Monday, July 8, 2019

Tengen (Sega Genesis)

Tengen (Sega Genesis)

Tengen is a label that Atari used to publish games on non-Atari systems. They are perhaps best known for releasing unlicensed games on the NES and a number of decent games on the Sega Genesis. This ad features three games for the Genesis.
Pit-Fighter is a conversion of an Atari arcade game of the same name. Pit-Fighter wasn't really a great game even in its original arcade form. However, its novelty was the used of digitized actors for the fighters. Of the various conversions, the Sega Genesis version is probably the best. Despite its relative mediocrity, there are a number of ways that Pit-Fighter can be played. The best legitimate way to play it is probably to pick up a copy of Midway Arcade Treasures 2 for the GameCube, PS2, or Xbox, a copy of Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition for Microsoft Windows, or a copy of Midway Arcade Origins.
RoadBlasters is another arcade conversion and is one of my favorite arcade games. I remember spending quite a bit of time playing this one at a local bowling alley. Game play is somewhat similar to a more advanced Spy Hunter. Basically, you drive a weaponized futuristic car and attempt to blow stuff up while avoiding the same. There are a number of conversions of RoadBlasters but the Genesis version is certainly one of the best of the original ports. However, there are more recent arcade perfect versions available via Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 2 and Midway Arcade Treasures.
R.B.I. Baseball 3 is the only non-arcade conversion here though the original R.B.I. Baseball was available in arcades. In addition to the Genesis, it was also available for the NES in graphically reduced form. As far as baseball games go, this one is pretty mediocre. Plus, sports sims don't really hold up that well over time for the most part anyway. This ad is from the Fall 1991 issue of Sega Visions. All screen shots are from the Sega Genesis version of the game.

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