Sega Mania Podcast
Ep. 13: What if Nessie is a Dinosaur Ghost?

Ep. 13: What if Nessie is a Dinosaur Ghost?

August 5, 2022

The Sega Mania crew - Alex, Rob, Simon and Sam - bring more maniacal Sega-fuelled fun straight into your ears. This episode, we tried very hard to follow overlord Tim's decree to not talk about poopies and peepees, so you'll have to hear how well we did there. 

Rankings continue to dominate our lives as we run the collective rule over the second batch of games from Issue 4 of the magazine, which covered 1993. Shinobi III, Cool Spot, Mortal Kombat, Streets of Rage II, Micro Machines, and WWF Royal Rumble meet their fate in the list o' doom. 

Finally, we have a listener email salvaged from the podcast@sega-mania.com spam folder that serves up some quick-fire (ish) questions about music, google searches, bucket lists and more! Oh, and don't forget to buy the magazine at sega-mania.com

As always, here's the ranking list pre-recording so you can follow along:

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  2. Streets of Rage
  3. Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
  4. Gunstar Heroes
  5. Rocket Knight Adventures
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog
  7. Revenge of Shinobi
  8. Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe
  9. QuackShot Starring Donald Duck
  10. ToeJam & Earl
  11. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  12. Thunder Force IV
  13. Sonic Spinball
  14. World of Illusion
  15. Columns
  16. Golden Axe
  17. Alien Storm
  18. Spider-Man vs The Kingpin
  19. Road Rash II
  20. Road Rash
  21. Strider
  22. Wonder Boy in Monster World
  23. Landstalker
  24. Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun
  25. Klax
  26. Dick Tracy
  27. World Cup Italia '90
  28. Ghouls 'n' Ghosts
  29. OutRun
  30. Alien 3
  31. Home Alone
  32. Desert Strike
  33. Atomic Runner
  34. Super Hang-on
  35. ESWAT
  36. The Terminator
  37. Taz-Mania
  38. Space Harrier II
  39. Zero Wing
  40. Galaxy Force II
  41. Decap Attack
  42. Kid Chameleon
  43. Turrican
  44. Splatterhouse 2
  45. Jurassic Park
  46. WWF Super Wrestlemania
  47. Batman
  48. Super Thunder Blade
  49. Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  50. LHX Attack Chopper
  51. TaleSpin
  52. Bart vs. The Space Mutants
  53. Shadow of the Beast
  54. Steel Talons
Sega Mania Extra: Meet the Maniac Ep.1 - Rob Kirkup

Sega Mania Extra: Meet the Maniac Ep.1 - Rob Kirkup

July 31, 2022

The very first podcast in our Meet the Maniac series, sees us interview magazine writer Rob Kirkup.

We ask Rob about his history with Sega and gaming, how he joined the magazine, what his favourite boss fight is, and many more gaming related questions.

The most important question of all however, was "What is your favourite ghost?". If you love hearing Rob's tales about the spooky and unexplained then this is an episode you do not want to miss!

Ep. 12: Gurt Mania

Ep. 12: Gurt Mania

July 21, 2022

We're Sega Maniacs, Maniacs, that's for sure, and we're podcasting like we never have before. Actually, it's quite similar to how we have before. Except, instead of starting the episode talking about taking our britches to brown town, we have a chat about having a lovely sit-down wee. Where do you (not) stand on this contentious issue, you pissers?

Rankings are the main order du jour, and this episode is basically a hall of fame. Gracing us with their immaculate presence are Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition, Landstalker, Gunstar Heroes, Sonic Spinball, and Rocket Knight Adventures. Oh and Jurassic Park is here too. We're sorry about that.

We finish the show with some introspection on our accents in response to a listener question. Don't forget to send your questions to podcast@sega-mania.com and head over to the website to grab your copy of the banger that is issue 6 of Sega Mania now! 

