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Sonic Drift 2 (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Sonic Drift 2 (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Super Sonic Racing

Quite a few video game mascots got swept up in the kart racing craze of the 90's, and the world's fastest hedgehog was no exception. Sonic and racing have always seemed like a good fit, and after the success of Super Mario Kart in 1992, SEGA gave the Blue Blur some well-deserved time on the track with Sonic Drift for the Game...

G-LOC: Air Battle (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

G-LOC: Air Battle (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Crash and burn

Around its initial release in the early '90s, Sega launched G-LOC: Air Battle in several different forms, including an arcade cabinet, a Mega Drive port, and eventually crash-landing it on the portable Game Gear console. The series has been mostly absent since then, finally popping back up on the 3DS’s Virtual Console service. Some...

Vampire: Master of Darkness (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Vampire: Master of Darkness (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Out for the count

Given its gothic setting, focus on melee combat and inclusion of Dracula as the final boss, it’s little wonder that Vampire: Master of Darkness was compared to the famous Castlevania series when it launched on the Master System and Game Gear back in the early ‘90s. Developed by SIMS — which at the time was a second-party Sega...

Crystal Warriors (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Crystal Warriors (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Curiously characterless

One of the Game Gear’s earliest RPG titles, Crystal Warriors tries to cherry-pick the best elements of genre classics like Fire Emblem and Shining Force while throwing its own element-driven combat system into the mix, along with the ability to tame monsters and use them in battle. Despite these attempts to do something...

Defenders of Oasis (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Defenders of Oasis (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Water way to go

Given the staggering popularity of the RPG genre, it’s amazing that so few titles have broken free of the seemingly obligatory European fantasy setting. Most notable entries tend to feature swords, knights, dragons and all the usual medieval trappings, and as a result some old-school role-playing titles are genuinely difficult to...

Tails Adventure (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Tails Adventure (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Foxtales

Miles 'Tails' Prower has come a long way since his debut as a silent, second-player-controlled sidekick in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, becoming one of SEGA's most beloved mascots and appearing in dozens of games over the past twenty years. It's a bit surprising then that he's only had headlining roles in two titles, both on the Game Gear: the...

Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Shine on, you crazy portable diamond

The Shining Force series may have retreated from the west of late, but back in the early 1990s it was incredibly popular in both the US and Europe, managing to attract a large audience while Nintendo’s rival Fire Emblem franchise remained Japan-exclusive. As well as scoring critically-acclaimed entries on the...

Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Emphasis on the “mean”

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine is somewhat of an anomaly. It's a Puyo Puyo puzzle game that takes place in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog - a short lived but wildly popular television series from the mid-90s - universe, but the blue blur is completely absent. Instead, the only hero here is you, a presumably...

Columns (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Columns (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Supporting a good time

Way back in the days when video games in general were often referred to as 'Nintendo' games, a little gem called Tetris was packaged-in with the Game Boy, and it helped catapult the handheld to dominating heights. A couple of years later SEGA released the Game Gear, and in what can only be seen as an attempt to capitalize on...

Sonic the Hedgehog (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Sonic the Hedgehog (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Put a ring on it

As one of gaming's most iconic mammals, Sonic the Hedgehog needs no introduction; he's graced consoles, comic books, crossovers and clothing lines in his double-decade career, and this is where it all began. Well, nearly — Sonic the Hedgehog on the Game Gear isn't a port of the Mega Drive / Genesis classic, but rather of the 8-bit...

Sonic Blast (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Sonic Blast (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

From the past, not a blast

Not to be confused with Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic Blast only really shares a fondness for rendered sprites with its 16-bit namesake, sticking to more mainline Sonic staples like running, spinning and grabbing Chaos Emeralds. The rendered sprites weren't particularly impressive back in 1996 and they don't stand up too well...

Sonic Labyrinth (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Sonic Labyrinth (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Maze craze

Failed game pitches from the 1990s: Madden without the ball. Mario without the jumping. Sonic without the speed. Except someone at SEGA must have thought the last one was a good idea, and gave Minato Giken the go-ahead to develop Sonic Labyrinth for Game Gear. As the story goes, Dr. Robotnik has tricked Sonic into wearing special shoes...

Dragon Crystal (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Dragon Crystal (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Manageable masochism

For a system known for its incredible appetite for AA batteries, the Game Gear makes quite a strange home for the hardcore, permadeath-filled roguelike Dragon Crystal. With absolutely no save option or password system, the game must have caused some incredible bouts of rage when those last spurts of juice ran out. Dragon Crystal...

Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Need for speed

While SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog series pulled in monstrous sales on the Mega Drive/Genesis, many gamers aren't aware that Sonic also enjoyed a number of releases on the Master System and Game Gear. Sonic Triple Trouble is the follow-up to Sonic Chaos and while the game still suffered from the hardware limitations of the Game Gear's...

Shinobi (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Shinobi (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

On-the-go ninja, go ninja, go.

The Shinobi series has been sneaking about the gaming world for over two decades, and the 1987 original arcade entry remains a classic to this day. The 1991 Game Gear instalment — also called Shinobi — has now infiltrated the 3DS eShop, and we're happy to say that it's aged better than we would have expected. You...