Apologies for writing in after the Hot Topic, but I was on holiday at the time.
I can’t remember quite when I got a Mega Drive, but I’m sure it was after having an Amiga 500 for at least a year, and I was sold particularly by Sonic.
It was such a feature of my life for so long that I won’t be able to talk about all my memories, but there are some standout moments:
I remember being mocked by my neighbours because I leant with Sonic during the special stages in Sonic 3 (and Sonic 3 & Knuckles) – evidently I was thoroughly immersed in the experience.
I was tempted for a Mega-CD and a 32X so I could play Sonic CD and Knuckles Chaotix, but alas neither of those happened.
I have to agree with the reader about Soleil/Crusade Of Centy (seriously, why the name change when it came to Europe?) – it is a fantastic game with a touching subtext about institutionalised racism.
I remember immense frustration with Kid Chameleon. In the first few levels there is a cheat to skip to the last boss. My brother and I could never beat the boss, so decided to play through the entire game, believing that if we practised enough through the game we would be skilled enough by the end. 18 hours later, still having not reached the last level, we switched it off, as we didn’t want to leave it on overnight.
To this day I still haven’t beaten that sodding game.
I loved Story Of Thor/Beyond Oasis (once again, why the name change? The story takes place in Oasis and has nothing to do with Thor!)
I remember renting it a few times from Blockbuster Video, but never getting particularly far. For a while this was my only method of playing the game, as I had never seen it in a shop. Eventually I put in an advert in CVG magazine, which made someone contact me, and I ended up buying it for £10.
It was also one of my main motivations for buying a Saturn (but long after the death of the Dreamcast) – so I could play the prequel (Legend Of Thor/Legend Of Oasis)
I remember loving Dynamite Headdy – one of my friends had completed it, but I was having trouble on a particular boss. I asked him to help, but by the time we got to the point I was stuck I had to go home.
Eventually I discovered that I was stuck on the second-to-last boss!
Also, what was up with the bonus levels? You had to put basketballs into hoops, and afterwards you would get a code. But you couldn’t put the code in anywhere – maybe it was a feature that got scrapped?
I loved Rocket Knight Adventures, and it’s sequel Sparkster. Sparkster was different between the Mega Drive and SNES versions, which surprised me at the time. The Mega Drive version had an implied secret about collecting seven magical swords. You got one if you won the mini-game before the start screen, and other ones required you to play on hard mode.
Years later I collected them all while playing on an emulator (save states were required because the game’s so difficult) but didn’t notice any significant difference after collecting them.
Finally I would like to mention Ristar – a fantastic platformer about a star-shaped alien that would defeat enemies by head-butting them as hard as he could from as far as his arms would stretch. Sometimes the game seemed faster than even Sonic.