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Sega's Classic Shooter Fantasy Zone Is Blasting Onto Japanese 3DS eShop This Month

Posted by Kerry Brunskill

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If you're a fan of Sega's 3D Classics range then you'll be pleased to know that the company has revealed that a new version of Fantasy Zone — entitled 3D Fantasy Zone: Opa Opa Brothers — will hit the Japanese 3DS eShop on the 19th of March.

As with all previous 3D re-releases, the usual Sega love is on show — fully customisable buttons, three screen modes (4:3, full, and one that replicates the curvature of an old CRT TV), the choice of domestic (Japan) or international versions of the game and other very welcome features.

As is also to be expected, developer M2 had no intentions of "just" giving us an incredible port of a classic Sega shoot 'em up, and the new "Upa Upa mode" — which is unlocked after completing the game — allows gamers to play a remixed version of Fantasy Zone using Opa Opa's brother with a very different power up system. Instead of visiting the floating shops that normally litter the stages, Upa Upa selects his engine before the game starts and then can switch between different weaponry on the fly using the touch screen — so long as you've got the coins to pay for it.

We're looking forward to this one at least as much as we were with Galaxy Force II, Ecco the Dolphin and indeed every 3D-enhanced Sega classic, so expect more information once the game releases, as well as the usual hands-on impressions of the Japanese edition.

Do you have fond memories of playing Fantasy Zone? Which game do you hope gets the 3D treatment next? Let us know in the comments section below.

[via 4gamer.net, archives.sega.jp]

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User Comments (28)

Kirk

#4

Kirk said:

I loved Fantasy Zone II on the Master System. It's one of my favorite shmups ever actually. Great to see them bringing this Megadrive version (I assume) of the first Fantasy Zone to the 3DS 3D collection. They REALLY do not make shoot em ups like this any more.

Dyltheman

#5

Dyltheman said:

Wow, this was one of the games I was hoping would get released on 3ds and here it is, cant wait...

SheldonRandoms

#6

SheldonRandoms said:

WELCOME TO THE FANTASY ZONE! GET READY!

.......Wrong game? WHAT DO YOU MEAN THAT WAS FOR THE WRONG GAME!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

(Also, 3D Ristar please)

tigermask

#8

tigermask said:

Oh yeah! This will be a day one purchase for me when they bring it over to Europe. Streets of Rage 2 and Toejam & Earl would make it perfect but I'm happy with whatever they release.

Pod

#9

Pod said:

Haha, you KNOW something is from the late 80s or early 90s when visual coherence is completely foregone in favor of getting as many odd shapes on screen as possible, and the end results receives the entirely non-descriptive title "Fantasy Zone".

3dcaleb

#12

3dcaleb said:

omg i played this game for weeks at a time when i was a kid. i cant wait to play it again. as long as it comes to NA. please let us get it too. please.

unrandomsam

#16

unrandomsam said:

I hope it is the system16 version. (Think the Sega Ages one used that.)

Maybe they are using the 3D Version. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbFcNRhjPHo

(They should be that version would look brilliant on the 3DS it has that separation already.)

Don't think it will be the Megadrive one because that is called Super Fantasy Zone.

And looks like M2 also did - Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 33: Fantasy Zone Complete Collection

shredmeister

#17

shredmeister said:

@MAB
You said it. Where are all the Nintendo 3D Classics? They haven't made any new ones since Kid Icarus. That was a long time ago.

Tsuchinoko

#18

Tsuchinoko said:

@MAB you know that comment is useless whem this is coming out on a Nintendo system right? If you get this game or any of the Sega 3d classics, Nintendo is getting your money.

ECMIM

#19

ECMIM said:

@unrandomsam there was a faux System 16 version made for the Sega Ages Fantasy Zone collection (Vol. 33 and, yes, which M2 did)--which was a 'port' of the SMS/System E (SMS-derived arcade hardware) Fantasy Zone II--but it never actually ran on actual System 16 hardware.

/annoying pedant

(And it would be fantastic if that one got included w/ 3D, since it's pretty awesome even w/o!)

xj0462

#20

xj0462 said:

cmon sega!!! release more 3d classics of your in america already!!!!
stop giving these spoiled rotten japanese new stuff and givs us some new stuff!!!

Windy

#25

Windy said:

why has Nintendo abandoned the 3d classics? just look at these great games sega is doing. you would think it would light fire under nintendos butt to at least try and 1up sega with something from its collection. I guess Nintendo dont want to play that way and just ignore the format altogether. would be neat to see a bit of the old console wars fire. Sega thank you these 3d classics rock! I ha e them all and will buy more :) would love to see shining in the Darkness get the 3d treatment. Outrun too

Kirk

#26

Kirk said:

@Pod

Actually, the visual coherence is in that very graphic design style approach. The entire visual theme is based on simple geometric shapes, basic primary/secondary/pastel colors and other well defined/established graphic design elements. Also, there actually is some proper artistic direction and coherence going here with most levels having a proper theme such as grass/plants, desert, ice, under water etc.

It's not realistic but it is highly artistic and visually striking. Any individual screen from that game could be blown up and printed as an art poster for your wall.

I'd take the look of this game over 99.9% of the dull "realistic" and "gritty" games these days.

Also; Surely Fantasy Zone is the perfect name for a game where you are basically flying around in a Fantasy Zone :-)

DragonbornRito

#28

DragonbornRito said:

Doo doo doo-doo doo doo doo-doo doo doo doo... doo doo dee doo doo dee doo doo dee... Doo doo doo dee dee... Doo dee doo dee dee doo doo dee!!!

God, I love Fantasy Zone. I had the Tengen cart for NES, never for the Master System, but it was still one of my favorite games ever. And once that music gets in your head, it takes forever to get it back out.

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