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Shining Force and Defenders of Oasis Rated for 3DS VC

Posted by James Newton

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.

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User Comments (38)



Geonjaha said:

Always great to see more games coming to the 3DS VC. Also glad to see an RPG. I'll have to do some research on these now :3



ejamer said:

Always wanted to play this Shining Force entry, but never had the chance. Hopefully it gets released in North America!



JayArr said:

Day one purchase. Which would be refreshing since I haven't picked up my 3DS in months.



AbuJaffer said:

We need original RPG's on the 3DS... but for the time being the only alternative is these ports.



LittleFuryThing said:

Didn't even know that there was Shining Force game for the Game Gear, but I'll definitely check it out when it makes its way over to EU.
Haven't heard of Defenders of Oasis, although if it's vaguely similar to Phantasy Star that's fine with me.



RetroGBHippie92 said:

Sounds interesting... so far none of the current Game Gear games interest me, especially Dragon Crystal, which has as lack of a save file (although you can use save states).
Defenders of Oasis looks like a great RPG though, it reminds me a lot of Dragon Quest, that may be a day one purchase for me.



fchinaski said:

The only thing that annoys me about Shining Force: Sword of Hajya is that there is no exploration, which in my opinion is what makes the original Shining Force so unique among SRPGs. Nowadays it's really rare to find a SRPG that mixes traditional RPG elements so well like the original ones did.



nindocrash said:

I'm a none ambassador, by circumstance... and nintendo has isolated every, one, of us none ambassadors. It's wishful, but I would like to somehow...
archive ambassador status, through... mabe, by frequently adding funds, or some other means. just for the otherwise unavailable content, and of course,
not to gain +20 VC games. that would just, be unreasonable...

And let's not overlook, that none ambassadors, pay full price, for e shop funds... shouldn't inner, region customers, have rights to buy the same content?
if any of this, concernes you, reply to this post.



Mahe said:

More Sega goodness, good. If only the 3DS had a better d-pad.



Sabrewing said:

It's a shame they can't just publish Shining Force CD on the Wii's VC. It's not like it would be much bigger than a Neo-Geo or a Turbo CD game.



Prof_Clayton said:

Shining Force! One of my favorite series from when I was younger coming to vc! Definite buy for me.



James said:

@Jamouse They're my favourite of all the classifications boards. The number of games they've prematurely announced is unreal!



Whopper744 said:

Sounds pretty cool. I would like to try the Dragon Quest games come to think of it though. I haven't done much RPG, and I always wanted to give it a shot.



Djrr-ific said:


Pay full price for e-shop funds.. WHAT?
Everyone pays the same for E-shop funds..
and the unavailable content? Should've bought you're 3DS earlier on.. it's a gift from Nintendo..

BTW, I don't see what this has to do with this news.. These games are for non-ambassadors too..

Anyhow, On topic: Great to see more Game Gear games coming ^^ And Shining Force is just awesome! Day one purchase ^^



shinobi88 said:

These are good games no doubt based on their 8.8 and 8.0 GameFaqs scores. But theyre just not my speed. It DOES show one positive for me: Sega is continuing to bring GG games to 3DS.

I'll get officially geeked up when I see Streets of Rage, Gunstar Heroes, and Dynamite Headdy



shinobi88 said:

DOES anyone know how many Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive) games have been released for the DS family of systems in their 8 year history? ... 5

A whopping 5. Sonic 1-3 & Sonic & Knuckles in the Sonic Classic Collection for DS and Earthworm Jim for DSiWare. 5 games from one of the best sytems of all-time. 5 games from a system with hundreds of original games in its vast library.

Does it make sense to anyone else for Sega to release a Genesis Collection for the 3DS?? I mean, there hasn't been any hint of bringing 16 bit systems to the 3DS VC, even though they can port GBA games. So it has to be Sega just not bothering to do it. I guess they hate money.



Reala said:

hadn't played my 3DS in months either I understand a lot of people are very happy with the 3DS game selection as it is but not everyone feels the same way, hadn't really used mine at all since December until Shinobi was released recently other than for the odd demo but mostly as an alarm clock.

good to see more gamegear games on the way though and shining force is always a welcome addition.



tripunktoj said:

I would consider getting Defenders of Oasis, I am also expecting Virtua Fighter
What non-Sonic game do you guys think is the one that best represents GG?
I would say Super Columns, but IMO Defenders of Oasis would also fit this



bezerker99 said:

Shining Force is so archaeic...with that being said - I'll prolly get this!!!




RR529 said:

Could be interesting. I'll keep my eyes on these. I don't play much RPGs, and when I do I usually play action RPGs (Kingdom Hearts, woo!), but I've enjoyed more traditional RPGs from time to time as well.



nindocrash said:

@Djrr-ific sure, I'm going off topic... but news like a few more VC games, only seams to try and make up for inequalities among ambassadors, and none ambassador. It's been over six months now, and there is still... no opportunity for none ambassadors to purchase
the exclusive content, that's currently available to ambassadors.

this is not a statement of envy, aimed toward ambassadors.
this is a questioning, of nintendos marketing strategy.
and I think, this issue should've been addressed by now.



James said:

Ambassador entry was a one-time only kind of deal. If you missed it, you missed out. Sorry dude, but that's life.

Also, who called SF archaic? Wait until I cast Blaze level 3 on you (made significantly more powerful in SF:SoH, by the way)!

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