Sega Genesis Mini 2 Lineup Includes Sega’s Most Controversial Game

For quite some time, Night Trap was widely considered to be one of the worst games ever made. While its basic gameplay wasn’t far removed from previous FMV hits like Dragon’s Lairthe title’s atrocious acting and writing (not to mention the stunningly bad video quality the Sega CD is known for) made it nearly impossible to derive any kind of genuine pleasure from what little interactive entertainment it offered.

Of course, the bigger controversy surrounding Night Trap involved its infamous role in the 1993 US Senate hearings on video game violence that eventually led to the formation of the ESRB. Night Trap‘s live-action portrayal of violence being done against “scantily clad” young women was too much for some senators to handle. It didn’t matter that there were numerous significantly more violent movies readily available that featured more extreme examples of similar subject matter. Video games were scaring a lot of people in power at that time, and Night Trap became one of that moral panic’s most prominent exhibits.

Actually, Night Trap was removed from all Toys “R” Us and Kay-Bee Toys locations not long after it was brought before the committee, while other violent games (most notably mortal kombat) remained on most store shelves. In a way, it must have been easier to “pick on” Night Trap. It was never going to be a bestseller, and few were truly sad to see it go despite the fact its retail removal was based on absurd moral concerns rather than the quality of the thing itself.

Yet, Night Trap has enjoyed something of a cultural reappraisal in the years since its debut. Few are ready to call the game a misunderstood masterpiece, but there is a popular idea that it deserves to be seen as an intentionally campy tribute to Roger Corman-esque horror films. It’s a rare example of a “so bad, it’s good” kind of game that is at least widely considered to be a cultural curiosity that perfectly captures a specific era of gaming.

In recent years, Night Trap‘s reappraisal has led to remasters, re-releases, and now, an official spot in Sega’s hardware tribute to their glory days. For anyone who grew up around the Night Trap release drama, it’s undoubtedly strange to think that Sega would go so far as to openly embrace a game that most people once wanted nothing to do with. It just goes to show that time and nostalgia can heal a lot of wounds.

Sega Genesis Mini 2: Full Game Lineup and Reveal Trailer

  • After Burner II
  • Alien Soldier
  • Atomic Runner
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • ClayFighter
  • Crusader of Centy
  • Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf
  • Earthworm Jim 2
  • Elemental Master
  • Fatal Fury 2
  • Gain Ground
  • Golden Ax II
  • Granada
  • Hellfire
  • Herzog Zwei
  • Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar
  • Midnight Resistance
  • OutRun
  • OutRunners
  • Phantasy Star II
  • popular
  • Rainbow Islands
  • Ranger-X
  • Ristar
  • Rolling Thunder 2
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Shining Force II
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Splatterhouse 2
  • Streets of Rage 3
  • Super Hang On
  • Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers
  • The Ooze
  • The Revenge of Shinobi
  • ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
  • Truxton
  • VectorMan 2
  • Viewpoint
  • Virtua Racing
  • Warsong
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Ecco: The Tides of Time
  • Final Fight CD
  • Mansion of Hidden Souls
  • night-striker
  • Night Trap
  • The Ninja Warriors
  • Robo Aleste
  • Sewer Shark
  • Shining Force CD
  • SILPHEED
  • Sonic The Hedgehog CD

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