Saturday, September 23, 2023

Tokyo Game Show 1998 (Next Generation - January 1999)

Here is a look at the Tokyo Game Show 25 years ago while Tokyo Game Show 2023 is currently in progress. The four-page article below is from the January 1999 issue of Next Generation magazine. While it was published in 1999, the show -- which took place twice a year back then -- actually happened in October 1998, a little more than a month before the Dreamcast's launch in Japan. It's no surprise then that Sega had the largest presence at the fall 1998 show and the Dreamcast coverage accounts for half of this article. A few things regarding what's mentioned in the story: Blue Stinger ended up being a dud, Geist Force was canceled, Sega Rally 2 was a hit, and PocketStation never left Japan. I've also included scans of this issue's "Big in Japan" column featuring the first Mario Party, a Goemon game, and an interview about the development of the original Silent Hill game.

Saturday, September 16, 2023

The Adventures of Batman & Robin Sega Game Reviews

Another year, another Batman Day! As I posted last year, the third Saturday in September is designated as Batman Day. Batman has always been my favorite comic book character and so I've done a number of Batman-related posts over the years, on and off Batman Day. This year I'm posting magazine reviews of The Adventures of Batman & Robin games on Sega platforms. Sega published Genesis, Game Gear, and Sega CD versions which were developed by Clockwork Tortoise (Genesis & CD) and Novotrade (Game Gear). I've not played these games and I'm not familiar with Clockwork Tortoise as this might be its only game.

 Electronic Gaming Monthly (August 1995 & September 1995)

Sega Visions (September 1995)

Next Generation (November 1995)

In 1994 Konami also developed and published a game based on the animated series for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System but I couldn't find any reviews of that one. All I have is this ad.

If you're interested in more Batman, here are some links to other blog posts:

Batman Stuff - A look at a variety of Batman items I own. (Includes a video.)

The Joker Cycle Unboxing - I open and build the Joker Cycle toy from Kenner. (Includes a video.)

Holy Bat-Toys! - An article from Collecting Toys magazine.

1990's Batman Action Figures - This one has photos of many sealed action figures and a toy magazine article. (Includes a video.)

Batman: Return of the Joker Reviews - Magazine reviews of the Return of the Joker video game.

DC Comics/JLA Week - The intro post to a week of DC things features Batman among others (the Batman Stuff and Joker Cycle posts were part of this week). 

The Electronic Learning Machine - Another part of DC Comics/JLA week, this is a toy that has a DC Comics tie-in with a variety of hero and villain cards.