Just Another Brick in the Wall – Game Gear – Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble – 1994

Screenshot of Sonic the Hedgehog - Triple Trouble (UE)Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble
Game Gear
Aspect/Sega
Genre: Action Platformer
1994

Growing up on the Sonic games and as an only child, I’m shocked that I didn’t push harder to try to get a Game Gear into my greedy little hands. I do have memories of playing the Game Gear rendition of Sonic the Hedgehog on a friend’s handheld, though- until the battery died. I never saw that Game Gear or game again until years later once I started collecting.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble falls into a strange era of the Sonic franchise. Dropping right into the same timeframe as Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, the game released in the midst of a time when the flourishing series was expanding its roster and digging its heels into the same league as Mario popularity-wise.

Given that the Game Gear seems to have a fairly limited library and objectively paled in comparison to the Nintendo Game Boy in units sold, it’s sometimes easy to forget how much Sega invested in its potential. Not only is Triple Trouble the third “mainline” Sonic game to be released on the system- it does act as the sequel to equally known Sonic Chaos– but it’s one of nine Sonic related games to be released on it (including games that only released in Japan).

While Super Mario Land and its sequel commonly receive mixed reviews from folks in the current day, I couldn’t help but want to take a step back in time to see if Triple Trouble could stir up those old feelings I got from my original adventures with the spiky blue hedgehog. Given that I haven’t dug into the annals of the Game Gear library yet here on the blog and that this title interested me more than many, this seemed like a suitable place to break ground. Continue reading

Slick, Shiny, and Speedy – Sega Genesis – Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – 1992

Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sega Genesis
Sega
(c) 1992
Genre: Adventure Platformer

In most cases, sequels are no contest for the original source. Plenty of game series can attest to this, and I’m sure plenty of you are thinking of a million examples as you read this. In rare cases, though, a sequel outshines its source, bringing new life to an already promising title. While this is an obvious boon to any game publisher, it doesn’t happen often enough. On that, I have to give kudos to Sega for making Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with this thought in mind.

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Too Fast for the Semi-Closed Eye – Sega Genesis – Sonic the Hedgehog – 1991

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
Sega Genesis
Sega
(c) 1991
Genre: Adventure Platformer

When the Sega Genesis arrived on the video game scene, competition wasn’t exactly booming. The Nintendo Entertainment System had its feet on the ground and Sega Genesis, while having great graphics and potential, needed something to trump Nintendo’s lovable kingdom-saving plumber, Mario. Enter Sonic, a cool blue hedgehog with an attitude to match his super-fast feet. When Sonic the Hedgehog appeared, an epic battle that lasted for years began, pitting the plumber and the hedgehog against each other. How does Sonic fare all of these years later, though?

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Top 5 – Games That Shaped Me as a Gamer

Most gamers, some way or another, remember the first video games that they played. Even if they don’t, they tend to remember a slew of video games that shaped their tastes and interests for their current games, myself included. I always find it interesting to see what video games people feel shaped their views on their current favorites, gameplay preferences, and any other opinions they have formed in their years of electronic entertainment.

Of course, since folks brought this up, I’ve been thinking about it. While it is hard to narrow it down to five games that really helped influence my gaming persona, as it were, I’m going to give it a shot and see what comes from it!

Also, as a note, this article may have spoilers in it, albeit for much older games, so if you really don’t want to know about a game and some of its intricacies, read on with caution!

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Faster Than The Speed of Sound Part 2 – Sega Dreamcast – Sonic Adventure 2 – 2001

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Sonic Adventure 2
Sega Dreamcast
Sega
© 2001
Genre: Action-Adventure Platformer

Last week, I spoke about the first of Sega’s last great games in the Sonic franchise.  If Sonic Adventure was just hitting the top of the mountain peak of a great franchise, then Sonic Adventure 2 is hitting a similar spot… on the other side of that mountain peak, going back down.  While it was action packed with good gameplay, this was the game that started trying to add a little too much edge to our spiny blue speedster, trying to push a story that fell a bit flat.

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