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Game Gear and TurboGrafx-16 Coming to 3DS Virtual Console

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Two more systems confirmed for the portable version of VC

Making a surprise appearance at Satoru Iwata's keynote earlier today, Reggie revealed that alongside continued DSiWare support and the 3D Classics feature, which will see classics remade with 3D effects, the Virtual Console will not just feature Nintendo systems.

Sega's Game Gear and NEC's TurboGrafx-16 will be supported, which means you can expect Sonic and Bonk titles to reappear once more. Keep in mind, however, that these are not really "new" systems when taking the Wii's Virtual Console into account as well — many of the games created for Game Gear were completely identical to Master System games, while the TurboGrafx-16 obviously isn't even a handheld at all, although there was a portable device that allowed you to play TG16 games on the go called the TurboExpress.

Aside from the addition of these two systems to the 3DS Virtual Console, no specific games have been announced, so we're not sure if we can expect new Master System/Game Gear and TurboGrafx-16 titles from this, or if Sega and Hudson will simply be moving over games already available on the Wii. We'll bring you any news as it's made available.

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User Comments (80)



James said:

Game Gear games on a screen that doesn't look like it was soaked in Vaseline and ran over by a cargo truck? Sign me up!

Hey Sega, I know it's too early to start begging for specific games, but I really want Ristar on here, please.



Corbs said:

I'd like to request Sonic Triple Trouble, Defenders of Oasis, and Ristar please.



RebeccaGunn said:

I'll be all over the Sonic 8-Bit releases! Also Tempo Jnr please! : )

Would love the old Donald Duck games too but they will never see time of day sigh : (



Raylax said:

"Many of the games created for Game Gear were completely identical to Master System games" - asides the smaller screen ratio, which managed to make the first boss of Sonic 1 the easiest challenge in the world, and then the first boss of Sonic 2 the hardest, because you couldn't see the iron balls until they were on top of you. And the rest of the Game Gear Sonic titles ranged from mediocre to sheer dross.



booker_steve said:

Now Nintendo, if you are in a good mood you could allow one to play TG16 games already downloaded on the Wii?

Oh don't you hang up on me Mr Iwata!



pixelman said:

Awesome. I still have a GameGear system lying around somewhere, but I'd rather not waste 6 AA batteries just to play it for 5 minutes. :3



Rapenzie said:

So... is it going to be TurboGrafx-16 or TurboExpress? The later makes more sense to me.



Knux said:

This is awesome news, bring on the Sonic games for the Game Gear!



sfog said:

Sonic Triple Trouble, Tails Adventure, and Baku Baku Animal please!



BulbasaurusRex said:

Are there any good Game Gear games that don't have superior Genesis/MegaDrive versions that I can't play on Sonic Adventure DX nor Sonic Gems Collection?

As for the TG-16, if I wanted any of those, I'd just get them from the Wii's Virtual Console.



FluttershyGuy said:

Always wanted to try the Game Gear. Was hoping for the chance with 3DS, and am going to get it! Will be interesting to see if, in retrospect, shelling out the clams for the system AND a lifetime supply of batteries would've been worth it!



MeloMan said:

Sonic Triple Trouble and Tail's Adventure please and thank you. No Atari Lynx or GBA announcements yet eh? Guess they'll be added after about a year or so...



Kevin said:

Only Game Gear game I liked a LOT was Tails' Adventures. Please release it Nintendo!



JamieO said:

Great news, both Game Gear and TurboGrafx-16 are very welcome additions to 3DS's Virtual Console in my eyes. I have noticed that TurboGrafx-16 games have continued to appear on iOS after the sad closure of the US offices of Hudson Entertainment, as well as NES Adventure Island II and N64 Bomberman Hero being announced on Wii Virtual Console, so it looks as though we will continue to be treated to Hudson's retro treasures (of course Hudson did not publish every TG-16 game).

So this is brilliant news all round... All we need now is for Neo Geo Pocket Color and Game Boy Advance games to be announced, although 'all in good time', with these new handheld additions the 3DS's Virtual Console should have plenty of quality early game choices.



cheetahman91 said:

I want Shining Force Gaiden II. All of them would be nice, but that would require translating them. Turbo Express support is nice too. Hopefully we'll be seeing Genesis games in the form of the Sega Nomad too.



