The Sega Mega Drive was launched in the UK 25 years ago today. Touted as the ultimate arcade-in-your-dope-den machine for people who rightly considered a plumber growing to three times his natural size by chasing down a massive mushroom to be a bit CBBC. Its mascot and brand icon was Sonic The Hedgehog – sexier, slicker and a damn sight speedier than your average plodding platform hero. Until it was crushed into the dirt by the Playstation crashing to earth from Planet Betterthansex, the Mega Drive straddled the divide between cartoonish arcade titles and kidult friendly fighting and movie tie-ins – a battleground between The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle and Alien 3.
If you’re old enough to remember it, you’ll now be itching to relive the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles battles of your youth. If you’re of the Black Ops III generation, on the other hand, you’ll be wanting to have a laugh at the pixilated crayon drawings your parents thought were mind-blowing graphics. Either way, you can head over to ssega.com where you can play a host of old Mega Drive games online, including a variety of Sonics. Let the retro ring-lust commence!