• Tag Archives Sega Genesis
  • Game Players (February 1994)

    Source: Game Players – Issue Number 37 – February 1994

    Pele! is a soccer game that was released for the Sega Genesis in 1993 and named for the famous Brazilian player. I don’t recall ever playing this one or even seeing it at the time so I don’t believe this was one of the more popular choices for a soccer game.

    From the description, it sounds as if this game was very realistic for the time, including accurate rules and various moves that were all well animated. However, Pele! seemed to get mediocre reviews for the most part. Part of the problem may be the odd two-player mode. Instead of just being able to face off against another player, each player had to compete in a series of one-player matches in order for their teams to face-off in the tournament.

    Interestingly, the a Pele soccer game had been previously released on the Atari 2600 years before though it bears little resemblance to its Genesis namesake. There was also a sequel to Pele! on the Genesis called Pele 2: World Tournament Soccer that was released in 1994 to coincide with the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

    If you want to play Pele! you will have to track down a Genesis and an original cartridge or use emulation. However, most ‘realistic’ sports games don’t age all that well and I don’t think this one is an exception.

  • American Gladiators


    American Gladiators was a game show of sorts that aired in the U.S. between 1989 and 1996. It involved various physical challenges that took the form of a months long tournament. Specific events included things like an obstacle course, tug o war, and various other unique physical games.

    The show was fairly popular for a while so it of course spawned a video game. Released in 1991 there were really two distinct games. There was an NES version that wasn’t all that much like the TV show and took the form of a side-scrolling action game (or series of mini-games). Then there was a version for the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Atari ST, and Amiga that was much more like the TV show. Much like the show, the player would compete in various events. In that respect, American Gladiators is somewhat similar to other multi-sports events (Decathlon, Winter Games, Summer Games, etc.) Like those games, it is best played with 2 players.