Shining Force and Defenders of Oasis Rated for 3DS VC

Prayers answered

The Australian Classification Board is a treasure trove of hints at which games are waiting in the Virtual Console wings, and it's come up trumps again today with two more Game Gear games rated for 3DS.

Shining Force: Sword of Hajya and Defenders of Oasis are both approved for sale on 3DS, and should hopefully hit the service later this year.

Shining Force: Sword of Hajya is one of three Shining Force 'side stories', and the only one that was ever translated into English. Along with prequel Shining Force Gaiden it was later combined into Shining Force CD, but you can comfortably make it through Sword of Hajya without much prior knowledge of the series.

Defenders of Oasis is another SEGA-published RPG, drawing on influences as diverse as Phantasy Star and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. A decent game that never really found its audience, it's good to see it coming to 3DS too.

Both these games featured in our list of the Game Gear games we need on Virtual Console — let's hope SEGA is already working on the others.

Thanks to Burak Haliloglu for the tip.