Ristar42 said:

Game Gear games on a decent screen, wow.
It'd be great to play the exclusive GG Shinobi again, good memories

As for PC Engine GT style play, thats good too!



kurtasbestos said:

Neat! I have my fingers crossed for the slim chance that the Shining Force Gaiden series will get another chance at life on the 3DS.



James said:

@cheetahman91 Oh yeah, I would love some Shining Force Gaiden action! I have the Japanese originals but my Japanese isn't quite as good as it used to be!



CanisWolfred said:

We'll get 10-15 games and most of them will be Sonic. Soldier Blade on the go would be nice, though.



WoottWinds said:

Give me Game Boy Advance games w/ an import version of MOTHER 3 or give me death!

...Reggie? ...What are you doing in my house? Put down that knife...!!



DrCruse said:

This announcement has singlehandedly convinced me to buy a 3DS. Game Gear games on a decent screen? Turbografx games on the go????! SIGN ME UP!



Tasuki said:

I am not going to get hyped up about the 3DS VC like I did the Wiis. I mean yeah it was great at first but look at it now hardly any releases on the Wii VC and when there is its a mediocre game. Heck if I knew this was going to happen to the Wiis VC I probably wouldnt have bought a Wii.

So what Nintendo will do the same with the 3DS now. Shame on you Nintendo pulling this shame twice shame on you.



KingMike said:

Game Gear was not a surprise at all.
TG was just a little bit, because I think Hudson has released TG games for iPhone already.



EdEN said:

And in the first year they'll add the Lynx, the Neo Geo Pocket, the Neo Geo Pocket Color, the Wonderswan and the Wonderswan Color.

Am I missing your favorite Non-Nintendo portable?



brandonbwii said:

Great, now I have to wonder if they'll ever make an update where you can transfer tbgx games. I downloaded those more than any others on the Wii VC service. There really needs to be more handheld/console connectivity anyway.



brooks83 said:

Might as well re-release Genesis games, since there was a portable Genesis called a Nomad.



WolfRamHeart said:

I never had a Game Gear so this is exciting news that I will finally be able to experience these games on the 3DS. Nice to see TurboGrafx games coming to the 3DS as well but I already own a good amount of them on the Wii. It would be nice if I could transfer them over to my 3DS but somehow I don't see that happening. I hope that we will be seeing Virtual Boy, Game Boy Advance and Neo Geo Pocket games coming to the 3DS too.



Linkuini said:

Hate to spoil the mood in here, but... I've had my fill of Game Gear games since playing a few on Sonic Adventure DX on Gamecube. Thing is, most of them just su– wait, Ristar was on Game Gear, too? Well gee, now I don't really know what to think.



Pastry said:

I thought the TurboGrafx-16 was a home console... not a handheld.

Do I smell portable Super Mario World in the future? Oh wait...



JamieO said:

I agree with everyone keeping their fingers crossed for the Game Gear's Sonic games, here are a few more of SEGA's nifty handheld titles that I would like to see on 3DS Virtual Console:

  • GG Shinobi II: The Silent Fury: Sequel to the already brilliant GG Shinobi, which tightened the original's gameplay.
  • Gunstar Heroes: Cracking port of the Mega Drive game, considering the 8-bit capabilities of the Game Gear.
  • Streets of Rage 2: SEGA did a fine job on the Master System version of this classic brawler and this Game Gear title is decent too, just don't expect Mega Drive levels of aceness.
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap: A direct conversion of the excellent Sega Master System title.

I'm getting really excited about the possibilities of 3DS's Virtual Console now.



Pj1 said:

If anyone from atari is reading this could we have lynx games?



shake_zula said:

@51 yeah it is a home console, although it's pretty tiny. I really hope that's accurate though, portable Gate/Lords of Thunder and New Adventure Island alone would pretty much justify the cost of a 3DS for me



1080ike said:

Still waiting on the Lynx, GBA, Neogeo Pocket, and Wonderswan.
Nintendo, I love you, and I am not saying this just to suck up and get you to release these systems =P



Stuffgamer1 said:

Game Gear was inevitable, but Turbografx is a surprise. Not one I'm interested in, mind...I'm just waiting for the promised (and hopefully/probably still coming) PSN releases of Turbografx games, with one-purchase PS3/PSP access and built-in save-states. Kinda makes whatever Nintendo releases look like crap. But as I said, it has to actually RELEASE first, and the last related news I can find is two months old...

