Unfortunately, my first impressions of the Mega Drive - and yes; its delivery was indeed met with the predicted barrage of condemnation - were not great. It came with the pack-in Altered Beast, and Super Thunder Blade, a game which set out to answer the question "What if Thunder Blade was actually really bad?".
Disappointed, I spent even more money to get Golden Axe, which - at least for a while - made the purchase somewhat worthwhile.
Fact is, there just weren't many great games early in the Mega Drive's life. I bought Budokan and Sword of Sodan - both objectively appalling - but it wasn't until I picked up Revenge of Shinobi that it was worth suffering through the ongoing parental disapproval.
Heck, the first review I ever had on Digitiser was for a Mega Drive game - Green Dog The Beached Surfer Dude (nice graphics, shame about the insufferably sluggish controls). Fortunately, Sega gradually got its act together, and while I maintained a somewhat playfully antagonistic relationship towards the company once I became a games journo, I retain a real affection for the system.
Heck, by the time the Mega Drive was in its twilight, it was performing at a level which made it feel like an entirely different generation of hardware to the console responsible for something like, I dunno, the risible Last Battle.
Suffice to say, it has been a while since I last reviewed a brand new Mega Drive game. And Tanglewood is indeed a brand new Mega Drive game - developed on, and for, the original Sega hardware, and released on cartridge (though most of us will be playing this via Steam). Is this something we need in 2018? Can it go beyond giving us anything more than a brief drag on the nostalgia pipe?