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Celebrate The Holidays With Cheaper Sega Virtual Console Titles

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Select games marked down to 500 points

Sales are rare on the Virtual Console, so chalk this one up to a Christmas miracle.

Starting Dec. 24 and running through Jan. 6 in both Europe and North America, Sega is knocking 40% off the price for its best-selling Genesis/Mega Drive Virtual Console releases. In space-buck terms, that means the usual 800 point price is now a mere 500 points, or the price of an NES game. Or three for the price of a little under two.

However you slice it, it's a good deal considering the line-up:

Sounds to us like a pretty good opportunity to round out that collection. Will you be picking any of these up?


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User Comments (118)



TwilightV said:

That's a pretty good gift! Maybe i'll pick up Gunstar Heroes and Shining Force.



KnucklesSonic8 said:

How great is this! Who knew VC sales could happen. Sonic 1 and Puyo Puyo for 500? How tempting...



astarisborn94 said:

I need to get three Wii Point Cards now. That way, I can download Super Smash Bros., Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures, Street Fighter Alpha 2, send a gift to a Wii friend, leaving me with 2,600 Wii Points. Then I'll get Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (2,100), get Blaster Master (1,600), pick another title to download, and with 800 Wii Points, wait for Sonic & Knuckles. It's the perfect plan!



StarBoy91 said:

Does that mean that those games are 500 points from now on? If so, then ToeJam & Earl would be a good choice, as I had never once played a ToeJam & Earl game (I was way too hesitant).
Gunstar Heroes FTW!!!!



motang said:

I am doing just that....kinda. I am having hoping game after game, that includes PS2 to Wii to GC to VC to Wiiware games as I have sometime off before I start working again and school starts.



StarBoy91 said:

Gunstar Heroes = best MegaDrive game I've played.
Streets of Rage 2 = best MegaDrive beat'em up I've played (although Streets of Rage 3 ain't half bad)

@BassX0 - but I like the character Tails. He's my favorite Sega character.



Stuffgamer1 said:

TECHNICALLY, that's only a 37.5% discount.

I might download Toejam & Earl...but nothing else interests me (mostly because I have a lot of it on other, superior formats already). Interesting that they're running this sale...isn't that a first for VC? SEGA's also running a sale on PSN. I wonder if there's going to be one on Xbox Live?



Pj1 said:

OH I thought this wouldn't happen for Europe saw this on the forum earlier! wow it's true, I'll be getting ToeJam and Earl! Looking forward to it and Sonic maybe. Yes Happy Christmas from Sega...



Pj1 said:

So why the Sale?, when shops do this they're getting rid of unwanted stock. I reckon Sega just would like to sell a bundle of games over the Holiday season. Nice thanks Sega.



Shin_Kazama said:

I'll get Sonic the hedgehog (already got Sonic 2 and 3, Streets of rage 2 and gunstar heroes). Is Shining Force worth picking up if I already have Shining Force 2?



OldBoy said:

Cool. I never thought I'd see the day when VC games lowered their price.Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. I'm definitely gonna get Gunstar Heroes and I might try out Shining Force for that price too.Bargain!!!



Kaeobais said:

I may have to download Gunstar Heroes if I get a card before the end of the sale.



vherub said:

VC sales???!!
Really???? Man, I hope this is a trend. Sony and MS put Nin to shame with sales.



StarBoy91 said:

Judging from the artstyle, I'd say that image was done in the early '90s. Looks beautiful. Though why Tails is outside I have no idea.



Turbo_Genesis_64 said:

Nintendo should consider this too. I mean Urban Champion, Operation Wolf, and Donkey Kong Jr. Math need all the help they can get.



MrPinguy said:

@Bass X0
What Tails did to you? >_>
I can understand Werehog or Silver, that are associated with bad stuff in recent Sonic Games... etc...
But Miles "Tails" Prower? Sonic 2? Too much picky people these days...

On topic, i have 500 spare points, guess i will wait for it, maybe for Gunstar or something...



