[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Meaty Evil Legend

October 27th, 2014 by Benj Edwards

Meaty Evil Seika Legend SNES Super NES video game advertisement - 1993MEAT IS NEAT

I thought I had some Halloween-themed scans saved up for this year, but it looks like I don’t. My magazines are in cold storage at the moment (buried somewhere under the Arctic tundra), so I can’t get to them to scan a new one.

Time to fall back on some old scans. This looks pretty scary, right? I wouldn’t like to run into that zombie warrior in person.

Thinking back, I recall that I scanned this particular ad for Seika’s Legend in 2006 while working on my Game Ads A-Go-Go column (Simon Carless thought of that name, by the way) for the now defunct GameSetWatch. Back then, I didn’t keep track of which issue each scan came from, so I’ll have to come back later and update the post when I run across the ad in a magazine again.

[Update: 09/07/2015 – I found the source for this scan and updated the info below.]

As for the game this page advertises, I know very little about it. I just now played Legend in a Super NES emulator to refresh my memory. It is a fantasy-themed arcade beat-em-up similar to Golden Axe. It controls like sludge (your guy moves with the speed and agility of a slug) but has two-player co-op (always a winning feature) and is fairly fun if you have the patience to stick with it.

Me? I don’t like walking at 0.3 miles per hour in a game, so I only played it for two minutes.

[ From Electronic Gaming Monthly, November 1993, p.90]

Discussion Topic of the Week: What’s your favorite beat-em-up game?

6 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Meaty Evil Legend”

  1. John Says:

    I think my favorite game for pure carnage was Rampage. I pumped quite a few quarters in that game. Street Fighter II also has a special place in my heart. Street Fighter II was more of a social game for me – several of us would get together and play it quite a bit in the dorms to pass the time.

  2. Geoff V. Says:

    TMNT, X-Men, Gauntlet, Double Dragon, Bad Dudes, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Dungeons and Dragons… what a great genre of game for socializing. I remember a group of my friends in fifth grade pooling our allowances on a weekly basis to beat these games. Favorite has to be X-Men.

  3. Surfer Says:

    Street Fighter II (The New Challengers) for Super Nintendo.

  4. Jim Says:

    The arcade version of The Simpsons. I loved the two player combo attacks. I vaguely remember Legend from when I was a kid. It was ok, not as good as Capcom’s Knights of the Round which had similar gameplay.

  5. Geoff V. Says:

    I completely forgot about The Simpsons. I remember it as being pretty fun, but not nearly as polished as some of the other games mentioned.

  6. Benj Edwards Says:

    The Simpsons was great. I think my all-time favorite Beat-em-up was Xmen in the arcade. 2nd place would be TMNT in the arcade. Oh, and Golden Axe! Too many. I still have soft spots for Double Dragon I & II and Renegade on the NES, and Super Double Dragon on the SNES.

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