#1: Hang On & Safari Hunt (1986 Sega)

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We begin our odyssey by looking at the original pack-in title for the Master System when it was released in October 1986. Keep in mind that Nintendo’s primary bundle at the time included two games: Super Mario Bros., one of thier most popular platformers, and Duck Hunt, the showpiece for the Zapper light gun. Sega noticed it too and decided to follow suit with a dual package of their own, including both games on one cart. In their case Sega decided to go with a port of one of their popular arcade titles and a game to show off their light gun accessory (which every game console in the late 1980s was seemingly required to have in the wake of Duck Hunt’s success). Let’s see how Sega’s pack-in duo matches up against Nintendo’s bundle. Continue reading