Welcome to Sega Does!

Hello and welcome to “Sega Does,” the site that will one day have a review/overview of every game ever released for a Sega console.

Wait, what?!

My name is Dylan Cornelius, Curator and Architect of “Sega Does.” I’m also the Editor-in-Chief, Head Writer, and the Lowly Intern, all bunched into one self-deprecating mass. What does all that gibberish mean? Basically, Sega Does will be a crazy one-man operation to tackle every Sega game in existence. And why would any one person torture themselves to such a needless degree? Because I was a sheltered Nintendo kid with little to no Sega experience. My jams were NES, SNES, and N64, all day, every day. Sure, at one point I had a Genesis. I played most of the certified classics, like Sonic, Streets of Rage, and Toe Jam and Earl, but I never delved deep into the system’s strange, extensive catalog.

As for Sega systems prior to the Genesis, well, what North American kid even owned a Master System? The SG-1000, Sega’s first (deeply flawed) console, never made it to our shores. Post-Genesis systems like the Sega CD, 32X, Saturn, and the Dreamcast all passed me by. I didn’t invest in Sega due to my limited allowance and predisposition to Nintendo, but I also thought Sega was ridiculous for throwing out so many add-ons and half-consoles as quickly and haphazardly as they were (I was about 9 or 10 when I thought this, so the suits with degrees really should have known better).

Despite Sega’s poor business choices, I was always intrigued as to what they would try next. They were a distinct company willing to take risks – too many risks, as it would turn out. After the initial success of the Dreamcast in 1999 made it appear that Sega was back in the console race, the Playstation 2 debuted in late 2000 and that was that. Less than two years after the Dreamcast’s debut in 2001, Sega lifted the white flag of defeat in the console wars, all without me having played a fraction of their supposedly amazing games.

You’ll never make it!

Yeah, you’re probably right. I have to try, though. This obsessive need to organize and rank has held me since I was a kid. To wit: over the last 3.5 years, I reviewed every U.S. made NES game and emerged, uh… well, I emerged, let’s leave it at that. The NES blog started as a goofy side-project to get me writing again (see: all my early reviews) and ended as my main writing project that I was simultaneously proud of and frustrated with. I was proud that I had completed my goal to review every game, but frustrated that I hadn’t given certain games more time and care. Hindsight is 20/20 and all that, and I do plan on revising some of those old reviews in the future.

What does your NES blog have to do with Sega Does?

As a point of reference. I’ll be handling the Sega library quite a bit differently than I did the NES.

For starters, I’m going to review games chronologically instead of alphabetically – to the best of my ability, of course. Japan has done a first-rate job over the years of detailing the exact release date of almost all of their games, while Europe and the States seemed to not give two squirts about any game’s date other than major releases. Let’s say I’m reviewing games released in 1991. I’ll review games with exact release dates first in any given year (01/12/91, 03/22/91, etc.). Once I’ve reviewed every game with an exact release date, I’ll tackle games with release months (08/1991), while games that just have a release year (1991) will be reviewed last. It’s not a flawless system, but I’ll do my best. Once I get into the late 80s, early 90s, the Sega systems will intermingle. One day might be a Master System review, the next will be a Sega CD review. It will be a strange, funky poetry indeed.

As you may have inferred from the last paragraph, I’ll be reviewing games from every major territory – Japan, the States, and Europe, with a few Brazilian and Taiwanese games thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately, I can’t read Japanese, so I’ll do my best with Japanese games that don’t have fan translations. Platformers and shmups won’t be an issue, but RPGs/adventure games/mahjong titles might give me the business. If a review isn’t forthcoming due to an overabundance of kanji, I’ll at least try to write an overview.

I’ll be writing as much about a game as I think it deserves. I might write two pages, I might write three sentences. Either way, I’ll touch on as many of the critical/historical/interesting aspects of the game that I can find. Once I get into the 90s, I’ll review many titles that span across multiple systems. In that case, I’ll play every iteration and discuss them in one giant review. Take NBA Jam, for example. It was released on the Genesis, Game Gear, and Sega CD. The Sega CD version was released months after the Genesis and Game Gear, but despite the later release date, it will be discussed with the earlier versions for comparison reasons; and so I won’t have to review the same game in two or three separate reviews.

So far the games lists are just that – lists. Additional information for each game will become available once a review of said game is complete. The games/peripheral lists are also incomplete for now. Bear with me as I continue to add more games. Also, the lists aren’t as pretty as I’d like them to be, thanks to WordPress and OpenOffice not playing nice. This too will be corrected in time.

Lastly, I’ll be writing a brief overview of the systems themselves and any important peripherals. Sega loved random freaky peripherals and add-ons, so exploring these should be a hoot and/or a holler.

I don’t want to don the mantle of some Gestapo blogger who believes only his information is right. As I mentioned on Questicle.net and will reiterate here, I welcome any and all constructive criticism. I acknowledge that I don’t know much about Sega’s earlier consoles. I’ll do my best to put forth the most accurate historical information that I can find. That being said, I won’t deal with trolls. If you leave a nasty comment or insult me, I’ll delete your comment and block you from the site. “If you got beef, eat a pork chop,” as a wise man once said.

