Posts tagged Sonic Labyrinth
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.
If you’re like me (I doubt you are, but let’s just pretend), you’ve been frothing at the mouth for some more Game Gear releases on the 3DS. Some months back, Sega announced that the godawful Sonic Labyrinth and the slightly better Sonic Blast would be filling that void in Europe, and now all two of the people who cheered with that announcement will finally be able to get their hands on the latter title.
That’s right–folks in Europe will be able to download Sonic Blast today for a cool €5/£4.50. The game features both Sonic and Knuckles as playable characters, as well as the additional ability to double jump and…um…unique, faux-3D graphics. Anybody on the other side of the Atlantic picking this one up? As snarky as I’ve been, I have to admit…I kind of want to get it.
Not wanting anyone to feel left out, Sega will be making the infamous Game Gear Sonic title, Sonic Labyrinth, available for purchase through the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console tomorrow, May 16th. Most would consider this to be the worst of all the several Sonic Game Gear offerings, and potentially one of the worst Sonic games ever made, due to a lack of ingenuity, poor controls and the complete removal of one of Sonic’s key characteristics, his speed.
I’m personally puzzled as to why Sega simply didn’t let the game to R.I.P. on the Game Gear after its initial poor reception and subsequent criticisms by fans every time they include Sonic Labyrinth in another compilation or set of unlockable ‘bonus’ games. I don’t believe that re-releasing this game in any territory will do anything good for Sega or the Sonic brand, but as far as I know, the game may very well be a cult classic back in Japan. Had an experience with this game in the past? Feel up to talking about it? Let us know down below!
The Sega Game Gear classic…
Okay, I’m sorry, I can’t type that with a straight face. Sonic Labyrinth is a Sega Game Gear classic that ranks among the worst Sonic games of all times. Is it worth your money? That depends on your personal tolerance for pain.
As recently announced, Sega is ready to throw some Game Gear games onto your 3DS for all your 8-bit needs. Adding to the ranks are two more Sonic the Hedgehog titles: Sonic Blast and Sonic Labyrnth. For those who don’t know, Sonic Blast is the first Game Gear game that allowed users to play as Knuckles. Having played this game, I can say it does have some of the better graphics out of the Game Gear Sonic titles, as well as some of the largest sprites I have seen on the Game Gear’s screen. Sonic Blast released the same time Sonic 3D Blast graced the Sega Saturn and Genesis, which lead to an updated look. Sonic Labyrnth on the other hand… well for some reason someone thought it would be fun to play as a slow Sonic. In Sonic Labyrnth, Dr. Robotnik steals Sonic’s shoes, which are his source of speed. In this isometric adventures, you must speed dash and solve puzzles to reacquaint Sonic with his speed. Why anyone would want us to relive this “adventure” is beyond me, but its better than re-releasing Sonic Shuffle in any way shape or form I suppose.
So who will be picking up these titles?
[Source: Sega Bits]