Dan Smith

Dan is a videogames writer based in grim, rain-lashed Northern England. A true child of the '90s, his formative gaming experiences centered on the famous exploits of certain blue hedgehog, and what started all those years ago in the Green Hill Zone has since turned into a lifelong obsession. Check out his blog, Pixels for Polygons , here.

Review: Ghost Blade HD (PS4)

While the Saturn may be the undisputed king of shooters, shmups, bullet hell games or whatever you want to call them, its successor is no slouch in that department either. Indeed, the Dreamcast is home to many notable examples of its own, some of which were spawned by the indie… Review: Ghost Blade HD (PS4) Review: Ghost Blade HD (PS4) …

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Sonic Mania: What we know and why you should be excited

Sonic’s full 3D debut, Sonic Adventure, may be 17 years old now, but there’s certainly been plenty of traditional 2D Sonic action to be had since then. Indeed, much of the series’ handheld output has favoured classic side-scrolling, as have the smorgasbord of fangames lovingly put together by committed enthusiasts. Hell, even SEGA themselves attempted to draw a line under Sonic’s …

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Do you remember SEGA Lock-On?

It’s easy to forget now that back in SEGA‘s 16-bit halcyon days, they wielded considerable brand power, enjoying reach far beyond the fledgling console business that made them a household name. Indeed, all manner of SEGA and Sonic merchandise and licensed paraphernalia was doing the rounds to your local Woolworths, Toys ‘R Us et al in the early ’90s.  I …

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Live and learn: A Sonic Adventure 2 retrospective

Sonic may turn 25 today, but this certainly isn’t the first milestone birthday that SEGA’s venerable blue mascot has celebrated. Fifteen years ago, Dreamcast-owning Sonic fans were preparing to mark the decade that had passed since his Mega Drive debut with the release Sonic Adventure 2. The original Sonic Adventure had been the Dreamcast’s great white hope: the first true 3D outing …

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SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Hub impressions

SEGA surprised everybody a couple of weeks ago by announcing a feature-packed free update to most of its existing Steam Mega Drive/Genesis repertoire. Not only does the update allow compatible games to be launched via a fully 3D overworld of sorts based on the bedroom of an early ‘90s SEGA fan, but also offers support for ‘mods’, or custom ROM …

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Dawn of War III trailer analysis

Today we’ve received confirmation, in the form of a Dawn of War III teaser trailer, that The Emperor does indeed reward the faithful. Eventually. It’s been 7 years since Dawn of War II released, and almost 12 years since its predecessor set a bar in terms of Warhammer 40,000 video games that some might say has yet to be beaten. …

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Review: Sonic Lost World (PC)

Ever since the sublime Super Mario 64 first hit store shelves in 1996, Sonic has been playing a game of catch-up. Sonic Adventure, Sonic Shuffle, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Sonic Chronicles, SEGA Power Tennis, all of these draw heavily from Mario's own diverse, genre-hopping repertoire, with varying degrees of… Review: Sonic Lost World (PC) Review: Sonic Lost World (PC) …

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Opinion: Nintendo’s GameCube is a Sonic fan’s best friend

As my son continues his inexorable journey towards that both dreaded and anticipated first day of school, my thoughts turn to how best to introduce him to his father’s favourite pastime. If you read my profile here on SEGA Nerds, you’ll see that I credit Sonic the Hedgehog with being at the centre of my ‘formative gaming experiences’, despite the …

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Review: Tembo the Badass Elephant

It would seem that Nintendo and Game Freak, the latter of Pokémon fame, have a far looser relationship than history might suggest. So loose, in fact, that they've seemingly been given a free pass to woo SEGA into publishing 2D platforming venture, Tembo the Badass Elephant, on PC, PlayStation 4 and… Review: Tembo the Badass Elephant Review: Tembo the Badass Elephant …

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SEGA vs the Steam Controller

SEGA’s renewed focus on PC means that from now on there will likely be more and more games developed and published by them gracing Steam’s already packed storefront. Given that the Steam Controller has been in the wild for a little while now, I thought it was high time that we at Nerds took some SEGA PC games through their …

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