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Since: 3.1.02
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A little love for the systems that didn't set the world on fire, but had some great games regardless:

TurboGrafx/16: This system got hamstrung by two factors: arcade licenses (which were few and far between) and price issues. A pity, as its Japanese counterpart (the PC-Engine) was several orders of magnitude more successful.

Great sound and visual capabilities, the full games could be played on the handheld system (the expensive TurboExpress, still my all-time favorite portable system), and the CD add-on greatly added to the system's capabilities.

Very worthy games on cards: Air Zonk, Blazing Lazers, the Bonk series, the Bomberman series, Chew-Man-Fu, Darius Plus, Devil's Crush, Dragon's Curse, Galaga '90, Hanatakadaka, Klax, Liquid Kids, Military Madness, Ninja Spirit, Parodius, Parasol Stars (Bubble Bobble 3), Psycho Chaser, Rabio Lepus Special, Raiden, Salamander (Life Force), Shinobi, the Soldier series (Final, Super Star, Blade), Splatterhouse, Street Fighter 2 Champion Edition, Toilet Kids, Twin Cobra, Twinbee, Volfied...

Very worthy games on CD-ROMs: Buster Bros., Cotton, Download II, DRACULA X (the definitive Castlevania game), Dungeon Explorer 2, Fatal Fury 2/Special, Fighting Street (Street Fighter 1), Forgotten Worlds, Gate of Thunder, the _first_ Madden football game on CD, Lords of Thunder, Monster Lair, Panic Bomber, Puyo Puyo CD, R-Type Complete, Splash Lake, Star Parodier, Super Darius I and II, and the timeless Ys I & II (and IV, if you can translate Japanese).

If you have the means to pick these games up, do it. If not, play the emulated versions if nothing else.

Atari Jaguar: Okay, unlike the Turbo, this is NOT a system actively worth seeking out. Some of the games for it were just mindnumbingly bad, and most of the others weren't so hot themselves, or have aged badly (Alien Vs. Predator looks like it's in slow motion now, for instance).

But if you haven't played Tempest 2000 on a Jaguar, you need to. The PSX, PC and Saturn ports cannot compare to Jeff Minter's magnum opus on the console for which it was designed. (Defender 2000 wasn't bad, either.) Raiden and Rayman are also worth checking out.

3DO: Another resident of the Island of Misfit Consoles. Too expensive for its own good, and not enough games worth buying.

But if you find one cheap, go after: BattleSport (best version of an underrated game), Bust-A-Move, Cannon Fodder, Gex, Need For Speed, PO'ed, Samurai Shodown, Shanghai: Triple Threat, and Super SF2 Turbo...






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I still own an Intellivision and still play it. Some of the great games: Astrosmash, Treasure of Tarmin, Utopia, Space Battle, Burgertime, Lock and Chase.

The one thing I remember that the TurboGraphx system had was Sidearms, a game I used to play in the arcades!

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Probably the ColecoVision. It was starting to take off, then got splattered by the NES. Besides, Pepper II, Ladybug, and Mousetrap owned. That's just for starters.



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The 3DO was awesome... you must not forget its ability to play movies... I went to a store where they sold 3-DO pornos...




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Actually, the ColecoVision died before the NES really took off in America. The NES debuted in '85 -- I don't believe any CV games (apart from more recent homebrews) were released after 1984.

The Intellivision hung in there a bit longer; a private company bought the remaining hardware, named themselves "INTV Corp." and produced new games through the beginning of the 90's.

Both systems had a TON of great games, but never matched Atari's marketing muscle. Don't get me going on these classic-era systems, or I'll fill up several pages with my ravings. (One of my ongoing projects in my college years was to track down all the games I couldn't afford when I was a kid -- I'm now up to three Vectrexes.)




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I got HUGE milage out of my Turbo Graphix 16. Need to bring mine into a shop though, cause it's broken. Soon I'll have my hands on a Sega Master System. THAT promises to be awesome.

As for overlooked, I say Gameboy Pocket. Smaller, better screen quality, and was better on the batteries.




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    Originally posted by El Nastio
    I got HUGE milage out of my Turbo Graphix 16. Need to bring mine into a shop though, cause it's broken. Soon I'll have my hands on a Sega Master System. THAT promises to be awesome.

    As for overlooked, I say Gameboy Pocket. Smaller, better screen quality, and was better on the batteries.



I never played Bonk, wasn't that a TG16 game? was it all that and a bag of chips with Old Bay back in the day?



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... I miss the Sega Saturn terribly, ever since I sold mine off as part of purchasing a PlayStation. For a system that ended up with such a pitifully small library of games, at least four of them (Iron Storm, World Series Baseball '98, NHL Powerplay '96, and Dragon Force) were four of the best games in their particular genre (War Sim, Baseball, Hockey, and Fantasy/Strategy/RPG) that I'd EVER played up to that time and, as such, I spent a tremendous amount of hours with that system. A true underdog if there ever was one.



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