LINK-UP GAMING


Link-up gaming. It's something that was thought of ages ago but something that only recently (I'm talking XBOX) really became what people had in mind when they 'created' this 'style' of gaming. It basicly involves 'linking-up' two consoles of a kind with a cable and using a screen/tv for each player. Something that already existed -albeit in a simple form- back in the days of Tetris on the Game boy, but -like said- it only became something that was used frequently with the launch of Microsoft's XBOX and HALO game. The luxury of having 16 player bouts with multiple consoles and screens was something that became incredibly appealing and rightly so. 

Now, being the SEGA fanatic that I am, I started looking for games that supported link-up gameplay back in 2001. I imported a Blaze link-up cable for the Saturn, bought two copies of DOOM and hoped for the best. Well, we all know how that ended up but it basicly kickstarted a quest for more link-up games.
I was both surprised and let down by the amount of games that supported link-up gaming. The list of games was surprisingly small (especially for the Dreamcast) and mainly consisted of games of a rather dubious quality. (Doom, Hexen). But, thankfully, the odd gem (Daytona USA CCE, F-355 challenge) made it out as well. 

The info below should give you a good idea of what games feature link-up gaming and a lot of info on 'what could've been' awesome link-up games. Depressing, but interesting all the same. Who knows what we might find someday.. 

[NEWS 03/16/09] Hellgate Dreamcast prototype comes with link-up option.

Games that support link-up gameplay:



| Game Gear |

Game

Region

*5 in 1 fun pack
*Baku Baku Animal
*Baseball '91
*Berlin no Kabe (The Berlin wall)
*Bubble Bobble
*Bust-a-move
*Buster Fight
*Columns
*Clutch Hitter
*Crayon Shin-Chan
*Daisenryaku G
*Dr. Robotniks Mean Bean Machine
*Dunk Kids
*Evander Holyfield boxing
*F1
*Faceball 2000
*Fatal Fury Special
*G-Loc - Air Battle
*George Foreman K.O boxing
*GG League '94
*GP Rider
*Head buster
*Joe Montana Football
*Kawasaki Superbikes (Kawasaki Superbike Challenge US)
*Kaito Saint Tail
*Kick & Rush (Tengen World Cup soccer)
*Micro Machines
*Micro Machines 2
*Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
*Mortal Kombat
*Mortal Kombat 2
*Mortal Kombat III
*NHL Hockey
*Outrun
*Pac-attack
*Pac-man
*Pete Sampras Tennis
*Pop Breaker
*Popeye beach volleyball
*Popils (*1)
*Power Rangers: The movie
*Primal Rage
*Pro Yakyuu GG League
*Putt & Putter
*Puyo Puyo
*Puyo Puyo 2
*Puzzle & Action (Tant-R)
*Puzzle & Action (Ichidant-R)
*Riddick Bowe boxing
*Rise of the Robots 
*Ryuu Kyuu
*Samurai Spirits (Samurai Shodown)
*SD Gundam
*Slam Dunk (From TV anim.)
*Squinky Tennis (*2)
*Solitaire Poker
*Sonic Drift
*Sonic Drift 2 (Sonic Drift Racing EU)
*Stargate
*Streets of Rage (Bare Knuckle JP)
*Streets of Rage II (Bare Knuckle II JP)
*Super Columns
*Super Momotarou Dentetsu III
*Super Monaco GP
*Super Monaco GP II (Ayrton Senna's..)
*Super Off-road
*Super Space invaders
*Taisen Mahjong Haopai
*Taisen Mahjong Haopai 2
*Tengen world cup soccer
*The Pro Yakyuu '91
*The quiz gear fight!
*Ultimate Soccer
*Virtua Fighter Animation
*Virtua Fighter Mini
*Wimbledon
*World Cup USA '94
*World Derby
*World series baseball (Nomo's World Series Baseball)
*World series baseball '95
(*1) User made levels can be transfered via the link cable. Cool!
(*2) Hidden in Pete Sampras Tennis, Micro Machines & Micro Machinres 2. Link up two Game Gears and hold START


| Megadrive / Genesis |

Game

Region

*Beyond Zero Tolerance
PROTO
*Zero Tolerance



| Saturn |

Game

Region

*Daytona USA: CCE
*Doom
*Gebockers
*Gun Griffon II
*Hexen (*1)
*Hyper reverthion
 
*Steeldom
(*1)Via Cheat menu. VERY buggy.



| Dreamcast |

Game

Region

*Aero Dancing I
*Aero Dancing F
*F-355 Challenge
*Hellgate (*1)
PROTO
*Sega Tetris
  
*Virtual-on Cyber Troopers: Oratorio Tangram
(*1) The recently released Hellgate prototype has a link-up option in the menu, but it doesn't really work.

 


Rumours, false information and other 'unsupported' software:

| Saturn |

Game

Region

?

*Andretti racing
Highly unlikely
*Assault rigs
Unsupported
*Baldy land

Unsupported

*Command & Conquer

Unsupported

*Daytona USA CCE: Netlink Edition

Unsupported
*Destruction derby

Unsupported

*Doom

Unsupported
*Duke Nukem 3D

Unsupported
*Gebockers (sample version) Unsupported
*Hi Octane

Unsupported
*Independence day

Unsupported
*Magic Carpet

Unsupported
*Syndicate Wars PROTO ...
*Virtual-On: Cyber Troopers

Unsupported
*Virtual-On: Cyber Troopers: X-BAND / Netlink

Unsupported
*Wipeout

Unsupported
*Wipeout XL

Unsupported?


| Dreamcast |

Game

Region

?

*Aero wings
Unsupported
*Capcom vs SNK
Unsupported
*Daytona USA 2001
Unsupported
*Gundam (All releases)
Unsupported
*Heavy metal: Geomatrix
Unsupported
*Outtrigger
Unsupported
*Spawn
Unsupported

 


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