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The Man Who Created the Guts of the Mega Drive

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Publish Date: 11/15/2018

Masami Ishikawa (Former Member of the Sega Interactive Product R&D Division)

He joined Sega in 1979. From the time Sega entered the home console market, he planned out designs for the SG-1000 II, Master System/Sega Mark III, Mega Drive, and other pieces of hardware. The Mega Drive was released in 1988 with the slogan "The 16-bits that the era demands" (in Japan). Today we're talking to Masami Ishikawa about the hardships he went through when planning for the development of this console that was so powerful for its time. Continue Reading

30 Year Old Secret Development Stories of Why the Mega Drive Struggled Now Revealed

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Publish Date: 11/15/2018

Hideki Sato (Former Sega President)

He had a key role in the development of every piece of hardware from the time he was a part of Sega's Consumer Division, to the time he left the company. These days he's left the games industry, and serves as the president of Advance Create. They deal primarily with the development and manufacturing of various types of lighting products, used on highways and such. The Mega Drive was Sega's best selling ever piece of hardware overseas as the Genesis, where it was a huge hit. However its market share in Japan was rather lacking. We asked former Sega president Hideki Sato, who was a key person in the development team, to talk to us about the reasons why that was, and to share some previously untold stories. Continue Reading

Our Nostalgic Games: Double Dragon

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Publish Date: 11/08/2018

Our Nostalgic Games ~Retro Gamer Round-table~ #204

Editors passionately discussing games playable on modern hardware that are just as good as they've ever been!

Arcade Archives Neo Geo (PS4) - Double Dragon

A beat-em-up released from Technos Japan in 1987. You can use boulders and boxes to attack in these side scrolling stages that have depth. You can also play with two players simultaneously. Original Release Year: 1987 Hardware: Arcade Date of Digital Release: 11/22/2014 Maker: Hamster Continue Reading

Shatter Your Goals – How to Get to the Other Side of Your Dreams by Hironobu Kageyama

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  • ゴールをぶっ壊せ - 夢の向こう側までたどり着く技術
  • Written by Hironobu Kageyama
  • Released 01/10/2018
  • Published by Chuokoron-Shinsha
Over 40 years after his debut as a singer, anime and tokusatsu song legend Hironobu Kageyama released a book detailing the ups and downs of his career from the very beginning, as well as thoughts on how other aspiring artists (or anyone aspiring to be anything, really) could learn from his own downs to help achieve their goals. Continue Reading

Our Nostalgic Games: Karate Champ

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Publish Date: 10/11/2018

Our Nostalgic Games ~Retro Gamer Round-table~ #200

Editors passionately discussing games playable on modern hardware that are just as good as they've ever been!

Arcade Archives (PS4) - Karate Champ

An action-game from Data East. With controls that combined the use of two separate joysticks, you can perform all sorts of different karate techniques. Undergo training and fight to win. Original Release Year: 1984 Hardware: Arcade Date of Digital Release: 10/09/2014 Maker: Hamster Continue Reading