Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Sega CD

This is the third post in a series called “Hungry Goriya Used Acquire” that serves to highlight the contents of a large game collection I procured from an old high school friend of mine, Joe.  Read here for the backstory.

The Sega CD is a console I barely knew about a few years ago until I got to talking about games a lot with my boyfriend.  He was a bit obsessed with tracking one down along with a Sega Master System, and I truthfully had no idea what all the fuss was about.  It wasn’t until our third or fourth swap until he finally got one for himself, but because of the ridiculously high game prices, we didn’t end up buying very many games to play.  Until recently we only had Jurassic Park and Sonic CD, and now we can say we have a few more, including a 4-game Sega Classics compilation disc (Columns, Golden Axe, Revenge of Shinobi, Streets of Rage) shown in the photo below!  Before I mention anything else about the other games we got, I first want to show you a photo of the console.  It might not be what you’re expecting…

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It’s the front-loader!  If you’re like me, you’ve only ever known about and experienced the side-by-side version of the console.  This alternative console release came boxed, and I’m really happy that the box and manual are in good condition, save a few buckles and normal wear and tear from storage.  In addition to being less common than the side-by-side version, the front-loading Sega CD is also a lot more practical than its bulky sibling when it comes to saving space.  The Sega Genesis sits on top rather than attached on the side, so it’s considerably more compact.  The photos below are of the side-by-side version.

The other thing I like about the front-loader is that it’s meant to accommodate the model 1 Sega Genesis rather than the model 2.  In the photo above we clearly have a model 1 attached, but in all my photographic prowess, I’ve cleverly hidden that the base plate is too short for that version of the console; the model 1 actually hangs over the edge of the base plate by a few inches.  The reason why I like the model 1 Genesis better is because it is superior in both sound and video quality compared to its successor.  Below, you can see how the front-loader and the model 1 were meant for one another.  They fit like a glove!

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Another little trivia fact is that the front-loader and side-by-side Sega CD consoles have different start-up music.  When I get the ability to capture game footage back (my boyfriend is working on upgrading my setup so it’s all disconnected for the moment), I might record it for fun and post it here at a later date.  If your curiosity is burning away in the meantime, there are a few videos online to showcase the differences!  For console system start-up music, both versions are pretty groovy (this word is not-so-subtle foreshadowing to a game we got in the lot below… guess now, or forever hold your peace!)

Onward!  Now for the games!  As I mentioned above, the market for Sega CD games is phenomenally expensive.  There are some games for the console that are so rare and sought after that they go for hundreds of dollars on their own.  We definitely found a few winners in this game lot.  First off, we got Sewer Shark.  This game was a pack-in with some versions of the console and is a really strange rail shooter.  It really has some quirky full motion video moments.  I can’t wait to don my helmet and shoot some sewer bats!

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Next, we got the non pack-in version of Sonic CD.  I absolutely adore the manual art for this game – I’m loving what appears to be a throwback to Metal Sonic.  Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Sega Genesis is one of my favourite games of all time, so I’ve got a big soft spot for the Sonic series.  I’ve been told that this game is a lot of fun and beautiful to look at, but I’m also a little hesitant.  I still haven’t beaten many of the earlier Sonic games apart from the first two, so it feels a little like cheating to jump ahead to a well-done, fast-paced beauty like Sonic CD.

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We also received Heimdall, a weird little RPG-ish game based on Vikings that I had never heard about until I was holding it in my own two hands.  Most of what I’ve read or heard about it is on the negative side, but I think it’s still something I’d like to try out sometime.  It’s poo-pooed for not having stellar graphics and music and for being a little convoluted, but if you guys know anything about me by now, it’s that my desire for perfect graphics and straightforward gameplay is practically non-existent.  Heimdall might just be a good time compared to some of the games I’ve been picking up to play lately!

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Another game we got that I had never heard of before is called Heart of the Alien, a sequel to a much-loved game called Out of This World.  Conveniently, both games are on the disc so I will eventually be able to enjoy both, perhaps even back to back.  From what I’ve watched online about both of these games, they punish you a lot and force you to think of ways to maneuver through many different kinds of puzzles and predicaments.  They almost remind me of all the hardest parts of King’s Quest games that can make the story unbeatable, but instead of being an occasional occurrence, it’s the whole game.  It honestly looks like fun.  The death scenes are gory, and there’s nothing I like better than creative ways to die in video games.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched Prince Alexander or King Graham die in death compilation videos online.  Sounds sadistic, but when the writing/animation is good, it makes for a funny time.  I have a feeling the deaths in Heart of the Alien/Out of This World have a significantly more sombre tone though.

