It’s Thinking(TM)

Ok, so I’m talking to James today and he sends me some Japanese text in gaim. Since I’m on Windows, I didn’t have the Japanese font installed, so I figured.. hey, IE likes to bother me with annoying messages, lets make that japanese language pack box pop up! So I browse over to http://www.sega.co.jp and ….. THERE’S A NEW SONIC GAME COMING OUT AT THE END OF THE MONTH!!!

Ok. So I’m a little behind in gaming news. I haven’t read a gaming mag since the last issue of ODCM (Official Dreamcast Magazine, for the uninformed). So anyway, Sonic Heros brings back some of the characters from Knuckles’ Chaotix: Espio the chameleon (the bestest, coolest character), Charmey Bee (the smallest, annoyingest character), and Vector the Alligator (Gil calls him Lizardo).

So anyway, to ease my excitement, I busted out the Genesis + 32x and played Knuckles Chaotix as Espio, teamed with Heavy, Lizardo, and finally Knuckles. After a few hours I finally beat the game, but couldn’t get all the Chaos Rings. Those special stages get incredibly hard, and Game Genie isn’t compatible with 32X, so I can’t even cheat 🙁

Anyway, back to James. I’m chatting with him, and I blurt out:
welco
metot
henex
tlevel

and he’s all like “wtf? that’s gibberish!” and I’m all like “Hello!? Sega slogan!”. For the uninformed, or those of you too young to remember, Welco Metot Henex Tlevel, or spaced correctly: welcome to the next level, was Sega’s marketing campaign for the SegaCD, an addon for the Sega Genesis. You know, the thing before the Saturn, which is the thing before the Dreamcast. Yes, it’s a sad state of affairs, but some of the youngins out there aren’t familiar with the Genesis.

Anyway, while trying to prove my case to James, I took this pretty little picture with my phone:

It’s Sonic CD, with WELCO METOT HENEX TLEVEL proudly displayed on the front. I also found the most amazing livejournal entry ever while searching google for said phrase:

WELCO METOT HENEX TLEVEL
Google only turns up 9 pages that match Sega’s old advertising phrase. I want to be the tenth one. =)

Amazing. If google manages to find this, I suppose I’ll be number 14 or so!

-Sam

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. From James

    For the record, I’ve never played a MegaCD in the states, Or even the Genesis, So It’s not all too weird for me to be completely oblivious to the fact that Sega’s slogan for their MegaCD Games in the States was “Welcome To The Next Level”… And No, Contrary to what Sam thought when writing this entry… The 40 Confused minutes I spent talking about how insignificant the gibberish was, I had no clue it was “Welcome To The Next Level” with seemingly random spacing that actually turned out to be a systematic formatting characteristic allowing the characters of this ever-popular Slogan to fit into a nearly perfected 5×4 matrix. So For almost an Hour I sat at home alone trying to ignore the fact that someone wispered “Metot” at the end of a MegaCD Commercial. It was sad. You should all gang up on Sam and duck tape him to his bed tonight.

    HAHA. Not really. But At least I’m not the only one who is struck by this catch phrase. Google seems oblivious to the formatting Sega chose to market in the states oh so many years ago as well.

    1. Re: From James

      I like how you call it MegaCD instead of SegaCD, but then say Genesis instead of MegaDrive 😉

      -Sam

      1. Re: From James

        Well I knew that MegaDrive -> Genesis…
        But MegaCD -> SegaCD I was unsure of…
        So…
        Yeah.

        Unlike you Sam, I skipped out on the Sega(Mega)CD. Actually very few people were privliged enough to afford Sega’s CD Rom based Genesis addon… So in other words,
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