Sega Plans To Bring More 3D Classics to Nintendo 3DS
Recently, the Nintendo eShop became home to several additional downloadable titles, including games from the Nintendo 64 and original DS. Sega is following suit, serving up a brand new wave of 3D retro titles remade to look great for the New Nintendo 3DS you may have just picked up. Soon, you'll be able to purchase 3D Streets of Rage 2, 3D Gunstar Heroes, and 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 via the eShop.
All of these games are from the golden age of the Genesis/Mega Drive and will release in July, August, and September. While they're all worth picking up, 3D Gunstar Heroes is one that you should consider purchasing first, if only to experience its unique brand of shoot-'em-up awesome.
If you've never had the pleasure of playing through Gunstar Heroes, it is, at a glance, your typical run-and-gun shooter, originally released for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. If you've ever played Contra or Metal Slug, then you should feel right at home. Gunstar Heroes has a decidedly more cartoony look than its competitors in the sideways-scrolling shooter, and that's part of its charm.
The game is simple - just run and shoot! Couldn't be any easier than that, right? Well, it gets much easier: unlike Contra or Metal Slug, you're not forced to carry on with one singular life. That part makes Gunstar Heroes decidedly easier for you gun-shy rebels who can't seem to stay alive longer than five seconds amidst all the gunfire.
This isn't the first batch of Sega's 3D Classics, as April and May saw the release of 3D Fantasy Zone II and 3D Thunder Blade. Hopefully another series of remasters will be coming to the handheld, so eventually we'll see several waves of retro classics reborn for relatively low prices. Each one is priced at $5.99 as it is. Perhaps the biggest reason to purchase them are the graphics and music you remember from your childhood, painstakingly preserved - every "Welcome to the Fantasy Zone!" and the SEGA! chorus is present.
Check back for a review of 3D Streets of Rage 2 upon release, and coverage of the rest of the Sega 3D Classics in the future. Which one are you looking forward to playing again most?