|Damn right you should get it!|
However, things were different in Japan. While far from an industry leader, the Sega Saturn performed very well in that country because Nintendo stubbornly clung to the cartridge format that the Japanese were eager to leave in the past, and because small developers didn't feel like they had a home on Sony's Playstation. (I'm also sure having a spokesman like Segata Sanshiro, whose enthusiasm for the Saturn bordered on the homicidal, didn't hurt.)
|Yes, she's holding exactly what you|
think she's holding.
After cleaning up my Saturn and connecting it to my television set, the first game I popped into it was Groove On Fight, one of those bizarre releases that just wouldn't have felt at home anywhere else. When that wouldn't run, I fell back on a side-scrolling brawler known to Americans as Hot Blooded Fighting Family. Well, to the few Americans who've actually played it, anyway. This release by Thunder Force developers Technosoft was technically a cross-platform title, released for both the Playstation and Saturn. However, with its quirky Japanese sense of humor and just-shy-of-professional design, I can scarcely imagine Hot Blooded Fighting Family on any console but Sega's black box.
|Hey, a girl's got to have her limits.|
Like many of the side-scrolling beat 'em ups released after Final Fight, Hot Blooded Fighting Family tries to top its ancestor with even more outrageous situations. Pipes and bats are replaced with bombs and bazookas, and one stage ends with the heroes swallowed by a massive whale, with the next opening inside its belly. Like the later Streets of Rage games, the characters all have special attacks triggered with a joystick command, but they also have an apocalyptic super move that drains their energy but hurts the poor saps standing near them a lot more. It's all presented with the chunkiest sprites and the most saturated colors this side of a Neo-Geo.
|Rando piledrives his opponent,|
much like a certain wrestler-turned-
politician. No, not Jesse "The Body"