Press X to Weekend: A Holiday Genesis Binge, Buying a Sega Saturn, and Not Much Else!

I was out of town for most of the week, due to it being Thanksgiving here in the States and my grandmother living 9 hours north of me. That being said, I didn’t do too much gaming but I did bring my hacked Genesis mini with me and jumped in and out of a handful of things.

I mostly revisited some classic favorites, finishing the beautifully violent Robocop vs. The Terminator (terrible final boss and all!), getting destroyed in Sports Talk Baseball, The Death and Return of Superman, and Batman Returns, kicking ass in Joe Montana’s Sports Talk Football, and being amazed by Arrow Flash all over again.

My kink is definitely Genesis-era anime-inspired cutscenes. Arrow Flash’s cutscenes wouldn’t feel out of place in a modern indie game!

I also dove into the Japan-only joshi game, Cutie Suzuki no Ringside Angel, which was a lot more fun than I was anticipating. It has a great look, although Suzuki is the only real joshi of the bunch. The soundtrack is pretty jammin too!

Also, how adorable is the Mega Drive cover?

I had a great time, overall. Well, except for Captain America and the Avengers. I’m not sure why I ever enjoyed renting that game. Woof.

Did I mention how bloody and awesome Robocop vs. The Terminator was? I did? Cool. Because bodies exploding into bloody chunks never gets old.

This trip was also surreal. I used to stay the night at my grandmother’s every weekend as a kid so I could hang out and game with my uncle, and I’d often bring my Sega Genesis with Sports Talk Baseball and Joe Montana’s Sports Talk Football. Tucking away in her spare room and playing the same games I did over 30 years ago was a HUGE blast of nostalgia.

My grandmother started feeding a stray cat that keeps sleeping on her back porch and I guess she’s been letting it inside every so often since it gets cold in Maryland.

He’s super friendly and SUPER CUTE!

I’ve told this story before, but when I was 19 (2001) I had to sell my favorite console of all time and every game I owned for it in order to move out of a shitty living situation. I’ve regretted it ever since and often whine about it to my partner.

Two days ago, I purchased a still-in-box Japanese Sega Saturn that was the same model I used to have and I literally cried. I love that console so much and I can’t wait for it to arrive. At the suggestion of a Twitter friend, I also purchased a Pseudo Saturn 4-in-1 cart which will let me play US games on the JP Saturn, works as an Action Replay cheat device, an 8MB memory card, a 1MB and 4MB RAM expansion, and allow the console to read burned discs.

This is the actual console on its way from Japan! AHHH!!!

That was the sound of me rubbing my hands together. It’ll be nice to play some of my all-time favorite games while I slowly rebuild my physical collection. I still need to rebuy a Sega Genesis, 32X, CD, Master System, Game Gear, and Dreamcast. As a diehard Sega fan, selling off all of that stuff in 2001 fucking soul-crushing.

I’m not doing too much gaming this weekend while unwinding for all of that driving and cooking, but I’m sure I’ll fire up the Genesis mini again. I really want to play Maximum Carnage, The Adventures of Batman & Robin, Splatterhouse 2, and finally check out Pulseman.

What about you, folks? Getting in any gaming this weekend? Have a retro console to see or trade (lol)?

2 thoughts on “Press X to Weekend: A Holiday Genesis Binge, Buying a Sega Saturn, and Not Much Else!

  1. The latest Sega I had was a Dreamcast which I used to play Grandia II. I was actually going to look for one until Nintendo ported BOTH Grandias to the Switch. I wound up watching an LP of the first Grandi and it is WAY different from the second lol. I’m curious if there’s any connection between them. I was not super fond of the main character in the first. He was pretty annoying lol.

    I am so happy we live in 2021 where I can play Sega Genesis games on my Nintendo Switch, though I know it’s no substitute for the real thing. What a time to be alive! The Sega Master System’s graphics are so much more advanced than what Nintendo had at the time (I’ve learned that from watching Hungry Goriya’s LPs), but I think it was Nintendo’s sheer volume of games that propped it up.


    1. I don’t think there are any connections, but yeah, Justin can be a tad annoying lol. I liked him, though, since he really did feel like a kid finally going on an adventure.

      I hope Sega adds Master System stuff to the Nintendo Online thingy. Some really cool stuff on there.

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