Casual Photos: Mega-Cart (2009, Vic-20); SMS: Ghostbusters (1987), Zillion (1987) and Captain Silver (1989)

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Today's casual photos, taken with the Panasonic digital camera, are: Denial Computer's Mega-Cart (2009) for the Commodore Vic-20 (VIC 20), and Sega's Ghostbusters (1987), Zillion (1987) and Captain Silver (1989) for the Sega Master System (SMS). Images and brief commentary below:

The Mega-Cart is billed as the "ultimate cartridge for your Commodore Vic-20", and this bold statement is not far from the truth. Besides being a collection of nearly every commercial program ever made for the popular, but short-lived classic computer platform, it also serves as expanded memory. For a full list of its many features, check out the official Website.

Ghostbusters is of course the Sega Master System port of the Commodore 64 classic from Activision. While there is a vocal minority that dislikes the way the game plays, for many of us, myself included, this is a true classic that really captured the spirit of the film. The Sega Master System version is generally considered an improvement in most technical ways over the original.

Zilllion was an interesting experience for me when I was first exposed to it. I saw it in a store kiosk when it was first released, circa 1987, and the most striking thing about it was the brief opening cinematic of a full-screen drawing of the main character shooting towards the player. This was impressive stuff for the time. The game itself was pretty decent too, being a sort of shooting platformer in the vein of Metroid. Seeing Zillion like that and the commercials for Phantasy Star made me covet a Sega Master System. I never did end up getting that or the Nintendo Entertainment System until years later, though. Ironically the first system of that initial post-crash triumvirate I got was the Atari 7800 SuperSystem, though this too was after its initial active commercial life.

Captain Silver is a later Sega Master System release from Tonka based on the Data East arcade game. According to the Wikipedia entry for the game, the US release was limited compared to the European and Asian versions. Tonka of course was the famous toy maker and they helped Sega with distribution of the Master System for a number of years, much like Worlds of Wonder did for Nintendo. After establishing themselves in the US market, both Nintendo and Sega would later handle their own distribution, but it was important, particularly post-Crash, for these Japanese companies to partner with US companies with powerful toy distribution channels, which was one of the few really good ways to improve your chances for success outside of good advertising and offering the right games.

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Mark Vergeer
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aaarrghh you got yours first - the Vic20 megacartridge

Do I sense a review in the air?

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Maybe I'll at least test it
Mark Vergeer wrote:

Do I sense a review in the air?

I wish! Sadly I'm swamped this week and then incommunicado starting on Friday. :-(

Maybe I can at least kick the tires and use the excuse of capturing footage for the documentary. That will at least optimize my limited time.

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Zillion

I played Zillion all the way through. It was great fun!

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Zillion

...was a great game.

Zillion 2 was horrible though. What a shame.

I originally played Ghostbusters on the C64 but also enjoyed it on the SMS.

Mark Vergeer
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I got mine today, couldn't hold back....

did an unboxing video....

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