to pay attention. (I kid,
                  I kid)

Impressions:      Some of the games are visually pleasing, but they're all so
                  simple, most real gamers won't want to bother.

Rating (1-10):    3

Comments:         A 20 in 1 cart bundle with some Master System III units.

Variations:       The 50 in 1 coming with the 2002 Xmas SMS?
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Name:             4 Pak All Action
Author/Vendor:    Open Corporation/Daou Infosys Corparation/HES
Year:             1995
Region:           Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            ?
Cart Size:        ? megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The 4 Games are
                  1. Adventure Kid
                  2. Power Block
                  3. Twin Mouse
                  4. Cave Dude

Impressions:      The games all appear to be simple pallete swaps of other 
                  games or really simple homebrew efforts.  Not really worth
                  the effort it takes to track a copy down.

Rating (1-10):    3

Comments:         Only available in Australia, with a fairly hefty price tag,
                  now, one would imagine.

Variations:       None.
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Name:             A Turma Da Monica em O Resgate
Author/Vendor:    Tec Toy
Year:             1993
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        ? megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          See WONDER BOY III: THE DRAGON'S TRAP, but substitute the
                  various animal transformations for various character types.

Impressions:      See WONDER BOY III: THE DRAGON'S TRAP

Rating (1-10):    See WONDER BOY III: THE DRAGON'S TRAP

Comments:         Roughly translates to Monica's Gang in: The Rescue.  I don't
                  know the origins of the character.

Variations:       Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap
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Name:             Ace of Aces
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A bomber sim based during the second world war.  You fight
                  as the Allies against the Germans.

Impressions:      Horrible, to say the least.  Sim fans might find a little
                  something here, but it won't keep their attention for long,
                  its just a bit hard to get a grasp of.  Buggy, and feels
                  kind of unfinished.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Action Fighter
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia, Japan
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Bunch of terrorists kidnap the president, and send a bunch
                  of troops to storm the country, or something.  You drive
                  a motorbike which can be upgraded into a car and even an
                  aeroplane.

Impressions:      Action Fighter is to the Master System as Spy Hunter is to
                  the NES.  Both very similar games, but I'd say Action
                  Fighter is a little better.  Not great, though.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Action Pack
Author/Vendor:    Tec Toy
Year:             ?
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Various
Cart Size:        ? megabit
Players:          1-?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          ?

Impressions:      ?

Rating (1-10):    ?

Comments:         ?

Variations:       ?
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Name:             Addams Family, The
Author/Vendor:    Flying Edge/Arc Developments/Ocean
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action/Adventure
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Loosely based on the film starring Angelica Houston and
                  the late Raul Julia.  Gomez must rescue various family
                  members scattered around the house and various other places.

Impressions:      It's a bit meh, nothing really inspiring, but it isn't
                  totally awful like some Flying Edge efforts.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Ported from another version?

Variations:       SNES, Megadrive, PC and NES versions exist.
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Name:             Aerial Assault
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          One of many fairly stock standard horizontal shooters on the
                  system.  Fly an advanced fighter jet, and blow up everything
                  that comes your way.

Impressions:      While it can't even put a dent in Fantasy Zone's title as
                  the best horizontal shooter on the system, it isn't all that
                  bad.  Not terribly exciting though.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             After Burner
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Japan, Europe, Australia
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You're an ace fighter pilot.  For wings you have an F-14
                  Thunder Cat, the most advanced jet fighter ever developed.
                  In the sky, you are the perfect match of man and machine.
                  The country's freedom depends on your success.  Good Luck.

Impressions:      A pretty impressive port, as the arcade machine was a little
                  more complex than the SMS hardware.  Fun for the first few
                  missions, but becomes dull quickly.  Boss fights are good
                  but there isn't nearly enough of them.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Ported from the arcade game. Japanese cart contains FM
                  sound.

Variations:       Arcade, Megadrive and Mega CD versions and sequels exist.
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Name:             Air Rescue
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A helicopter based rescue game which takes place in the cold
                  war era.

Impressions:      Not a patch on Choplifter, even though it offers a few
                  little extras.  Controls are a bit naff.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Aladdin
Author/Vendor:    Disney/Sega
Year:             1994
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the hit Disney movie starring Robin Williams.

Impressions:      Shares more in common with the SNES game than the Megadrive
                  one, but seems to be better.  There's a few nifty chase
                  scenes in there, and the game generally feels a little like
                  Flashback on the Megadrive...if that's any concellation.
                  Better than I expected.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       Megadrive, NES, and SNES versions exist.
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Name:             Aleste
Author/Vendor:    Compile (reprogrammed by Sega)/Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Europe, Japan
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Another top down shooter, this time against various alien
                  ships

Impressions:      Pretty good shooter actually, almost seems like a prequel
                  of sorts to Power Strike, the power up structure is very
                  similar.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Japanese cart contains FM sound.

Variations:       Very similar to Power Strike
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Name:             Alex Kidd and the Lost Stars
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Japan, Europe, Australia
Language:         Various
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          An evil monster Jiggarat steals the stars from above Planet
                  Aries, and it is up to Alex Kidd to stop him.

Impressions:      Its very different, but I cannot say I like any of the new
                  themes in the slightest.  Something went wrong here.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         Third game in the Alex Kidd series.  Japanese cart contains
                  FM sound.

Variations:       Arcade version exists.
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Name:             Alex Kidd: BMX Trial
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            Sports (bmx)
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Paddle Controller

Premise:          A BMX game featuring Alex Kidd, which was only released in
                  Japan.

Impressions:      Due to the fact it uses a paddle controller, it's pretty
                  much impossible to give a fair and reasonable impression
                  on how the game is meant to play without having used the
                  said peripheral.  Doesn't really control well with anything
                  else.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         For the last few years, I was under the impression that this
                  was an unfinished beta, but apparently it was a commercial
                  title for the Mark III.  Japanese cart contains FM sound.

Variations:       None.
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Name:             Alex Kidd in High Tech World
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         Various
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Alex Kidd hears about a great new arcade in a nearby city.
                  Unfortunatly, his map has been torn up, and he must get to
                  the arcade before it closes at 4pm.

Impressions:      Quite an odd story.  The first mission is a very good
                  adventure game-esque fare, but then it breaks down into
                  platforming in the second.  Fairly good, overall.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Second game in the Alex Kidd series.

Variations:       Known as Anmitsu Hime in Japan, features different
                  characters.
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Name:             Alex Kidd in Miracle World
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe, Japan, Australia
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Janken and his three henchmen Rockhead, Scissorhead, and
                  Paperhead, have taken the land of Radaxian hostage. They
                  have kidnapped Alex's brother, Igor, and the King has
                  mysteriously gone missing. Only Alex can save the day.

Impressions:      The first in the series, and by far the best.  Simple
                  platform action, with a few nifty gadgets thrown into the
                  mix.  Paper Scissors Rock is pretty easy to memorize, but
                  that music has forever stuck in my head.

Rating (1-10):    9

Comments:         Built in game for most people's Master System II's, but a
                  cartridge version exists.

Variations:       None
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Name:             Alex Kidd in Shinobi World
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          After ten thousand years, the once banished Dark Ninja
                  returns to make another attempt to take over Miracle World.
                  Someone's definitely got to stop him!  Guess who dares to
                  meet the challenge?  The Kidd, the prince who knows no fear.
                  He's the only one who can fight back.

Impressions:      Its not too bad.  Pretty much like Shinobi, with a few
                  extra little tricks thrown in (wall jumps).  I can't seem
                  to enjoy it, however.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         4th in the Alex Kidd series.

Variations:       None
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Name:             ALF
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The world's favourite bad boy alien is back...on your Sega
                  System.  It's Alf!  And he's got a mission...get to Mars to
                  visit his friends Rhonda and Skip.  The problem is his
                  space ship is broken.  And the Alfer isn't about to grow
                  wings.  So it has to be fixed...and that's where you come
                  in!  Guide Alf as he searches for the things needed to fix
                  his ship.  Pearls snatched from the jaws of giant clams...
                  space scooter fuel in the darkest caves, spacesuits,
                  costumes and more!
                 
                  Alf's Sega adventure will take you from the bottom of lakes
                  to the moon, through houses and across busy streets.  Some
                  things you will be able to find, others you will need to buy
                  and all the while you will have to keep on escaping from the
                  creepy clutches of the Alien Task Force.  You never know
                  when they'll appear next!
                 
                  Succeed and you will send the Alfer on his way to a happy
                  reunion.  Mess up, and Alfer stays stuck on Earth.  Do you
                  think you can do it? No problem.

Impressions:      Absolute tosh!  Alf looks like something runny and brown
                  that cracks porcelin, and the gameplay is a bit naff.  If
                  you are looking for your Alf fix, get cable, or something.

Rating (1-10):    2

Comments:         Based on the hit 80's TV show

Variations:       None
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Name:             Alien 3
Author/Vendor:    Acclaim
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the third movie in the Alien series, in which
                  Ripley finds herself on an a prison planet.  All seems to be
                  under control until the mother alien shows up.

Impressions:      A little bit different from the movie in the fact you
                  actually have guns to dispose of the aliens.  Fairly
                  standard shoot the baddies and rescue the goodies gameplay.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       NES, SNES, Megadrive, Game Boy and Game Gear versions exist.
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Name:             Alien Storm
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Aliens invade earth, and three heroes, Gordon, a girl (who
                  I still don't remember the name of) and Scooter (a robot)
                  take it upon themselves to stop the extra terrestrial
                  threat.  Based on the hit arcade game.

Impressions:      Another technically limited arcade port.  First off, the
                  female character is missing.  Next, about 90% of the
                  animation is missing.  The difficulty is non existant, too.
                  Barely resembles the arcade and Megadrive versions.  The
                  first person shooter bits are probably the best bit now.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None?

Variations:       Arcade and Megadrive versions exist
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Name:             Alien Syndrome
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           Japan, USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A top down maze based shooter in which you must rescue
                  various hostages and deactivate bombs, kill aliens, you
                  know, the usual.  Based on the arcade hit.

Impressions:      I found it to be a little bizarre, and a bit tedious.  Two
                  player action is alright if you can find someone willing to
                  play with you, otherwise it is a little dry.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Japanese cart contains FM sound.

Variations:       Arcade version exists.
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Name:             Altered Beast
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia, Japan
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Sega's newest arcade hit! You can transform into a wolfman,
                  dragon, tigerman and bearman. (promo)

Impressions:      Missing a bit of the charm of the Arcade and Megadrive
                  versions, not to mention a lot of the animation, but it
                  does have a few charms of its own (I love the shattering
                  sprites).  Better than the godawful NES port, for one thing.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Despite what the promo says, the bear man is not in the
                  Master System game

Variations:       Megadrive, Arcade, NES and TG16 versions exist.
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Name:             American Baseball
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (baseball)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Well, erm, its a baseball game.  And it has lots of modes
                  and stuff.

Impressions:      Graphically pleasing, and the gameplay holds up, but it is
                  definitely something you will need a friend for to enjoy to
                  its maximum potential

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Non American version of Reggie Jackson's Baseball

Variations:       Reggie Jackson's Baseball
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Name:             American Pro Football
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (football)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Football, American style, with a bunch of tournament modes
                  and a two player option.

Impressions:      It's not too bad, but not terribly great.  Joe Montana
                  Football is a bit better in my opinion, but those football
                  fans out there can decide for themselves.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         European version of Walter Payton Football

Variations:       Walter Payton Football
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Name:             Andre Agassi Tennis
Author/Vendor:    Lance Investments Ltd./Tecmagik
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (tennis)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A tennis game featuring the legendary Andre Agassi, back
                  when he had hair.

Impressions:      It's alright, but weird animation and lacking control let it
                  down.  Even so, it's one of the better tennis games on the
                  system, but pales in comparison to Wimbledon.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Megadrive version exists.
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Name:             Anmitsu Hime
Author/Vendor:    Studio Pierrot/Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:           
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:         
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Looks to be exactly the same as Alex Kidd in Hi Tech World,
                  due to Alex Kidd being a failure in Japan, Sega obviously
                  decided to mix it up.

Impressions:      Seeing as my Japanese skills are not what they once were,
                  I cannot give this a fair impression, but for all purposes
                  it's probably the same as Alex Kidd in Hi Tech World.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       Alex Kidd in Hi Tech World for the West
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Name:             Arcade Smash Hits
Author/Vendor:    Virgin
Year:             1992
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Three classic Atari arcade games on the one cartridge.

Impressions:      I hate these "classic" arcade compilations, but for those
                  who were around back then, this should be a blast from the
                  past, or a trip down memory lane, or some other cheesy
                  cliche.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Many of these stupid compilations exist.
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Name:             Argos no ju-jiken
                  see RYGAR
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Name:             Ariel: The Little Mermaid
Author/Vendor:    Tec Toy
Year:             Unknown (not stated on box)
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Unknown, but I'd assume it was based on the movie or the
                  TV show which followed

Impressions:      Yet another cut down Megadrive port from the looks of it.
                  Better off with Ecco for all of your underwater action,
                  though that's not saying much.

Rating (1-10):    3

Comments:         Apparently, it's a port of the Game Gear version.

Variations:       Little Mermaid games exist on the Megadrive and NES, but
                  they may be completely different.
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Name:             Ashura
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You're a lone commando, and you get to shoot lots of things.
                  Need I say more?

Impressions:      Not a bad little top down shooter, and a bit of fun in two
                  player mode, but I imagine that it is completely lacking
                  in the longevity arena.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Is it just me, or does this use the same engine as The
                  Ninja?

Variations:       Japanese version of Secret Commando and Rambo FBP2
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Name:             Assault City
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick, Light Phaser (special version)

Premise:          A bunch of robots turn against their human creators, and 
                  full scale war breaks out

Impressions:      Stock standard light phaser game that doesn't really offer
                  much more than a few different sprites to shoot at.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         There was a special light phaser version.

Variations:       None
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Name:             Asterix
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English, French
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the popular comic book which originated in France.

Impressions:      Excellent animation, smooth control, and all round fun, this
                  is definitely one that you should consider picking up,
                  even if you aren't a fan of the comics.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Is it just me, or is the presentation very similar to
                  Castle of Illusion?  First in the Asterix series on the
                  Master System.

Variations:       There is one Asterix game on the Megadrive.
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Name:             Asterix and the Great Rescue
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1994
Region:           Europe
Language:         English, French, German, Swedish, Spanish
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Unknown

Impressions:      Seems to have taken the approach that the Megadrive game
                  took, as it bears resembelence to its 16-bit brethren.
                  The animation is a little less smooth (limited memory), but
                  more importantly, the gameplay is still there.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Possibly ported from the Megadrive? Third in the Asterix
                  Series

Variations:       None?
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Name:             Asterix and the Secret Mission
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         French, English, German
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Asterix and Obelix must find various different herbs to
                  provide a cure for one of their leaders before full scale
                  war breaks out.

Impressions:      Once again, Asterix displays brilliant animation and
                  gameplay that people who aren't fans of the comics can
                  enjoy.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Second in the Asterix series.

Variations:       Re-released as a Sega Classic
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Name:             Astro Warrior and Pit Pot
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Compilation
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Two games on the one cart, one shooter and one puzzle/maze
                  game.

Impressions:      Value for money for all those cheapies out there, but see
                  the individual entries for game evaluations.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Both available as separate carts.

Variations:       None?
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Name:             Astro Warrior
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A nice vertical shooter which requires you to blast the
                  bejeezus out of a bunch of aliens.

Impressions:      Not bad as far as shoot em ups go on the system, but it is
                  a little tough for the inept (such as myself) and the
                  powerups are a little lacking to say the least.  Worth a
                  look.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Also on a compilation cart with Pit Pot

Variations:       None
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Name:             Aztec Adventure: The Golden Road to Paradise
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Australia, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Welcome to the land of the ancient Aztecs, where money talks
                  and enemies can be bought.  Your objective: reach the Aztec
                  paradise, where the tokens of wealth and happiness await.
                  (back of the box)

Impressions:      Its a bit of a Legend of Zelda clone, but with a bit
                  superior graphics, but lacking the polish of Zelda.  Worth
                  a look for adventure fans.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       Nazca '88
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Name:             Back to the Future: Part 2
Author/Vendor:    Image Works/Mirrorsoft
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the hit movie starring Michael J. Fox and
                  Christopher Lloyd, which tells a story of a young boy, a
                  crazy scientist, and a DeLorean that has been converted into
                  a time machine.  

Impressions:      To be frank, its a steaming pile of turds.  Looks ugly,
                  plays pretty poorly, and the music is irritating.  Just
                  stick with watching the movies, and you'll be alright.

Rating (1-10):    2

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Back to the Future: Part 3
Author/Vendor:    Image Works/Mirrorsoft
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the hit movie starring Michael J. Fox and
                  Christopher Lloyd, which tells a story of a young boy, a
                  crazy scientist, and a DeLorean that has been converted into
                  a time machine.

Impressions:      Laughably bad, but still manages to be better than the game
                  for the second movie (kind of an inversed relationship).

Rating (1-10):    3

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Baku Baku Animals
Author/Vendor:    Sega/Tectoy
Year:             1996
Region:           Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A puzzle game of sorts, which shares a little in common with
                  Compile's Puyo Puyo.

Impressions:      The thing that it shares in common with Puyo Puyo is that I
                  have absolutely no idea how to play the damn thing.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         May be a Game Gear game, I am not sure (confirmation needed)

Variations:       None
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Name:             Bank Panic
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           Europe, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1/4 of a megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You're in the old west, and you must take care of the bank
                  robbers, but be careful of the innocent civilians!

Impressions:      It's not to bad once you get used to the mechanics, but
                  the game doesnt have too much staying power.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Ported from the arcade.

Variations:       Arcade version exists.
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Name:             Bart vs the Space Mutants
Author/Vendor:    Flying Edge
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Blatant cash in on the early Simpsons popularity (when Bart
                  was the most popular character).  Basically a bunch of
                  aliens with an attraction towards certain colours invade
                  Springfield, and Bart must grab spray paint, and change
                  their colour so the objects are not stolen.

Impressions:      Its a fairly decent game, but it's frustratingly hard.
                  Simpsons fans and platformer fans might want to take a look,
                  but some may want to look elsewhere.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Ported from the NES?

Variations:       NES, Megadrive and PC versions exist
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Name:             Bart vs the World
Author/Vendor:    Flying Edge
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Don't exactly know what the premise is, but I take it Bart
                  has done something to annoy the world.

Impressions:      Its the first of the Simpsons series which basically
                  consists of a bunch of poorly put together minigames.
                  Simpsons fans might want to look to Bart vs the Space
                  Mutants, or the Simpsons arcade game if they are interested
                  in a good game.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         Ported from the NES?

Variations:       NES version exists.
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Name:             Basketball Nightmare
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (basketball)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You are the captain of the Hometown High School's basketball
                  team.  You've won the tournaments and are trying to win the
                  All-Americans High School Championship! But one night you
                  had a very strange dream...(back of the box)

Impressions:      Basketball with a plot, basically.  As far as basketball
                  games go on the system, its probably the best one.  Single
                  player is a little short, but the two player mode is sure
                  to cause a bit of rivalry between friends and family.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Batman Returns
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the second movie in the Batman series starring
                  Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfieffer and Danny DeVito.  It's
                  Christmas time in Gotham, and two new baddies have shown up,
                  Catwoman, and the Penguin.  It is up to Batman to deal with
                  them.

Impressions:      An interesting little game, reminiscent of Shinobi, though
                  lacking the same quality.  You get to choose one of two
                  routes at the start of the level which is fairly nifty,
                  otherwise its just standard platform action.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Completely different animal to the Megadrive version and the
                  SNES version.  The SNES version is by far the best of the
                  Batman Returns games.

Variations:       Different versions of this game exist on every platform
                  available around 1992.  Also available as a Sega Classic.
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Name:             Battle Out Run
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Outrun meets Chase HQ, with just enough to separate them.

Impressions:      Selectable levels and music is a bonus, and choosing your
                  kit mid mission is a bonus, otherwise it's just Outrun, with
                  a little destruction.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Sequel to Out Run

Variations:       Out Run appeared in the Arcade and on the Megadrive.  A
                  further 16-bit sequel followed in the form of Out Run 2019.
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Name:             Battlemaniacs
Author/Vendor:    Rare/Tectoy
Year:             Unknown (not listed on box)
Region:           Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A port of the Super Nintendo game Battletoads in
                  Battlemaniacs, a game by Rareware.  3 toad brothers must
                  save the world from an evil queen..or something.

Impressions:      If you like cut down 16-bit games, you could go for this.
                  Less frustrating than the original game (which isn't on the
                  SMS), which automatically makes it 10 times better.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Looks to be only 95% complete.  It's a port of the SNES
                  Battletoads game.

Variations:       Battletoads: Battlemaniacs on the SNES.
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Name:             Black Belt
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Erm, you're this Kung Fu type guy, and you beat things up.

Impressions:      It's generic button mashy action for the most part.  The
                  main levels are a side scrolling affair, with a constant
                  flow of enemies (who shatter on impact) and the odd enemy
                  with a piece of equipment.  Finally the boss fights are a
                  more Street Fighter 1 on 1 affair, though very simplistic.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Hotuko no Ken/Fist of the North Star
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Name:             Blade Eagle 3D
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick, 3D Glasses

Premise:          A vertical shoot-em-up which supports use of the 3D Glasses
                  peripheral.

Impressions:      Highly ordinary shooter with a few tricks thanks to the
                  3D glasses.  Nothing special here.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Can be played without the 3D glasses. Japanese cart contains
                  FM sound.

