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3D Versions Of Shinobi III And Streets Of Rage Coming To 3DS eShop

Posted by Damien McFerran

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Japan got 3D Ecco the Dolphin this week, but Sega isn't done with its 3D re-releases just yet.

A PEGI rating has been spotted for Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (Super Shinobi II in Japan), and the Australian Classification Board has done similar business for Streets of Rage. While Sega hasn't officially confirmed either game, it's safe to say both of these will be heading to the 3DS eShop as part of the existing 3D range.

None of Sega's 3D remakes have made their way out of Japan as yet, but the company recently demonstrated 3D Space Harrier in Europe, suggesting that a launch isn't too far away.

Which of these two seminal 16-bit titles excites you the most?


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spamineggs said:

By far Streets of Rage!
I was hoping SEGA would have released a collection on the DS like they did with Sonic, but this will do nicely



TheAdza said:

Pity it's not SoR II. Still, it will be a fun time waster. Thanks Sega. I wonder when these are coming?



SmaMan said:

Even though I own this game in like 8 other formats I'll totally buy this one! There's a reason my fantasy baseball team is called the "Bare Knuckles."

(and then please please please do the same for SOR2!!!



MAB said:

Cool! now come on SEGS get some stuff happenin' on WiiU because I don't really like NES & SNES games



Midnight3DS said:

I'd love to see some snes Final Fight on 3DS, too. If it's the one I'm thinking of with the Elvis thugs.



ChristopherM said:

I'd love to see the 16-bit SoR on 3DS, but based on recent form Sega will first try to sell UK gamers the Game Gear version.



shinobi88 said:

I'm gonna offer a bit of a shocking twist here, and reveal that this Shinobi prefers Streets of Rage over Shinobi III. SoR 1 is my second fave Genesis game of ALL-TIME behind REVENGE of Shinobi (which Sega always seems hesitant to reproduce for some reason, even though they've solved the Spider-Man licensing issue). And the SoR soundtrack is my fave all-time Genesis soundtrack, which is sayin a lot considerin the competition it gets from games like SoR 2 & Castlevania Bloodlines (which would be an INSANELY awesome 3D Classic) . It's really impossible to explain how each level's tune in SoR gets you more jacked up to bash skulls. The best I can do is to warn you that it's hard not to have a seizure when you get to Stage 5 and the pulse-pounding beat is kickin as literally like 20 thugs come on screen simultaneously to attack you

Since Sega has all these 3D Classics in the works now, I'd like if they released em all as a retail compilation, with some bonuses such as developer interviews & cheat codes, like on the Genesis Collection for PSP.



Gold_Ranger said:

I need Streets of Rage NOW!!!!!
I love this game:

  • AMAZING soundtrack
  • Superb story
  • great twist ending if you choose the other option...


ChristopherM said:

shinobi88 / Kaine - I agree about the soundtrack. You may already know this, but the soundtracks for all three SoR/Bare Knuckle games - plus Shinobi - are available on the Japanese triple CD "Yuzo Koshiro Best Collection Vol 2". Not sure if it's still available though.



LavaTwilight said:

3D Streets Of Rage would be good! Avoided it on the Wii e-Shop but may have to go for it if it's released in 3D!



Shiryu said:

Really hope SEGA stuffs this whole range of 3D classics in a single cart down the line.



AgentAPE said:

all these sega 3d classics are great but where the hell are all the nes and snes 3d classics at? geez ninty get it together.



CrazyOtto said:

I wonder if we'll get these Sega 3D Classics right after we get the 3 GG VC games that Japan has but we don't (Master of Darkness, G-LOC: Air Battle, and Sonic Drift 2).



Knuckles said:

Yes! Disappointed it wasn't Revenge of Shinobi, but considering I haven't played Shinobi 3. can't really complain.



Hordak said:

Let me get this straight. Sega is willing to put their Genesis/Megadrive Classic games (in 3D, no less!) on the Nintendo 3DS, but Nintendo isn't putting out descent NES or any SNES games at all on their own system? What's the deal? Everyone take to the internet and get #SNESon3DS trending.



MAB said:

Because NES & SNES were never as good as the Megadrive and Nintendo know it... Just can't compete with the awesomeness of the SEGS baby



Windy said:

Sega is puttin Nintendo to Shame on Virtual Console Right now. Now it looks like they are making a move to put them to shame on 3d classics as well! Wake up Nintendo!



DualWielding said:

The one I'm most excited about is Ecco but may give other Sega 3D classics games a try if they make it west



Kevin said:

I was hoping it was the second game. Oh well. I might both anyway



SheldonRandoms said:

Streets of Rage!?!?!.........well then, once it arrives here, i'll get it (And hopefully, they give the 3D treatment to Streets of Rage 2, because that was the GRAND UPPER of the series)

Also, Streets of Rage 4 would be nice.



