Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Happy 10th Anniversary Phantom Menace!

The Dreamcast isn't the only 10th anniversary this year. Today marks the 10th anniversary of the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace! Regardless of opinions of the film, one has to admit that anticipation for Episode 1 defined the summer of 1999. Along with the impending release of the Dreamcast, the premiere of Futurama and the release of The Matrix; 1999 was a year to remember.

Why does Episode 1 deserve a mention in a Sega blog?

"For the Dreamcast games, of course!",
says Anakin's wise-ass pal Kitster

The Phantom Menace has the distinction of having more movie tie-in games on the system than any other film, or film series for that matter. Between 1999 and 2001 we had: Episode 1 Racer, Episode 1: Jedi Power Battles, and Star Wars Demolition.

Respectively, the games involve racing, beat-em-up and vehicular combat. While none of the Dreamcast Star Wars games were incredible, failing to achieve the greatness they could have been due to all being so-so N64 and Playstation ports, Star Wars fans should not pass them up. Celebrate Episode 1 the Sega way! Go give the Malistair track a spin, try to unlock Darth Maul or shoot the hell out of a Sandcrawler.

Coming Soon: Reviews of the Sega Nomad classic "Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine" and the iPhone's "Sega Columns Deluxe".

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