So you own all these systems and games, right?

Uh, yeah, sure I do! I “own” them, like Kim Jong Un “owns” North Korea.

The only systems I don’t “own” are the Saturn and the Dreamcast, but I plan on purchasing them along with their respective game libraries as my journey progresses.

What about the Pico, the Nomad, the CDX?

I’ll write a brief article on the Pico and some of its games, but I don’t see the need to explore it in-depth. It was a funky edutaining mini-console/tablet hybrid for kids that, while ahead of its time, doesn’t fit in line with Sega’s main consoles. Any Pico apologists want to prove me wrong, feel free.

The Nomad is a portable Genesis. I’ll write an article about it when I reach ’95.

The CDX was a sleek combination of a Genesis and a Sega CD, but it never had any games of its own. It too will receive its own article at the appropriate time.

Are you really gonna review every single Sega game?

I’ve already started. Enjoy exploring “Sega Does.”

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25 thoughts on “Welcome to Sega Does!

  1. Damn, I didn’t expect you to review EVERY Sega game, but I had a feeling the new blog would be Sega-related…

    I have a soft spot for Sega and I’m glad you’re covering them. I owned all of their systems except for the add-ons and Game Gear. Hopefully I won’t hog your comments section too much…

    Good luck with exact release dates, games didn’t really have nationwide “release dates” back then. They were released regionally, the stores got them when they got them. There is debate as to what the original Genesis launch line-up was and what games were released the same year.

    I hear Saturn emulation is a bit tricky, runs slow as muck with what I tried…

    Good luck…

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    • I’m not even gonna bother with Saturn emulation. I’m just gonna start collecting the system and its games. Same with the Dreamcast.

      And you’re right, release dates are super tricky to pin down. It’s surprising how little care went into the releases of older games.

      Thanks for making the jump over, my friend. Please comment as much as you’d like.

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  2. Collecting for Sega Saturn? I hope you’ve got deep pockets, my friend. And a willingness to go “on the hunt”. It’s about as bad as collecting for the Turbografx. You have to be rich to collect for the thing. It’s the main reason I gave up game-hoarding(collecting) YEARS ago. That, plus times get tough… I can only imagine what some scumbags are asking for these days.

    How do you intend to review games that utilize 3d glasses, phazer, Activator, Menacer, Justifier, etc?

    If you need help with your lists and release dates, check segaretro.org, you’ll find info for even the most obscure Sega games there…

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  3. So, is it chronological or alphabetical, I’m a bit confused now… Your first review would be Borderline for the SG-1000, correct? You are going in order of systems released?

    Can’t seem to get Borderline running on any of my SMS emus… Odd that an old-ass 10k game can’t run, yet I can get 1.5gig PSP game running smoothly and beautifully on a cheap device…

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    • It’s chronological where allowed. It was difficult to convey my methods clearly in the intro. I think I’ll reword that section.

      I’ll be reviewing games with solid release dates first, like, say, 5/14/84. Once I’ve exhausted the games with specific dates for a given year, I’ll be playing games where only the month of release is known – like 1/84, 2/84, etc. Then when all of those have been reviewed, I’ll be moving onto games where only the year of release – simply 1984 – was known. Once I get to the yearly release dates, I’ll be reviewing the latter in alphabetical order – because it’s easier, not because I want to. Hope that makes sense.

      And yeah, my first review will be Borderline. I have an SG-1000 “system” that seems to work alright.

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  4. Wow, how long will this ever take? 10 years at the least!
    Well, I wish you good luck, I enjoyed questicle a lot, so I’m sure this will be just as good, if not better, because like you, I’ve been more of a Nintendo-dude, so I don’t know most of these games.
    I do hope you’ve got a lot of money to burn though, but at least you can start with consoles that can be emulated.

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  5. I discovered your NES blog a few months ago, and I enjoy your writing, even if I occasionally don’t agree with your reviews. I look forward to your Sega journey. I have most of Sega’s systems, and some fond memories, so hopefully you don’t trample those too much. 😉

    One thing that bugged me in your NES reviews was when you used “illegal” interchangeably with “unlicensed.” It’s a small point, to be sure, but they aren’t the same thing. Also, a correction for this post: the CDX is a combo Genesis and Sega CD, but does not include a 32X.

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    • D’oh! Good to note about the CDX, thanks.

      As for the NES reviews, I typically associated ‘unlicensed’ with illegal, though you’re right, they are not always the same thing. As I’m making the book for publication, I shall amend that. Thank you!

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  6. I would argue for putting all of the 8/1991 (to use your example) games at the end of the August 1991 games that have listed month and date releases. This is how Dr. Sparkle at Chrontendo handles things, and I’m of the mind that it helps keep games in a better chronological context than dumping them all at the end of the year before those vague year-only titles.

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