I’m going to break from the rules a bit, and not say what I’m going to be playing this weekend?but what I want to be playing. The answer to that? Genesis.
I had to take a short trip back to my hometown recently, and while there, I did a bit of digging through the various old systems and games I have stockpiled in storage in case the great gaming apocalypse should ever come. While it was definitely fun to pull out the old NeoGeo and go head-to-head with a good friend in Samurai Showdown II, the one system I realized that I missed the most was the Genesis. While a lot of kids I knew went the Super Nintendo route during the 16-bit era, my loyalty was firmly planted in Sega’s camp. I’ve just really, really been longing to go back to those days in gaming lately, and I’d forgotten how much I missed so much of the Genesis’ strange, niche Japanese library.
While I didn’t bring my Genesis back with me to LA (it’s in need of some repair at the moment), maybe I can find other ways to relive some of those days. Like the Genesis collections Sega has released over the years, the 3D Classics currently up on the 3DS, the Virtual Console titles I’ve picked up on the Wii, or even the single-game releases that hit for PSN and Xbox 360. They aren’t the real experience of having the system sitting there and plugging cartridges into it, but for now, they’ll have to do.