Variations:       
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Name:             Bomber Raid
Author/Vendor:    Activision/Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Take to the skies with Two-Mega fire-power in the gnarliest
                  fighter-bomber game ever. (promo)

Impressions:      Fairly decent shooter with a good powerup system.  Can get
                  a little frantic at times, and the framerate does suffer.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Apparently there are two versions, an Activision one (US and
                  early EU release) and the Sega one (all other).  The
                  Activision one is much more rare.  Japanese cart contains 
                  FM sound.

Variations:       
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Name:             Bonanza Brothers
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Two brothers, Robo and mobo are sent on a mission to clean 
                  up Badville, by looting money from jewelry thieves and 
                  counterfeit money runners, etc.

Impressions:      Interesting little game which plays fairly well.  Lacks the
                  co-operative mode that was in the other versions which is a
                  serious problem in the longetivity stakes.  Collect the loot
                  and dodgy the security guards.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         

Variations:       Arcade and Megadrive versions exist
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Name:             Bonkers Wax Up!
Author/Vendor:    Tectoy
Year:             1994
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the Disney cartoon from the mid 90's about a crazy
                  cat who happens to be a police officer.

Impressions:      Pretty much straight platforming action, nothing really
                  good or bad with the title.  Take a look if you like the
                  original cartoon, otherwise there's nothing to see here.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Port of the Game Gear version.

Variations:       Bonkers on the Game Gear.
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Name:             Borgman
Author/Vendor:    Toho/Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Most likely based on some form of mid 80's anime.

Impressions:      Very weird side scrolling action game which employs two
                  viewpoints at once - may also require two pads to operate.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Released on a special Gold cartridge in Japan.  
                  Japanese cart contains FM sound.

Variations:       Tyouon Sensi Borgman
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Name:             Bram Stoker's Dracula
Author/Vendor:    Sony Imagesoft
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the 1992 movie starring Johnny Depp.

Impressions:      As with all Sony Imagesoft games in the 90's, this one is a
                  load of crap.  Poor animation, loose control, bad collision
                  detection and just generally bad to play.

Rating (1-10):    2

Comments:         ?

Variations:       Megadrive, Mega CD, SNES and Gameboy versions exist.
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Name:             Bubble Bobble
Author/Vendor:    Taito
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Bub and Bob are two average boys, with cute girlfriends.
                  At least until their girlfriends are kidnapped, and they're
                  tranformed into bubble blowing lizards.

Impressions:      Definitely one of the top puzzle games on the system.
                  Trap your enemies in bubbles and pop them through about
                  200 levels.  Just pray your brother doesn't accidently kick
                  the machine and wipe your progress :(

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Japanese cart contains FM sound.

Variations:       Arcade, PC and NES versions exist, as well as a graphical
                  remake for the Game Boy Advance.  Also known as Dragon Maze,
                  Final Bubble Bobble.
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Name:             Buggy Run
Author/Vendor:    Sega/Capcom
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Isometric racer in the vein of R.C. Grand Prix.

Impressions:      Decent little racer, though not as polished as some others
                  on the system.  Control is a bit off, unfortunately.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Does a Capcom version exist?

Variations:       None?
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Name:             California Games
Author/Vendor:    Epyx/Sega (reprogrammed)
Year:             1989
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (multi)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-8
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Compete in a bunch of sports that were popular in California
                  in the late 1980's, such as Skateboarding and Flying Disc.

Impressions:      Good little compilation of sports titles that provide for
                  some enjoyable competitive action with your friends.  Not
                  really much chop on your own, though.  Avoid the sequel at
                  all costs.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       C64, PC, NES, Megadrive, Lynx and countless other versions
                  exist.
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Name:             California Games II
Author/Vendor:    Epyx (reprogrammed by Sega)/Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (multi)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-8
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Push your courage and cool to their limits in four
                  innovative action sports from California.  Showcase your
                  skills speeding around the skateboard track, body boarding
                  on foam breakers, hang gliding over the ocean and
                  snowboarding down perilous slopes.

Impressions:      An absolute travesty, especially seeing the prequel was a
                  damn fine game.  Stupid events which are impossible to get
                  the hang of.  Luckily it had a small production run.

Rating (1-10):    1

Comments:         Sequel to California Games

Variations:       SNES and PC versions exist.
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Name:             Captain Silver
Author/Vendor:    Data East (reprogrammed by Sega)/Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You're Jack Avery, a lad with a taste for treasure and high
                  adventure! In this hot Sega adventure you are fast on the
                  trail of the most feared sea pirate's treasure, Captain
                  Silver. It doesn't matter that he's dead. His ghost goes on
                  haunting the treasure... and all who try to find it... with
                  a bloodthirsty vengeance that has chased strong men to
                  their graves!
                 
                  But you have no fear... or do you? With a tattered old
                  treasure map in hand, you must track down the sea dog's
                  golden board, battling creatures both from this world and
                  from beyond the grave! You'll start the game with your
                  trusty cutlass and your wits. Fight well and you'll be able
                  to increase the power of your sword, or purchase special
                  powers to slow down the hands of time and make yourself
                  temporarily invisible.
                 
                  Wield your cutlass well and you'll face the ghost of the
                  Captain himself... with a chance to own all his buried
                  treasure. But fail in your quest, and who knows what
                  spirits will haunt you?"

Impressions:      Very dull side scrolling hack and slash adventure.  I never
                  knew that one could die by touching the water in a fountain.
                  Apparently, Jack Avery does.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Arcade port?

Variations:       Arcade version exists.
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Name:             Casino Games
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           Europe, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Party
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A compilation of various games that you'd find around a
                  casino.

Impressions:      Fine if you like computerised gambling, but the rest of us
                  will find it utterly tedious.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       None?
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Name:             Castelo Ra Tim Bum
Author/Vendor:    Tectoy
Year:             1997
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          I don't know for sure, looks like it may be based on a 
                  cartoon or TV show of the same name.

Impressions:      One of the few original Brazillian titles available - could
                  be a fun game if I knew Portuguese

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Champions of Europe
Author/Vendor:    Tecmagik
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (soccer)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Another soccer game, this time from a bird's eye
                  perspective.

Impressions:      Strikingly similar to World Cup Italia 90, but not even as
                  fun to play, a bad thing considering Italia 90 was dire in
                  itself.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Championship Hockey
Author/Vendor:    Electronic Arts/US Gold
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (hockey)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Essentially it's EA Hockey from the Megadrive, converted to
                  Sega's 8-bit format.

Impressions:      While EA Hockey rocked, this one is quite dull.  Limited
                  animation, icky graphics and poor collision detection show
                  that your time would be better spent elsewhere.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         Port of EA Hockey

Variations:       EA Hockey on the Megadrive
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Name:             Chapolim X Dracula
Author/Vendor:    Tec Toy
Year:             1993
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          It's a pallete swap of Ghost House, with characters from
                  what I would assume is some form of Brazillian cartoon.

Impressions:      See Ghost House, because they're exactly the same.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Palette swap of Ghost House

Variations:       Ghost House
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Name:             Chase HQ
Author/Vendor:    Taito
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia, Japan
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action/Driving
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          New York - to help eradicate crime, the Manhattan Police
                  have established a special investigation headquarters.
                  They call it Chase HQ - its objective: to arrest criminals
                  escaping in cars from the scene of a crime.

Impressions:      It's a lot of fun, but a bit short lived, especially because
                  of its lack of difficulty.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Sequel called Special Criminal Investigation

Variations:       Arcade version exists.
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Name:             Cheese Cat'astrophe
                  see SPEEDY GONZALES: CHEESE CAT'ASTROPHE
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Name:             Choplifter
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1985
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You control a helicopter, and must fly around the
                  battlefield saving POWs, while trying to avoid being
                  destroyed.

Impressions:      It's a fun game, but it can become very frustrating.  Stick
                  with it, and you'll have a good time.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         SNES Sequel in Choplifter 3.

Variations:       Arcade, Gameboy and C64 versions exist
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Name:             Chuck Rock
Author/Vendor:    Virgin
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Unga Bunga! Chuck Rock's wife, Ophelia, has been captured
                  by that no-good Gary Gritter. Can Chuck belly-butt his way
                  through five increasingly challenging stages, each one
                  packed with dozens of deranged dinosaurs and surprises
                  galore? Or is his love destined to end up on the rocks?

Impressions:      Pretty stock standard platforming action.  The graphics
                  are pretty impressive, though the background is entirely
                  black.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Suspected Megadrive port.

Variations:       Also on the Megadrive
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Name:             Chuck Rock II: Son of Chuck
Author/Vendor:    Core Design
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Eighteen months after his victory over Gary Gritter, Chuck
                  Rock is now the owner of the hugely successful 'Chuck
                  Motors' and has become a father. Kidnapped by his evil
                  enemy Brick Jagger, Chuck Rock is likely to become Chuck
                  Dust unless somebody rescues him... A sudden crash as
                  Chuck Junior bursts from his play pen 'Goo Goo Gaa Gaa,
                  I'll be back'

Impressions:      Pretty average platforming action, just substitute Chuck for
                  his son, and belly butting with a club.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on the Megadrive
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Name:             Circuit, The
                  see WORLD GRAND PRIX
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Name:             Cloud Master
Author/Vendor:    Hot B. Co. Ltd/Taito
Year:             1989
Region:           Europe, Australia, Japan, USA
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You control a little boy on a floating cloud who proceeds to
                  blast the crap out of anything that moves.  May or may not
                  be based on some form of Asian mythology.

Impressions:      Unconventional in appearance, but nothing more than
                  standard horizontol shooter action in reality.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       ?
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Name:             Columns
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia, Japan, USA
Language:         Various
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Line up the matching jewels by colour, and lather, rinse and
                  repeat until you can't take it any more.

Impressions:      One of the best puzzle games of all time.  Simple premise,
                  but very easy to pick up, and hard to put down.  A very good
                  alternative to Tetris.

Rating (1-10):    9

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Megadrive and Game Gear versions exist.
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Name:             Cool Spot
Author/Vendor:    Virgin
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Play as the 7UP mascot Spot in his quest to become cool.
                  Thrilling, isn't it?

Impressions:      Much better than your average Megadrive chop down job.  The
                  background detail is gone, but much of the animation (which
                  was superb in the Megadrive game) is still there.  Gameplay
                  is virtually identical, which can only be a good thing.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Ported from the Megadrive(?)

Variations:       Megadrive, Game Gear and SNES versions exist.
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Name:             Cosmic Spacehead
Author/Vendor:    Codemasters
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Absorb your senses in this giant Extra Terrestrial Odyssey
                  of Cosmic discovery! Radical Adventure, Awesome Arcade and
                  super Sub-Games combine in Cosmic Spacehead's 50's Sci-fi
                  quest to prove the Earth's existence!

Impressions:      Amusing little point and click adventure title, but there's
                  not nearly enough of it.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Ported from the Megadrive? Had a special contoured cart.

Variations:       Megadrive version exists.
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Name:             Cyber Shinobi
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          An evil force known as the Zeed return to the world to cause
                  havoc, and only the super ninja type-bloke Joe Musashi can
                  save us all from the impending doom.

Impressions:      This is a definite case of the old rose-tinted glasses.  I
                  recalled this game being a nice beat em up with ninja powers
                  when in reality it's a farce and detrimental to the Shinobi
                  name.  Limited animation and stupid difficulty ruin what
                  could have been a great sequel.  The music is a blessing,
                  though.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         The official sequel to Shinobi

Variations:       None.
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Name:             Cyborg Hunter
Author/Vendor:    Sega/Activision
Year:             1988
Region:           Europe, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action/Adventure
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You're the toughest bounty hunter in the galaxy.  Fight off
                  swarms of deadly Cyborgs. (promo)

Impressions:      It's got a nice idea in the fact that it displays a first
                  person and third person view at the same time, but the game
                  mechanics are quite flawed, and there's just a general lack
                  of direction within the game.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Released by Activision in the USA.

Variations:       None?
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Name:             Daffy Duck in Hollywood
Author/Vendor:    Probe Entertainment/Sega
Year:             1994
Region:           Europe
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Daffy Duck goes to Hollywood, and all hell breaks loose.  It
                  would appear that he is being stalked by some form of robot
                  duck.

Impressions:      Must have been one of the last Sega Master System games
                  developed, as it features some pretty impressive graphics.
                  Gameplay is decent, but nothing you haven't seen before.
                  Other games do it better.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Megadrive version exists.
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Name:             Danan the Jungle Fighter
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action-RPG
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Danan is some form of barbarian type fellow, looking to
                  crack skulls and take names in this side scrolling action
                  RPG.

Impressions:      Yuck.  Poor graphics and sound, and very average controls
                  make Danan an absolute chore to play.  You can get your RPG
                  kicks somewhere else.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None.

Variations:       None?
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Name:             Dead Angle
Author/Vendor:    Seibu Kaihatsu (reprogrammed by Sega)
Year:             1988
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Shooting
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A third person shooting game.

Impressions:      Interesting mechanics, as the player controls the game from
                  behind, yet has to control a targeting reticule as well.
                  Would have been much better as a light gun game.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None.

Variations:       None?
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Name:             Deep Duck Trouble
Author/Vendor:    Disney/Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Uncle Scrooge gets cursed, and becomes bloated after finding
                  an artifact on one of his treasure hunts.  Donald Duck gets
                  to save the day.

Impressions:      Another quality Disney licensed game.  This one is 
                  structured similarly to Quackshot on the Megadrive, but 
                  plays a lot like Castle and Land of Illusion.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       Sequel to Lucky Dime Caper.
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Name:             Desert Speed Trap
Author/Vendor:    Probe/Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Play as the Road Runner, and run through a variety of levels
                  while dodging the pesky Wile E. Coyote.

Impressions:      Probably the worst of the Road Runner games, but still 
                  fairly playable.  The time limits can be a pain in the butt,
                  and there are quite a few collision detection problems, but
                  there's still a bit of game in there.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Various Road Runner/Coyote games are available on the Game
                  Gear, Megadrive and SNES.
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Name:             Desert Strike
Author/Vendor:    Kremlin/Electronic Arts/Domark/Sega
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          With a fiery blast from your Hellfire missles, you must
                  annihilate a ruthless tyrant's military arsenal.  Smoke his
                  private yacht and tear into his air force as you challenge
                  the madman's forces in a series of surgical strikes.
                  (back of the box, from the MD version)

Impressions:      Still not that bad a game, even though a few things suffered
                  some major changes in the transition.  However, the core
                  gameplay remains, and thats the main thing.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Apparently a Sega version exists, but the majority was done
                  by Domark.

Variations:       Megadrive, SNES, Mega CD and PC versions exist.  The rest
                  of the Strike series appeared on the Megadrive, Saturn,
                  Playstation and N64.
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Name:             Dick Tracy
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the movie featuring Warren Beattie and Madonna,
                  not the comic books.

Impressions:      It's a port of the Megadrive game, but it just doesn't feel
                  right with two buttons.  It didn't help that the Megadrive
                  game was pretty mediocre to begin with.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         Megadrive port.

Variations:       Megadrive version exists
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Name:             Dodgeball King
Author/Vendor:    Game Line Co. Ltd.
Year:             1995
Region:           Korea
Language:         Korean
Genre:            Sports (dodgeball)
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Asian countries have a bit of a knack for kicking ass at
                  dodgeball, so it's only natural that they'd make a
                  videogame out of it.

Impressions:      ?

Rating (1-10):    ?

Comments:         One of a few Korea-only releases.

Variations:       ?
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Name:             Doki Doki Penguin Land
                  see PENGUIN LAND
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Name:             Double Dragon
Author/Vendor:    Technos Japan Corp./Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          When Marion is beaten up by an evil gang, martial arts gurus
                  and brothers Billy and Jimmy Lee go to get their girlfriend
                  back.

Impressions:      Easily the best of the non-arcade port versions, and a solid
                  beat 'em up that excels when played with two players
                  co-operatively.

Rating (1-10):    9

Comments:         Loosely based on the Arcade version

Variations:       Arcade, Megadrive, NES, Game Gear and Game Boy versions
                  exist.
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Name:             Double Hawk
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You control the action as John and Jack, two warriors hand-
                  picked by the United Nations, attempt to bring down a
                  terrorist organisation which is responsible for a worldwide
                  wave of violence.  The terrorists are capable of launching
                  attacks from the sky, the sea and by land.  Are you the one
                  person who can stop this reign of terror?

Impressions:      Feels like a game that was designed with a light phaser in
                  mind.  The fact you can't move your character and cursor at
                  the same time makes this game overly difficult and 
                  frustrating.

Rating (1-10):    3

Comments:         The guys on the box look a lot like Arnie and Stallone.

Variations:       ?
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Name:             Double Target
                  see QUARTET
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Name:             Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Palette swapped version of Puyo Puyo, featuring characters
                  from the then Saturday morning cartoon Adventures of Sonic
                  the Hedgehog.  Well, all except Sonic and Tails.

Impressions:      Puyo Puyo is a great puzzle game, so if you enjoy that,
                  chances are that you'll enjoy this.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       Megadrive, Game Gear versions exist.
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Name:             Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Author/Vendor:    Virgin
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the Hollywood bio-pic starring Jason Scott Lee
                  (no relation).

Impressions:      I was expecting it to be a port of the horrible SNES and MD
                  versions, but what I got was an interesting platformer/beat
                  'em up combination that's definitely worth a look.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       Megadrive and SNES versions exist
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Name:             Dragon Crystal
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           Australia, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            RPG
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You're caught in a fantastic world of unearthly beauty and
                  deadly demons.  You'll pass through thirty worlds in search
                  of the Magic Goblet.  There's no way out of this musical
                  nightmare, until you find it.

Impressions:      An interesting mix of a simplistic Action/RPG with a maze
                  game is actually quite a joy to play, especially for the
                  RPG inept such as myself.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       ?
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Name:             Driving Pack
Author/Vendor:    Tec Toy
Year:             ?
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            ?
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          ?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          ?

Impressions:      ?

Rating (1-10):    ?

Comments:         ?

Variations:       ?
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Name:             Dynamite Duke
Author/Vendor:    Seibu Kaihatsu (reprogrammed by Sega)
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Another one of those over the should cursor based shooters
                  that are light on plot and heavy on action.

Impressions:      Controls the way that Double Hawk should have, but manages
                  to botch up any enjoyment by not providing the slightest
                  bit of variety

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       Megadrive version exists
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Name:             Dynamite Dux
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          An evil wizard has snatched your girlfriend, and turned you
                  into a duck.  Kick his ass and get your girl back.

Impressions:      Eh, it's pretty stock standard beat 'em up stuff which many
                  other games on the system do better.  Stick to Double Dragon

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         Ported from arcade?

Variations:       Arcade version exists.
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Name:             Dynamite Headdy
Author/Vendor:    Sega/Tectoy
Year:             1994
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick.

Premise:          Interesting little platformer which requires you to beat
                  enemies to death with your head.

Impressions:      The original version was developed by Treasure, who have
                  a pretty good track record, which remains intact here.  The
                  SMS version takes a hit on performance and visuals, but 
                  still looks very strong when compared with other 8-bit 
                  peers.  Novel idea, fun to play, check it out.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Original version was developed by Treasure.

Variations:       Also available on the Megadrive
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Name:             Earthworm Jim
Author/Vendor:    Tectoy
Year:             1996
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A regular earthworm finds a powerful armoured suit, and
                  takes it upon himself to fight an especially nasty bird
                  named Psycrow, while saving the loverly Princess 
                  Whats-her-name.

Impressions:      It kicks ass, to be verbose and brief.  Some obvious
                  graphic and framerate hits from the 16-bit version, but the
                  soul of the experience is still there.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Ported from the Megadrive or Game Gear? Originally developed
                  by Shiny Entertainment.

Variations:       Megadrive, Mega-CD and PC versions exist.
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Name:             Ecco 2: Tides of Time
Author/Vendor:    Novatrade/Sega/Tectoy
Year:             1996
Region:           Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Help Ecco save the marine life from a futuristic menace.

Impressions:      Wasn't as good as the original on the Megadrive, and the
                  same goes on the SMS.  Ecco can change into a few different
                  creatures now, but without the pretty graphics, Ecco might
                  as well find a new home with John West.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         Stripped down port of the Megadrive game? Game Gear port?

Variations:       Megadrive, Game Gear versions exist
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Name:             Ecco the Dolphin
Author/Vendor:    Novatrade/Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A great storm has come and stolen Ecco's family and friends,
                  as well as a vast majority of the ocean's ecosystem.  It is
                  up to Ecco to save the day.

Impressions:      While the Megadrive version was a thing of beauty, all of
                  the visual draw was lost when it went from 16-bit to 8-bit,
                  so its very hard on the eyes, and just not very fun to play.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Stripped down port of the Megadrive game? Game Gear port?

Variations:       Megadrive, Game Gear versions exist.
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Name:             Enduro Racer
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA, Japan
Language:         Various
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Another racing game where winning allows you to purchase
                  upgrades, but this time it's on motorbikes, and there's lots
                  of jumps, and cars from a 1930's gangster movie out to stop
                  you.

Impressions:      I don't know why those cars are there.  Game plays alright
                  but isnt overly exciting, nor will it last you more than
                  an afternoon

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Japanese version includes extra pictures and tracks not seen
                  in the International versions.

Variations:       None
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Name:             E.S.W.A.T. City Under Siege
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Another one of those future of law enforcement types.  You
                  start off as a normal cop on the beat, but then are
                  volunteered to be outfitted with some nice robotic 
                  enhancements.

