Adolescent Delsaber should’ve seen this coming. Despite spending a ton of my yout’ watching Fresh Prince reruns nearly every weeknight and playing Sonic 3 – that’s 1/2 of the best Sonic game of all time, by the way – combinations like this one never occurred to me.
But now that it has, there’s something about the Fresh Prince theme’s beat that I figured would lend itself more to other Sonic levels. I just can’t quite place which ones. Marble Garden, maybe? Mushroom Hill?
Whatever. I should be happy that Sega Genesis mashups are happening at all. It almost validates the mid-90s version of me who was always arguing with the SNES kids.
In case you missed it: remixes of Yuzo Koshiro’s Go Straight from Sega’s classic Streets of Rage 2 are everywhere, and we collected several of the best renditions in The Best of VGM earlier this year. But this mashup with Michael Jackson’s Bad is on a whole other level.
Maybe you already knew this, but Michael Jackson was a huge Sega aficionado back in the day. Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker was a Sega Genesis exclusive, designed at least partially with the King of Pop’s input, and legend has it that a few of his uncredited compositions found their way into various Sonic games (Ice Cap Zone, perhaps?) He also made a cameo in Space Channel 5 on the Dreamcast, which was already completely insane without “Space Michael”.
If chiptune had been a thing back in the 80s, perhaps this mashup could’ve been the true version of Bad, knowing Jackson’s affection for video games. That would be an interesting alternate universe to live in.
If you missed WaterMelon’s Pier Solar the first time, you may be surprised to hear that it was a massive homebrew RPG project released in 2010 for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. It even involved increasing Sega’s old cartridge memory to 64MB, the only 16-bit release to accomplish that feat in any era.
I wasn’t even aware that 16-bit homebrew was still alive on any of those old platforms. A fresh Genesis release combined with the folks still putting games out on the Commodore 64 means that’s two big tentpoles from my childhood still alive today in some form, which is pretty awesome.
So you can imagine my delight to see a Kickstarter surface to get Pier Solar remade in HD for the Xbox 360, Mac, PC, Linux, and even the Sega Dreamcast of all things. With custom machines and arcade sticks, no less. Oh my. Someone’s been tapping directly into my brain, I think.
If the thought of an original 16-bit RPG uplifted to HD tickles you like it tickles me, hit the link and toss a few coins at the project. WaterMelon needs $139,000 to get this off the ground and there’s even another print run of the Genesis version on the table if you’re feeling generous.
Sure, it’s not the HD remake of Phantasy Star IV or Chrono Trigger that everyone’s always wanted, but it could be the closest we’ll ever get. Get a taste of the original release in the video below.
This September, Sega finally released their HD remaster of the Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio on Xbox Live, Playstation Network, and Steam, under the slightly pretentious “Sega Heritage” label. Most reviewers – even those with the same nostalgia-tinted glasses that I have – were less than enthusiastic about it, citing issues of age and the evolution of mechanics far beyond what JSR was flirting with in 1999.
Regardless of how you feel about how well Jet Set Radio has held up over the years, very few people would dream of disputing the timeless quality of its soundtrack, which is our focus here today.
The following three DJ sets, or “medleys” I suppose, were taken straight from the original Dreamcast disc. Unfortunately, the new HD remaster doesn’t appear to mix tracks together in the same way, or at all, which I consider to be the biggest strike against it.
This first collection begins with Deavid Soul’s “Up-Set Attack”, segues into Hideki Naganuma’s “That’s Enough”, and finishes with “Everybody Jump Around” by Richard Jacques.
Our next tracklist features Deavid Soul’s “Miller Ball Breakers”, “Funky Radio” by B.B. Rights, and Toronto’s “Electric Tooth Brush”.
Finally, here’s a big compilation of five real oddballs: Hideki Naganuma’s epic “Sweet Soul Brother” and “Rock It On”, Guitar Vader’s hilarious “Super Brothers”, a quick break with Castle Logical and “Mischievous Boy”, and then one more descent into Guitar Vader’s madness with “Magical Girl”.
Not enough for you? Check out BearGamesTV’s YouTube channel for the rest. Huge props to him for compiling all these; short of securing a Dreamcast copy and ripping these mixes yourself, this is probably the only means available to hear these songs as they were originally intended to be heard.
Editor’s Note: this article was originally published last year before the big server crash. Thanks to a few incantations and dark magics, I have successfully raised it from six feet under… unfortunately, a few of the remixes were C&D’d off YouTube in that time. -Del.
Slow news day here and I am taking a respite from my speed playthrough of Suikoden II for an upcoming blog entry. In any case, I thought I’d share some remixes of the classic Streets of Rage 2 song “Go Straight.” I must be getting older because I am starting to say, “I remember when video game composers actually cared about music!”
Here’s the original, from the genius composer Yuzo Koshiro.
Remix 3 – note that nice use of a Chicago House snare drum.
All of these versions are pretty sweet. Do you have a favorite, Sega kids?
Sega has decided to offer promotional codes unlocking an “adult map” in the upcoming Playstation Vita installment of Super Monkey Ball, because simply rolling a ball with a monkey trapped inside it wasn’t strange enough. Something was missing. Apparently, that something was tits. Isn’t it always?
If you remember Tapeheads, you should already know that true production values can only be attained via tits and ass. In this case those production values are nice ‘n’ firmly attached to Yukie Kawamura, a Japanese gravure idol – or “bikini model” as we call them outside of creepy-otaku-stalker-land (or Senkaku Complex. Boom!)
Welcome back to Trailer Dissection, the CF probably-not-original series wherein trailers for movies, television, and games are (over)analyzed for your enjoyment. Our enjoyment. That’s what we meant to say. If you can’t suss out for yourselves how this works, check out the debut article on the Doctor Who Season 7 trailer.
This time, we’re taking a look at the first official trailer for Project X Zone for the Nintendo 3DS, a mammoth crossover strategy/RPG featuring characters from Sega, Capcom, and Namco Bandai franchises. Something about trailers with two minutes of nothing but character reveals and said characters beating the hell out of each other makes for solid article fodder… or just easily-written material.