Genesis’ Big Brother – Video Gaming Milestone!

March 1988

Visionaries #3

I’m finally able to use my scanner again – yay!!! Oh, ’80s, how I’ve missed you! So to celebrate, here’s my favorite ad from my newly scanned comic – the Sega Master System! I wasn’t really aware of this system during its heyday, but am more familiar with it now, and it’s actually a pretty cool system! Back when the NES ruled home gaming, the Master System actually had more powerful hardware, but NES had Mario, so eventually the NES’ game library is what allowed the NES to triumph over the Master System… in America, anyway. It turns out that in Europe, it actually surpassed the NES by quite a bit! And in Brazil, it’s the best-selling game system of all time, with compatible systems still being produced!

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One thing that I think is pretty cool about the Sega Master System is that games came in two formats: Mega Cartridges and Sega Cards. The cartridges are pretty standard, but the cards were the size of a credit card – they couldn’t hold nearly as much data as cartridges, but they were substantially cheaper, so you could build your game collection without breaking the bank!

However, the part about this system that I think is the most impressive is the 3D glasses (SegaScope – sold separately, of course). Considering that it was released in the mid-’80s, the 3D is pretty amazing! I know that the Vectrex also had 3D around this time, but other than that, the next one I can think of is the 3DS – a full 25 years later!

EDIT: While originally writing this, somehow the Virtual Boy completely slipped my mind (Sorry, Virtual Boy, it doesn’t mean I don’t love you!) – so that would make it more like 10 years until the next 3D gaming system. Were there any between the Master System and Virtual Boy that I’m forgetting about? If so, let me know in the comments!

Did He Say “Strap In” or “Strap On”?

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist the Family Guy joke. Anyway, here we’ve got Sky Shark, a game full of action-packed aviation adventure!

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With the exception of one holiday-themed ad that I’m saving for Christmas, this closes out Wonder Woman #37! I promise that the next ’80s comic I post from will have a lot more toys!

Get Set For Radical Action!

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

Radical action, indeed! It looks like both these games are positively packed with action!

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I find it interesting that it says “Capcom introduces two new thrilling games to its Nintendo series” – was Capcom making games for other systems at the time? Because it seems like Nintendo was by far the biggest player at the time.

Oh well, something for me to look up sometime, I guess.

Hungry Like The Operation Wolf

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

It’s the world’s #1 arcade game! And now you can play it at home! It’s… Operation Wolf!

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Yep, “take no prisoners” and “teach the terrorists what terror is all about” in this action-packed game!

But personally, I’m much more interested in Bubble Bobble. 😉

It’s Chaos! It’s Insanity! It’s…

January 1997 (1996)

Deadpool #1

This is it – the final ad I’ve got to post from Deadpool #1, making this the first book that I’ve closed out! So what have we got here? Bedlam, a video game about preventing the imminent destruction of mankind.

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This ad doesn’t tell you a whole lot about the game, but at least it’s more descriptive than WCW!

Is That a Rocket in Your Jockey, Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

January 1997 (1996)

Deadpool #1

At first glance, Rocket Jockey looks a bit like pod racing from “Star Wars: Episode I” (but actually came out first!), but upon closer inspection, actually sounds pretty badass:

“…I will not hold Rocket Jockey liable for my being decapitated by another jockey’s cable, crushed against the hood of another rocket, burnt beyond recognition by jet exhaust, or other injuries to myself or others et al.”

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Nice! I only wish there had been action like that in “Episode I”!