Impressions:      More faithful to the arcade version than the Megadrive game
                  but lacks the polish required to make you want to play for
                  more than a few hours.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Arcade port.

Variations:       Megadrive and Arcade versions exist.
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Name:             F1 Championship
                  see F1
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Name:             F16 Fighting Falcon
Author/Vendor:    NEXA Corporation/ASCII (reprogrammed by Sega)/Sega
Year:             1985
Region:           USA, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Simulation
Cart Size:        1/4 megabit
Players:         
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Simplistic flight sim that looks to be taking after those
                  old vertex based games.

Impressions:      For shooter fans who like games that attempt realism, but
                  fail due to limitations of the format.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Ported from the SC-3000

Variations:       Also available on card.
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Name:             F1
Author/Vendor:    Domark
Year:             1994
Region:           Europe
Language:         Various
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The official game of the FIA Formula One world championship.

Impressions:      As far as racing games go on the system, it's one of the
                  better ones, but it still has some glaring flaws and 
                  annoyances that keep it from being a good game.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Megadrive version exists
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Name:             Fantastic Dizzy
Author/Vendor:    Codemasters
Year:             1993
Region:           USA, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Follow the exploits of a rather adventurous egg as he 
                  attempts to save the love of his life.

Impressions:      Fun little platforming adventure with a few unique things
                  such as an inventory screen, but the game's plot is rather
                  silly when you think about it.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Uses a contoured cart.

Variations:       Megadrive version exists.
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Name:             Fantasy Zone
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           Europe, Australia, Japan, USA
Language:         Various
Genre:            Shooter
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You start out by building your own space ship.  Then take
                  off for The Fantasy Zone.  Fly through screen after screen
                  of perilous worlds, as you try to bring peace to a troubled
                  universe.

Impressions:      Its a damn good shooter, one of the best on the system.
                  Kill things, collect money, upgrade your ship and take on
                  the bosses.  Very colourful, very hectic, and very good.

Rating (1-10):    9

Comments:         Two sequels exist on this system

Variations:       Fantasy Zone 2, Super Fantasy Zone (Megadrive).  Playstation
                  2 remake under the Sega AGES collection.
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Name:             Fantasy Zone 2: The Tears of Opa Opa
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia, Japan
Language:         Various
Genre:            Shooter
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Opa Opa is back, and is needed back in the Fantasy Zone,
                  where all hell has broken loose once again.

Impressions:      Take the original, add some better visuals and a variety of
                  new power ups as well as a new set of levels, and you have
                  Fantasy Zone 2.

Rating (1-10):    9

Comments:         Came on a Gold cart in Japan.

Variations:       Fantasy Zone, Super Fantasy Zone
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Name:             Fantasy Zone: The Maze
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         Various
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Somehow, Opa Opa has gotten itself stuck in a weird maze,
                  and it's up to you to get it out of there.

Impressions:      A drastic departure from the original two games.  The great
                  shoot 'em up gameplay has been replaced by some ridiculous
                  maze ordeal which makes this one an absolute chore to play.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Ferias Frustradas Do Pica Pau
Author/Vendor:    Tectoy
Year:             ?995
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Platform
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Platforming game with the one-time famous Universal mascot.

Impressions:      Bland platforming experience does little, if anything, to
                  capture the bratty antics of everyone's favourite little
                  woodpecker.  Avoid.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       Translates to Woody Woodpecker's Frustration Vacation.
                  Also on the Megadrive.
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Name:             FIFA International Soccer
Author/Vendor:    Tectoy
Year:             ?
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Sports (soccer)
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Soccer, by EA Sports, but cut down to the Master System.

Impressions:      ?

Rating (1-10):    ?

Comments:         Has to be a Megadrive port, but I haven't managed to get
                  my mits on a playable version.

Variations:       Available on the Megadrive.
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Name:             Final Bubble Bobble
                  see BUBBLE BOBBLE
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Name:             Fire and Forget 2
Author/Vendor:    Titus
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Prepare to experience the most extraordinary arcade game 
                  ever designed for a console.  You will have to pilot the
                  Thundermaster II, capable of 850 horsepower on the road, and
                  able to convert itself into a genuine airborne attacker,
                  both equipped with sonic phasers and missle launcher.
                  (back of the box)

Impressions:      Set it on fire, and forget about it.

Rating (1-10):    2

Comments:         None

Variations:       Sequel to Fire and Forget (obviously).
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Name:             Fire and Ice
Author/Vendor:    Tectoy
Year:             ?
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          ?

Impressions:      ?

Rating (1-10):    ?

Comments:         Ported from the Amiga.

Variations:       Also on the Amiga and NES.
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Name:             Fist of the North Star
                  see BLACK BELT
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Name:             Flash, The
Author/Vendor:    Probe/Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           USA, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Electronics wizard Trachmann and master villian Trickster
                  have teamed up to take control of Central City and it's up
                  to The Flash to set things right.  Use your wits and The
                  Flash's super speed to track down these villians before time
                  runs out (back of the box)
                  
Impressions:      The Flash's speed doesn't help him translate well into a
                  controllable videogame character.  Standard platform fare
                  made close to unplayable by the sheer speed of the main
                  character.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Flintstones, The
Author/Vendor:    Grandslam Entertainment
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Various
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Fred wishes to go bowling with Barney, but Wilma insists
                  that he must babysit Pebbles while she goes shopping.  Paint
                  a wall, look after a baby and do other "enthralling"
                  activities.

Impressions:      Anyone who has read my GameFAQs review knows how much I
                  loathe this game.  Avoid, unless you are sadistic,
                  masochistic or both.

Rating (1-10):    1

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Based on the hit TV show.  Many other Flintstones games
                  exist, and all are better than this one.
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Name:             Forgotten Worlds
Author/Vendor:    Capcom (reprogrammed by Sega)/Sega
Year:             1988, 1991
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Ruins, destruction, wastelands - that's all there is to see.
                  The fiendish aliens have infested your planet! As a Warrior,
                  you swear to win back the Dust Planet for its rightful 
                  owners, the Human Beings.  Get ready to face brutal alien 
                  fiends and risk your life in battle.  Your only goal is to
                  stay alive long enough to destroy your most powerful enemy,
                  the War Tyrant! (back of the box)

Impressions:      Quite a good multidirectional shooter with all of the 
                  elements that make a goot shooter, except multiplayer, which
                  has been left out of this port.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       Arcade and Megadrive versions exist.
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Name:             Fushigi no Oshiro Pit Pot
                  see PIT POT
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Name:             G-LOC Air Battle: Loss of Conciousness by G-Force
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Simulation
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Vigilante forces have raided government military 
                  installations and "confiscated" planes, tanks, even 
                  warships! Fly your G-LOC fighter to victory against the
                  guerillas!

Impressions:      One of those arcade like flight sims.  Think Afterburner
                  from the cockpit view, with missions that involve ground
                  combat as well as air combat, and you're on the right track.
                  Reminds me a lot of Top Gun 2 on the NES.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on the Megadrive
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Name:             Gain Ground
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         Various
Genre:            Strategy
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A bunch of evil folk have taken over your land, and you've
                  got to get it back..or something that required killing a
                  lot of native folk.

Impressions:      It's pretty dull by yourself, but worth a look with a 
                  friend.  Standard maze shooter action.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on the Megadrive.
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Name:             Galactic Protector
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          ?

Impressions:      Whatever it is, it involves Opa-Opa, and is almost 
                  uncontrollable.  May require a paddle or some other 
                  peripheral.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         ?

Variations:       ?
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Name:             Galaxy Force
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Shooter
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The future of the Junos Galaxy hangs by a thread.  The evil
                  Fourth Empire is intent on domination, invading and
                  conquering all planets in its path.  You're the galaxy's
                  last hope for survival. (back of the box)

Impressions:      Plays like a poor man's Space Harrier/Afterburner hybrid, 
                  but set in space. Shuttery animation is quite distracting.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       Megadrive sequel

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Name:             Game Box Series (4 games)
Author/Vendor:    Various/Tectoy
Year:             ?
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Various
Cart Size:        ?
Players:          Varies
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          4 different compilation carts released by Tectoy, each
                  featuring games from a different genre.  See separate 
                  entries for more details.
                  
                  Game Box Serie Esportes: Great Volleyball, Super Futebol II
                  and Wimbledon
                  
                  Game Box Serie Radicais: California Games, Jogos de Verao
                  
                  Game Box Serie Lutas: Shinobi, The Ninja, Kung-fu Kid
                  
                  Game Box Serie Corridas: Super Cross, Super Monaco GP, World
                  GP

Impressions:      Each of these packs looks to be good value, with at least
                  one good title in each.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Each game is available as a standalone.
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Name:             Gang's Fighter
                  see MY HERO
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Name:             Gangster Town
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Light Phaser

Premise:          In the 1920's, working as an FBI agent, you are pursuing a
                  gang engaged in smuggling.  After practicing your 
                  marksmanship, shoot at the enemies in Car Chase, Downtown,
                  Saloon and Night Club scenes. (back of the box)

Impressions:      It's probably the best light gun shooter on the system.
                  Difficulty levels adjust based on your skill, the game is
                  tough but forgiving, and the action is just all round 
                  enjoyable.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       Arcade version exists?
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Name:             Gauntlet
Author/Vendor:    Atari/Tengen
Year:             1992?
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Take your pick of a barbarian, elf, valkyrie and sorcerer,
                  and set off for a fantastic maze based adventure game.

Impressions:      Once again, these maze games are best played with friends,
                  but Gauntlet is a decent conversion and manages to do
                  justice to the much-revered original.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Arcade port?

Variations:       Arcade version exists.  Series continues to this day.
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Name:             George Foreman's KO Boxing
Author/Vendor:    Flying Edge/Acclaim Entertainment
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (boxing)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Another boxing game, this time licensed by George Foreman.

Impressions:      Silly button bashing mess that pretty much separates this
                  from any sort of serious boxing game.  Stick with Rocky.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         This is from around the time where Foreman made his comeback
                  and won the heavyweight crown at age 44.

Variations:       Megadrive version exists.
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Name:             Gerraldinho
                  see TEDDY BOY
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Name:             Ghost House
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe, Japan, Australia, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        1/4 of a megabit
Players:          1-?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Try to find the hidden treasure in this spooky romp through
                  Dracula's Haunted House.

Impressions:      A bizarre maze game of sorts.  I'm completely amiss as to
                  what the goal of the game actually is, but it plays fairly
                  poorly.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also available on card.
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Name:             Ghostbusters
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Simulation
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Ghosts. Ghosts. And more ghosts.  They've decided to come
                  out in force. And they've picked your city to show their
                  stuff in.  So who you gonna call?

Impressions:      An interesting take on the Ghostbusters idea.  Rather than
                  some cruddy action game, this is a simulation, much like
                  Transport Tycoon or Theme Park, but with Ghostbusting as
                  your service.  Can be tricky at times, but its worth a shot.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Based on the action/comedy starring Harold Ramis, Bill 
                  Murray and Dan Ackroyd.

Variations:       Based on the C64 version, not the horrid Megadrive game.
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Name:             Ghouls and Ghosts
Author/Vendor:    Capcom (reprogrammed by Sega)
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          O brave knight, save us from the Demon Lord and his
                  minions!  He has seized your love, the Princess, and
                  carried her away to his dark delvings.  Can you fight
                  your way through the many enemies and obstacles in you
                  path to save her - and her kingdom?

Impressions:      The much renowned fiendish difficulty seems sorely lacking
                  in this conversion, but the rest of the game is there, for
                  the most part.  Still worth a look after all these years.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Sequel to Ghosts and Goblins

Variations:       Known as Dai Makai Mura in Japan.  Megadrive, SNES and
                  arcade versions exist.
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Name:             Global Defense
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe, Japan, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Earth is under attack! Deadly missiles have been launched
                  from the farthest reaches of space.  Are you good enough to
                  earn the title of Global Defender.

Impressions:      Rubbish horizontal shooter.  You've got to control the 
                  cursor to aim your guns, but it also controls your ships 
                  movement as you press the button.  Could have been a much
                  simpler system, but its a convoluted mess, unfortunately.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       Known as Strategic Defense Initiative in Japan
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Name:             Global Gladiators
Author/Vendor:    Virgin/Tectoy
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Strap on your Gooshooter and join Mick and Mack, the Global
                  Gladiators, on a quest to neutralise the monsters of Slime
                  World, The Mystical Forest, Toxi-Town, and Arctic World.
                  Check out the bodacious backgrounds, the 1,250 awesome
                  animation frames and the most spacious sound around!
                  (back of the box)

Impressions:      It's fairly impressive visually, but just like the McDonalds
                  food, its bound to make your stomach upset.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on the Megadrive.
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Name:             Gokuaku Doumei Dump Matsumoto
                  see PRO WRESTLING
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Name:             Golden Axe
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The evil Death Adder has kidnapped the king and queen of the
                  land, and stolen their treasured Golden Axe.  It's up to you
                  - Ax Battler - to end this reign of tyranny.

Impressions:      Unfortunately, this version has been severely cut down from
                  the arcade version, with only one character selectable.  The
                  others are there in spirit, as their magic is still
                  selectable, but you're better off giving this version a
                  miss.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Based on the arcade game.

Variations:       Arcade and Megadrive versions available.
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Name:             Golden Axe Warrior
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            RPG
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          World peace is at stake!  Death Adder, a wicked giant, has
                  stolen nine crystals from the kingdom of Firewood and has
                  hidden them in the 9 labyrinths he has created.  These nine
                  crystals protected the people from evil - especially from
                  Death Adder's grasp.  But now the crystals are lost, and
                  the world is defenseless! (back of the box)

Impressions:      It's Sega's answer to the Legend of Zelda, and while it's a
                  solid effort, and even marginally better in presentation, it
                  has nothing on Miyamoto and co.'s effort.  Good try, though.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Some relation to the Golden Axe series.

Variations:       None.
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Name:             Golfamania
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (Golf)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-4
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A golf game, complete with various play modes, and an 18
                  hole course.

Impressions:      Pretty standard stuff as far as golf games go.  If you like
                  the sport, you mind find something here, provided you can
                  work out the interface.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Has battery backup memory.

Variations:       None
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Name:             Golvellius
Author/Vendor:    Compile (reprogrammed by Sega)/Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            RPG
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Another one of those games where something evil has happened
                  to the kingdom, and it's up to some pathetic little wretch
                  to save the day.

Impressions:      It starts off as a platformer, and breaks down into an over-
                  head adventure title.  Not too bad, but a little tough for
                  some players.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             GP Rider
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Another motorcycle racing game.

Impressions:      It's got nothing on Hang On, which isn't saying much.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       None?
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Name:             Great Baseball
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Japan, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (baseball)
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You're the Manager.  And you can field a total of 26 teams
                  to battle for the League leadership.  Pick the team of your
                  choice.  Designate a starting pitcher.  Then, Play ball!
                  And get ready for some of the most exciting baseball since
                  the game was invented.  Will it be a slugging match? A
                  pitching duel? Need a pinch hitter or relief pitcher? You
                  decide.  It just takes the right strategy. A cool head.  And
                  sure ball control.  And if you want batting practice, call
                  up the Home Run Contest.  A great feature of Great Baseball
                  lets you swing at 20 perfect pitches.  It's going..it's 
                  going..it's gone! (back of the box)

Impressions:      A decent baseball sim with enough depth for fans of the
                  sport to get a few kicks.  Utilises a behind the pitcher
                  view, which most should appreciate.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Known as Reggie Jackson's Baseball in the USA?
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Name:             Great Basketball
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe, Japan
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (basketball)
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          This is basketball at the professional level.  Full of
                  international competition from the first jump to the last
                  shot.  Whether its four on three or three on two, the action
                  is fast and furious.  And there are no favourites in this
                  demanding play.  You'll be called for double dribbling,
                  cheered for every slam dunk, and carried off the court for
                  making the winning throw.  But so will your opponent.  So go
                  for it.  Your tough offense can put up a fast break in the
                  opposing team's stride while your defense remains as solid
                  as a rock.  But think fast - because only two can play at
                  this game - and only one can win! (back of the box)

Impressions:      Very simplistic basketball game with opponents that wouldn't
                  trouble a week old infant.  The game stops and starts too
                  much for my liking.  Basketball Nightmare is superior.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Great Football
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (football)
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Playoff fever grips you.  And no wonder.  You're the driving
                  force that can take your football team to the top in this
                  rough and tumble contest between the leagues.  The outcome
                  of the game is in your hands.  As the quarterback, you
                  select the plays.  Line up the formations.  Call the signals
                  and carry the ball.  Cut down your opponent with deadly 
                  blocking.  Intercept a pass.  Make a flying tackle.  All you
                  need is skill.  Strategy.  Cunning.  And nerve.  For 
                  non-stop action that charges across the screen.  You decide
                  to pass.  It looks good.  Touchdown! (back of the box)

Impressions:      The game feels as if it just doesn't work properly - passes
                  and play selection don't seem to be happening - could it be
                  that it needs the ill-fated sports pad?

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Known as Walter Payton Football in the USA.
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Name:             Great Golf (japan)
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            Sports (golf)
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:         
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          ?

Impressions:      ?

Rating (1-10):    ?

Comments:         Not related to the other Great Golf.

Variations:       ?
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Name:             Great Golf
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (golf)
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-4
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You need raw nerves of steel for this course.  Because 
                  shrewd thinking and raw talent are your only allies in this
                  calculating competition. (back of the box)

Impressions:      Poor interface and difficult control mechanisms make this
                  golf sim an exercise in frustration.  Don't bother.

Rating (1-10):    3

Comments:         None

Variations:       Known as Master Golf in Japan.  The Japanese Great Golf is
                  a different game.
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Name:             Great Ice Hockey
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (hockey)
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick, Sports pad

Premise:          Welcome to the big leagues.  Here's a rough and tumble
                  hockey game that takes a steady hand and quick reflexes.
                  Because your opponents mean business.  Teams line up in
                  full defense.  Tackle one another.  Scramble for the puck.
                  Drive relentlessly for a goal.  Victory for your team 
                  depends on you.  So you need sharp techniques.  Quickness.
                  Power. And smooth stick-shifting ability.  Show you have
                  the right touch, hit the puck straight into the goal.  But
                  relax your guard, and you'll see why they call the game of
                  hockey "wrestling on ice". (back of the box)

Impressions:      This one needs the sports pad by the looks of things.
                  Too simplistic to be enjoyable, once you get around using
                  the sports pad.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Great Soccer
                  see WORLD SOCCER
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Name:             Great Volleyball
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Japan, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (volleyball)
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          So you wanna win the world championship? Give it your best
                  shot. Gonna take teamwork. Nerves of steel, Service...
                  spike...point for your side. Nice going. You're on your way.

Impressions:      Volleyball can sometimes convert poorly into a videogame,
                  but Sega have done a respectable job here by creating a
                  somewhat enjoyable volleyball title.  The repetitious nature
                  of the sport will get to you in the end, though.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Gunstar Heroes
Author/Vendor:    Tec Toy (originally programmed by Treasure)
Year:             
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Earth gets invaded by a bunch of nasty aliens, and the
                  Gunstar Heroes are called in to solve the situation.

Impressions:      The Megadrive game kicked ass, and this is a pretty 
                  respectful port.  A definite must buy for fans of platform
                  shooters.

Rating (1-10):    9

Comments:         Hacked up port of the Megadrive game.

Variations:       Megadrive version exists.
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Name:             Haja no Fuuin
                  see MIRACLE WARRIORS
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Name:             Hang On & Astro Warrior
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A combination of the Yu Suzuki motorbike classic, and the
                  popular top down shooter.  Originally distributed with
                  certain Master System packs.

Impressions:      Worth it, if you like the individual games.  See their
                  individual entries for more.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Packed in with certain Master System deals.

Variations:       Hang on, Astro Warrior.
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Name:             Hang On & Safari Hunt
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Combo cart featuring Hang on and Safari Hunt.  See the
                  separate entries for more.

Impressions:      See above

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       Separate carts available.
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Name:             Hang On
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1985
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia, Japan
Language:         Various
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        1/4 of a megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Err, basic motorcycle racing game ported from the popular
                  arcade title of the same name.

Impressions:      Eh, it was alright at the time, but other games did the job
                  better

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Released in the USA on a card.

Variations:       Arcade and Megadrive versions exist.  Also available to play
                  in Shenmue on the Dreamcast, and in Yu Suzuki's Arcade
                  collection for Game Boy Advance.
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Name:             Heavyweight Champ
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (boxing)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The challenger waits for an opening...a heavy right to the
                  midsection, a crunching left uppercut and a powerhouse right
                  to the jaw and the champ is down for the count!  We have a
                  new heavyweight champion! Listen to that crowd! Heavyweight
                  Champ brings the power, pride and excitement of professional
                  boxing right into your home.  When you hear the bell, come
                  out swinging! (back of the box)

Impressions:      It's just about identical to George Foreman's Heavyweight
                  Boxing, but the game feels slightly less mashy, and has a
                  better interface.  It's also devoid of any signs of 
                  involvement from Acclaim, so think about it.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None.

Variations:       George Foreman's KO Boxing.
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Name:             Heroes of the Lance
Author/Vendor:    Tiertex/US Gold
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            RPG
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Discover the world of Krynn in this AD&D epic.  Control the
                  Companions of the Lance in their quest to recover the Disks
                  of Mishakat.  Only this can defeat the Queen of Darkness and
                  restore the balance between good and evil. (back of the box)

Impressions:      Slow and dull AD&D adventure that will cure insomnia in
                  15 minutes flat or your money back.