Kaboom said:

FFFFFFFFFFFF- even more of these?!

Sega, Nintendo, whoever... GET OFF YOUR donkey. We in the West know these exist and we want to buy them. So stop sucking and announce them already.



DRL said:

Give me Streets of Rage Trilogy 3D and I'll be ecstatic.



SparkOfSpirit said:

Shinobi 3 is not only the best Shinobi game, but the best ninja game ever made.

Now if only Sega Of America would pick up the slack on these releases.



bbliksteen8 said:

This is great. I'll take SoR II as well. Then someone needs to make a new beat em up in the same style. The 3D would be perfect for the game



BulbasaurusRex said:

While I love the SoR series, they're going to have to come up with some awesome extra features to get me to double dip (already have them all on my Wii) on this franchise. Space Harrier is perfect for taking advantage of the 3D effect, while Sonic the Hedgehog will benefit greatly from save files (and a special Spin Dash mode), but Streets of Rage doesn't really need those things.



Souflee said:

Uuuuh streets of rage 3D, the way nintendo delivered on the 3DS is what keeps me from selling my wii u, well that and mario kart 8



hYdeks said:

@Souflee not DKC Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D World, Pikmin 3, Watch Dogs, Rayman Legends, Assassin's Creed 4 etc. just Mario Kart 8?!?!? Wow....



Souflee said:

@hydeks i would be happy for watch dogs if i was also getting castlevania lords of shadow 2, gta v, kingdom hearts 3 and final fantasy xv, ac 4 dont really excite me dont like annual franchises,
And if you're ready to take your head out of nintendos mushroom, you would ser that super mario 3d world is a disgrace to the mario franchise and a slap in the face for people like me, you just dont do that to a franchise of this importance, they gave you 2 mario games on a next gen system and not one of them looks good, i want to pay for one , just one thats actually spectacular and lives up to the standard left behind by mario galaxy 2, but your happy to pay for 2 lackluster games and thats why they do it,
Give me mario 3d world on the 3ds call it 3d land 2 and it will be spectacular, on the wii u the bar is a little higher



unrandomsam said:

Rather have M.U.S.H.A or Gunstar Heroes but probably get Streets of Rage and Shinobi iii as long as they are done well.



WYLD-WOO said:

Yet another reason to play Streets of Rage. Yes please Nintendo. I had a feeling this one was on the way.



Ras said:

This is the top Streets for me. Never saw the appeal of the later games. I prefer Revenge to III, but I'll take any Shinobi.



DESS-M-8 said:

@spamineggs You must never have played shinobi III then as shinobi III was one of sega's best games on megadrive. And streets of rage one is actually quite poor with streets of rage 2 being miles better. If they're releasing the first over 2, then they obviously have designs on releasing all three streets of rage titles



DESS-M-8 said:

Shinobi III is one of the greatest games ever made. If you have never played it then you HAVE to play it. Revenge of shinobi is appalling by comparison. The speed and fluidity you can finish in levels in shinobi 3 is amazing and addictive once you master all the moves and the soundtrack is excellent and some of yuzo koshiros (streets of rage composer) beat work, especially the tracks Idaten and Whirlwind



dimi said:

The original arcade Shinobi is one of the greatest games ever made. Why they cant port this instead? Shinobi 3 is ok.



unrandomsam said:

@SuperMario2099 The reason is the best SNES and GBA games are tons better than junk like Mutant Mudds (Or other games at about £10) and Nintendo seems to be trying to help 3rd party developers (Unfortunately just the ones who can jump through the right hoops not necessarily the ones with the best games) to the detriment of itself. (I would say the heavily counterfeited DS games would be another set of obvious candidates to put on the eshop.) SNES is quite hard to emulate (Don't think the wii SNES emulation is all that great. But Neo Geo is not easy either and that emulation on wii is much better. Might even be easier on 3DS because it has a dual core cpu (Even more so if it can use the arm9 and the arm7 from the DS). If that is the case it might even be able to do Saturn in the right hands.)



Zeldalover said:

Haven't played Shinobi III, but judging by the videos on the internet, it looks like it's way better than The Revenge of Shinobi or even the previous two installments. Plus, everyone should listen to one of Shinobi III's musical compositions - Whirlwind.



shinobi88 said:

@unrandomSam, you lost ALL credibility when you referred to 'Mutant Mudds' as junk. It is not an opinion, it is FACT to say that 'Mudds' is better than over 80% of SNES games. And the review scores back that up. It's perfectly programmed, has an amazing soundtrack, and beautiful to look at. It was even BASED primarily off SNES games! And to think, that was Renegade Kid's 1st foray into 2D gaming. I'm sure Treasurenauts will be better than even 90% of SNES games. I'm not a fan of most new downloadable titles, but maybe you can do your homework next time and pick on one of those extremely lame physics flingers or endless runners if you don't want people to think you're dumb.

