Sega Genesis Gets its First New Game in Two Decades

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20 years ago, the Sega Genesis (known outside of the U.S. as the Mega Drive) officially bit the dust, clearing the way for new consoles like the beloved Sega Saturn and the worldwide hit, the Sega Dreamcast. While hard-core fans have been fixing old consoles to play classic games on them for years, it looks like -- at least for fans who have preserved or cleaned up their Genesis systems -- the dawn of a new day has arrived. Tanglewood, a new game by UK-based Big Evil Studios, is a game made specifically for the Genesis with the same programming techniques and coding styles that were used in classic 90's video games. The game stars an adorable fox and functions as a side-scrolling RPG, like to many of the Sega Genesis' best games.

Speaking with the BBC, developer Matt Phillips explained how the whole thing came to fruition. In the beginning, Tanglewood wasn't even really Tanglewood -- it was a challenge that Phillips took on after getting bored with modern-day game development. The game itself was funded through Kickstarter last year. "I like to work with the restrictions of the system itself rather than making it for the modern PC on a modern engine. I've done a lot of that in my lifestime, and I'm getting a bit bored of that, so..." insert one bright-eyed, bushy-tailed fox.

Phillips built his own kit to development game that runs on a Mega CD, with the entire rig powered by a Windows 95 computer. "One of the biggest problems I face is none of this old equipment works very well anymore, I've had more repairs on this thing can I can count," said Phillips. "I started [development by] writing simple games like Pong and Tetris just to get my head around how to code something this old and it eventually came together into a small platform game."

The developer says he contacted a company in China to build the game's cartridges and a "guy in Canada" to build its printed circuit board. "It's got a very small memory, its got a very small ROM. I have to squeeze everything in with compression techniques and some very hard optimisation."

Tanglewood is currently only available for the Genesis, but Phillips apparently has plans to bring it to the PC, and to keep developing games for the Genesis itself. "It has taken a bit of my sanity with it," he joked. "But I'm pretty sure I'm gonna do this all over again next time."

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NinjaPosted:

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Craig Bringing this back for nostalgia alone is a great idea.


I've been stuck using emulators for the last 3 years, so grateful to see they're still making ganes for one of the best consoles in the world.

NinjaPosted:

Craig Bringing this back for nostalgia alone is a great idea.


I've been stuck using emulators for the last 3 years, so grateful to see this happening

CraigPosted:

Bringing this back for nostalgia alone is a great idea.

2018Posted:

Devil 20 years wtf that's mad, would love to give it a go. Loved Sega games


It really is. Glad to see another game coming out from such a long break. This should be good no doubt.

NinjaPosted:

20 years wtf that's mad, would love to give it a go. Loved Sega games

MikePosted:

Game looks fun haha I'll probably try it

TomPosted:

Cent That's pretty insane, I never thought this would get another game but that is awesome lol. Even the graphics look like how they used to.


Hopefully after this, we can see more games coming out or even a new Sega Genesis..... maybe.

NikPosted:

This is cool like the Sega graphics for sure something special about it.

KyloCruxPosted:

Holy shit someone made a new game for sega? That's a bit surprising for sure.

2018Posted:

Cent That's pretty insane, I never thought this would get another game but that is awesome lol. Even the graphics look like how they used to.


Brings back memories with the graphics xD

looks good as well. Didnt expect this at all either!