Rating (1-10):    3

Comments:         None

Variations:       NES version exists.
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Name:             High School Kimengumi
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            ?
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          ?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on a rather obscure looking Japanese cartoon.

Impressions:      ?

Rating (1-10):    ?

Comments:         Released on a special gold cartridge.

Variations:       None
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Name:             Hokuto no Ken
                  see BLACK BELT
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Name:             Home Alone
Author/Vendor:    Probe/Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the hit movie starring Maucauly Culkin (or however
                  you spell his sodding name).  Kevin has to set up a variety
                  of traps so the bandits don't steal his parent's stuff.

Impressions:      This is just taking the piss.  Utterly shit game that nobody
                  should ever have been subjected to.

Rating (1-10):    1

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on Megadrive, Game Boy.
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Name:             Hoshi Wo Sagashite
                  see STORY OF MIO, THE
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Name:             Impossible Mission
Author/Vendor:    US Gold
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Agent4125: Halt the threat of world annihilation posed by
                  Elvin Atombender from his underground laboratory.  Penetrate
                  his stronghold and dodge or deactivate the guard robots 
                  while unscrambling the secret code that will allow entry to
                  the control center.  The world awaits in fear.  Your mission
                  is stamped impossible.

Impressions:      I'm sure it'd be an interesting game if you had the 
                  knowledge of how the game is supposed to work.  It plays 
                  well, at least.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         I think the game is supposed to be quite literally 
                  impossible due to a bug.

Variations:       C64, Amiga versions exist.
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Name:             Incredible Crash Dummies, The
Author/Vendor:    Flying Edge/Acclaim
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the popular cartoon series.

Impressions:      It's a really awful set of minigames.  Anyone with an ounce
                  of sense will want to avoid this one, well, at least past 
                  the initial point of curiosity.

Rating (1-10):    2

Variations:       Megadrive version exists
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Name:             Incredible Hulk, The
Author/Vendor:    Probe/US Gold
Year:             1994
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Another one of those side scrolling action/platformers,
                  featuring Marvel's the Incredible Hulk this time around.

Impressions:      One of those rare cases where the Master System game is 
                  better than the Megadrive one.  Whereas The Hulk was a 
                  sluggish, slow brawler on the Megadrive, the Master System
                  one is actually quite fast, and therefore, more fun.  It
                  retains a reasonable amount of the graphical glitz, too.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Also on the Megadrive.
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Name:             Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Author/Vendor:    Tiertex/US Gold
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2 (take turns)
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the hit movie starring Harrison Ford and Sean
                  Connery.

Impressions:      Standard platform action fare, but seemingly more difficult
                  than one might expect.  Decent use of the license, at any
                  rate.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Different to the Megadrive version, although they may appear
                  to be similar.

Variations:       Megadrive version exists.
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Name:             Itchy and Scratchy
Author/Vendor:    Acclaim
Year:             1994
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the cartoon-in-a-cartoon from the Simpsons.

Impressions:      ?

Rating (1-10):    ?

Comments:         Not 100% sure this exists, just working from memory and a 
                  copy of Sega Megazone

Variations:       Megadrive version exists.
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Name:             James Bond 007 - The Duel
Author/Vendor:    Domark
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the character created by Ian Fleming.  Uses the
                  likeness of Timothy Dalton.

Impressions:      Poor side scrolling platformer that contains none of the
                  elements of a good Bond flick.  Sluggish pace, mediocre 
                  graphics and poor collision detection only make things 
                  worse.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also ont the Megadrive.
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Name:             James Pond II: Codename Robocod
Author/Vendor:    Vectordean/Millenium
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Evil Dr Maybe is destroying every game factory in the world
                  with his evil penguin bombs.  You must dive to the rescue
                  as RoboCod - licensed to gill.  Finning off bullets, scaling
                  walls of danger, and filleting fiercing killer caterpillars
                  in 8 cod smacking levels.

Impressions:      Mediocre port of a fairly average game.  There's a few nifty
                  things in there, such as the stretch ability, but the
                  otherwise standardised platform gameplay is fairly 
                  offputting.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Ported from the Megadrive.

Variations:       James Pond series (MD)
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Name:             Joe Montana Football
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           Australia, Europe, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (football)
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          American football has arrived!  Joe Montana football gives
                  you the strategy and hard hitting action of pro football,
                  along with some advice from Joe Montant -- the best
                  Quarterback ever to play the game! You're the coach and star
                  player in this new sports thriller from Sega!

Impressions:      Pretty good as far as football games go, but its fairly
                  simplified.  Not bad for a two player bash though.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       Joe Montana series is also on the Megadrive and Mega CD.
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Name:             Jungle Book, The
Author/Vendor:    Virgin
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Get down to the bare necessities of life and escort Mowgli
                  through the jungle to the safety of the human village. Fight
                  the boggle eyed snake Kaa and defeat Shere Kahn the hungry
                  tiger in this exciting adventure based on Disney's classic.
                  It'll drive you ape crazy!

Impressions:      Lacks the charm of its Megadrive brother.  Just one of those
                  ports that cuts down on the fun, as well as the graphics,
                  animation, sound, and so on.  You can give this one a miss.

Rating (1-10):    4

Variations:       Megadrive version exists.
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Name:             Jurassic Park
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1 
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the hit movie directed by Steven Spielberg,
                  starring Sam Neill and Sir Richard Attenborough.

Impressions:      A darn sight better than the Megadrive version - features
                  vehicle based shooter and platform based sequences.  The
                  shooter bits are fine, though you might find that the
                  platforming bits haven't been thoroughly tested, as 
                  collision detection and jump timing are severely off.

Rating (1-10):    5

Variations:       Not a single one of the Jurassic Park games released is
                  similar to another.
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Name:             Kenseiden
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          An evil has overfallen the land, and you, a samurai (or
                  some other ancient warrior type) must vanquish it.

Impressions:      Fiendishly difficult, and frustratingly long.  Not too bad
                  if you're a patient person, which I am not.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       None?
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Name:             King's Quest: Quest for the Crown
Author/Vendor:    Microsmiths Inc./Sierra Online/Parker Brothers/Tonka/Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           Europe, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          There's plenty of action, adventure and danger in this
                  animated video game based on one of the best selling
                  computer games...
                 
                  In days of old, you and the gallant Sir Graham must rescue
                  King Edward and his beleaguered kingdom of Daventry.  Your
                  mission: To travel to the kingdom, unearthing clues and
                  challenging adversaries to locate the King's magic mirror,
                  protective shield and chest of gold.
                 
                  Use your knowledge and skills to make the right choices and
                  solve the riddles, while defying ogres and others along the
                  way.  But keep Sir Graham away from the many pitfalls, or he
                  will die -- and you will lose the game!
                 
                  There's endless challenge and entertainment in your battle
                  to inherit the kingdom of Daventry!

Impressions:      One of the first, and arguably the most classic graphical
                  adventures to be released, and the Master System port is 
                  quite faithful.  Recommended to those looking for a break
                  from the Master System's vast array of action titles.

Rating (1-10):    9

Variations:       PC versions exist.
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Name:             Klax
Author/Vendor:    Tengen/Domark
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Klax will make you move fast and think fast.  Catch coloured
                  tiles as they come down the conveyor belt and arrange them
                  in stacks of three, vertically, horizontally or diagonally.
                  Sounds easy? It is, until they start tumbling so fast that
                  it will drive you crazy trying to catch them all - while
                  figuring out how to stack them before you run out of room.

Impressions:      Well, if you like puzzle games, this is amongst the best
                  that you'll find on most systems.  Easy to learn, tough to
                  master.

Rating (1-10):    8

Variations:       Klax is on just about everything.
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Name:             Krusty's Fun House
Author/Vendor:    Flying Edge/Acclaim
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Hey Kids! Give a hoot! Help your old pal Krusty the Clown!
                  My official Krusty's Fun House is infested with rats! I've
                  got my loyal cadet Bart Simpson to guard the rat traps, but
                  I need you to lead those filthy rodents into those traps!
                  Then we blow them up! We laser blast them! We KRUSTERISE the
                  little stinkers!! Hoo baby! Making Krusty's Fun House vermin
                  free isn't a pretty task, kiddy cadets, but someone's gotta
                  do it!

Impressions:      Run through the levels, rounding up rats into traps.  Good
                  puzzle elements deliver an almost Lemmings-like feel to the
                  game, but some may begin to tire of its antics quite 
                  quickly.

Rating (1-10):    6

Variations:       Krusty's Super Fun House (MD/SNES)
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Name:             Kujakuou
                  see SPELLCASTER
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Name:             Kung-fu Kid
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe, Japan, Brazil
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The wicked Madanda has awakened from a sleep of several
                  thousand years.  Use your talents to save your village from
                  his terror.

Impressions:      Highly mediocre scrolling fighter that has you smacking
                  identical enemies until you reach the right side of the
                  screen, where a boss fight takes place.  Repeat ad naseum.

Rating (1-10):    5

Variations:       Makai Retsuden (Japan), Sapo Xule O Mestre do Kung Fu 
                  (Brazil) 
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Name:             Laser Ghost
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick, Light Phaser

Premise:          Poor Katherine is scared stiff.  Ghosts and Goblins have
                  stolen her soul and imprisoned her.  "Help me...somebody
                  please help me..."

Impressions:      Katherine walks through level after level of crap, and it's
                  your job to protect her.  Unfortunately, she's the most 
                  docile being on the planet, and constantly walks EXACTLY
                  where you don't want her to, making Laser Ghost an exercise
                  in frustration.

Rating (1-10):    3
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Name:             Lemmings
Author/Vendor:    Psygnosis
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A unique puzzle game where you must guide the brainless
                  lemmings through to their goal, whilst avoiding a series of
                  death traps.  Funnily enough, the blokes that made this one
                  went on to design Grand Theft Auto.

Impressions:      Fiendishly difficult as the game progresses - I guarentee
                  that hair will be pulled out, and cuss words will be yelled.
                  Still a fun game, though.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Possibly ported from the Amiga?

Variations:       Amiga, PC, Megadrive and SNES versions exist.
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Name:             Lemmings 2: The Tribes
Author/Vendor:    Psygnosis
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe?
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        ? megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The official Lemmings sequel, where the Lemmings have
                  formed various tribes based on their new skills.

Impressions:      Lemmings was difficult enough, but the Tribes ramps things
                  up by giving you completely different sorts of lemmings with
                  each level, which can be rather confusing to those not
                  familiar with the game.  Still a good game, but I think the
                  predecessor was just that little bit more solid.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Not 100% sure this was released.

Variations:       Lemmings series (various)
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Name:             Les Schtroumpfs
                  see THE SMURFS
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Name:             Line of Fire
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Just as you stole the enemy's secret weapon and started 
                  back, the enemy spotted you!  Now you must fight your way
                  back to safety.  But be careful! You're in the line of fire.

Impressions:      Vertical shmup with helicopters - not as good as it could 
                  have been, but it also could have been much worse.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Lion King, The
Author/Vendor:    Virgin/Tec Toy
Year:             1994
Region:           Europe, Australia, Brazil
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the hit Disney animation flick.

Impressions:      While its just your usual cut down port of a Megadrive
                  Disney title, The Lion King manages to retain a bit of the
                  charm of the MD version, while converting the game into
                  a style that is more managable for the SMS.  Fun to play,
                  and varied enough to set it apart from the masses of 
                  platformers available on the system.

Rating (1-10):    7

Variations:       Megadrive version exists.
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Name:             Lord of the Sword
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Art thou the man who will be king or just another rogue with
                  a sword? Your name is Landau.  Here's your chance to prove
                  your worthiness to the Council of Elders.
                  
                  The followers of the evil Ra Goan have toppled the king from
                  the throne.  None are brave enough to take his place.  The
                  Elders have declared that any man who can pass three tests
                  will become King of Baljinya.  Find the Tree of Merrill.
                  Defeat the Goblin of Balala Valley.  Destroy the Statue of
                  Evil.  It sounds easy, but the followers of Ra Goan are
                  waiting to stop you!
                  
                  It's an adventure that will take you across rivers and 
                  oceans, through swamps and over mountains.  You have a
                  sword and a bow, but magical weapons may become yours, for
                  a price.
                  
                  Pass the tests and you shall become king.  But remember, 
                  there's more to being a Lord of the Sword than hacking apart
                  your enemies.

Impressions:      Fairly challenging and compelling action RPG title.  The
                  combat may not be grand, and the story isn't the most 
                  original thing under the sun, but the game is enjoyable
                  nonetheless.

Rating (1-10):    7
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Name:             Lucky Dime Caper
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Evil Magica de Spell has stolen the Lucky Dimes, and
                  kidnapped Huey, Dewey and Louie.  Trek through six
                  treacherous lands with Donald to save his nephews and
                  retrieve the Lucky Dimes.

Impressions:      It may look nice from the outside, but its just a standard
                  platform game, with very little in terms of uniqueness.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Also came in a special gift set with a soundtrack cassette
                  with songs from various Disney films and a limited edition
                  Donald Duck t-shirt (only available in the UK)

Variations:       None.
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Name:             Machine Gun Joe
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1/4 of a megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick, Card

Premise:          ?

Impressions:      ?

Rating (1-10):    ?

Comments:         A Japanese only card game that's proving to be a real
                  bastard to find.

Variations:       Also known as Comical Machine Gun Joe.
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Name:             Mahjong Sengoku Jidai
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           Japan, Korea(?)
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Puzzle game based around the classic Asian game.

Impressions:      If you've played one mahjong game, you've played them all.
                  Well, that's my uninformed, stupid gaijin opinion.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       Translates to Mahjong: Age of Civil Wars.  Alternate name
                  is Mak Jong.
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Name:             Makai Retsuden
                  see KUNG FU KID
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Name:             Marble Madness
Author/Vendor:    Virgin
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The arcade sensation of the 80's comes to your Sega Master
                  System! Have you got what it takes to guide a lone marble
                  through six weird and wonderful courses packed with odd
                  obstacles and insane indestructable inhabitants? Find out
                  in Marble Madness.

Impressions:      Guide a marble through 6 difficult courses.  Frustrating
                  but still remotely enjoyable.

Rating (1-10):    7

Variations:       Arcade and Megadrive versions exist.
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Name:             Marksman Shooting/Trap Shooting
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Shooter
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Light Phaser

Premise:          Two in One cartridge combines Marksman Shooting and the
                  sport of Trap Shooting.

Impressions:      Pretty self explanatory stuff here - good for a bit of
                  Light Phaser training.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Master Chess
Author/Vendor:   
Year:            
Region:          
Language:        
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:         
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          It's chess.

Impressions:      

Rating (1-10):    

Comments:         

Variations:       
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Name:             Master Games I
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Multi
Cart Size:        ? megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A compilation that includes Super Monaco GP, World Soccer 
                  and Columns.

Impressions:      See individual entries for more details.  It's pretty good
                  value, nonetheless.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Packed in with some Master System II units.
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Name:             Master of Darkness
                  see VAMPIRE
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Name:             Masters of Combat
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Choose one of four colossal fighters, each one with a number
                  of special moves and fighting techniques, and go head to 
                  head with the other three! Take on a friend in exhibition
                  combat or make your way to the top in the one player 
                  tournament, where you must fight for your life - and the 
                  lives of all the people on Earth!

Impressions:      Below average fighter with uninspired lineup of characters
                  and low quality fight mechanics.  Stick to the Mortal Kombat
                  games for your fighting fix.

Rating (1-10):    4
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Name:             Maze Hunter 3D
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick, 3D Glasses

Premise:          You're trapped in a 20 level, creature filled maze.  To
                  survive, you must fight your way to the bottom!
                 
                  The odds are against you, but you have a few tricks up your
                  sleeve.

Impressions:      Dull game, mediocre 3D effects.  Your time is better spent
                  doing other things - like laughing at the silly box art.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         Released on a Gold cart with FM chip in Japan

Variations:       Known as Maze Walker in Japan
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Name:             Megumi Rescue
Author/Vendor:    Aicom (reprogrammed by Sega)/Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            ?
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          ?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          ?

Impressions:      ?

Rating (1-10):    ?

Comments:         Released on a gold cartridge in Japan.

Variations:       None
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Name:             Mercs
Author/Vendor:    Capcom (reprogrammed by Sega)/Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You are a Merc, a professional mercenary.  Use your awesome
                  fighting skills to rescue the former US president from the
                  hands of terrorists.

Impressions:      Bears a lot of resembelence to Secret Commando, but it's
                  just not as good.  In fact, it's pretty crap.

Rating (1-10):    3

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Also available in the Arcades and on the Megadrive.
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Name:             Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990?
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the movie starring Michael Jackson.

Impressions:      Its a bizarre game based on a bizarre movie, but its still
                  pretty good.  Go through levels, find the kids, save them,
                  and then beat a few guys up, all to a few well known MJ
                  tunes.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Altered port from the arcade version?

Variations:       Arcade and Megadrive versions exist.
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Name:             Micro Machines
Author/Vendor:    Codemasters
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          It's miniature mayhem! Race micro cars, choppers, boats,
                  tanks and formula one! Whiz around the spectacular scale
                  mini tracks. Can you handle sand pits, pool tables and
                  school desk courses. It's excellent! (Promo)

Impressions:      Quite a fun, fast paced game once you get used to the
                  partially screwy control method.  An absolute blast with
                  a friend.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Comes on a rounded cartridge

Variations:       Micro Machines series (MD)
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Name:             Mickey Mouse Castle of Illusion
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The evil witch Miserable has kidnapped Minnie, and Mickey
                  must save the day, as he so often does.

Impressions:      Beautifully animated, and fun to play, but it becomes very
                  unforgiving towards the end of the quest.  Recommended.

Rating (1-10):    9

Comments:         Similar, but different to the Megadrive version of the same
                  name.

Variations:       Megadrive, Game Gear versions exist.
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Name:             Mickey Mouse Land of Illusion
Author/Vendor:    Disney
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Journey with Mickey Mouse through spooky castle ruins, dark
                  caverns, an enchanted forest and a toy shop gone crazy! Use
                  your wits and Mickey's magic to evade challenging traps,
                  explore secret passages, and restore peace and happiness to
                  the Land of Illusion!

Impressions:      Pretty much direct sequel to Castle of Illusion - box art
                  even has the same blasted dragon that made me nearly destroy
                  the previous game (though, it's a red dragon).  It may be
                  more of the same, but that's acceptable in this case.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on Game Gear?
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Name:             Mickey Mouse Legend of Illusion
Author/Vendor:    Disney/Sega
Year:             1994
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Once upon a mouse, there was a kingdom that was ruled by the
                  selfish king Pete. One day, a terrible shadow crept over the
                  kingdom, threatening the lives of its inhabitants. The 
                  king's adviser said the only way to stop the shadow would be
                  for the king himself to travel out and to seek the cure. But
                  the cowardly king Pete preferred to stay in the castle, and 
                  sent a simple laundry boy named Mickey instead! 
                  
                  As Mickey Mouse, you will travel through various levels in 
                  this platform game. Mickey shoots an unlimited amount of 
                  little balls on the enemies, can jump, climb on stairs, hang
                  on ropes, and perform other tricks. Mickey can also pick up 
                  items and put them in another place, for example to access a
                  higher level or to break a treasure chest open.

Impressions:      A different animal to the two previous Illusion games, with
                  this one taking a more adventure oriented approach, much
                  more along the lines of the Mickey games on the SNES, but
                  still contains a few classic platform elements.  Not a bad
                  game, though.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Ported from Game Gear.

Variations:       Game Gear version exists.
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Name:             Minigolf
                  see PUTT AND PUTTER
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Name:             Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            RPG
Cart Size:        2 megabit + battery
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Fate calls thee to bar evil's way!  The dark lord Terarin
                  has removed the Golden Seal from the Pandora Passage to let
                  monstrous creatures roam the five lands.  An ancient
                  prophecy fortells of four brave warriors destined to battle
                  Terarin and return the Seal to its rightful place.  Art thou
                  the one fated to lead the Miracle Warriors? Dost noble blood
                  flow in thy veins?
                 
                  Join now in a fantasy role playing quest across time to a
                  world of swords and sorcery.  Three companions await you...
                  if you can wake them from slumber.
                 
                  Miracle Warriors has battery backup memory so up to 5 can
                  play and save their games!  It's video gaming like you've
                  never played before...only from Sega!

Impressions:      A much older style turn based RPG than Phantasy Star, but
                  it should appeal to fans of that genre.  Everyone else may
                  be left a little bored.

Rating (1-10):    8
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Name:             Missile Defense 3D
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:         
Peripherals:      3D Glasses, Light Phaser

Premise:          The day has arrived for nuclear warfare.  You're armed with
                  The Eliminator and you must save the world.

Impressions:      Another one of those games built on Cold War fever.  Think
                  Defender in 3D, and you're on the right track.  3D effects
                  are kinda nifty, but the game could have been done without
                  them.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Included in the Segascope Master System pack.

Variations:       None
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Name:             Monica no Castle do Dragao
Author/Vendor:    Tec Toy
Year:             ?
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Action/Advenrture
Cart Size:        ? megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Altered version of Wonderboy in Monster Land, with various
                  characters from the Monica series.

Impressions:      Exactly the same as Wonderboy in Monster Land, I assume.

Rating (1-10):    8

Variations:       Wonderboy in Monster Land
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Name:             Monopoly
Author/Vendor:    Parker Brothers/Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1-?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Pass GO and collect $200!" "Go directly to Jail!" Everyone
                  knows MONOPOLY, the world famous real estate trading game.
                  Now, you can play the exciting MONOPOLY video game on your
                  Sega System!

