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  • Make My Video (Sega CD)

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    Source: Sega Visions – February/March 1993

    The problem with the Sega CD was that some developers just didn’t know what to do with it. They should have made the same types of games already available for the Genesis and Super Nintendo but with improvements based on the enhanced power and much greater (but slow) storage of the Sega CD. Platformers with more levels and improved graphics, much larger RPGs, compilations with multiple good games, etc. And a few developers did just that. However, too many developers felt that full motion video was the future and made things like graphic adventures only with FMV clips and stuff like this.

    As an example of what not to do with the Sega CD, here is an ad for two “Make My Video” titles for the Sega CD. One featuring C + C Music Factory and the other featuring Kris Kross (ok, they used to be more famous). The idea is to piece together music and video clips and make your own video. As a tech demo it isn’t bad but for something with actual replayability (if “playability” even applies here) it’s pretty terrible.

    The Sega CD didn’t have a huge library and too much of it consisted of crappy FMV games. In my opinion that (plus the large initial cost of the Sega CD) were why it didn’t do better commercially. I know I really looked forward to this CD add-on but was really disappointed with what was available when it finally arrived.





  • Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (Sega Genesis)

    Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (Sega Genesis)

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    Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 was a high point in the Mortal Kombat series, at least as far as the arcade games are concerned. It was an update to Mortal Kombat 3 that had been released earlier the same year (1995). There were a number of home ports for various systems including the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. However, these 16-bit ports had significant changes because of the limitations of those systems as compared to the arcade game.

    The Genesis and Super NES versions are good in their own right but are significantly different. They have fewer backgrounds as compared to the arcade and also fewer finishing moves as well as other cuts and less impressive graphics. There are also tradeoffs between the two versions. For example, the Super NES version generally has better graphics and animation but the Sega Genesis version has more stages.

    Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 was also released for the Sega Saturn (the best of the original ports) and much later the Game Boy Advance (probably the worst port), PS2, Nintendo DS, Xbox Live Arcade and iOS. Mortal Kombat Trilogy, an update of sorts, was also released for various consoles the following year.

    Above is the character select screen for the Sega Genesis version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.





  • Sega Visions (June/July 1993)

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    Source: Sega Visions (June/July 1993)

    Sega Visions was Sega’s answer to Nintendo Power and was published from 1990 to 1995. It covered the Sega Master System, Game Gear, Genesis, Sega CD, 32X and some slight coverage of the Saturn before ceasing publication.

    The June/July 1993 issue covered the Game Gear, Sega Genesis and Sega CD and included the following:

    Sega Game Features

    • Jurassic Park for Genesis
    • The Making of Jurassic Park
    • Sneak Peeks
      • Joe Montana’s NFL Football CD
      • Mad Dog McRee CD
    • Sega CD Software
      • Terminator
      • Dracula
      • Ecco the Dolphin
      • Final Fight

    Just Review It Genesis

    • Shining Force
    • Cool SPOT
    • Jungle Strike
    • Mig 29 Fighter Pilot
    • F-15 Strike Eagle
    • Puggsy
    • B.O.B.
    • Rocket Knight Adventures
    • R.B.I. ’93
    • Wrath of the Gods
    • Thomas the Tank Engine

    Just Review It Game Gear

    • Dracula
    • Tengen World Cup Soccer
    • Hook
    • Jeopardy
    • W.W.F. Steel Cage Challenge

    Sega Visions Features

    • Sonic Comic
    • Games on Tap
    • Chakan and Greed Dog: Behind the Scenes
    • Sega Visionaries
    • Totally Sonic

    …and more!