A whole slew of hit Game Gear titles are coming soon. You can view the whole list below. To date, only three Game Gear games have been released for the 3DS Virtual Console (all of them hit the store on March 15 2012), they include: The action game “Shinobi”, the hit platformer “Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble” and the Rogue-like RPG “Dragon Crystal”.
Upcoming 3DS Game Gear Virtual Console Game Releases Via eShop Include:
1. Crystal Warriors
3. Shining Force II: The Sword of Hajya
4. Defenders of Oasis
5. Sonic Blast (Already available in Europe)
6. Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
7. Sonic Drift 2
8. G-Loc Air Battle
9. Tails Adventure
10. Sonic the Hedgehog
11. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
12. Sonic Laybrinth (Already available in Europe)
13. Vampire: Master of Darkness
Dragon Crystal cost $3 and was originally released on 1992 (the Game Gear version being a port of the Master System game from 1990). Shinobi costs $4 and was originally released in 1991. Last up is Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble, it costs $5 and was originally released in 1994 (called “Sonic & Tails 2” in Japan).
So as you can see, the price of Virtual Console Game Gear games differs depending on the perceived popularity of the title itself. Dragon Crystal is not well known and is a niche Rogue-like-style RPG, so it only cost $3. Shinobi is a well-known brand to gamers and Sega fans, so it cost $4. Whereas Sonic is a popular character so Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble will likely sell the best of the trio on brand-name alone, so it cost $5. So far the pricing of Game Gear games lands between $3-5, so don’t expect to have to pay much for the upcoming games listed below.
It’s great to see more classic Game Gear releases for 3DS eShop. Especially since some of these have been marked as “coming soon” for the past year! Either way, this is definitely some welcome, good news for retro game fans like myself!