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Tanglewood is a brand new Sega Genesis game built on ’90s hardware

Hardware developers aren’t the only ones riding a new wave of enthusiasm for retro gaming.

Matt Phillips, a U.K. game developer, has spent the last five years coding his new game Tanglewood on original Sega hardware. According to a Kickstarter campaign for the project launched this week, the 2D platformer follows the adventures of a fox-like created named Nymn after he’s separated from his pack in a creepy forest.

The game will include fast-paced action as well as traps and puzzles. It’ll be reminiscent of classic titles like The Lion King and Sonic the Hedgehog, with elements borrowed from modern games Ori and the Blind Forest and Abe’s Oddysee. 

What makes the project especially interesting is that Phillips plans to release the game in November 2017 on cartridge (as well as a download for PC, Mac, and Linux). Sega fans can dust off their old consoles (or fire up their reissue of Mega Drive) and relive the excitement of loading up a brand new title.

“I’ve wanted to do something like this since I was 9 years old and got the Sega Mega Drive,” Phillips told Motherboard on Monday. “I want this to be the real thing, and I’m following as many original processes as I can.”

According to Motherboard, it took Phillips a year to fix up the original ’90s development hardware he purchased for the project, and even longer to figure out the retro coding tools.

Phillips has so far earned more than $15,000 of his $60,000 crowdfunding goal, with 33 days to go in the campaign. You can download and try a prototype of the game from the Kickstarter page.

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The Sega Genesis in 1989

The Sega Genesis, known as the Mega Drive in most regions outside North America, is a 16-bit home video game console which was developed and sold by Sega Enterprises, Ltd. The Genesis was Sega’s third console and the successor to the Master System. Sega first released the console as the Mega Drive in Japan in 1988, followed by a North American debut under the Genesis moniker in 1989. In 1990, the console was distributed as the Mega Drive by Virgin Mastertronic in Europe, by Ozisoft in Australasia, and by Tec Toy in Brazil. In South Korea, the systems were distributed by Samsung and were known as the Super Gam*Boy, and later the Super Aladdin Boy.

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