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The Monkey Island series is hands down one of my very favourites out there.  I’d say that Guybrush Threepwood is one of the funniest game characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing through a game as, and I was absolutely thrilled to find The Secret of Monkey Island in the box with all of the Sega CD stuff.  Along with my elation came feelings of confusion since I had no idea that The Secret of Monkey Island had been released in this format.  I had the wonderful experience of playing through the remastered edition on PC, but there’s something about tackling the game in its original form that’ll be a lot of fun.  This was the only cardboard game box in the bunch, and it was in surprisingly good shape considering it had been in storage with many other games for so long.

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Earthworm Jim: Special Edition is also now ours.  You may not know, but my boyfriend is in love with and is conveniently really good at the Earthworm Jim games for the Sega Genesis.  The Sega CD version is just a graphically and musically superior version of the first game with an extra level and some additional content.  It was a dream come true for him to be able to own this game.  Earthworm Jim: Special Edition is pretty scarce like many Sega CD games are, and when it does show up online for sale it tends to go for a lot of money.  Its price is one of the reasons we haven’t picked it up ourselves until now, but as part of an enormous game lot, we certainly weren’t going to say no!

As a small aside, I remember renting the Sega Genesis game growing up and wondering why Earthworm Jim sounded like a country bumpkin.  I used to watch the television show where Jim sounded like a regular North American human being without the “drawl” and wondered how they could get his character so wrong in the games.  I was shocked to learn that the games actually came first and that the TV show made him into a totally different “person”.  So strange!

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Last but not least, we got an RPG (hooray!).  Lunar: The Silver Star is a game I’ve been wanting to own/play since finding out about the Sega CD.  I own Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete on the PS1, but I’ve been told that there are significant differences between the PS and Sega CD versions of the game.  I was happy to see Lunar come to us in such good shape.  It’s going onto my increasingly long list of things to get around to playing.  I need more hours in my days.

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We definitely got some good Sega CD stuff here, and it’s nice to have nearly tripled our Sega CD library with this game lot purchase.  The only thing that keeps nagging at me is that Joe mentioned he had already sold some of the bigger Sega CD RPG titles a few years ago, like Popful Mail and Snatcher.  A little part of my joy for this purchase died when finding that out since those games are far, far beyond the price I’m willing to pay for a single game ($500+), and it would’ve been surreal to get them in this game lot.  I’ll likely never see either of those games come to my hands at that price.  Though it goes against the spirit of collecting physical media, thankfully the Sega CD can play burned games.  If I’m ever feeling desperate to play some of the hard-to-find RPGs for the system, at least I can.  In the meantime, I’ll keep my eyes open at yard sales and flea markets for $2 copies of these big titles.  Maybe some day!  Who knows?

I hope you all enjoyed this seemingly tiny snippet of our total findings in this game lot purchase.  There’s still a lot more to come!

Thanks for reading!

-GG

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17 Responses to Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Sega CD

  1. thedeviot says:

    Another great haul! Interesting factoid: Heart Of The Alien isn’t recognized as canon by Another World/Out Of This World creator Eric Chahi. Interplay insisted a sequel be made after the success of the original game, but Chahi had nothing to do with it.

    Anyway, this is a great set of Sega CD titles! I also recommend the Sega CDX. It’s super-small, and gives you both a Sega Genesis cartridge slot, and a Sega CD in it. It’s like an old 90’s Discman that plays Genesis, and Sega CD games. A couple of friends have them, and yeah, I’m slightly jealous.

    If you can find a copy, Shining Force also saw a CD version, and there were two sought after games in the Lunar series. You may also want to find Robo Aleste while it’s nose-diving into $40 territory. It was well over $100 until recently. Great read!

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  2. Sega Dude says:

    Get out! You’ve got a boxed Model 1 Sega CD. That is amazing and it must be pretty rare too. I also really do prefer the look of the first Sega CD unit. I’m not a fan of any of the video motion Sega CD Games but I would love be able to try out all the rest in the library. I have a few Sega CD games but my Sega CD is not working.

