The Secret RPGs of the Atari Jaguar, 3DO, and Neo Geo

The Secret RPGs of the Atari Jaguar, 3DO, and Neo Geo

Axe of the Blood God dives into one of the stranger periods of gaming history.

We're nearly finished covering the 16-bit era for our Console RPG Quest, but before we continue on to the next generation, we need to do a little housekeeping [download link here].

In this episode we run through some of the more infamous consoles of the era: the CDi, the Atari Jaguar, the 3DO. We also cover the Neo Geo, which is hardly a bad console, but unfortunately has an extremely limited RPG legacy (like... so limited it only has one RPG of note). None of these consoles have much of an RPG library, but we do pick out some oddities, including a JRPG on 3DO [!?] and a canceled Jaguar RPG that was to be based on the classic shoot'em up Centipede (yes, really).

It's a very fun episode that's unfortunately troubled by some audio issues on my end. I'm perfectly audible and there are no real interruptions, but the quality is regrettably not great. I sincerely apologize and hopefully we'll be back to normal next week.

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We're almost finished the 16-bit era in our Console RPG Quest, but first we have to talk about some of the lesser-known consoles of the period. We take a shotgun approach in this episode, covering the RPG histories of the 3DO, Jaguar, NeoGeo, and CDi (they exist!) Also, we say a few words about AlphaDream as it files for bankruptcy, and talk more about portable RPGs.

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Raine, composer of Celeste. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at rpgmaker.net. Check it out!

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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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