                  MONOPOLY is fantastic fun for the entire family. You can
                  play against the computer - with skill levels you select -
                  or get up to ten players in on the action. It has special
                  features such as built-in battery so you can save games
                  and play them later.

                  Roll the dice with a push of a button. Your token comes to
                  life and moves around the board! Buy companies and
                  properties. Increase the value of your properties by
                  building houses and hotels. Land on "Chance" or
                  "Community Chest" and pick a card.

                  With strategy and luck, you can become a winner. But you
                  never know how the dice with roll! (Back of the box)

Impressions:      It's essentially a computerised version of the board game,
                  and you'll find that the board game is probably a more
                  enjoyable experience.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       The board game of the same name.
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Name:             Montezuma's Revenge
Author/Vendor:    Parker Brothers
Year:             1988
Region:           USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Guide Panama Joe through the 100 room labyrinth that is
                  Montezuma's Pyramid.  Collect treasure and defeat various
                  foes along the way.  

Impressions:      Devilishly frustrating maze game made even more difficult
                  by some niggling control issues.  Worth a quick look at
                  any rate.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         As far as I can tell, this is the only game that is a USA
                  only release.

Variations:       PC(?) version exists
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Name:             Mortal Kombat
Author/Vendor:    Arena/Probe/Acclaim
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Fighting
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The Mortal Kombat tournament takes place every 100 years.
                  It sees the best warriors of the Outworld take on the best
                  of Earth Realm.  The evil Shokan prince, Goro, has won the
                  tournament for the last 900 years.  One more victory will
                  see the Outworld be allowed to consume the Earth Realm.
                  Pick a warrior, and save Earth realm. (back of the box)

Impressions:      It's severely cut down due to the fact the arcade game
                  was much more advanced, but most of the principle is still
                  in place.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Ported from the arcade game

Variations:       Arcade, Megadrive, SNES, PC and Mega CD versions exist.
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Name:             Mortal Kombat II
Author/Vendor:    Arena/Probe/Acclaim
Year:             1994
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Fighting
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          While Liu Kang saved the Earth from certain doom, the evil
                  Shang Tsung begged his master Shao Kahn to host another
                  tournament, this time in the Outworld.  But something isn't
                  quite right...(back of the box)

Impressions:      Once again, it's limited by the fact the arcade version was
                  advanced, and the Master System was really really showing
                  its age at this point, but it's still a solid game.  One of
                  the last known Master System releases in the industrialised
                  world.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       Arcade, Megadrive, SNES, PC and Saturn versions exist.
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Name:             Mortal Kombat III
Author/Vendor:    Tectoy
Year:             1996
Region:           Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Fighting
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Shao Kahn, angered by the outcome of the last Mortal Kombat
                  tournament, invades Earth realm, and attempts to take it
                  over with brute force.

Impressions:      Features only 9 characters, but the fact they managed to
                  cram a respectable conversion of Mortal Kombat 3 onto the 
                  SMS provides great testament for the skills of Tec Toy.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Ported from the Game Gear version

Variations:       Mortal Kombat series (various)
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Name:             Ms. Pacman
Author/Vendor:    Namco/Tengen
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          It's Pacman.  With a bow.

Impressions:      Slightly better graphics, a changed perspective, faster
                  gameplay and more sound effects make Ms. Pac-man slightly
                  better than her other half.

Rating (1-10):    9

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Arcade version exists.
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Name:             My Hero
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1/4 of a megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Your girlfriend has been kidnapped, so you've got to get her
                  back.  Awe inspiring plot, eh?

Impressions:      It's crap.  Ugly sprites and dull, samey action.  Probably
                  the worst action game on the system.

Rating (1-10):    2

Comments:         Available on card as well as cart.

Variations:       None
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Name:             Nazca '88
                  see AZTEC ADVENTURE
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Name:             NBA Jam
Author/Vendor:    Midway/Acclaim
Year:             1994
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (basketball)
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Port of the arcade basketball title.

Impressions:      NBA Jam was great at the time, especially in the arcades.
                  The fact someone tried a Master System port is admirable,
                  but you have to admit that it isn't a patch on the other
                  conversions.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         I'm not even sure this was released, but there is a rom
                  available.

Variations:       NBA Jam series (various)
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Name:             Nekyuu Kousien
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            Sports (baseball)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Another Japanese baseball game.

Impressions:      Might be interesting if you like baseball, and have the
                  ability to read Japanese.  Since most of you don't, you'll
                  be better served with one of the English baseball games.

Rating (1-10):    5
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Name:             New Zealand Story, The
Author/Vendor:    Taito/Tekmagick
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Take to the stars for the adventure of a lifetime in this
                  no. 1 arcade hit.  Watch feathers fly as you guide Tiki
                  through the hazards of New Zealand, including mazes, 
                  defeating fiendish foes, rescuing his kiwi friends and
                  finally facing the evil Wally Walrus in the ultimate battle.
                  Will you be the next dish on the fresh kiwi menu?  Only time
                  will tell, and it's running out!

Impressions:      Interesting if not slightly difficult platforming fair.
                  There's plenty of potential for enjoyment, and the game 
                  isn't exactly short.  Check it out.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         It's not about sheep ^_~

Variations:       Megadrive version exists.
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Name:             Ninja Gaiden
Author/Vendor:    Tecmo (reprogrammed by Sega)/Sega
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The Dragon Ninja village has been massacred!  The powerful
                  scroll of the Bushido has been stolen!  You are Ryu
                  Hayabusa, last of the Dragon Ninjas, and you must find the
                  Bushido before it can be used to unleash evil across the
                  Earth.

Impressions:      A poor man's Shinobi.  I know I might anger a lot of people
                  by saying that, but Shinobi is clearly the better ninja
                  game on the system.  Not enough depth or enjoyment to 
                  sustain continued interest.

Rating (1-10):    3

Comments:         NES port?

Variations:       NES versions exist.
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Name:             Ninja, The
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You're a ninja, and you've got to kill the other ninjas in
                  this top down shooter.

Impressions:      Not a bad little game, but a little too simple for some
                  tastes.

Rating (1-10):    7
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Name:             Nuclear Creature
                  see TRANSBOT
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Name:             Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92
Author/Vendor:    US Gold
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (multi)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The official game of the Games of the 25th Olympiad.

Impressions:      Yeah, it's not so bad, if you love mashing the hell out of
                  your control pads.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on the Megadrive.
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Name:             Operation Wolf
Author/Vendor:    Taito
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Shooting
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick, Light Phaser

Premise:          A coup d'etat in Cherigo gave birth to the political
                  leadership of the Communist Party. The new president of
                  Cherigo has already sent the ex-President, who is
                  pro-Carmean, and the Carmean Embassy staff into a
                  concentration camp. Now, it is your turn to go on stage! You
                  have just landed all alone on Cherigo, parachuting down into
                  the country. Can you help the hostages escape unhurt from
                  Cherigo?

Impressions:      My dad loves this game.  Pretty good as far as shooters go,
                  and it ain't easy.  Graphics are simple, but pure gameplay
                  makes up for it.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Sequels in Operation Thuderbolt and Operation Wolf 3

Variations:       Arcade version and NES version exist.
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Name:             Ottifants, The
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Brazil
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          All is not well for Bruno, the baby Ottifant.  A father
                  captured by Aliens!  Or so our Otti-infant imagines as he
                  follows the trail of sweets that will lead him to his
                  abducted parent.  It's a trail of peril and adventure --
                  terrifying toys, a blood chilling basement and an office of
                  hi-tech horror.

Impressions:      Graphically pleasing, but there isn't much here that sets
                  it apart from the slew of platformers available on the
                  system.  Still, it's solid, and that counts for a lot.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Based on a popular European TV series.

Variations:       Megadrive version exists
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Name:             Out Run
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You've got this neat-o Ferarri, and you get to drive around
                  highways, taking separate routes....for absolutely no reason
                  whatsoever.  Kickass!

Impressions:      The arcade version made the trip fairly intact, although
                  there was a slight graphical hit.  Highly playable, but
                  lacking in the lasting stakes.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Ported from the Arcade

Variations:       Arcade version exists.
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Name:             Out Run 3D
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick, 3D Glasses

Premise:          Strap yourself in and take a 3-D ride on the wild side.
                  Sega's Out Run 3-D is so close to reality it will leave you
                  breathless!  As your car whips around treacherous curves and
                  over hills, you can almost feel the engine screaming and the
                  wind whipping through your hair!

Impressions:      See Out Run, because they're practically the same if you
                  take the 3D glasses away.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Also has a 2D mode.

Variations:       Out Run
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Name:             Out Run Europa
Author/Vendor:    Sega/US Gold
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Out Run, once again, but this time it's in Europe.

Impressions:      All the European setting gives you is a few changes in the
                  backdrops and extra vehicles.  See the Out Run entry.

Rating (1-10):    7

Variations:       Out Run
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Name:             Pac Mania
Author/Vendor:    Tengen
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Pac-man moves to an isometric perspective, and gains the
                  ability to jump - but watch out, because the ghosts learnt
                  how to jump as well.

Impressions:      Yeah, it's just Pac-man with jumping, not much else has
                  changed, so if you like Pac-man, give it a look.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       None.
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Name:             Paperboy
Author/Vendor:    Tengen
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You've landed a job as a paperboy.  Get the papers onto
                  the welcome mat or in the mailbox, or face the consequences.

Impressions:      It's a solid port of the classic arcade game, but you'd have
                  to be a fan to want to play it all over again.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Ported from arcade.

Variations:       Too many to list.
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Name:             Parlour Games
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           USA, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Various
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-4
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Choose from the exciting challenges and action of Billiards,
                  Darts, or World Bingo! In Billiards, choose nine-ball or
                  rotation.  Play the Darts games 301 or 50.  Or test your
                  luck in a high-stakes game of World Bingo!

Impressions:      The billiards game is mildly enjoyable, and darts is okay
                  once you've sussed the odd control method out, but World
                  Bingo is just....weird.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also known as Family Games and Party Games.
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Name:             Party Games
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Name:             Penguin Land
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Welcome to Penguin Land. Your mission: bring fragile eggs
                  back safely to home from a foriegn land.  Your journey will
                  take you deep into mysterious caverns where dangerous
                  animals await to attack and destroy your eggs.

Impressions:      Enjoyable, but very challenging puzzle game.  Includes an
                  editor to let you create you own levels, extending replay
                  time.  May frustrate some gamers, though.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Contains battery backup abilities.

Variations:       Doki Doki Penguin Land (Japanese release)
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Name:             PGA Tour Golf
Author/Vendor:    Sterling Silver Software/EA/Sega/Tengen
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (golf)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-4
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A hush comes over the crowd surrounding the 18th hole.
                  After 27,012 yards, 71 holes and four grading rounds, a 23
                  foot birdie putt separates you and your first tournament
                  victory.  This is the big time.  PGA TOUR-Golf puts all of
                  the excitement, fun, challenges and rewards of the real PGA
                  TOUR right in your hands!

Impressions:      A good little golf game...if you can stand the load times.
                  Tries to do more than is really technically possible on
                  the SMS, and the overall game suffers because of it.  Pity,
                  because it's just about the best golf game on the system.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       Megadrive versions exist.
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Name:             Phantasy Star
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           Europe, Australia, Japan, USA
Language:         Various
Genre:            RPG
Cart Size:        4 megabit + battery
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The time: Space Century 3240.  The place: The Agol Star
                  System.  It began when King Lassic turned evil and let
                  hordes of hideous, magical creatures run amok on the three
                  planets.  When her brother was killed, Alis vowed to avenge
                  his death and put an end to Lassic forever.
                 
                  Join her in a journey across time and space to a world where
                  creatures speak...where magic and science combine to take
                  you on the ultimate video quest.
                 
                  Phantasy Star is total adventure role playing with towns
                  full of people and shops...16 level dunegons full of traps
                  and treasure...three companions who will help you if you
                  find them and some of the most awesome graphics ever put
                  in a video game. (back of the box)

Impressions:      The Master System's best RPG, not to mention one of its
                  best games.  Its got a lengthy quest and an interesting
                  story.  Pity about those first person dungeons, though.

Rating (1-10):    9

Comments:         None

Variations:       Featured in compilations on the Saturn and Game Boy Advance
                  with an updated version being released on the Playstation 2
                  later this year.  Sequels exist purely on the Megadrive.
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Name:             Pit Fighter
Author/Vendor:    Atari Games/Domark
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Fighting
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          In the Pit, it's mean, it's tough and it's no place for the
                  fainthearted.  Take on all comers - the fighting's below the
                  belt and rules don't exist.  Survival and the prize money 
                  are all that matter.  Welcome to the world of the 
                  Pitfighter!

Impressions:      Fun little fighter, but very, very shallow.  Loses a lot of
                  the charm of the Arcade version on the way home, but then
                  again, the arcade game wasn't really that good, either.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Loose arcade port?

Variations:       Megadrive and Gameboy versions exist.
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Name:             Pit Pot
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        1/4 of a megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A witch has kidnapped the princess, so you've got to get her
                  back.  Sounds thrilling.

Impressions:      Nice little maze game, but very unforgiving.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Available in compilation with Astro Warrior.  Known as
                  Fushigi no Oshiro Pit Pot in Japan
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Name:             Populous
Author/Vendor:    Bullfrog/Tecmagik
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Strategy
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Now it's your chance to play God! Create the world in a week
                  and destroy it in a heartbeat. Conquer 5000 hostile worlds.
                  Unleash floods, volcanos, swamps and earthquakes.

Impressions:      The quintessential God game.  Not as good as the Amiga and
                  PC versions thanks to the lack of a mouse, but if you feel
                  the need to crush some meddling humans, then this is the
                  game to go with.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on Megadrive, Amiga and PC.
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Name:             Poseidon Wars 3D
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick, 3D Glasses

Premise:          Keep your eyes on the horizon and your trigger finger
                  twitching in this explosive 3-D naval battle game from Sega.
                  With dive bombers, missiles and torpedoes trying to send you
                  to Davy Jones' locker, you'll need every ounce of skill and
                  luck you've got to keep your attack cruiser afloat and to
                  destroy the enemy.

Impressions:      Ordinary shooter type game that features no benefit from
                  3D whatsoever.  Had Light Phaser support been included,
                  this might have been a better game.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Features a 2D Mode.

Variations:       None.
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Name:             Power Strike
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Your planet has been overrun by the meanest mutant 
                  vegetation ever created in a genetics laboratory.  It's 
                  taken over buildings, labs, fighter craft...even people! And
                  it's getting bigger...and meaner...with each passing second.
                  But it hasn't taken over you.  Now you're going in on a
                  mission to deliver a POWER STRIKE! You have a special attack
                  ship with the ability to use weapons you free from the 
                  ground.  The action is hot and heavy.  The enemy is coming
                  faster than you could ever believe!  So fight hard and fast.
                  If you don't turn the mutated vegetation into a giant tossed
                  salad, they'll turn you into toast!

Impressions:      Easily one of the best shmups on the system, with a neat
                  power-up system, and cool boss fights.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         A special edition of the game was available in America, a
                  first, if you trust the blurb on the back of the box.

Variations:       Sequel in Power Strike 2
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Name:             Power Strike 2
Author/Vendor:    Compile/Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A lone pilot puts on his flight gear and gets ready.  His
                  life has been leading up to this moment - he knows that the
                  time has come to take on the air pirates' sky forces! The
                  battle has begun.  Are you ready to help in the fight to
                  free the skies from the clutches of the air pirates?

Impressions:      The quality of the original with a new campaign and a bunch
                  of new power ups.

Rating (1-10):    9

Comments:         None

Variations:       Sequel to Power Strike
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Name:             Predator 2
Author/Vendor:    Arena Entertainment/Acclaim
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The Predator is in town with a few days to kill!!! It comes
                  from a distant world...Invisible, it's armed with powerful
                  weapons unlike anything we know.  It mercilessly stalks
                  humans...for sport.  As Lt. Hannigan, it's up to you to
                  rescue innocent people from the clutches of the evil drug
                  gangs -- before they become trophies of the Predator.  
                  Search the streets, rooftops and subways until you confront
                  IT.  The Predator is on the hunt...find him before he finds
                  you!

Impressions:      Enjoyable side scrolling run and gun shooter.  A little
                  difficult, but light years ahead of the Megadrive game.
                  Must be the perspective.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Based on the film starring Danny Glover.

Variations:       Also on Megadrive and Game Gear.
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Name:             Prince of Persia
Author/Vendor:    Broderbund
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe/Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You've been thrown into a dungeon, and have exactly one hour
                  to save the princess from falling into an eternal slumber..
                  or was it from being executed...oh well.

Impressions:      Excellent adventure title, with well executed platforming
                  elements, thrilling fights and nasty puzzles.  Gets pretty
                  difficult and frantic as you go along.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       On just about every system known to man.
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Name:             Pro Wrestling
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (wrestling)
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          It's the video match of the year.  A no-holds-barred battle
                  between you and a friend, or some of the biggest bruisers
                  this side of Madison Square Garden.  Just try to pin The
                  Iron Soldier.  Or wiggle away from The Giant Bull.  Or just
                  survive the cruel Crusher Brothers.  Body slam.  Drop kick.
                  Pile drive.  You'll even have the notorious German Suplex
                  Hold.  All at your command.  Go for the title.  Mexican
                  League, Pacific League or World League.  Whatever you do,
                  play rough.  Play to Win.

Impressions:      Hilariously bad on your own, but provides a few laughs when
                  played with friends.  Go with Steel Cage if you need a
                  better wrestling game with a license.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         Has a very amusing box art.

Variations:       Gokuaku Doumei Dump Matsumoto (Japanese title)
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Name:             Pro Yakyuu, The
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            Sports (baseball)
Cart Size:        
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          

Impressions:      

Rating (1-10):    

Comments:         

Variations:       Translates to The Pro Baseball
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Name:             Psycho Fox
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           USA, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Psycho Fox is an adventure game centering around the
                  entertaining and thrilling escapades of a very special fox.
                  Psycho Fox ventures into many strange worlds to conquer
                  strange beasts and boss monsters he encounters.

Impressions:      Surprisingly speedy platformer with some rather demanding
                  challenges.  Give it a little time, and you'll enjoy it,
                  but don't expect to pick it up and be a master within 5
                  minutes.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       Sapo Xule vs Os Invasores do Brejo (Brazillian pallete swap)
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Name:             Psychic World
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          In a science lab in the middle of no-where, Dr Knavik does
                  his research on ESP.  The twin sisters Lucia and Cecile
                  work as his assistants.  One day a section of the lab blew
                  up.  The monsters which were kept in the lab for experiments
                  have kidnapped Cecile, and it is up to Lucia to get her
                  back, with the aid of a ESP booster given to her by Dr.
                  Knavik.

Impressions:      Run and gun platform shooter which doesn't deliver on it's
                  enormous potential.  Limited powerups and use of abilities
                  and poor graphics really hold this game back.  Music is
                  catchy, for some unknown reason.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Putt and Putter
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (golf)
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The waves crash against the shore as you tee up.  Ahead in
                  the distance...pinball bumpers?  An outrageous combination
                  of mini golf and pinball!  It's Putt and Putter!

Impressions:      Fun little remix of mini-golf that adds in the use of common
                  pinball equipment such as bumpers, as well as a few crazier
                  contraptions such as conveyor belts.  Of course, mini-golf
                  can be a little frustrating, but this game offers plenty
                  of enjoyment if you give it a chance.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       Minigolf (Brazillian title)
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Name:             Quartet
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Space colony Number Nine is being threatened by an invasion
                  of the most dangerous kind.  Alien attack.  Only you have
                  the power to stop this gruesome group.  And save the colony
                  from certain collapse.

Impressions:      Fairly simplistic side scrolling shooter which requires
                  a lot of jumping, blasting stuff, and collecting keys to
                  work your way into the next level

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Based on an Arcade game?

Variations:       Known as Double Target in Japan.
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Name:             Quest for the Shaven Yank
                  see REN AND STIMPY: QUEST FOR THE SHAVEN YAK
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Name:             R-Type
Author/Vendor:    Irem Corporation (reprogrammed by Sega)/Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          It's you against the creatures of the evil Bydo Empire!
                  Pilot the supersecret R-9 fighter spacecraft through the
                  waves of aliens and their deadly war machines.

Impressions:      Egads! This one is a tough cookie.  Serious shooter fans
                  shouldn't waste any time in playing this one, while any less
                  fanatical player might want to watch themselves, as this one
                  can be very frustrating.  Otherwise, it follows a fairly
                  good formula, and remains faithful to the original.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       Ported from the Arcade(?).  Future R-Type installments have
                  appeared on the Gameboy, SNES and Playstation.
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Name:             Rainbow Islands
Author/Vendor:    Taito
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Bob and Bub return, this time in human form.  Their girls
                  are kidnapped once again, and they have to use the power
                  of rainbows to save them.

Impressions:      It's a solid title, but it lacks some of the magic which
                  Bubble Bobble oozed.  Don't let that thwart your attempts to
                  play it.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       Sequel to Bubble Bobble.
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Name:             R.C. Grand Prix
Author/Vendor:    Absolute Entertainment
Year:             1989
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-4
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A radio controlled car race has begun -- right in your own
                  house.  With this game you can enjoy the excitement of a
                  real radio controlled car race.  Enjoy the thrill of
                  challenging a number of different race circuits, where four
                  radio controlled cars go head on against each other. 
                  There's also a drag car race waiting.