I'm with Tasuki on getting too hyped up, though. I find it hard to believe that the release schedule will be anything better than painfully slow given how the Wii VC has been going lately, and I think it's better anyway to have low hopes and be pleasantly surprised.



spzero15 said:

I can't Wait to see Sonic blurrrrrrrrrr all over the screen. I loved Sonic for Geamgear but you couldnt even tell what was going on, i think thats why it was so much fun!



Lotice-Paladin said:

If the 3DS and Wii VC's are connected like the PS3/PSP PSN unity then I'm interested in getting a 3DS to transfer my games.

You heard me Nintendo, make it happen!

I bet the service will be slow on the GG but not for the GB.



JaredJ said:

they should release Genesis/MegaDrive games. Heck I still have a Nomad.



The_Fox said:

I'd much rather they stuck to handheld games for the 3DS VC. I really, really don't want to see the releases cluttered with dozens of games already on the Wii VC.



Squiggle55 said:

Does anyone know of a reasonable business excuse for not doing GBA games yet?
Game Boy would be overlooked?



7th_lutz said:

The TG-16 coming to the 3DS shouldn't be shock because the Tg-16 games are available for iphone, IPod, and IPod Touch. The other reason is Turbo Express plays Hu Cards.

Turbo Express didn't play CD games.



SafariSuz said:

@Bulbasaurus Rex

|sf>Crystal Warriors is a proto Pokemon game crossed with Shining Force. You have a chess like board where all the humanoids are one of the four elements: Earth, Fire, Water, Air. Water is strong against fire, but weak against water. Air is strong against water, but weak against fire. Fire is strong against air, but weak against water. Earth is a balanced element and takes no weakness or strength against the other types.

Monsters can also appear on the board and you can capture them to use as a tag team substitution for a round in battle. For example, if your player is Air, you can capture a Fire monster and use him to battle in the player's place if the player ends up fighting a Water enemy. The game shouldn't have any licensing problems.

There's also Defenders of Oasis, which is a traditional RPG, but it has some really interesting dungeons and some storyline. It's been years since I've played the title, but I recall it had sailing ships and an underground area with sheets of ice where you have to figure out where to slip so that you can reach the chest (ala Pokemon).

I also recall Psychic Warriors, which was a platforming game where you played as a girl with many special powers (including healing powers).

Sega really created a lot of special memories on Game Gear, including a
special edition of Columns and the fantastic Solitaire Poker. As mentioned by someone else, Baku Baku was fun, but that puzzle game was way too easy.

@37 EdEN

You forgot to include


There was also a Game Gear version of Dynamite Headdy, even though it's not as impressive as its Genesis sibling.

One thing I really want to know is whether any of these titles can use the
two-player features.



Tasuki said:

@Stuffgamer1: The problem is how can I get hyped with it when I see whats going on with the Wiis VC. Sure I bet there are lot of good game gear games and Turbo Grafx 16 out there but how many are going to make it on the VC due to licensing issues and what not.

Yeah you are are hyped about now but in a year or so you are going to be yelling weres this game and how come this game isnt on the VC yet etc. etc.



Steviis_Father said:

I hope this simply means a carry-over of the existing TG-16 titles on their Wii VC... not a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT library....

please...please....please no....

And would it be too much to ask if we can just transfer the TG-16 games we ALREADY have on our Wiis?



weirdproq said:

I would also like to see Neo Geo Pocket and Neo Geo Pocket Colour games on the 3DS Virtual Console.



Token_Girl said:

@Stevii's Father
I'm going to go with no. It's definitely too much to ask for Nintendo to offer any sort of conductibility.

Still - Game Gear games! How did you know I wanted winsauce with my 3DS Nintendo/Sega?! Yay!



OldBoy said:

GG Shinobi Awesome, had a lot of fun with that game as a youngster. I'm also very pleased to hear that TG-16 games are gonna be on there.Hope they bring the Star Soldier games to it. Handheld Soldier Blade



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

TG16 games are a great thing. Hopefully, the Hudson support will continue despite the Konami buy. MAYBE they'll add more TG games to the Wii VC too. Me want Gate of Thunder. :3

GG meanwhile, I'll start caring once the rare pricer games are added



JDesensitized said:

They're most likely saving the GBA for last so it doesn't overshadow the other systems.

It will be worth the wait, though. Especially to finally be able to get a version of Ninja Five-O!



Rugaard said:

Bonk, Bonk, and more Bonk please =) Sidearms was also a really fun TG16 game. Will be great to see some of my old favs come back to life. Beyond Oasis will be freaking awesome if it makes its way to the virtual console as well.

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