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Hey Dude, get ready for the ultimate in rad video! Sega’s California Games takes you to the sunny beaches and deserts of the California coast for some gnarly sports competition. Kick it down on a skateboard. Ride the waves to surfing heaven. Cruise the concrete on skates or the rough track on a BMX. Test your toes with a footbag or your long concentration with a flying disk. In a word: awesome. But there’s more. You can play with up to 8 of your friends. Practice events. Compete in one, some or all to become the total California Champion! And you can play for some of the hottest teams around around representing the heaviest names on the circuit. So what are you waiting for? Grab your board and get ready to achieve a new state of Sega cool.
The 8-bit consoles weren’t really renowned for their fantastic sporting titles, and the Master System had some of the worst examples on any system. If anyone has ever been unlucky enough to play any of the machine’s ‘Great’ series of sports titles (Great Football, Great Soccer, Great juxtaposition of the word Great) you’ll know exactly where we’re coming from. And don’t even get us started on Basketball Nightmare. However, you may well remember the Earth tilting slightly on its axis after the release of Epyx’s brilliant California Games. While playing through the game’s six events had a tendency to make you feel like one of those annoying kids from Saved By The Bell, in its own goofy way it offered a nice slice of sun-kissed sporting action, and it looked fantastic to boot.