StarBoy91 said:

@BassX0 - did you say that in comment five because you dislike Tails?
I don't mind, I was just surprised, 'cause he's my number one favorite Sega character of all time.
Tails FTW!!! Tails' Adventure and Tails' SkyPatrol are good Game Gear games.
Of course, the Sonic games are good as well.



Chunky_Droid said:

Maybe I'll pick up the 3 Sonic games again, as I had them on my old Wii but not the current one.



TwilightV said:

After 4Kids took over the voices, Tails went from one of the most enjoyable, to one of the most intolerable. Every time I hear that voice I cringe. Young boys should NOT sound like that. DX

...I like him in the DS games though. :3



jhuhn said:

I don't need any of them, and because I have the Sonic collection from the Gamecube which I can use to play the Sonic games from the Genesis era.



Hey not bad! I may get Sonic 2 and 3 so when I get Sonic and knuckles I can lock them Gunstar heroes looks cool too. and too bad I already have SoR 2 <<



Ren said:

gosh that sounds like a deal. Too bad most Genesis games I ever played kinda sucked. I already got the two here that I thought I'd give a second chance and they were indeed still crappy games.



colmtheperson said:

Well considering the nintendo download didn't give the EU anything to cheer about this christmas... I know where my money is going!



Starkiller said:

Augh, now I wish I waited to get Gunstar Heroes. Might look into the rest though (except sonic, never liked him).



MasterGraveheart said:

Hmmmm... not bad at all. Gives me a better reason to get Shining Force, Streets of Rage 2, Altered Beast, and, of course, Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Never really heard of Puyo Puyo, so I'll look into that before spending a total of 3000 points.

...I have all the other ones.



Croz said:

Unless NoE gives us Blastermaster & SMK on friday which looks doubtful, i'll be getting Sonic & Shining Force.



Buster13 said:

Well, now seems like a good time to finally check out Gunstar Heroes, and maybe ToeJam and Earl.



Bass_X0 said:

Funny story about Tails actually. When my mother was playing Sonic 2 for the first time, I told her that Tails was an enemy and that if he touched Sonic, it would kill her. So she kept running away from Tails to dodge him.



Guybrush_Threepwood said:

A more than welcome discount especially for Europe since Sega giving us only the inferior 50 Hz versions of MegaDrive games!



Kevin said:

Hmm. This will definately be handy for those participating in the secret santa.



Egg_miester said:

man what no landstalker, or phantasy star2 or4, or space harrier 2, or super fanasy zone, or wonderboy games, or earth worm jim so sad
but puyo puyo 2 will be a must get for any one that loves puzzle games



Linkuini said:

Those of you who do not own Gunstar Heroes have no excuse as of now. Seriously. Get that flippin' game!



Atlantis1982 said:

Most of the ones I want I already bought, but if anyone doesn't have SoR2 [WHATS WRONG WITH YOU?!?], then go GET IT.



Ristar42 said:

I'd also rather they fixed their poorly optimised 50Hz games, but cheaper is a good thing.



Digiki said:

Gunstar Heroes and Streets of Rage 2 for me.

Golden Axe and ToeJam & Earl are possiblities though.



Sockapal said:

Wait, you list Shining Force up top, then Shining Force II down below, which one is on sale, or both?



StarBoy91 said:

To each his own. I respect everyone's opinions (though Contra III is my second favorite run'n gun game).



OverlordMao said:

all 3 sonics and Gunstar Heroes!
Finally a christmas miracle on VC!
Although, why not Dynamite Headdy? That game is brilliantly amazing!
then agian, its completely worth the eight bucks I forked over for it.



Starwolf_UK said:

Well SEGA does what Nintendon't...even today.

@ StarBoy91
Press releases says only until Jan 6th.



Alfred_ENG said:

I will be buying Puyo Puyo 2 (900 Wii points) saving me Wii 400 points. Most of the other games are on the superior Xbox 360 with online leaderboards and online multiplayer on most of the Sega classics and they are only 400 MS points. I got Sonic 2 for 200 MS points.