Impressions:      Solid little racing game with the ability to upgrade your
                  car.  Unfortunately for you, the other cars get an equal
                  or better upgrade two races later, which makes the game
                  somewhat unfair.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Rambo: First Blood Part 2
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the hit movie starring Sylvester Stallon and the
                  late Richard Crenna.  After being imprisoned, Rambo is
                  offered an opportunity by his friend Colonel Trautmann to
                  return to Vietnam to search for lost American POWs.

Impressions:      Exactly the same as Secret Commando, with a different title
                  screen.  Given a separate entry because I like Rambo.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Rambo II was a box office smash in the US in 1986, which is
                  probably the reason the US version was further localised.

Variations:       Very similar to Secret Commando ;)
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Name:             Rambo III
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Shooter
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick, Light Phaser (required)

Premise:          John Rambo, America's favourite soldier, makes a daring
                  rescue attempt on a Russian military base deep in war-torn
                  Afghanistan.  A fast-shooting Light Phaser game that tests
                  your fighting skills to the limit.

Impressions:      Pretty good as far as shooters go.  Very easy though.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       A Megadrive game of the same name exists, but is an entirely
                  different animal.
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Name:             Rampage
Author/Vendor:    Bally Midway (reprogrammed by Sega)/Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Mass destruction has never been so much fun!  And arcade
                  superstars Ralph the Wolf, George the Ape and Lizzie the
                  Lizard make a riotous wrecking crew.  So go wild!  Crunch
                  the concrete.  Trash a trolley.  Snack on a soldier.  Have
                  an office building for lunch.  Go on a RAMPAGE!

Impressions:      Good fun for two people, but golly is it repetitive.
                  Good luck to anyone who actually wants to go through all
                  50 levels (I have done it, btw).

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Ported from the arcade.  Three sequels, one arcade and two
                  console based.  US version has a funky looking box with a
                  red stripe.

Variations:       Arcade version exists
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Name:             Rampart
Author/Vendor:    Atari Games/Tengen (conversion by Developer Resources)
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Strategy
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Rampart combines the best of strategy puzzle games with
                  dynamic action and medieval destruction.  Rampart allows up
                  to 2 players at a time to travel back in time to the middle
                  ages, building fortifications and positioning cannons, just
                  as the powerful Lords and Barons once did...Now prepare for
                  all out battle!

Impressions:      A war sim combined with a Tetris style rebuilding section.
                  Fun for two players, crappy on your own.  The transition
                  from track ball to control pad hinders enjoyment a lot more
                  than expected.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       Ported from the arcade, also on NES and Megadrive
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Name:             Rastan
Author/Vendor:    Taito
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Journey into the dark lands of Semia where no man dares to
                  tread.  A princess has been kidnapped.  If you rescue her,
                  untold riches will be your reward.  But you're a barbarian
                  ...a master of cold steel!  And who really controls your
                  destiny?

Impressions:      Think of it as a primitive Castlevania game, and you'll
                  enjoy it about 10 times more than you normally would.  Hack
                  and Slash platformer saved by a nifty power up system.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       Arcade version exists.  Sequels on Megadrive and Playstation
                  2/Gamecube.
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Name:             Reggie Jackson Baseball
                  see GREAT BASEBALL
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Name:             Ren and Stimpy: Quest for the Shaven Yak
Author/Vendor:    Tectoy
Year:             1993
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the hit Nickelodeon cartoon.

Impressions:      

Rating (1-10):    

Comments:         99% sure this is a Game Gear port.

Variations:       Game Gear version exists
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Name:             Renegade
Author/Vendor:    Technos Japan Corp./Taito/Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You're an iron-fisted vigilante out to save your city from
                  the evil Syndicate.  Brawl down and dirty in the streets.
                  Challenge biker gangs to a dangerous highway battle! Punch
                  past armed thugs on your way through the Syndicate mansion
                  and the ultimate fight!

Impressions:      Bears a lot of resembelence, move wise, to Double Dragon II.
                  An amusing brawler in it's own right thanks to some
                  hilarious cinematics, this one shines most when played with
                  a friend.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       Arcade port?
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Name:             Rescue Mission
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Light Phaser

Premise:          Your friends are trapped behind enemy lines.  They're
                  wounded and need your help to escape.  You're taking the
                  medics in...on a dangerous rescue mission.

Impressions:      Much more fun than it sounds - protect your medic who's in
                  a rail cart while he attends to the downed soldiers.
                  Challenging yet still fun, and the variety of enemies can
                  be amusing (communist Australians :P)

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Road Rash
Author/Vendor:    Probe (conversion)/Electronic Arts (original)/US Gold
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia, Brazil
Language:         English, Portuguese
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1-2 (take turns)
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The Challenge - Race for your life - there are no rules,
                  no speed limits and no going back!  Watch out for road
                  blocks, oil spills and the cops!  Reach speeds of at least
                  150mph whilst punching, kicking and clubbing your opponent
                  before he gets you first!  The adrenaline is pumping...and
                  he's waiting for you...! 

Impressions:      Faithful port of one of the best games on the Megadrive, but
                  isn't without a few problems - mainly the ultra thin
                  characters and slowed sense of speed.  Still technically
                  impressive and fun to play.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Ported from Game Gear?

Variations:       Megadrive sequels in Road Rash 2 and Road Rash III.  Game
                  Gear versions also exist.
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Name:             Robocop 3
Author/Vendor:    Eden Entertainment Software/Ocean/Flying Edge/Acclaim
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Old Detroit.  The streets are full of danger.  Only one man
                  can stand alone against such numbers.  ROBOCOP!  With state
                  of the art weaponry, a skin of steel and nerves to match, he
                  stalks his prey...evil doers everywhere!

Impressions:      The worst game in the series is based on the worst movie,
                  what a surprise.  Robocop walks like a bit of a nancy,
                  collision detection is non existant, the game looks like
                  the remnants of a Taco Bell feast, and just isn't any fun
                  to play.

Rating (1-10):    1

Comments:         Based on arguably the worst movie in the Robocop series.

Variations:       Also on Megadrive.
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Name:             Robocop vs Terminator
Author/Vendor:    NMS Software Ltd./Virgin Interactive
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          In the near future, the worlds of RoboCop and The Terminator
                  merge into a single reality.  You, as RoboCop, must save
                  mankind by destroying the Skynet super computer in this
                  possible future in which machines rule the Earth and Skynet
                  is supreme.

Impressions:      Identical to its Megadrive brother - with the typical down
                  grades.  Run and gun platform shooter with a bit of extra
                  gore - nothing we haven't all seen before.  Better than
                  Robocop 3, though.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Based on the Dark Horse comic series by Frank Miller.

Variations:       Megadrive version exists.
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Name:             Rock'n Bolt
Author/Vendor:    Activision (reprogrammed by Sega)/Sega
Year:             1985
Region:           Japan
Language:        
Genre:           
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:         
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          

Impressions:      

Rating (1-10):    

Comments:         

Variations:       
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Name:             Rocky
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (boxing)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You're living the dream.  Taking on all comers in your quest
                  to be the best.  The heavyweight champion of the world! A
                  knockout adaptation of the boxing movie classic.

Impressions:      It's a tough boxing game, with relatively limited moves, but
                  the training minigames are pretty fun.  Two player makes
                  for a slightly extended life - boxing on the SMS (sadly)
                  doesn't get any better.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Loosely based on the events of Rocky through Rocky IV.

Variations:       None
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Name:             Romance of the Three Kingdoms 3
Author/Vendor:    
Year:             
Region:           
Language:         
Genre:            
Cart Size:        
Players:          
Peripherals:      

Premise:          

Impressions:      

Rating (1-10):    

Comments:         

Variations:       Sangokushi III (Japanese title)
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Name:             Running Battle
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A neighboring city has fallen into the hands of the sinister
                  'M' and his 'Soldiers of the Darkness.' Get inside the 'Dark
                  Zone' and punch, kick and blast your way through to the
                  final conflict.

Impressions:      Looks worse than any SMS game should, and plays absolutely
                  terribly.  Limited moves and poor collision detection take
                  away any possible enjoyment.

Rating (1-10):    2

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Rygar
Author/Vendor:    Salio Inc./Tecmo
Year:             1988
Region:           Japan
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Home port of the popular arcade game.

Impressions:      Straight up action with a few platforming bits.  Nothing
                  especially interesting - the idea behind the NES version
                  might have been better suited to the SMS than this version.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         Released on a silver cartridge in Japan.

Variations:       Arcade port.  Argos no ju-jiken (Japanese title)
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Name:             Sagaia
Author/Vendor:    Taito
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Darius, a peaceful planet much like Earth, was all but
                  destroyed some time ago by an unknown enemy.  Two young
                  pilots managed to escape...Following a distress signal from
                  what remains of their home planet, they're headed back into
                  the fire

Impressions:      Side scrolling shooter with all of the usual trimmings,
                  except with two fighter types instead of one.  Give it a
                  try if you're a genre fan.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Despite what the premise says, this version is for one
                  player only.

Variations:       Also on Megadrive.
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Name:             Sangokushi III
                  see ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS 3
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Name:             Sapo Xule o Mestre do Kung Fu
Author/Vendor:    Sega/Tectoy
Year:             1995
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A Kung Fu Kid pallete swap, with the Sapo Xule character
                  replacing the main protagonist.

Impressions:      See KUNG FU KID

Rating (1-10):    See KUNG FU KID

Comments:         Translates to Stinky Frog: The Master of Kung Fu

Variations:       Kung Fu Kid
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Name:             Sapo Xule SOS Lagoa Poluida
Author/Vendor:    Sega/Tectoy
Year:             1995
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:         
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Stinky Frog gets thrown into Astro Warrior

Impressions:      See ASTRO WARRIOR

Rating (1-10):    See ASTRO WARRIOR

Comments:         Translates to Stinky Frog: SOS Polluted Lagoon

Variations:       Astro Warrior
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Name:             Sapo Xule vs Os Invasores do Brejo
Author/Vendor:    Sega/Tectoy
Year:             1995?
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Stinky Frog gets thrown into Psycho Fox.

Impressions:      See PSYCHO FOX

Rating (1-10):    See PSYCHO FOX

Comments:         Translates to Stinky Frog vs. the Swamp Invaders.

Variations:       Psycho Fox
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Name:             Satellite 7
Author/Vendor:    
Year:             
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            
Cart Size:        
Players:          
Peripherals:      

Premise:          

Impressions:      

Rating (1-10):    

Comments:         

Variations:       
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Name:             Scramble Spirits
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The Earth has been attacked by extra-terrestrial forces.
                  Their weaponry is fierce and their numbers are almost too
                  great to count.  It will take a couple of fearless fighter
                  pilots to bring them into defeat.  Feel up to the job?

Impressions:      Forgettable vertical scrolling shooter that suffers from
                  minor problems such as a lack of power up variety and
                  excess sprite flickering (and thus slowdown).

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             SDI: Strategic Defense Initiative
                  see GLOBAL DEFENSE
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Name:             Secret Commando
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action 
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You know the drill - you're a lone soldier on an impossible
                  mission and you have to blast the stuffing out of anything
                  that moves.

Impressions:      Difficult but rewarding vertical shooter.  Some minor issues
                  such as poor collision on the arrows can infuriate the
                  player, but otherwise, this game is highly recommended.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Ashura (Japan title), Rambo: First Blood Part II (USA title)
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Name:             Sega Chess
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          It's chess.

Impressions:      Some nice features like switching between 2D and 3D boards
                  (technically impressive), but I'd rather use a real board
                  and real pieces.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       None.
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Name:             Sega World Tournament Golf
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (golf)
Cart Size:        ? megabit
Players:          ?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Challenging courses, a variety of modes and realistic
                  gameplay - Sega World Tournament Gold has it all!

Impressions:      ?

Rating (1-10):    ?

Comments:         ?

Variations:       ?
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Name:             Sensible Soccer
Author/Vendor:    Sensible Software/Sony Imagesoft
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (soccer)
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The best soccer game on the computer formats makes a belated
                  transition to the consoles.

Impressions:      It's the best darn soccer game on any system.  Plenty of
                  depth in play options, stacks of teams, and league and cup
                  modes to keep anyone glued to the game for months to come.
                  Don't forget about the multiplayer mode, either.

Rating (1-10):    10

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on Amiga, PC, Megadrive.
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Name:             Shadow Dancer
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A violent terrorist group is trying to foil a crucial space
                  mission.  You, as Takashi, the noble Ninja warrior, attempt
                  to take them out using your death stars, your mighty sword
                  and Ninjitsu magic.

Impressions:      This is a direct port of the arcade game - a lot of the
                  graphical finesse was lost, because the game just looks
                  outright ugly.  Nothing notable gameplay wise - the
                  one hit kill stuff can be a royal pain in the ass, though.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         The Megadrive game of the same name is a different animal,
                  centering around the exploits of the original Shinobi
                  protagonist Joe Musashi, who goes on a quest rescuing
                  kidnapped children

Variations:       Arcade version exists.
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Name:             Shadow of the Beast
Author/Vendor:    Psygnosis/Tecmagik
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          From beyond the edge of darkness the warrior cries revenge.
                  Shadow of the Beast is unleashed on the Master System in a
                  superlative arcade adventure.  Relentless combat as the
                  Beast battles over 100 different alien forms in 8 hostile
                  regions of a supernatural World.  It feels so real - you can
                  almost taste knuckle.

Impressions:      More adventure centric than the Megadrive game - I don't
                  know which is the more faithful conversion as I never played
                  the original computer version.  Worth a look, even if it
                  doesn't have the cool soundtrack of the 16-bit game.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Amiga, PC and Megadrive versions exist.
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Name:             Shanghai
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Steady your nerves and concentration.  You're about to play
                  Shanghai!  Shanghai is based on an ancient game that is over
                  25 centuries old.  Over the years since, it has been a
                  favourite of pirates, smugglers, flappers and gangsters, pf
                  working men and the well-to-do.  Now you can play it too on
                  the Sega System.  The game is simple...the strategy complex.
                  Remove 144 tiles from a pyramid; two matching tiles at a
                  time.  But be careful.  Remove two wrong tiles and you're
                  left with no more matching pairs...game over!  It's a game
                  everyone can play and enjoy.

Impressions:      Simple in concept - just match the pieces with a free
                  side edge, but it quickly becomes challenging, and is one
                  of the most enjoyable puzzle experiences on the SMS.  Highly
                  recommended

Rating (1-10):    9

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Shapes and Columns
                  see COLUMNS
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Name:             Shinobi
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Powerful ninja Joe Musashi sets out to rescue a bunch of
                  kidnapped children from an evil crime sydnicate.

Impressions:      Not as pretty as the arcade game, but retains all of the 
                  necessary gameplay.  Fun to play, long and as tough as nails
                  - essentially a game that every Master System owner needs
                  to have.

Rating (1-10):    10

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Arcade and Game Gear versions exist.  Sequels in Cyber
                  Shinobi, Shadow Dancer and Revenge of Shinobi (MD).
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Name:             Shooting Gallery
Author/Vender:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Shooter
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Light Phaser

Premise:          Have you got what it takes to last through four incredibly
                  intense shoot 'em up games?  A sharp eye?  Steady hand?
                  Split-second timing?  Let's hope so.  Because that's the
                  only way you'll survive the SHOOTING GALLERY.

Impressions:      Simple but enjoyable Light Phaser effort that helps with
                  light gun skills, but doesn't really do much else.  Can get
                  very challenging.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Sitio do Picapau Amarello
Author/Vendor:    Tectoy
Year:             1997
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        ? megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Another game based on a Brazillian cartoon license.

Impressions:      Original efforts from Tectoy seem to be few and far between
                  and are rarely any good.  This one is somewhat playable, but
                  I'm afraid that those of us who don't speak Portuguese won't
                  enjoy it to its full potential.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Slap Shot
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (hockey)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Chop That Shot!  Get in on all the excitement of a game so
                  rough that it's sometimes called hand-to-hand combat on ice.
                  This game brings twenty-four of the best teams from around
                  the world into your living room for hours of fast-paced fun.

Impressions:      Hockey is poorly represented on the SMS, and Slap Shot does
                  nothing to help.  Stupid fight system, no face-off system
                  and goals wider than Aunty Fay's posterior.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Not to be confused with the Paul Newman film.

Variations:       None
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Name:             Smash TV
Author/Vendor:    Flying Edge/Acclaim
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          It's sometime in the not too distant future, and game shows
                  feature contestants locked in a battle for their own
                  survival, whilst winning all sorts of prizes.  I'd buy that
                  for a dollar!

Impressions:      Seriously fun in two player, but the difficulty level is
                  somewhat unforgiving.  A top blaster, nonetheless.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Ported from the Arcade game

Variations:       Arcade, NES, SNES and Megadrive versions exist.
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Name:             Smurfs, The
Author/Vendor:    Infogrames
Year:             1994
Region:           Europe, Brazil
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Gargamel has already kidnapped three Smurfs.  Smurf to their
                  rescue!  Smurf down the mountains riding on a sledge, 
                  explore the labyrinths of the mine, travel on the back of
                  the stork...but beware of nasty enemies such as the Buzz
                  flies, the Angry Smurfs, the Howlbird, Azrael and..Gargamel!

Impressions:      Above average, but not by much.  Generic platformer with
                  little to offer - but at least the gameplay is solid. 

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       Les Schtroumpfs (French title)
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Name:             Smurfs Travel the World, The
Author/Vendor:    Infogrames
Year:             1995
Region:           Europe
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Inquisite Smurf and Smurfette have broken the magic crystal
                  and now they are being taken off to various parts of the
                  world. Collect all the crystals to be found along your
                  route. To reveal them, brave the sea-lions of the North
                  Pole, the Indians of America, and the octopuses of the
                  deep... Only after you have smurfed all these challenges
                  and many others will you be able to return to the village

Impressions:      Faster paced than the original Smurfs title, but still
                  suffers from being far too generic - but then again, how
                  many standout titles did Infogrames make?

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       Les Schtroumpfs Autour Du Monde (French title)
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Name:             Solomon no Kagi
Author/Vendor:    Salio Inc./Tecmo
Year:             1988
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Run through the maze and rescue the fairies.

Impressions:      The game is pretty self explanatory, but the difficulty
                  level jumps through the roof quite quickly, leading to
                  frustration.  If you can deal with that, you might enjoy
                  the game.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Special silver cartridge.  Full title is Solomon's Key:
                  Tears of Queen Sohita

Variations:       None.
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Name:             Sonic Blast
Author/Vendor:    Sega/Tectoy
Year:             1997
Region:           Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        8 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Think Sonic the Hedgehog meets Donkey Kong Country, and
                  you're about halfway.

Impressions:      It's just another Sonic game to be honest, but this one has
                  pre-rendered sprites.  Frame rate is a little questionable,
                  but Sonic fans should take a peek.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Ported from the Game Gear Version

Variations:       Game Gear version exists.
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Name:             Sonic Chaos
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Dr. Robotnik's stolen the red Chaos Emerald, and it's up to
                  Sonic The Hedgehog to get it back!  As Sonic or "Tails" the
                  two-tailed fox, you'll zip through the Zones, using your
                  quick moves and quicker thinking to collect rings and evade
                  Robotnik's latest batch of Badniks!

Impressions:      Vast improvement over Sonic 2, but still just short of the
                  original games.  Bigger levels, gadgets completely unique
                  to this Sonic title (Rocket shoes!), and the ability to play
                  as Tails help a lot, but it still can't stack up to the
                  16-bit Sonic titles.

Rating (1-10):    9

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on Game Gear.
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Name:             Sonic Spinball
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          From slimy sewers to monstrous machine rooms, Dr Robotnik's
                  latest fortress is a giant pinball machine!  Will it
                  withstand a Sonic spin-vasion?  Bounce from giant flippers
                  and hissing steam vents.  Rev through dizzying loops and up
                  death-defying ramps!

Impressions:      Not much a Sonic game, and not much of a pinball game.
                  Not much of anything really - but you can do much, much
                  worse.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on Megadrive and Game Gear.
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Name:             Sonic the Hedgehog
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Sega's popular blue haired mascot makes his first Master
                  System appearance.

Impressions:      At the start of the game, one thinks that we're all set up
                  for another stripped down Megadrive game, but this one
                  breaks off on a tangent of its own.  Keeps the gameplay of
                  the Megadrive game, but adds some much needed challenge.
                  One of the best on the system.

Rating (1-10):    10

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Game Gear version exists.
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Name:             Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Sonic returns for another adventure, this time he's after
                  Dr. Robotnik, as his best friend Tails has been kidnapped by
                  the evil scientist.

Impressions:      This one was a real botch up.  The hang glider and mine cart
                  bits sounded rather fun, but they actually contribute toward
                  making this the worst Sonic game in existance.  Avoid.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Game Gear version exists.
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Name:             Space Harrier
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe, Japan, Australia
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A home conversion of the classic Yu Suzuki arcade game.
                  Blast your way through hordes of enemies to return peace to
                  the Fantasy Zone.

Impressions:      Pretty poor as far as arcade conversions go.  Space Harrier
                  never really translated well to home until the 32X, though.
                  For fans only.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Port of the arcade game.

Variations:       Arcade version exists.  Has appeared in compilation on the
                  Game Boy Advance and Saturn (?), and also in Shenmue and
                  Shenmue II on the Dreamcast and Xbox.
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Name:             Space Harrier 3D
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick, 3D Glasses

Premise:          3D version of Space Harrier with support for the 3D Glasses
                  peripheral.