Here's the ranking list from before the recording so you can follow along:

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  2. Streets of Rage
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog
  4. Revenge of Shinobi
  5. Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe
  6. QuackShot Starring Donald Duck
  7. ToeJam & Earl
  8. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  9. Thunder Force IV
  10. World of Illusion
  11. Columns
  12. Golden Axe
  13. Alien Storm
  14. Spider-Man vs The Kingpin
  15. Road Rash II
  16. Road Rash
  17. Strider
  18. Wonder Boy in Monster World
  19. Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun
  20. Klax
  21. Dick Tracy
  22. World Cup Italia '90
  23. Ghouls 'n' Ghosts
  24. OutRun
  25. Alien 3
  26. Home Alone
  27. Desert Strike
  28. Atomic Runner
  29. Super Hang-on
  30. ESWAT
  31. The Terminator
  32. Taz-Mania
  33. Space Harrier II
  34. Zero Wing
  35. Galaxy Force II
  36. Decap Attack
  37. Kid Chameleon
  38. Turrican
  39. Splatterhouse 2
  40. WWF Super Wrestlemania
  41. Batman
  42. Super Thunder Blade
  43. Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  44. LHX Attack Chopper
  45. TaleSpin
  46. Bart vs. The Space Mutants
  47. Shadow of the Beast
  48. Steel Talons
Ep. 11: Fudge Pants Forrester

Ep. 11: Fudge Pants Forrester

July 8, 2022

The Sega Mania crew is back once again with more fantastic tales of filling our pants with bum gravy and getting stuck in a nun's back passage. What else would you expect? 

It's also new issue time, so we once again talk up the merits of the brilliant magazine we risked our relationships and sanity to put together. If it's insight into what went on behind the scenes of the UK's first retro Sega mag you want, then you're in for a treat!

Then, of course, we get back to the rankings in better spirits (mostly) than we were last time, as the games covered this episode were far less heinous than in Episode 10. Quaking in their boots at our impending judgement are Wonder Boy in Monster World, Zero Wing, Home Alone, Desert Strike, LHX Attack Chopper and Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe. 

We finish off the pod with another reader question, this time about our favourite animated movies. And yes, we're still able to keep that Sega-related too. Don't forget to email your questions to podcast@sega-mania.com or become an ultimate friend of the show by subbing to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/segamania 

Here's the ranking list from before the recording so you can follow along:

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  2. Streets of Rage
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog
  4. Revenge of Shinobi
  5. QuackShot Starring Donald Duck
  6. ToeJam & Earl
  7. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  8. Thunder Force IV
  9. World of Illusion
  10. Columns
  11. Golden Axe
  12. Alien Storm
  13. Spider-Man vs The Kingpin
  14. Road Rash II
  15. Road Rash
  16. Strider
  17. Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun
  18. Klax
  19. Dick Tracy
  20. World Cup Italia '90
  21. Ghouls 'n' Ghosts
  22. OutRun
  23. Alien 3
  24. Atomic Runner
  25. Super Hang-on
  26. ESWAT
  27. The Terminator
  28. Taz-Mania
  29. Space Harrier II
  30. Galaxy Force II
  31. Decap Attack
  32. Kid Chameleon
  33. Turrican
  34. Splatterhouse 2
  35. WWF Super Wrestlemania
  36. Batman
  37. Super Thunder Blade
  38. Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  39. TaleSpin
  40. Bart vs. The Space Mutants
  41. Shadow of the Beast
  42. Steel Talons
Ep. 10: Helmet Special

Ep. 10: Helmet Special

June 24, 2022

Happy Friday, Maniacs (Sorry, Tim)! The Sega Mania Podcast is back with more of what you love from the guys you tolerate. Well, less of them this time as it's a five-man pod. It's just a little Steve and Sam-less, it's still good, it's still good! 

First up, we chat about the long-ago promised Game We Missed: M.U.S.H.A. This blistering vertical-scrolling shooter gets a proper going over by the lads, with a hefty inserted discussion on how expensive retro games are these days, and the most we've personally ever paid for one. 

