In Japan, the 3D Classic version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has an unlockable Super Sonic mode that becomes available after you beat the game. Once the mode is selected, Sonic starts the game with all the Chaos Emeralds and has 50 rings so you can go super at any time.
The game is set to release in September. Streets of Rage 2 is out now and 3D Gunstar Heroes is out in August. Each game sells on the 3DS Eshop for US$5.99. Currently SEGA has no plans to continue the classic series after these titles (but they should and release a boxed retail edition).
Felipe Daneluz aka LakeFeperd is the main developer behind a series of of Sonic fan games such as Sonic Before the Sequel, After the Sequel, and Chrono Adventure. Now he and his team are looking to get support in crafting their first ever commercial title in Spark the Electric Jester.
If you check out the trailer above – you can see that the game play pulls off the 16-bit feel wonderfully. The Kickstarter describes the game as “an action/platformer video game heavily based on classics from the 16-bit era, such as Mega Man X, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Kirby Super Star.”
But don’t let that be your only source. The Kickstarter also has a playable three level demo available. The kickstarter is only asking for a total of $7000 with PC digital copies being offered as an incentive at $10. The fundraising has 26 days to go and has already achieved over 60% of its funding to date.
The MSX is a hard system to get a handle on if you are an import/retro fan outside of Japan. It is filled with Konami and Hudson titles. There are some classics like Aleste, Metal Gear, and Puyo Puyo that got their start on the MSX.
I know there was a once cheap and now expensive Konami Saturn collection but to natively play the games required a lot of discerning between the 4 different hardware types across different manufacturers (MSX, MSX2, MSX2+, MSX TurboR).
There were some similarities between the MSX and SG-1000 and while not compatible, porting games between the two were easy. It seems like this cartridge adapter perhaps adding the missing components to natively play the cartridges on the Game Gear. It is a cool device made by the team who is creating the Game Gear LCD fix. Continue reading Game Gear MSX Cartridge Adapter!→
If you are an arcade fan there is a new forum going up that may be of interest. Darksoft and Walsdawg Arcade have been providing the arcade scene with arcade solutions and arcade resurrections. Cool stuff!
Yes, we are still a SEGA site but the NEO GEO CD system is another black box of 2D joy. The idea behind the NEO Station is to give the internet some high quality videos of NEO GEO CD games running at regular speed so fans can figure out if the extra money for an AES version or MVS version is worth it to them personally (that said some NEO GEO CD games are brutally priced).
Truth be told I’ve gone full circle in terms of the NEO GEO hardware and I have an AES, MVS, and CD system. I even have that emulated SNK system NEO GEO GOLD. The AES pretty much languishes on its own because the games are too damn expensive. The MVS spends the majority of its time in an actual arcade cabinet so I only play it rarely but when I do it is beautiful.
The NEO GEO CD? Well, it gets pulled out every time I want quick game of Baseball Stars 2, Bust-A-Move, or a NEO SHMUP. It is slow compared to the other two systems but for me it can often get the job done. Heck, it beats the pants off the NEO GEO GOLD system.