We'd all like to see some SNES & GBA games on the VC (Can I get an Astro Boy shout out??). We'd all like to see as MANY retro games on the eShop as possible (actually I'd prefer 20 games jammed onto a collectible compilation cart). But Ninty is slow, that's how they roll.



ReaperX30 said:

I hope Streets of Rage makes it to America and seriously wish they'll do Streets of Rage 2 also as it was one of my favorite game on Genesis.



shinobi88 said:

What legendary IPs are next in line for 3D treatment? Realistically: Golden Axe, Vectorman

Not so realistically: Gunstar Heroes, Toejam & Earl



spamineggs said:

@DESS-M-8 you are correct, I haven't played Shinobi 3. I also haven't played Streets of Rage 1, but as i am a bigger fan of Street of Rage i have to side with that over Shinobi. However, I did scope out some gameplay and Shinobi looks awesome! I change my vote to Streets of Rage and Shinobi III



GreatPlayer said:

@spamineggs I played both and thought that Shinobi III is an extremely good game. It is at least on par with the NES ninja gaiden, except that Shinobi III is more complicated in gameplay (as it came later). Shinobi series also has a more Japanese feel. I cannot think of other ninja games that are better than Shinobi and Ninja Gaiden III (I have only watched the demo of the new ninja gaiden games but I do not think them).



Ristar42 said:

Come on SEGA, bring these games to Europe, we supported you since the Master System! I'd be buying most of these 3D SEGA games, just as I do their retro releases on PSN...



unrandomsam said:

@shinobi88 I am not bothered about percentages or whether you think I am credible or not. Treat it however you want (Think about literature most people like junk the fact that the average review score for this site is 70% is bad it is a lack of integrity to squash the statistics like that.) I was bored every second I was playing Mutant Mudds. (Mighty Switch Force was at least technically excellent but more like a tech demo). It is overrated in 20 years time it won't be remembered for anything. All of the SNES games below are lightyear's better than Mutant Mudds. (And somewhat similar). The point is anyway across all platforms (Capable of being technically emulated on the 3DS) there is a better example than every eshop game. (The Dsiware Shantae being the only one that is even close to the same ballpark). It is not at the same level as Super Meatboy or Bastion / Super Hexagon or the really good indie games. (And there is enough games at that level that it is wasting my time to play anything worse).

All of the SNES games below are lightyear's better than Mutant Mudds. (And somewhat similar)

Super Ghouls and Ghosts
Megaman X
Demon's Crest
Super Metroid
Super Turrican / Super Turrican 2
Contra III

Bit Trip Runner is a better game than it. (You seem to care about scores it is and endless runner and it got 10/10 here I have only played the wiiware version but I don't even like the genre). VVVVV is something different and great regardless of its failings in looks. Gunman Clive was good for its price. (Much more enjoyable than Mutant Mudds).



shinobi88 said:

@unrandomsam, you show your lack of intelligent arguing skills AGAIN by saying Bit.Trip.Runner is better than Mutant Mudds b/c it scored higher on Nintendo Life. NLife's review is just one human's opinion, a miniscule piece of a bigger puzzle. When looking at ALL the review scores, you can see that Mudds clearly beats Runner in the eyes of critics (80% vs. 76%) and has a higher % of positive user reviews on both Gamefaqs and Metacritic.

I said Mudds was better than over 80% of SNES games, and every game you listed could be considered in the Top 25 SNES games of all-time, which would be in the top 1%. You again show your lack of intelligent arguing skills. Look, you and me have different opinions. I wouldn't play Super Meat Boy if my life depended on it because it looks like a flash game. NO, I repeat NO, retro-styled indie game stacks up to the best games from the original 8-bit and 16-bit era. You know why? Because in those eras, there were no 3D games. So EVERY developer, all the best 1st & 3rd party teams, were working on 2D side-scrollers. So obviously when you have the very best organized dev teams in the WORLD working on games vs. a couple small teams of slacker indie devs, it's no contest. For me, Mudds is the closest eShop game to capturing that retro magic. Switch Force is too short, which is a BIG no-no if you were a game back in the 16-bit era, so it's disqualified from this convo of quality. And Shantae DSI has a HORRIBLE map, which is kinda important in a Metroidvania game, so it's disqualified on a technical basis. Mudds reigns supreme! (Mutant Mudds Deluxe actually, since it's the best version. But if this retail version ever gets made, IT should have the best content)

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