The rankings return with easily the worst batch yet, as we crowbar the following stinkers in somewhere near the bottom (and move on, as Rob would say): Kid Chameleon, Klax, TaleSpin, Road Rash II, Bart vs. The Space Mutants, and WWF Super Wrestlemania. Ok, so Klax and Road Rash II are alright. 

Lastly, we have a listener question asking us what our favourite games ever are and why. If you want to ask us a question, please send them in to podcast@sega-mania.com. Don't forget we have a Patreon too, where you can support us for a whole heap of cool rewards and listen to an exclusive 'Meet the Maniac' episode all about our beloved Rob Kirkup. 

Here's the rankings list (pre-pod) that you can follow along with:

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  2. Streets of Rage
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog
  4. Revenge of Shinobi
  5. QuackShot Starring Donald Duck
  6. ToeJam & Earl
  7. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  8. Thunder Force IV
  9. World of Illusion
  10. Columns
  11. Golden Axe
  12. Alien Storm
  13. Spider-Man vs The Kingpin
  14. Road Rash
  15. Strider
  16. Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun
  17. Dick Tracy
  18. World Cup Italia '90
  19. Ghouls 'n' Ghosts
  20. OutRun
  21. Alien 3
  22. Atomic Runner
  23. Super Hang-on
  24. ESWAT
  25. The Terminator
  26. Taz-Mania
  27. Space Harrier II
  28. Galaxy Force II
  29. Decap Attack
  30. Turrican
  31. Splatterhouse 2
  32. Batman
  33. Super Thunder Blade
  34. Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  35. Shadow of the Beast
  36. Steel Talons
Ep. 9: Sam’s Never Seen an Owl

Ep. 9: Sam’s Never Seen an Owl

May 30, 2022

We're all business this episode. Well... until the listener questions push us off the rails, but that's your fault. You did that.

We dive straight into the rankings of six more games from Issue 3 (1992), running the rule over Steel Talons, Batman, Alien 3, Taz-Mania, Thunder Force IV and Splatterhouse 2.

Once that's out of our system, we jump into a lovely listener question about what games we'd want to relive with our kiddywinks, and a four-year-old makes up some names for everyone. Also, Tim sees owls in the road. Sam doesn't. 

We have a Patreon now, by the way! If you want to get access to these episodes early, hear bonus special podcast episodes, join a hangout chat with us, snag free digital copies of the magazine, get a cool mug, and loads more, then check out: https://www.patreon.com/segamania

Here's the state of the rankings (pre-recording) for you to follow along:

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  2. Streets of Rage
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog
  4. Revenge of Shinobi
  5. QuackShot Starring Donald Duck
  6. ToeJam & Earl
  7. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  8. World of Illusion
  9. Columns
  10. Golden Axe
  11. Alien Storm
  12. Spider-Man vs The Kingpin
  13. Road Rash
  14. Strider
  15. Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun
  16. Dick Tracy
  17. World Cup Italia '90
  18. Ghouls 'n' Ghosts
  19. OutRun
  20. Atomic Runner
  21. Super Hang-on
  22. ESWAT
  23. The Terminator
  24. Space Harrier II
  25. Galaxy Force II
  26. Decap Attack
  27. Turrican
  28. Super Thunder Blade
  29. Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  30. Shadow of the Beast
Ep. 8: Here Comes A New Challenger!

Ep. 8: Here Comes A New Challenger!

May 1, 2022

We're now a magnificent seven instead of a sinister six! Please welcome new staff member David to his maiden podcast recording! 

To go easy on him, we paused the rankings for a week and instead went back to a Game We Missed that we missed. Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure is a game we didn't include in Issue 4, so we all had a go at it here. Some liked it, some hated it. What do you think? 

