Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the Mega Drive's launch into Western territories...well, in America anyway. To celebrate, Sega have come up with a unique idea. They want to put another one of their classic games on the Xbox Live Arcade, and they're getting gamers to choose. You're probably wondering why no PSN release...well, it's probably for the better anyway. I mean, the last time Backbone (who'll end up doing the port, more than likely) did a PSN version, they knew their online mode sucked, but because it didn't sell well enough (according to them anyway), they won't fix it. Oh, and Backbone have a reputation for actually removing key features and doing relatively lame emulation work anyway...or it'll end up on a new multi-platform collection...but that's neither here nor there.
If you're interested in voting (you've got a week), the games are the following:
Streets of Rage
Toe Jam & Earl
Golden Axe II
Revenge of Shinobi
Not too bad of a list actually. All of these would make great ports (well...maybe not Golden Axe II or the original Streets of Rage), but you have to wonder, why are Sega even putting up the poll?
I mean, one of the choices is EARTHWORM FREAKING JIM.
At the moment (well, 12:55pm on August 15, 2009), Earthworm Jim has 46% of the vote. The second place game, Toe Jam & Earl, has 19% of the vote.
My god. You really have to wonder if there's even a point to the poll, seeing as EWJ has clearly won it...at this point anyway. It should be interesting to check back throughout the week and see whether or not EWJ will maintain its dominance.
If you want to keep up with it, you can check the site here