Impressions:      Well, its virtually identical to the normal game, but looks
                  a little better if you have the 3D Glasses.  Don't bother if
                  you don't have them.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Space Harrier
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Name:             Space Gun
Author/Vendor:    Taito
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Shooter
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick, Light Phaser

Premise:          From a crippled starship at the edge of the galaxy comes a
                  cry for help.  Alien monsters have taken over, and it's up
                  to you to save what human crew remains!  Choose your own
                  path down dark corridors and through deadly arenas in
                  non-stop shooting action!

Impressions:      Disappointing effort from Taito, given their track record.
                  Slow pace, ugly graphics and bad art override the few
                  cool things in the game, such as the variety of special
                  weapons.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Special Criminal Investigation
Author/Vendor:    Taito
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action/Driving
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          This is high-powered excitement that starts just as soon as
                  you get behind the wheel!  You are the police force's 
                  finest, and you are up against criminals who are prepared to
                  do anything to carry out their plans.  They've kidnapped the
                  mayor's daughter and you are her only hope.

Impressions:      Think Chase H.Q. with a gun, and you're on the mark.  Lacks
                  the music that made the original memorable, but still has
                  the same level of enjoyment in the chase sections, slightly
                  amplified by the enjoyment one gets from hitting a crim from
                  behind with a bazooka.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Sequel to Chase H.Q.
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Name:             Speedball
Author/Vendor:    Bitmap Brothers/Mirrorsoft
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Speedball is the action sport of the 21st century.  Dodge
                  neck breaking tackles and bone crushing body slams to pass
                  a solid steel ball towards your opponent's goal.  Hammer
                  your foe enough times and he will cry for mercy!

Impressions:      One of your typical future sport type games, but this is
                  the one that really put that genre on the map in Europe.
                  Take your team into battle, and beat the crap out of the
                  opposition, while occasionally taking the time to score
                  some points.

Rating (1-10):    8

Variations:       Available on various home computer formats.
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Name:             Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe
Author/Vendor:    Bitmap Brothers/Virgin Interactive
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Speedball 2.  A violent quasi-legal future-sport with one
                  rule - slam a solid steel ball into your opponent's goal.
                  The only thing tougher than the brutal blood sport is the
                  thugs who play it.  And they don't come any tougher than
                  Brutal Deluxe, new faces at the bottom of the league,
                  thirsting for blood and hungry for success.

Impressions:      Improved version of Speedball with better pacing and league
                  play - something that developers of future sports titles
                  on current consoles need to include.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       Available on Megadrive and various computer formats.
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Name:             Spellcaster
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia, Brazil, Japan
Language:         Various
Genre:            RPG
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          It's a Sega quest of a lifetime featuring graphic text
                  adventure and high-powered action scenes!  You are Kane, the
                  SpellCaster warrior of Summit Temple.  You have mastered
                  the art of shooting Ki Force from your fingertips.  With
                  magic spells you have the power to call down the strength
                  of the Gods!  Now an army of evil is sweeping the
                  countryside, destroying temples and villages.  You have
                  been called into battle to discover who the enemy is...
                  and what is at the heart of their evil plans.  It's an
                  adventure that will take you above and below ground,
                  across time, space and even into the Land of the Dead!
                  As you battle strange creatures and gain the use of 
                  magical weapons, you'll learn the truth behind the attacks
                  and much about your destiny as an eternal warrior of truth
                  and justice!  Live through the final battle and you'll
                  discover what it really means to be called SpellCaster!

Impressions:      Moderately compelling plot with very half assed action
                  scenes - had they been tightened up a little, maybe this
                  game could have been up there with Phantasy Star.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Includes password save option.

Variations:       Kujakuou (Japan title), Warrior Quest (Brazil title)
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Name:             Spider-man: Return of the Sinister Six
Author/Vendor:    Flying Edge/Acclaim
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The Sinister Six, a group containing some of Spider-man's
                  most formidable foes, such as Dr. Octopus, Electro and
                  Mysterio, have returned to make the Web-head's day just
                  a little bit worse.

Impressions:      Nice pace, boring action, bad control, lacks the feel of
                  what a Spider-man game should be.  Could have been much
                  more, but that's Acclaim for you.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None.

Variations:       NES version exists?
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Name:             Spider-man vs the Kingpin
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The Kingpin is back in town and his plan to destroy 
                  Spider-man is by far his most devilish!  He has planted a
                  bomb in New York and publicly blamed Spidey.  Can you defuse
                  this desperate situation?

Impressions:      Woeful port of a classic Megadrive game.  Ugly sprites,
                  bad collision detection and frustrating control make this
                  one Spider-man game that you can skip.

Rating (1-10):    4

Variations:       Megadrive version exists.
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Name:             Sports Pad Football
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (football)
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Sports Pad

Premise:          Playoff fever grips you.  And no wonder.  You're the driving
                  force that can take your football team to the top in this
                  rough and tumble contest between the leagues.  The ouctome
                  of the game is in your hands.  As the quarterback, you 
                  select the plays.  Line up the formations.  Call the signals
                  and carry the ball.  Cur down your opponent with a deadly
                  blocking.  Intercept a pass.  Make a flying tackle.  All you
                  need is skill.  Strategy.  Cunning.  And nerve.  For non
                  stop action that charges across the screen.  You decide to
                  pass.  It looks good.  Touchdown!

Impressions:      Fairly basic American football sim that uses the rather
                  uncommon sports pad.  If you can find one of those, and
                  you like your football, you might find something worthwhile
                  here.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Sport Pad Soccer
                  see WORLD SOCCER
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Name:             Spy vs Spy
Author/Vendor:    First Star Software (reprogrammed by Sega)/Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1/4 of a megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Two spies aiming at obtaining 5 items compete against each
                  other in trying to capture them.  By utilising powerful
                  KICKS and PUNCHES, intelligenly ensnaring the opponent by
                  using the TRAP items and avoiding being caught.

Impressions:      Even with two players it's rather dull, and a little too
                  hard to grasp off the bat for most players.  Give it a miss,
                  even if you do like the comic in MAD.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         Also available on card.  Based on the comic from MAD
                  Magazine.

Variations:       None
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Name:             Star Wars
Author/Vendor:    US Gold
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the 1977 smash hit sci-fi flick starring Mark 
                  Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.  An enhanced port
                  of the NES game.

Impressions:      Mediocre platforming action to begin with, and when it all
                  looks as if its going to come together, it falls apart.
                  Pity that nobody got it right until Super Star Wars.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Ported from the NES

Variations:       NES and Game Boy versions exist.
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Name:             Story of Mio, The
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Very little idea - seems like an adventure/dating sim.

Impressions:      Unplayable without very sound Japanese reading abilities - 
                  a lot of vocabulary is required (though there's not much
                  kanji)

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Street Fighter 2
Author/Vendor:    Tectoy
Year:             199?
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Fighting
Cart Size:        6 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A second Street Fighter tournament is held, in order for
                  Sagat to get an opportunity to beat Ryu, the competitor who
                  defeated him in the first tournament.  Many different
                  fighters show up, each with his or her own reasons.

Impressions:      I'm suprised it even exists.  I'm even more suprised at how
                  well it turned out.  Uses portraits from Super Street
                  Fighter II, but resembles the original version more than
                  anything.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         Ported from the Megadrive?

Variations:       Arcade, SNES, Megadrive versions exist.
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Name:             Street Master
Author/Vendor:    ?
Year:             198X
Region:           Korea
Language:         Korean
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          ?

Impressions:      ?

Rating (1-10):    ?

Comments:         ?

Variations:       ?
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Name:             Streets of Rage
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          3 ex-cops, Adam, Axel and Blaze go after a crime boss, Mr X.
                  to end his reign of tyranny.

Impressions:      Decent port, but loses most of the graphical glitz, though
                  it is a bit faster.  Good for curiosity, but most should opt
                  for the older and superior Megadrive version.  The lack of
                  two player mode really hurts.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Megadrive version exists.
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Name:             Streets of Rage 2
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Mr. X kidnaps Adam in an act of revenge for his defeat at 
                  the hands of Adam, Axel and Blaze one year earlier.  Axel,
                  Blaze and Adam's brother Skate set out to rescue their 
                  friend.

Impressions:      Faster than the Megadrive version, but much rougher, and 
                  missing the vital two player component - the one thing that
                  really made the series what it is.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Also on Megadrive.
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Name:             Strider
Author/Vendor:    Capcom (reprogrammed by Sega)/Sega
Year:             1991
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The earth is under siege - Grand Master Meio has unleashed
                  his diabolical creations on an unsuspecting world.  Strider
                  Hiryu faces the wave of terror alone, and needs your help
                  to wipe out the threat!  The Master awaits!

Impressions:      Retains the basic feel of Strider, but the SMS is just
                  technically incapable of a faithful replication of a
                  great arcade classic.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Also in the Arcades and on the Megadrive.  The NES Strider
                  game is completely different.
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Name:             Strider 2
Author/Vendor:    Capcom USA/US Gold
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Strider, athletic commando and ultimate warrior returns!
                  This time his mission is to cut through 5 hazard packed
                  levels in order to reach the evil Grand Master and save the
                  Earth from destruction.  This time there are NO LIMITS...
                  NO MERCY...NO SURRENDER!

Impressions:      Capcom USA's rendition of Strider just doesn't keep up with
                  the Japanese arm's version.  Mind you, as a conversion, it
                  is much better than the original Strider, but as a game, it
                  outright sucks.

Rating (1-10):    3

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on Megadrive and computer formats.
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Name:             Submarine Attack
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The Meta-creature has returned to haunt the citizens of
                  Balderia, who haven't yet recovered from their last
                  encounter with the monster 4 years ago!  Guide Admiral
                  Mikan through the underwater dangers and into the enemy
                  complex, and help him get rid of the monster for good.

Impressions:      Basic horizontal shooter with the main protagonist as a
                  submarine - nice for a change, but the game doesn't really
                  do much to expand on this concept.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Sukeban Deka 2
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          I assume that the main protagonist is a female college aged
                  detective.

Impressions:      Unable to give adequate impressions due to level of Japanese
                  required.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Never released outside of Japan.  Released on a Gold cart.

Variations:       Translates to Sorority Detective 2: Legend of the Masked
                  Girl (full title).
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Name:             Summer Games
Author/Vendor:    Epyx (adaption by Sega)/Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Europe, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (various)
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-4
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A compilation of various sports that feature in the Summer
                  Olympics (without the IOC license, of course).

Impressions:      A good selection of events (100M Sprint, 100M Freestyle,
                  Diving, Gymnastics and Pole vault), and they're all easy
                  enough to get into.  Control method is a bit bung, though.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       Jogos Olympicos (Brazil title).  Available on Amiga.
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Name:             Super Basket 2
Author/Vendor:    
Year:             
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            
Cart Size:        
Players:          
Peripherals:      

Premise:          

Impressions:      

Rating (1-10):    

Comments:         

Variations:       
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Name:             Super Boy II
Author/Vendor:    
Year:             
Region:           Korea
Language:         Korean
Genre:            
Cart Size:        
Players:          
Peripherals:      

Premise:          

Impressions:      

Rating (1-10):    

Comments:         

Variations:       
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Name:             Super Cross
                  see ENDURO RACER
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Name:             Super Futebol
                  see WORLD SOCCER
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Name:             Super Futebol 2
                  see WORLD CUP ITALIA '90
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Name:             Super Kick Off
Author/Vendor:    Anco/US Gold
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (soccer)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Super Kick Off captures all the thrills and excitement of
                  the football field.  Played at a blistering pace, this is a
                  true test of speed, control and footballing skill!

Impressions:      The only real threat to Sensible Soccer on this system, but
                  some of the game's mechanics strike me as a little odd.
                  Fast paced, plenty of strategic depth and fun to play.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       Super Kick Off titles are available on the Megadrive.
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Name:             Super Monaco GP
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Super Monaco GP's World Championship sends you and your pit
                  crew on a 16-race international circuit.  Burn rubber with
                  the best drivers around in a piston-pounding test of speed,
                  road savvy, and endurance!

Impressions:      Harsh, unforgiving and rather ugly grand prix game - better
                  than World Grand Prix, but not by much.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         Not a direct port of the arcade game.

Variations:       Also in Arcades and on Megadrive.
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Name:             Super Monaco GP 2
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Experience the heart-stopping action of F-1 racing on the
                  most challenging circuits in the world!  You are in control
                  of a precision machine, ready to test your skill and
                  abilities to the limit to win the ultimate prize: The
                  championship cup!

Impressions:      Much improved over the original game thanks to better
                  graphics and a far superior handling system.  If you have
                  to have a formula 1 game for the system, this is the one
                  to get.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Sometimes referred to as Ayrton Senna's Super Monca GP 2,
                  as the late great driver is featured on the cover.

Variations:       Also on Megadrive.
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Name:             Super Off-Road
Author/Vendor:    Leland/Virgin
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Home port of the popular racing game. (I think)

Impressions:      I've always had a soft spot for this game - easy to pick up
                  but the later tracks require a lot of patience and precision
                  not to mention well planned upgrades of your car throughout
                  the previous racers.  A good compliment to R.C. Grand Prix.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       Based on Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road.
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Name:             Super Racing
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-?
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          ?

Impressions:      ?

Rating (1-10):    ?

Comments:         Released on a special gold cartridge

Variations:       None
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Name:             Super Space Invaders
Author/Vendor:    Taito/Domark
Year:             1991
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Space Invaders is the most famous video game ever! Now Super
                  Space Invaders has arrived with a host of amazing new
                  features - wave after wave of weird and hostile aliens,
                  fantastic multiway scrolling playfields, huge end of level
                  mega monsters and secret levels for only the best to find.
                  It'll drive you crazy, but you won't be able to leave it
                  alone!

Impressions:      Well, it's still Space Invaders, but I believe some things
                  are better left untouched.  The new additions are okay, but
                  Space Invaders puritans should stick to the old machine at
                  the pub.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       Update of Space Invaders (arcade).
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Name:             Super Tennis
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (tennis)
Cart Size:        1/4 of a megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Lob! Volley! Smash!  It's deuce and you've got one set to go
                  for the match.  All the details are here, bringing realistic
                  action and strategy on your home court.

Impressions:      So close to Nintendo's Tennis game on the NES that you'd
                  think they'd have sued them.  Fun little game, but for
                  serious tennis, go to Wimbledon.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       Identical game on the NES called Tennis.
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Name:             Super Tetris
Author/Vendor:    ?
Year:             ?
Region:           Korea
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        1/2 of a megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Same old Tetris, but with "Super" bunged in front.

Impressions:      Looks like Tetris.  Plays like Tetris.  Smells like Tetris.
                  Must be Tetris.  Well, it's Tetris with a pretty picture in
                  the background.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Tetris is on every bloody system.
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Name:             Superman: The Man of Steel
Author/Vendor:    Virgin
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Lois Lane has been kidnapped by Braniac.  The Doom Star
                  orbits the Earth.  The deadliest adversaries Superman has
                  ever encountered are running amok.  What greater challenge
                  for the Man of Steel, his heat vision and the might of his
                  super punch?

Impressions:      I'm not a big fan of Superman, but this game is at least
                  passable, considering some of the abhorrent games bearing
                  the license.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on Megadrive
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Name:             Super Wonder Boy
                  see WONDER BOY
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Name:             T2: The Arcade Game
Author/Vendor:    Probe/Arena/Acclaim
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Shooter
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the smash hit movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Impressions:      Not entirely horrible, but the conversion loses all of the
                  magic of the arcade original, given the huge technical
                  difference.  Heck, I'm surprised they managed to pull
                  anything even slightly resembling the original game off on
                  an 8-bit console.  No Light Phaser support is a bummer.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       Arcade, Megadrive, SNES, Gameboy versions exist.
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Name:             Taz-Mania
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Join TAZ, the Tasmanian Devil, as he whirls off in search
                  of the world's biggest omelette.  Nothing can stand in his
                  way for long as he munches his way through an island filled
                  with precarious plateaus, hostile jungles, eerie caves and
                  crumbling ruins.

Impressions:      A simple, yet quick and enjoyable platforming romp.  Not
                  a lot to it, but for some reason, it's just fun to play.
                  Completely different game to the Megadrive version, which
                  is probably a good thing given the high frustration factor
                  of the 16-bit game.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       Sequel in Taz: Escape from Mars
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Name:             Taz: Escape from Mars
Author/Vendor:    Tectoy
Year:             1995
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        ? megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Taz gets kidnapped by Marvin the Martian, and has to escape
                  his clutches.

Impressions:      ?

Rating (1-10):    ?

Comments:         ?

Variations:       Direct port of the Megadrive game?
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Name:             Tecmo World Cup 93
Author/Vendor:    Tecmo/Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (soccer)
Cart Size:        ? megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Twenty-four teams from around the globe have come to
                  participate in this soccer showcase. Pick one and match your
                  skills against the computer in an exhibition match, take on
                  a friend, or put it all on the line in the World Cup
                  tournament! The action never stops!

Impressions:      Decent soccer game with a quick pace, easy controls and
                  wide variety of teams.  The AI puts up a decent fight, and
                  its fun to play with a few friends.  Not as good as Sensible
                  Soccer, but worth a look for football fans.

Rating (1-10):    7
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Name:             Teddy Boy
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        1/4 of a megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A young lad gets caught in some bizarre world with nothing
                  but his shrinking ray.

Impressions:      Very simple in design and concept - even has those old
                  levels where running out one side essentially makes you
                  appear on the other side.  Bloody frustrating, though.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None.

Variations:       None.
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Name:             Tennis Ace
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (tennis)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          On your first serve, the ball explodes off your racquet like
                  a fiery missile.  Instinctively you move toward the net.
                  Your opponent returns your serve, but you're ready for him.
                  With lightning speed you raise your racquet and smash the
                  ball.  He never had a chance.  You're the Tennis Ace!

Impressions:      Terrible tennis game - play Wimbledon or Super Tennis
                  instead, for the love of God.

Rating (1-10):    2

Comments:         Features a password save option.

Variations:       None
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Name:             Tensai Bakabon
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            Adventure
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          A very Japanese adventure game.

Impressions:      Unable to give accurate impressions due to lack of Japanese
                  vocabulary.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Author/Vendor:    Arc Developments/Flying Edge/Acclaim
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The second game to be based on the smash hit movie starring
                  Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Impressions:      This is a direct port of the NES game, which happened to be
                  a fair bit better than the woeful 16-bit games.  Follows
                  the events of the movie, mostly, and provides a rather
                  mediocre action experience - but it could be worse, trust
                  me.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on NES, SNES and Megadrive.
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Name:             Terminator, The
Author/Vendor:    Virgin
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Kyle Reese, a lone warrior from the future, returns to the
                  past to protect the one woman who holds the key to the
                  survival of the human race.  Together they must face not
                  only everything Los Angeles has to throw at them, but also
                  the terrifying might of a cyborg known as the Terminator...
                  who will stop at nothing to kill them both.

Impressions:      Closely resembles the Megadrive game, but the layout is
                  different - it feels a little more balanced, but at the
                  same time, just doesn't seem to impress as much.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on Megadrive, Mega CD.
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Name:             Thunderblade
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia, Brazil, Japan
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Your mission: Save your country by destroying the rebel's
                  gigantic mobile fortresses!  It's a battle you will fight
                  over land and sea...in cities, caves and refineries.  This
                  time it's you...against all of them!

Impressions:      Plain old vertical shoot 'em up, lacks any sort of power
                  up system, which makes it appear very bland amongst the
                  other shooters on the system.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Super Thunderblade (Megadrive)
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Name:             Time Soldiers
Author/Vendor:    Alpha/Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Fight your way through the horrors of the past and future to
                  rescue your friends and save the world in this fantastic
                  voyage through time from Sega.

Impressions:      Unremarkable scrolling shooter along the lines of Secret
                  Commando, but just not as good.  Shooter fans should take
                  a brief look.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Tom and Jerry: The Movie
Author/Vendor:   
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Oooooh, that mouse!  If there's one thing Tom can't stand,
                  it's a rascally rodent named Jerry, and if that mouse isn't
                  careful, Tom is going to nab him.  But Jerry is pretty
                  tricky.  So muster up all your feline courage, Tom, 'cause
                  there's a dangerous little mouse in the house!

Impressions:      A novel idea, and some cute cartoon cliché can't save poor
                  execution and slow gameplay.  A shame, really.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Transbot
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia, Brazil, Japan
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1/4 of a megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Ward off a computerised underworld invasion with your
                  transforming weaponry.

Impressions:      It's a pretty cool idea, but doesn't seem to work as well
                  as you'd expect.  The powerup system is nasty, and the
                  gameplay is somewhat more sluggish than it should be,

Rating (1-10):    3

Comments:         Also released on card.

Variations:       Astro Flash (Japan title), Nuclear Creature (Brazil title)
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Name:             Trap Shooting
                  see MARKSMAN SHOOTING/TRAP SHOOTING
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Name:             Tri Formation: Zillion 2
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Europe, Japan, Australia, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          They're at it again!  The dreaded Norsa Empire is back...
                  and stronger than ever before.  This time they won't make
                  any mistakes.  Others have tried to stop them and all have
                  failed.  The evil Braon Ricks knows are you coming.  And
                  it's a trap!  But you're the galaxy's last hope.  Can you
                  do what's never been done before?