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Haha I felt a little evil awhile ago when I replied to your other comment about Sega stuff knowing well that there was some good Sega CD stuff to post about. I checked eBay just for fun and at this time there isn’t even a boxed front-loader to be found, so I am thinking in this condition it must be pretty rare. I would be so excited to play Shining Force CD, Popful Mail, Snatcher, Lunar 2, etc. I haven’t experienced many of the full motion video games, but they look super cheesy from what I’ve seen. I’m sorry your Sega CD isn’t working 😦 Hopefully you can fix it or maybe find a new one so you can enjoy those games!

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      • Sega Dude says:

        Yes, evil in deed! lol Keep that Sega CD box in good shape! That’s a real gem.
        I’d also love to play Popful Mail and Snatcher. They both seem like really good games.

        I’ve been told a fuse is a common problem with the Sega CD and it’s easily replaced. With any luck I can fix it. I just have to get off my butt.

        I started looking at the games you have in your collection. You have some nice stuff! Complete Golden Axe Warrior the Sega Master System, very nice. Mine is missing the manual. And Crusader of Centy! That’s a tough one to come by.
        Have you played much for your Sega Master System? You have a bunch of the best titles for the system.

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      • hungrygoriya says:

        I will definitely take great care of the Sega CD. It’d be a sin to be careless with something so rare and awesome!

        Hopefully your Sega CD problem is just the fuse. That sounds like the easiest fix you can have!

        Thanks for your comment about the collection. My better half and I have really ramped up collecting in the last few years or so and are certainly proud of what we have managed to find. I absolutely adore the thrill of the hunt for retro games, and finding Crusader of Centy in a random box of Sega games at a swap was a triple-take moment for me. I was so excited to find it, and I was also really happy to get that lot of SMS RPGs. I hope to see more of your collection and maybe hear about some more of your collecting adventures.

        I’ve been slowly playing through the Master System RPGs from that post. I’m streaming them on Twitch and recording Let’s Plays simultaneously, so it’s taking longer than I’d like. So far I’ve played through Miracle Warriors, Ys, and I’m more than halfway through Phantasy Star. I’m truly looking forward to diving into the rest 🙂

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  3. Red Metal says:

    I’ve seen a review of Sewer Shark. Man, was the acting laughably bad. Then again, that seemed to be par for the course when developers were riding that FMV wave.

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Me too. I watched a bit of an LP while writing up my post and there was a scene with a stereotypical mob boss with his ditzy wife and I was laughing pretty hard wondering what I’ve gotten myself into here.

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  4. Tony says:

    Lots of good memories with the Mega CD (as it was called over here in the UK). I had the front loader version too – loved it. Sewer Shark was definitely a highlight, although looking at footage of it now, I’m not sure why – but it was playable and entertaining enough. Ground Zero Texas – now there’s a game that proved that style over substance didn’t work.

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Sega seemed to have an interesting choice in naming things overseas. Why Sega Mega Drive but Mega CD? It’s so funny to me 🙂

      Though Sewer Shark seems over-acted, I think it’d still be a good time. I’m definitely going to spend some time with it. I haven’t heard of Ground Zero Texas… I’ll have to watch a video on it and see what you mean. I honestly wish I’d had a Sega CD growing up, but I wish I had every console growing up once I start looking into its library.

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  5. benez256 says:

    Wow, what a great piece you got! 🙂 I’d like to try the SegaCD too but the prices are sky-high! About the games I didn’t know Heimdall got a release even on this platform and, as of today, I didn’t know someone else have played this game but me. It’s not the best RPG for sure but I enjoyed it a lot, maybe just because is not “perfect” and I like the viking atmosphere of it 🙂 I played the MS-DOS version and maybe the one you got is maybe a bit superior, who knows…And I didn’t know Monkey Island was released for the SegaCD. This is by far one of the best point and click ever and I loved the second installment. I think you’ll spend countless hours on it again! 🙂

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      I’m honestly pumped to try out Heimdall. It looks challenging, but no more so than Miracle Warriors or Ys was when I played those recently. And I’m looking forward to playing Monkey Island again. Those games are just brilliant and I can’t wait to delve into this one all over again.

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  6. Mr. Panda says:

    Awesome acquisitions! I never owned a Sega system, so I definitely did not have a Sega CD, but I’ve always wanted to play some of the games you got like Lunar and the original Sonic CD. Thanks as always for sharing your awesome stuff! 🙂

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