We then dive into a big chunk of listener questions (we're running out now, so get 'em in to podcast@sega-mania.com) where we chat about our best gaming bargains, hidden talents, and why we don't cover newer games in our 90's-themed magazine. Enjoy! 

Ep. 7: Greta FUNberg

Ep. 7: Greta FUNberg

April 15, 2022

It's time, maniacs, for yet another episode of our glorious podcast. This time, rather than playing the promised 'game we missed' we have a big circle jerk over Issue 5 of the magazine, because it won't sell itself now will it? 

We've got behind the scenes insight into a variety of the upcoming reviews (including the game that broke Sam), Steve tells us all about his interview with the creator of ToeJam & Earl, Rob reveals the scoop on a certain popstar's connection to the music in Sonic 3, Alex wonders where the hell Michael Jordan is, and Tim tells us how tired it all made him. Worth it. 

Our rankings continue with the usual amount of controversy, bargaining, swearing, reminiscing, and holding Sam's old reviews to account. Getting ranked right in the you-know-what this time are six 1992 titles from Issue 3: Sonic 2, Galaxy Force II, Dungeons & Dragons, World of Illusion, Atomic Runner, and The Terminator. 

We end the show, as always, with another stonking listener question that has us all waxing lyrical about the local video game shops we used to frequent in happier times.  

Don't forget to get your questions in to podcast@sega-mania.com and buy your copy of Issue 5 of Sega Mania Magazine at https://www.sega-mania.com/ now! 

Ep. 6: Above Columns, Below Golden Axe

Ep. 6: Above Columns, Below Golden Axe

April 5, 2022

We're back once again for more Sega Mania Podcast madness! Apologies this is coming out a bit late, but our big mean overlord told us we had to finish off some poxy magazine so we crunched on that and Alex didn't have time to edit this absolute mammoth episode until now. 

We carry on the new tradition of covering a game we missed in the magazine with Robocop vs The Terminator, and it's an absolute banger. No more Alex the Kidd anger here, folks!

Part 2 is the continuation of ranking every Mega Drive game featured in the mag thus far, and on the docket this time are the remaining titles from Issue 2. Shadow of the Beast, Streets of Rage, OutRun, Turrican, Road Rash, Alien Storm, and ToeJam & Earl get ranked good and proper - and we actually all played the games beforehand so no more abstaining! 

Part 3 is more of your wonderful listener questions, where we talk about our biggest gaming shames, Sega games with the best potential for a movie tie-in, and someone made Rob tell another ghost story. It's as awesome as usual. Get your questions in to podcast@sega-mania.com to join in. 

Thanks for listening, make sure you get your copy of Issue 5 over at www.sega-mania.com now it's gone to press, and pay attention for a promo code for 15% off Issues 1-4. Love you, bye! 

Ep. 5: We Have Another Rank and We Have Another Cry

Ep. 5: We Have Another Rank and We Have Another Cry

March 15, 2022

This is definitely our most Sega episode yet of Sega Mania Podcast - only took us five episodes to keep (mostly) on topic! Beginning this episode is a new segment: Games We Missed. Every episode, we'll be picking a game not reviewed in the magazine (up to 1994) to play and discuss on the pod.  

This episode, we randomly drew Alex THE Kidd in Miracle World for Master System. It's a game we'd all played before, and one that...well, it's not great. If you're a huge fan of the game, prepare your ears because it's getting roasted. 

We also return to ranking in this episode, and it's time to judge half the games covered in issue 2 of the mag (1991). Where do Sonic the Hedgehog, Castle of Illusion, Spider-Man vs The Kingpin, Dick Tracy, Quackshot and Decap Attack fit into our Sega Mania Official Rankings list? Will everyone fall out over Columns again?

Lastly, there's a couple of cracking listener questions that let us reminisce about the glory of 90s gaming mags and why they inspired us to do all this nonsense.

Enjoy, and don't forget to pre-order your copy of Sega Mania Magazine Issue 5 at www.sega-mania.com now! 

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