StarBoy91 said:

Oh. I thought it wasn't temporary. Ah, well. Now I've got 'til the Italian Epiphany Day for me to fix my internet connection from my Wii and download ToeJam & Earl for a less expensive price (and score some Wii Points).



Alfred_ENG said:

You have to the 6th of January son. Buy some more points or ask your friends to gift you them for Christmas.



wanderlustwarrior said:

I'm actually quite stunned we had sales. I thought that was something everyone else in the world did.

I've already got the first 4 in some form. I'd get Shining Force, but I've already beaten it and want to play the remade game once I figure out how to do it on a DSi.

other than that, this is a somewhat good deal. Hopefully nintendo will bring tidings of good games/deals more often.



mattnd2007 said:

Nice, i'll finally get gunstar heroes. i hope this is a sign of things to come. i'm always jealous when i hear about the sales on xbla and psn.



CanisWolfred said:

I might pick up Streets of Rage 2 and Sonic 3 for the helluvit, since I need to add points anyways for the secret santa thing.



BulbasaurusRex said:

The Sonic games are still cheaper with Sonic Mega Collection, and you don't have to wait to get Sonic and Knuckles or the lock-on games. I believe they also run in 60 Hz in Europe unlike the VC releases.

Nothing for me, although I wish I could get a 600 point refund for my previous purchases of Streets of Rage 2 and Gunstar Heroes.



Sneaker13 said:

Well that's nice of Sega. Nintendo should do the same. Just knock 100 Wii Points from all there titles.



Stuffgamer1 said:

Wait...the Secret Santa is still running? I haven't gotten any e-mail updates about the thread in a few days, so I thought it had died off...where in the forums was it hiding? Anybody care to post a link (please)?



Zork2 said:

This is more like it. VC games are too expensive. I think they could make more money by lowering the prices generally.



StarBoy91 said:

Sonic 2 for the MegaDrive, imo, is the best Sonic game. It introduced Tails for the first time (well, techincally the Game Gear/Master System version of Sonic 2 did, but it's not the same game).
But, to each his own.



TJ_Spyke said:

"Rare"? It's not just rare, this is the first time Virtual Console games have ever been on sale. Nice to see these cheaper Genesis games, I hope they do well enough to encourage Nintendo to do more sales.

I wonder who is losing the $2 in revenue though, Nintendo or Sega? Or both?



Big_A2 said:

Agh, now I wish I waited to get Sonic 2.

Ah well. Gunstar Heros should be fun. This truly is a Christmas miracle.



Hoofbites said:

I already have the three Sonics and Gunstar Heroes, so I think I'll get Streets of Rage 2, Shining Force, Puyo Puyo, and maybe ToeJam & Earl.



Twilight_Crow said:

Alright, I'm getting Gunstar Heroes for sure, maybe Puyo Puyo. Mmmm I have the Sonic Mega Collection but I hate the controls, the GC controller's pad sucks, this could be my chance to get at least one Sonic game to play right.



madgear said:

I hate to be all negative, but these are the Megadrive titles that arn't optimised for the component cables - it means I can't even play them! Grr - sort it out Sega/Nintendo (whoever fixes that).



Tails said:

@Bass: Sonic left me out in the cold cause i wanted to play in the snow. Anyway i already have all the Sonic titles so i'm good



moomoo said:

I've always wanted to get Gunstar Heroes. Now's a great time to get it.



Alfred_ENG said:


Good point Madgear.
Lots of the games don't work with component cable.

All TG16 and VCA games fully work with component cable (I think).

All games should be 60hz.



sectoidcorpse said:

I love a deal, but most of these games are on XBLA for $5 normally. sigh... I do prefer playing with a classic controller tho.
BTW, SoR2 is sweet, buy it now!



Xkhaoz said:

Cool. I might get Toejam and Earl and Gunstar Heroes for some old-school co-op action.



Raylax said:

@Madgear: Isn't there a fix for component cable incompatibility? Something like pressing A+B+Z or something on the operations guide. Perhaps someone here can clarify more.
I'll probably pick up the Sonics over Christmas ^^



WonderboY101 said:

Yes, Gunstar Heroes is really great. Too bad I recently bought it for 800 points.