Impressions:      So it's not as bad as I originally made out, but you must
                  admit that it is a great departure from the quality seen
                  in Zillion.  The developer has gone for a more action
                  centric game, and while it works to an extent, the first
                  is still the superior game.  Holds its own against other
                  run and gun games on the SMS though.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Alternate title is Zillion II: The Tri Formation.
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Name:             Trivial Pursuit: Genius Edition
Author/Vendor:    Horn Abbot/Domark
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1-6
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Trivial Pursuit is the World's greatest and best selling
                  board game.  This Sega version incorporates everything that
                  has helped make it so.  Plus, Russell your animated and
                  friendly question master, superb sound and colour, wonderful
                  screen background and over 2,000 brain teasing questions.

Impressions:      I'm not too fond of computerised versions of board games,
                  but big Trivial Pursuit fans might get a few kicks out of
                  this.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       The board game, stupid.
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Name:             TV Colosso
Author/Vendor:    Tectoy
Year:             1995?
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on a Brazillian cartoon of the same name that centres
                  around a group of canine companions.

Impressions:      As far as I can tell, it's based on one of the three
                  Asterix games Sega did in the early 90's.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       Asterix.
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Name:             Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Author/Vendor:    Origin Systems (reprogrammed by Sega)
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            RPG
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Lord British, the wise and compassionate ruler of Britannia,
                  wishes to erase the legacy left behind by the 3 Evil Lords.
                  To do so, he must find an Avatar!  An Avatar is one who has
                  achieved enlightenment in the 8 virtues - Honor, Valor, 
                  Sacrifice, Compassion, Justice, Spirituality, Honest and
                  Humility.  Only the most virtuous of souls can complete the
                  journey that lies ahead!  If you think you are that saviour
                  for whom Lord British is searching, then prove your worth
                  by taking the Quest of the Avatar! (back of the box)

Impressions:      The PC RPG fans love it, and this is a perfectly good
                  conversion.  Not recommended for those who don't like doing
                  a lot of reading, however.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         The first graphically based Ultima title.

Variations:       Ultima series (various)
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Name:             Ultimate Soccer
Author/Vendor:    Rage Software/Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         Various
Genre:            Sports (soccer)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Everybody knows what soccer is.  Apparently this version
                  of soccer is the ultimate one.  A bit pretentious, no?

Impressions:      Good, fast paced soccer title.  Slightly reminiscent of
                  Sensible Soccer, although not as good.  Still worth a look,
                  though.

Rating (1-10):    8

Variations:       Megadrive version exists
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Name:             Vampire
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The shadow of Dracula has spread across Victorian England.
                  Make your way through strange and forbidding streets and
                  cavernous warehouses while fighting his army of monsters.
                  Find Dracula, the Master of Darkness, and rescue England
                  from his terrifying grasp. (back of the box)

Impressions:      It's nothing more than a blatant, mediocre Castlevania
                  rip off.  Get your vampire jollies on the NES, if you must.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       Master of Darkness (alternate title)
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Name:             Vigilante
Author/Vendor:    Irem Corp. (reprogrammed by Sega)
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia, Brazil
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Take it to the streets in a battle to rescue your girl from
                  some of the meanest baddies around. (promo)

Impressions:      This serves as a great archived example of how plain some
                  80's action games were.  Walk through the levels, down every
                  enemy in one punch, and then fight a really tough boss.
                  Repeat.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Arcade port

Variations:       Arcade and NES versions exist.
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Name:             Virtua Fighter Animation
Author/Vendor:    Tec Toy
Year:             1997
Region:           Brazil
Language:         Portuguese
Genre:            Fighting
Cart Size:        Unknown
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Virtua Fighter compressed to a 2D plane with only 8-bit
                  power behind it.  You do the math.

Impressions:      Very plain looking fighter.

Rating (1-10):    5

Variations:       Virtua Fighter series (various)
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Name:             Walter Payton Football
                  see GREAT FOOTBALL
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Name:             Wanted
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Shooter
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Light Phaser

Premise:          The desperadoes are back!  It's time for you to put on your
                  silver badge, strap on your Light Phaser and restore peace
                  to the quiet little western towns.  It won't be easy...
                  because this time the bad guys are gunning for you.

Impressions:      A good idea, but the calibration on the gun seems to be off
                  by a mile, and differentiating between the gun toting
                  bandits, and the innocent civilians is near impossible (in
                  the time you are required to take a shot) given that they
                  use the same goddamn sprite.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Warrior Quest
                  see SPELLCASTER
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Name:             Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego
Author/Vendor:    Broderbund/Parker Brothers
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Brazil
Language:         English, Portuguese
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Where in the World is Carmen Sandegio? and where has her
                  gang of thieves taken the loot? You're the detective
                  tracking down culprits in this globe-hopping mystery action
                  game. And as you work your way up the five challenge levels
                  from Rookie to Ace Detective, the mysteries get more
                  complicated and your suspect and his henchmen become more
                  aggressive, firing bullets and throwing knives you must duck
                  on-screen.
                 
                  In each case, one of 10 elusive villains has stolen one of
                  90 national treasures and absconded to one of 30 foreign
                  cities. Chase your suspect around the world, racing the
                  clock and making crucial decisions: What city did he go to?
                  Where will you investigate, the Embassy or the Warehouse?
                  Collect pertinent facts from the special Almanac, and travel
                  the globe until you've got the goods on your crook. When you
                  know whodunit, visit Interpol and bring your suspect to
                  justice!
                 
                  This bestselling computer game has been specially adapter
                  for the SEGA system to provide countless clues,
                  heartpounding excitement and challenging solutions that
                  will bring you many, many hours of 'round-the-world
                  detecting fun!

Impressions:      Neat little adventure game that's good for teaching children
                  geography - something that the general populace of America
                  could use more of.  Track Carmen and her cronies down, and
                  use various clues to trap them.

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Also available on PC, Amiga and Megadrive.  Sequel in
                  Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego.
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Name:             Wimbledon
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (tennis)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          It's tennis, but this particular game is one of the first to
                  be sponsored by the prestigious All England Club.

Impressions:      It's the best game on the system as far as tennis goes.
                  Nice lengthy tournament mode which rewards players with
                  bonus attributes if they win.  The quick pace may put some
                  gamers off, though.

Rating (1-10):    9

Comments:         None

Variations:       Sequel in Wimbledon 2.  Also on Megadrive
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Name:             Wimbledon 2
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (tennis)
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You started out at the bottom, and unknown name in a field
                  of highly talented players. You worked your way up the
                  ranks, playing in America, Australia and France. And now,
                  the big day... the day you take on the best tennis players
                  in the world for the Wimbledon Open Cup!

Impressions:      Pretty much the same as Wimbledon, with improved graphics.
                  Technically, it's the better game, but given its rarity,
                  only die hard tennis fans will need to bother tracking this
                  down, as the original should suffice

Rating (1-10):    8

Comments:         None

Variations:       Sequel to Wimbledon
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Name:             Winter Olympics '94
Author/Vendor:    US Gold
Year:             1994
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (various)
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1-4
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The official game of the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics.

Impressions:      A few decent events (bobsled), but the majority of the
                  game verges on being unplayable.

Rating (1-10):    2

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on Megadrive.
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Name:             Wolf Child
Author/Vendor:    Core Design/Virgin Interactive
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Some dude killed your mother and kindapped your sister, or
                  some cliché shite like that, and you have to use your
                  ability to turn into a wolf to save them

Impressions:      Extremely dull platforming romp that moves so slowly, you'd
                  think that it was based on the moon.

Rating (1-10):    2

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Mega CD version exists.
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Name:             Wonderboy
Author/Vendor:    Escape/Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           Europe, Australia, Japan, USA
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Brave deep dark forests.  Cross endless oceans.  Endure arid
                  deserts.  All the while, fending off nasty creatures and
                  natural disasters.  Until you find her.  Until you rescue
                  your girlfriend, Tanya, from the clutches of a brutush king.

Impressions:      A great game.  Very simple in structure, but the execution
                  is brilliant.  Does get a little tough later on, and is
                  slightly repetitive in the design, but these slight faults
                  do not take away from the game at all.

Rating (1-10):    10

Comments:         First of the Wonderboy series

Variations:       Arcade and Game Gear versions exist.  Hudson Soft's
                  Adventure Island series is identical, due to Hudson and
                  Westone being the companies that once formed Escape.
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Name:             Wonderboy In Monster Land
Author/Vendor:    Westone/Sega
Year:             1988
Region:           Europe, Australia, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Action/Adventure
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Wonder Boy is back! But this time he's playing for keeps. No
                  more cute dolls, fruit or milk.  Now it's swords, armor,
                  shields, labyrinths and fire breathing dragons.  Help Wonder
                  Boy through 12 perilous, monster filled levels of
                  challenging adventure.

Impressions:      A vast departure from the last game, but it was a risk which
                  worked very well.  Collect swords, learn magic, buy armour
                  and shields.  Make your way through the game to the
                  labyrinth.  Various choices and a side quest are thrown into
                  the mix to make things a little easier for you once you work
                  them out.  I never did beat that lousy dragon, let alone
                  find him

Rating (1-10):    9

Comments:         Second in the Wonderboy Series

Variations:       Arcade version exists.
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Name:             Wonderboy III: The Dragon's Trap
Author/Vendor:    Westone/Sega
Year:             1989
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action/Adventure
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Wonder Boy has been cursed!  He critically wounds the ugly
                  beast, but its final breath turns Wonder Boy into Lizard
                  Man!  The young fighter must now seek out the Salamander
                  Cross, the only force that can restore him to his normal
                  self.  But first he must find it...

Impressions:      Picks up at the end of Wonder Boy in Monster Land, with
                  the fight against the Mecha Dragon.  Gameplay similar
                  to the second game in the series, with a lot of variety
                  offered by the various creatures you can transform into.
                  Some say it is the best game in the series, but that's
                  a disputable claim.

Rating (1-10):    9

Comments:         Contains a password save option.

Variations:       Released in Brazil as A Turma Da Monica.  Not to be confused
                  with the arcade and Megadrive Wonder Boy III, which is
                  a horizontal shooter (!).
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Name:             Wonderboy in Monster World
Author/Vendor:    Westone Co. Ltd/Sega
Year:             1993
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action/Adventure
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          As the legendary hero Wonder Boy, it's up to you to rid
                  Monster World of the terrible creatures that have taken
                  over.  Purchase your armor, weapons and spells, and embark
                  on a quest through fantastic lands in search of the source
                  of the evil monsters!

Impressions:      More closely resembles Wonder Boy in Monster Land than
                  Wonder Boy III.  More RPG elements - a slightly more free
                  form layout, and some very familiar looking level layouts
                  give it away.  Interesting to note that the main character
                  of this game is not the same as previous games.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Called "Wonderboy 5" in some circles.  Re-released as part
                  of a budget line called Sega Classics.

Variations:       Also on Megadrive and TurboGrafix 16
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Name:             Woody Pop
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           Japan
Language:         Japanese
Genre:            Puzzle
Cart Size:        1/2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Paddle control

Premise:          It's a breakout clone.

Impressions:      Well, if you liked Breakout, and own the paddle control,
                  then you may well enjoy this.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Also available on card.

Variations:       None?
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Name:             World Class Leaderboard
Author/Vendor:    Access Software Inc./US Gold
Year:             1991
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (golf)
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1-4
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          World Class Leaderboard simulates the challenge of the
                  world's toughest courses and features the custom designed
                  Gauntlet Country Club - the ultimate test of golfing skill!

Impressions:      Lots of courses to choose from, but the interface is
                  more complicated than PGA's.  Then again, it doesn't take
                  ages for the course to load up for each shot, so it's
                  really up to you to decide which you think is best.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on Megadrive.
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Name:             World Cup '93
                  see TECMO WORLD CUP '93
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Name:             World Cup USA '94
Author/Vendor:    Tiertex/US Gold
Year:             1994
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (soccer)
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          The official game of the World Cup 1994 soccer tournament.

Impressions:      Contains a few deep options, but the actual soccer section
                  of the game leaves a lot to be desired.  Sensible Soccer
                  has all of your soccer needs covered, leaving WC '94
                  rather irrelevant.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Also on Megadrive
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Name:             World Cup Italia '90
Author/Vendor:    ING Olivetti SPA/Virgin Mastertronic ltd./Sega
Year:             1990
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (soccer)
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Go head to head with the most skilled teams in the World!
                  Prove your mettle in a Test Match, show off your
                  sharpshooting prowess in a Penalty Kick Contest, or go for
                  gold in the World Cup competition!  Fast-paced and realistic

Impressions:      A little lacking in depth, but the core game is a little
                  more solid than most other soccer offerings on the system.
                  Can't hold a candle to Sensible Soccer, though.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Also on Megadrive
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Name:             World Games
Author/Vendor:    Epyx
Year:             1986
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (various)
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-4
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Compete in a series of unique sports events, such as
                  Barrel Jumping, Log Rolling, Bull Riding and the Caber Toss.

Impressions:      A unique idea crippled by rather annoying play mechanics.
                  Gets better as you give it more time and learn the
                  intricacies of each game, but may become too frustrating
                  in the mean time for the majority of gamers.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       PC and Amiga?
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Name:             World Grand Prix
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1986
Region:           USA, Japan, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Racing
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Race the hottest cars in the world.
                  On the hottest tracks in the world.
                  And if that's not enough excitement for you, then build
                  and race on your own track.

Impressions:      The track creation saves this one from being a total failure
                  but even that can't help the overall lack of excitement
                  offered by the title.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None.

Variations:       The Circuit (Japan title)
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Name:             World Soccer
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           Europe, Brazil, USA
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (soccer)
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Dribble, passes, corner kicks, etc.  Retrieve the opponent's
                  ball by tackling.  Get past his strong defense with an
                  overhead shot.  Take advantage of a split second unguarded
                  goal and head the ball into the net.  Also features Penalty
                  Kicks to decide a tie game.

Impressions:      Looks like a dog's breakfast, general gameplay lacks flow
                  (players stop after each dribble!?) and is just too easy.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None.

Variations:       Super Futebol (Brazil title), Great Soccer (USA title)
                  Sports Pad Soccer (Japan title, with Sports Pad support)
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Name:             World Tournament Golf
                  see SEGA WORLD TOURNAMENT GOLF
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Name:             WWF Steel Cage Challenge
Author/Vendor:    Flying Edge/Acclaim
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Sports (wrestling)
Cart Size:        megabit
Players:          1-2
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Put a bunch of your favourite WWF Superstars such as Hulk
                  Hogan and Bret Hart into a steel cage match.

Impressions:      Very poor as far as wrestling games go - the NES ones are
                  your best bit for the 8-bit formats.

Rating (1-10):    4

Comments:         None

Variations:       Also on NES.
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                                     X
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Name:             Xenon 2: Megablast
Author/Vendor:    Bitmap Brothers/Virgin
Year:             1992
Region:           Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Arcade style vertical shooter.

Impressions:      It's not the worst shoot 'em up on the system, but is
                  plagued by some hideous slowdown which was not present in
                  other versions of the title (to my knowledge).

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Ported from the Megadrive version?

Variations:       Megadrive, Amiga, Game Boy and PC versions exist.  The
                  first Xenon is not on the Master System.
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Name:             X-Men: Mojo World
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1996
Region:           Unknown
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        4 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Based on the popular Marvel comic.

Impressions:      Plays a bit like its 16-bit brother, but pales in comparison
                  due to the fact the Megadrive was more powerful.  Pick a
                  mutant, and beat the crap out of those who oppose you.

Rating (1-10):    7

Comments:         Ported from the Game Gear version.

Variations:       Game Gear version exists.
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                                     Y
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Name:             Y's: The Vanished Omens
Author/Vendor:    Falcom (reprogrammed by Sega)
Year:             1988
Region:           USA, Europe, Australia
Language:         English
Genre:            RPG
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          You are Aron, the wondering swordsman.  Find the 6 magical
                  books and set the Goddesses free. (Promo)

Impressions:      Pretty stock standard Japanese RPG, with the usual "Save the
                  world" plot, but with simplistic real time fighting instead
                  of a traditional turn based system.  Not one for those with
                  short attention spans.

Rating (1-10):    6

Comments:         Spawned a long line of sequels

Variations:       Sequels can be found on many consoles, including the TG-16,
                  Megadrive, SNES and NES.
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                                     Z
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Name:             Zaxxon 3D
Author/Vendor:    Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           USA, Japan,
Language:        
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:         
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick, 3D Glasses

Premise:          Another shoot 'em up, this time in 3D.

Impressions:      It's quite odd, really, and definitely made for use with
                  the 3D glasses peripheral, as ships come from the distance
                  and make their way inward.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         None

Variations:       None
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Name:             Zillion
Author/Vendor:    Tatsunoko/Sega
Year:             1987
Region:           Australia, Europe, Japan, USA
Language:         Various
Genre:            Action/Adventure
Cart Size:        1 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Infiltrate the dangerous Norsa labyrinth to reach the main
                  computer and rescue your friends.  This game calls for
                  brains as well as brawn.

Impressions:      One of my personal top 10 on the system.  A fairly deep
                  maze game, with a bunch of RPG elements and other strategies
                  thrown into the mix.  The Norsa complex is absolutely
                  massive, and the game takes hours to finish.  A password
                  system or battery backup would have helped, but would also
                  reduce the challenge.  A great title, and one you should
                  definitely own.

Rating (1-10):    10

Comments:         Released on a special gold cart in Japan

Variations:       Known as Akai Koudan Zillion in Japan.
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Name:             Zool: Ninja from the Nth Dimension
Author/Vendor:    Gremlin
Year:             1993
Region:           Australia, Europe
Language:         English
Genre:            Action
Cart Size:        2 megabit
Players:          1
Peripherals:      Control Pad, Control Stick

Premise:          Well, erm, you're Zool, a Ninja from the Nth dimension, and
                  you do all sorts of Ninjery type things.

Impressions:      It looks pretty good, but the thing plays fairly plainly.
                  Certainly fast paced, though.

Rating (1-10):    5

Comments:         Ported from the Amiga?

Variations:       Megadrive and Amiga versions exist.
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================================
4. Unreleased/Unconfirmed Titles
================================

Arch Rivals
Arcus Oddysey
Batman Animation
Captain Planet
CJ Elephant Fugitive
Cliffhanger
Die Hard 2
Dino Basher
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Dropzone
Duck Tales
Excellent Dizzy
Ferrari GP Challenge
Ghostbusters 2
Hook
Impossible Mission 2
Light Corridor
Light Force
Monster Maker
Pat Reilly Basketball/Super Real Basketball*
Pengo
Quackshot
Quarterback
Robin Hood
Robocop
Shadow of the Beast II
Speedy Gonzales: Cheese Cat'astrophe
Spider-man vs. The X-Men
Total Recall
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego

* Prototype exists

=============
5. Blank Form
=============

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Name:             
Author/Vendor:    
Year:             
Region:           
Language:         
Genre:            
Cart Size:        
Players:          
Peripherals:      

Premise:          

Impressions:      

Rating (1-10):    

Comments:         

Variations:       
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==========
6. Credits
==========

Me - For thinking of this idea, and going through with it

SMS Power - For providing some release info on various games

Alex Kidd.com - For a relatively complete titles list

Sam Pettus - For the format idea, and guide idea

Sega - For getting me into gaming

M. Buchan - For information on a bunch of titles, and for fairly interesting
discussion (listening to my pointless banter ^_^;)

Thago Simoes - provided additional information for several Portuguese titles

Jorg Burkark - for providing information on alternates, and a number of 
corrections

=========
7. Legals
=========

This document is © 2002-2004 Matt Keller.

All other trademarks duplicated herein are the respective property of their
owners and reproduced merely for the sake of reference.

==========
8. Contact
==========

You can e-mail me at mpkeller[at]iprimus[dot]com[dot]au, or contact me via
MSN Messenger drugrat@hotmail.com

All impressions are to be sent via email, too.

I can be reached through my IRC channel; irc.austnet.org:6667 #videogames

Work on this guide will still continue, albeit slowly, but expect some major
additions and improvements in the coming months.  I'm beginning to get closer
to college graduation, and after that my free time will decrease.  My interest
in writing seems to fluctuate based on the day and the level of caffiene in my
system, but I promise I will have the guide as complete as I can possible make
it in the next couple of months.

==================
9. Version History
==================

1.0
---

Released Monday, November 25, 2002

Guide started.

1.01
----

Released Monday, December 2, 2002

Updated as much information as I could to try and finish the letter A.

Updated a few other isolated entries.

Received a little help from M. Buchan about various issues.

Added IRC chat into contact

Added Version History

1.02
----

Released Tuesday, January 21, 2003.

Minor update

Grammar and Layout corrected.

Premises for some games added and/or improved.

Expect huge update in the upcoming weeks.

1.03
----

So the huge update didn't come.  Blame PALGN.

1.04
----

Completed Z

Worked on E, but some impressions are missing

Will try to finish the guide by the end of July break

1.05
----

Now 114 titles down, so that leaves 275 to go

1.06
----

130 titles done.  Guide will be finished by March, come hell or high water.

1.07
----

156 titles done.  Up to H is pretty much complete.

1.08
----

Guide is now 50% complete

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, N, O, U, V, X, Y, Z complete.

Alternates chopped and changed

1.09
----

Counting was out on the last version, it was actually 59% complete.

1.10
----

Everything rescored on new 1-10 scale (Alphabetical provided too vast a range)

Rewrote Overview

Game List now 93% complete, with a few obscure Japanese and Brazillian titles
outstanding, some of which I suspect may be listed in the guide already.

Planning a new section to discuss hardware

Planning FAQ section

There's a lot of fine tuning that needs to be done, I hope to have these
things done soon.

I managed to get this update completed on the 14th anniversary of the purcahse
of my Sega Master System.  Rather amusing.

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