Posts tagged Game Gear
The reveal of Sonic: Lost World may be the hottest story coming out of Sega’s recently announced collaboration with Nintendo, but in the meantime another promise is finally being fulfilled: more Game Gear games on the 3DS.
Other than the previously outed Sonic Labyrinth, Nintendo’s handheld will also be getting Crystal Warriors, Columns, Sonic Blast, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Defenders of the Oasis, Tails Adventure, Shining Force II: Sword of Hayja, Sonic Drift 2, G-Loc Air Battle, and Vampire: Master of Darkness. That’s 13 titles in all. Hallelujah.
Even without any specific release info, this news is cause for celebration. Sega’s months-long silence led many of us to assume that the company had moved on from Game Gear rereleases, so the announcement of 13 games all at once is a pleasant surprise indeed. Just the prospect of playing Defenders of the Oasis and Sword of Hayja have me grinning like an idiot.
To put it bluntly, the 3DS Game Gear resurgence in the US has been a joke.
While we were given a couple of the handheld’s best titles in the supposedly inaugural batch released in March of 2012, we have gotten nothing but broken promises ever since. Meanwhile, Japanese 3DS users have gotten their hands on no less than fourteen eShop Game Gear rereleases–yes, fourteen–including such titles as Sonic & Tails 2, Columns, Sonic Drift 2, Ariel: Legendary Crystal, Tails Adventure, Puyo Puyo, and of course, Sonic Labyrinth.
After 13 months of waiting, we may finally be getting at least one more game out West, as Sega’s dust-covered eShop listing for Sonic Labyrinth has been updated with a price point of $4.99. That’s right: Sonic Labyrinth, often regarded as one of the worst Sonic games ever made, could be our light at the end of the tunnel.
*Sigh* I give up.
Next week, Tails Adventure will be released on the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console for 300 yen ($3). Unlike other side-scrolling platformers in the Sonic franchise, Tails Adventure is a much more methodical and slow-paced game with an emphasis on exploration, puzzle solving and some RPG elements. It’s also one of the few Game Gear games I still want to someday track down and play and would love to see it released on the eShop in the West.
Have any Sega Addicts out there played Tails Adventures on the Game Gear or on one of the collections it was on? What are some Game Gear games you’d like to see re-released on the eShop?
Those lucky enough to go to this year’s Games Developers Conference 2013 will have probably spent some some time in the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment’s Game History Exhibit where Sega had a very hearty presence.
Consoles that were available to play included the Genesis, 32X, Sega CD, Game Gear, Nomad and more. If that wasn’t enough, Sega managed to dig out some old developmental models of the Dreamcast, the Genesis/ Sega CD combo pictured above, and even developer guides and VHS tapes for the Saturn.
Sega are a company that have always held onto their proud history regardless of the struggles they have faced in more recent years. Lets hope they manage to scrounge out a Dreamcast 2 dev kit for GDC 2033.
Is it me or does this always happen? At least along these similar lines. At this point the Australian Classification Board is the excited 3DS fans best source for what upcoming re-releases will be making it to the systems virtual shop as this time it leaked the game’s Tails Adventure and Crystal Warriors. Two Game Gear classics that were classified last Monday and Tuesday respectively. Tails Adventure for the uninitiated is a slower Sonic styled game, with Crystal Warriors residing in the turn based strategy genre.
No word on a release date but these leaks are always an effective confirmation that we should be hearing more soon. In the meantime are you excited to try these again, or even pick them up for the first time? Or do you not really care? Let me know in the comments!
So, remember how we were told Nintendo was going to release Game Gear games on the 3DS eShop channel? And remember how we were so excited that we reviewed all three of the eShop launch games at once? Well, we haven’t seen any since then in America, even though both Europe and Japan have a nice amount now. Add another to the list in Japan! On February 6th, Japan will get Crystal Warriors, or as it’s known over there, Ariel: Crystal Legend. The game will go for 300 Yen ($3.30), and was originally released on the Game Gear internationally back in 1991. Really though, I’m not bitter about this announcement, just confused. I really would like to play some more Game Gear games on my 3DS as my Game Gear barely works now. Anyone else still dusting off their Game Gear? Or are you enjoying the eShop market? Let us know in the comments!
Prepare to have the wires of your childhood memories irrevocably messed with against your will.
In the video above, YouTuber Paul LastLevelTech revives Sega’s forgotten, battery drinking handheld using none other than Nintendo’s latest console, the Wii U. That’s right–using the Game Gear’s TV tuner, he’s managed to connect the Wii U’s game pad up to the black brick, displaying both the Mii-verse and New Super Mario Bros U on its early ’90s screen.
Once I got over this heretic’s unforgivable actions, I found myself really intrigued by what he has done here. After years of seeing Sonic mingling with the Nintendo locals, it’s nice to see Mario finally migrating to one of Sega’s consoles.
What are you looking at? I’m not bitter.
These catalogs were always my favorite thing to look through in the 90s. Newspaper catalogs were eBay for kids in 1996. Instead of wagering prices, we would wager chores in hopes of Santa bringing us the most colorful thing in the newspaper. Wagers aside, look at the insane prices for some of these things after you hit that jump. More >
Just in time for the western release of All-Stars Racing Transformed, Sega has put their long-forgotten Game Gear racer Sonic Drift 2 on Nintendo’s 3DS eShop…in Japan.
The racer, which stars seven characters from Sonic’s classic roster, is often mentioned as one of the hidden gems on the handheld. It’s now available on the Japanese service for 300 yen.
Meanwhile, folks in the west continue to twiddle their thumbs, waiting for some of these much-hyped re-releases to show up. Triple Trouble, Shinobi, and Dragon Crystal are all very much appreciated, but considering how much hype was put behind this Game Gear resurgence, I would have thought we’d have something more by now.
While all the cool kids were playing Sonic 2 on their fancy Mega Drives back in the day, we have to remember the fair few that got lost behind. The few gamers who had to settle for the portable Sonic games perhaps. The Sonic Triple Trouble players, the fallen gamers. Well if the Western Virtual Console releases follow up from the Japanese ones then we can get a taste of their life back soon, because the Game Gear Sonic 2 is indeed making it’s way to the 3DS Virtual Console in Japan next week.
My bitter sarcasm aside, what do you think? Did you play this back in the day? Are you excited to hear that maybe we’ll get it soon after? Or are you just not interested? Either way let me know in the comments!
[Source: Go Nintendo]