As said above the component cable situation regarding some of the early games that came on VC is still annoying. Having to change to RGB Scart when I want to play something like Gunstar Heroes on my LCD TV can be a bit of a pain. Still I did know the situation beforehand so I can't complain too much.

I'll pick up four of these games - Puyo Puyo 2, Sonic 3, SoR2, Shining Force - before the New Year. It would have been Golden Axe and Toe Jam & Earl as well, but these don't have component cable interlace mode incorporated, so I' ll pass. While both are decent games they aren't as good as Gunstar Heroes IMO so not really worth me changing cables to play.

@ Raylax. The code used on the operations guide should be on here:

It does not work with the majority of the first 30 or 40 games that were released on the VC, I think. Could be even more than this, I'm not sure, have not counted.



Xkhaoz said:

Hopefully they'll have sales more often. It'd be nice and get some more sales I bet.



Alfred_ENG said:

I just got Puyo Puyo 2. It's a pretty good puzzle game. I like it. Looks good to. Beautiful 60hz I will buy more Imports at 500 points. Not 900. Sega and Nintendo lower your prices for Europe now. 900 points for a MD game you must be nuts.



Stuffgamer1 said:

Aww...still no reply about the Secret Santa? I tried to find it in the forums, but I can't! Looks like I won't be ABLE to participate, then.




This good but I think it should be like this all year around I men nintendo chage way to much for this 20 year old games I mean 5 dollars for an NES game I mean come that's crazy when I can get a SUPERNES carrage from the store for a quarter.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@NINTENBOY: Can't get any GOOD games for a quarter, least, not anywhere around here. You also have to remember that there are costs involved in VC releases, including having the games rated (even those that WERE rated before have to be re-rated for the "new" format), whatever costs go into making the game work on VC (which seems to be a variable), and the distribution of the game itself (probably pretty cheap, but certainly not nonexistant). If you consider all that, the prices are really quite reasonable...for the good games, anyway. $5 for SOME of the NES games is a rip-off. $5 for StarTropics 2? That's a STEAL!



Porky said:

@98 Lets all ignore Stuffgamer1 hehe,

Ill finally have a reason to buy all sonic games ya!



Ragnor said:

Meh, I have pretty much all of these on the various collections for PS2 and 360



DarkEdi said:

I wanted Shining Force 2, the 1 i already have it.

Is ToeJam good?
I think i get puyo puyo, it´s almost at mid price and others i have it DL it or in collection disc.



romulo said:

I grabbed Gunstar Heroes, Puyo Puyo 2 and Toe Jam & Earl. Maybe I'll get something more 'til next week.



Juampi said:

I bought Gunstar Heroes. I'll probably buy Shining Force and Streets of Rage 2 as well.



Juampi said:

I only played Shining Force 2, and I have to say it is awesome. I would definitely buy it if it was on sale. As for Shining Force, I heard it is awesome as well, although not as good as the second. Still, at 500 points, I think it should be worth it.



brooks83 said:

Shining Force is an amazing game and at 500 points it is a must buy. I would say it as every bit as good as the sequal, and in some ways is better I think.



DarkEdi said:

I want a refund of genesis games in promotion i already bought like the refund of internet channel.



WolfRamHeart said:

I think that I will download all three Sonic games instead of waiting for the Sonic Classic Collection on the DS. Save me some money too.




Only downloaded Puyo Puyo 2 in the end which isn't bad. I was gonna go for Sonic 3 but I already have STH 2 which I feel is the definative game in that ace trilogy. Gunstar heroed I'm sure is great, but I don't really like hardcore retro run and guns (I feel that I should, but I don't). Having said that, I've actually played GH at length back in the day; but I doubt I'd like it now.



XCWarrior said:

@DarkEdi You do realize that when a normal store puts things on sale you just don't get a refund, right? It's the same thing here. If you were patient, then you get the deal. Though none of us would have ever guessed we would see a sale on VC/WW ever.

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