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Review: 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...

Review: 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...

Review: 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...

Review: 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...

News: Game Gear Mega Man Could be Destined for the 3DS Virtual Console

Game Gear Mega Man Could be Destined for the 3DS Virtual Console

Seems likely thanks to ESRB rating

We've sure had a lot of retro Mega Man on Nintendo systems recently, with both the 3DS and Wii U Virtual Consoles bringing us fresh experiences that we hadn't enjoyed since the Wii Virtual Console; sarcasm aside, they've been additional opportunities for newcomers to the series to see what fans have been banging on...

News: Tails Adventure And Crystal Warriors Get Rated For Western Release

Tails Adventure And Crystal Warriors Get Rated For Western Release

More Game Gear goodness on the way

Game Gear titles Tails Adventure and Crystal Warriors have both received ratings from the Australian OFLC. The former is a spin-off from the Sonic the Hedgehog series which stars cute sidekick Tails, while the latter is a turn-based RPG in the same mould as Shining Force. The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console received...

News: Donkey Kong Jr. and Sonic Blast Head to Japan 3DS VC

Donkey Kong Jr. and Sonic Blast Head to Japan 3DS VC

G, Sonic

Two more for the 3DS Virtual Console in Japan: NES title Donkey Kong Jr. and Sonic Blast (aka G Sonic) for Game Gear. Neither title is the most fondly remembered in its respective canon, though Sonic Blast has the dubious distinction of being the last game commercially released for the Game Gear in Japan. Knuckles is playable too, which is...

News: Shining Force and Defenders of Oasis Rated for 3DS VC

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...

Nintendo Download: 29th March 2012 (Europe)

29th March 2012 (Europe)

Game Gear is here!

Originally we were told SEGA's Game Gear would reach Europe in mid-March, but after a minor delay the portable is coming to the continent this Thursday. The GG games aren't the only Virtual Console goodness as Wii gets a long-awaited 8-bit blaster too. 3DS Virtual Console: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (Game Gear, SEGA,...

News: Two More Sonic Game Gear Games Rated

Two More Sonic Game Gear Games Rated

Have a Blast

The Australian Classifications Board has rated two more Sonic the Hedgehog games for 3DS Virtual Console. The Game Gear titles Sonic Blast and Sonic Labyrinth have both been rated for 3DS Virtual Console, indicating we'll see them somewhere further down the line. While neither is fondly remembered as a classic title in the Sonic canon...

News: Game Gear Hits North American eShop on 15th March

Game Gear Hits North American eShop on 15th March

Treble trouble?

When the eShop was announced, SEGA aficionados welcomed the news that Game Gear titles would arrive on the platform. Famous for guzzling batteries and offering a high-tech alternative to the humble Game Boy, this was a handheld that took many console favourites on the go. The wait is almost over with confirmation that three titles...

Features: The Game Gear Games We Need on 3DS Virtual Console

The Game Gear Games We Need on 3DS Virtual Console

We go digging in the Sega vaults

We already know about the first five Game Gear games for 3DS Virtual Console, but looking further down the line, what titles would we love to see made available on the console's download service? Below are just some of the games we'd love to download after the eShop launches in May. Shinobi II: The Silent Fury: The...

News: Sega Names First Game Gear Games for 3DS Virtual Console

Sega Names First Game Gear Games for 3DS Virtual Console

Surprise! Sonic!

The news that Game Gear and TurboGrafx-16 games are coming to 3DS Virtual Console was welcomed by all, and Sega has already announced five of the games it'll be bringing to the service when it launches in late May. Classic gem-stacker Columns and ninja outing Shinobi (known as The G.G. Shinobi in Japan) will need no introduction to...