SEGA’s Pocket Power toys – “Power that Packs in your Pocket!”

During the ’80s and ’90s, SEGA often dabbled outside of console and arcade games. The toy market was particularly enticing, eventually resulting in Yonezawa Toys – Japan’s largest post-war toy manufacturer – being absorbed into the company in 1991. A few years prior, SEGA teamed up with American toy manufacturer Tyco, best known for their …

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Grandmaster’s Challenge – the Wii’s forgotten Marvel game

The mid-90s were a rough time for Marvel. Losing money hand over fist, the comic giant filed for bankruptcy before laying off one-third of its staff. This is the reason why dozens of Marvel games launched during this time. Desperate to stay afloat, the cost of licensing one of their characters or properties was incredibly …

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Most Played – December 2021

The team didn’t just spend the merry month of December wrapping presents, eating mince pies, and watching re-runs of vintage Christmas specials on TV – there was still time for a spot of gaming too. Serious Sam 4 – Matt Earlier this year I played through Shadow Warrior 2 and was left impressed by the …

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2021: Games You May Have Missed

One of our favourite yearly pursuits is to sit down and glance over everything the past 12 months have given us. As our eyes scroll past chart-toppers, big-budget exclusives and indie darlings, it always becomes apparent there are numerous critically acclaimed titles many have overlooked. A lack of marketing is usually the reason – indie …

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2021: Christmas Gift Guide for Gamers

Our Christmas gift guide for this year (hello, by the way!) begins with something you may want to grab for yourself and admire before the big day. Hallmark has released three new Nintendo tree ornaments: Mario holding a mushroom, an authentic-looking NES controller, and Yoshi – in festive green and red. Or rather, his everyday …

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Most Played – October 2021

As the nights started to draw in, the team got comfortable on their sofas with a mug of hot Tizer and enjoyed some games. Onesies were optional.срочно займ на карту онлайн без проверок Rustler – Matt It’s around this time of year that I sniff out and play some smaller games, ready to compile our …

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Six gaming magazines that went beyond the call of duty

Future Publishing is best known nowadays for shuttering long-running magazines. In the ’80s and ’90s it was the opposite story – the publishing giant was fond of keeping magazines alive for as long as possible, keeping long-time readers engaged with demo discs and even full games taped to their covers. Join us as we look …

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Games Asylum Week One

Games Asylum, twenty years ago today

If you were to travel back to 26th March 2001, we’d definitely recommend grabbing as many factory-sealed N64 and Dreamcast games as you can carry. If we recall, retailers were clearing out stock around this time. We certainly remember Oxford Street’s HMV having rows and rows of Dreamcast games at rock bottom prices, including the …

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The SEGA Saturn’s Last Christmas

SEGA’s decision to drop the Saturn more than a year before the UK launch of the Dreamcast – giving them little to no presence within Europe during that time – could be seen as a mercy killing. The much-maligned 32-bit system scraped through the first half of 1998 with very few third-party releases, forcing SEGA …

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2020: Christmas Board Game Guide

Cheese, biscuits, mulled wine, turkey and board games. All things that come to mind when you think of Christmas. But like nan drinking too much mulled wine, or cheese-based trumps, board games can go terribly wrong. Make a poor choice and you get fights over the rules, or suffer the tedium of sitting through a …

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2020: Games You May Have Missed

When perusing the list of games this accursed year has given us, contenders for overlooked titles were bountiful. However, and regrettably, haven’t played many for ourselves – if we were to cover them here, we’d simply be paraphrasing. So, let us give a noble salute to the eccentric Switch brawler Fight Crab, the PS2-era throwback …

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Christmas 2020 Gift Guide for Gamers

With the ‘big day’ now just weeks away, we’ve laid out a spread of handpicked gaming goodies guaranteed to delight. Or if you simply fancy treating yourself, we aren’t ones to judge – 2020 has, frankly, been beyond tough. Cyberpunk is the talk of the town currently, and so it comes as no surprise that …

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Was Final Fantasy VII really the ‘most returned’ game of all time?

1997’s Final Fantasy VII was nothing short of ground-breaking. Japanese role-playing games had only enjoyed limited success in the West before its arrival, often perceived as being a bit, well, nerdy. RPGs were renowned for being slow-paced, text-heavy, and needlessly complicated – everything the instantly gratifying big hitters of the era, from Sonic to Mortal …

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SEGA Dreamcast: Collected Works

Why is the Dreamcast still held in such high regard? That’s one of the questions that SEGA Dreamcast: Collected Works attempts to answer, through a mixture of editorial, contributions from key personalities – including Yu Suzuki, Tetsuya Mizuguchi and Peter Moore, among many others – and a whole lot of gloriously reproduced imagery. That question …

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