He’s not Sega-exclusive, but we know the best Earthworm Jim games were on Sega consoles! Cosplayer unknown from PAX East 2014.
It looks like CimmerianWillow is indeed getting the whole family in on the action! A Phantasy Star cosplay she’s been involved with has been in every one of our galleries so far and it looks like she’s not skipping one yet. Here is an adorable cosplay by her daughter as Alis!
Speaking of her family, here is her husband cosplaying as Wein from Dragon Force! This family has great tastes in games!
Today marks two anniversaries that we care about around here.
The first is the North American launch of the Genesis. It’s been 24 years since it’s release stateside. How old does that make you feel? When did you get your Genesis? What games did you play on it at first? Let us know in the forums!
My first experience with it was at my uncle’s house, shortly after it’s release. I had seen screenshots and articles in magazines on the games, but playing them was something else. My first experience was the pack-in game Altered Beast. I can remember my reaction when I first saw the transformation scene: Holy shit! This certainly was a much stronger piece of hardware than my NES or Master System! I was hooked!
My parents were, naturally, pestered until I finally got one the following Christmas. Those few months seemed like an eternity! I think I played Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, Shinobi, and Space Harrier nonstop to occupy myself. Even back then, I leaned very heavily on the Sega side of things. My NES was mostly used for Capcom games and RPGs that I couldn’t play elsewhere.
The second anniversary is the 15th – that’s right, fifteenth, anniversary of SegaFans. We started out on August 14th, 1998 as a crappy free host page based around the Sega Saturn called Sega Saturn Online. I would publish news from Japan and random reviews on the site. Over the next two years, we changed our name to Sega CDX and, finally, SegaFans.
Our activity on the site might have waxed and waned when the person running it had to deal with real life issues. But I’m proud to have carried the Sega banner along with benstylus and JoshF, pushing the site along to this milestone. Both of them stepped up and served as head master here while I was away for a handful of years, bringing their own opinions and personalities to the site and keeping the lights on.
While we celebrate out 15th, let’s all pour one out for all of our fallen or dormant brethren. Thanks for all the memories, interweb Sega peoples. Let’s make some more during the next 5 years!
The slickest Genesis Shinobi game, Shinobi III: Return of the Master Ninja, is about to be released on the 3DS as 3D Shinobi III. This release is one of the enhanced 3D ports that Sega’s been producing. The game will feature stereoscopic 3DS visuals, quicksaves, round select, and an option to play the Japanese or English versions. Neat.
It was recently revealed that the game will have customizable controls that allow you to set more commands than the original game. In this release, you’ll be able to configure buttons for attack, defend, jump, ninjustsu, and shurikens.
Shinobi III for 3DS comes out on August 7th, 2013 in Japan for 600 yen ($6). No word yet on a release date for North America or Europe, but we’re supposed to be getting the 3D classic releases some time soon. PEGI ratings for Shinobi III were leaked, so I’d imagine it’s just a matter of time.
I apologize if I’m taking on a bit of a Negative Nancy tone here, but after seeing Shinobi 3DS recently, I’m left with a poor impression.
I was a huge Shinobi fan as a kid, having started with the SMS port of the arcade game. For the longest time, I only had Rampage, Shinobi, and the built-in Hang-On / Safari Hunt for my SMS. It wasn’t for months that I finally got Wonderboy III: The Dragon’s Trap (which became my favorite SMS game), so I played a ton of Shinobi.
Through the years, I played the various Genesis games, missing out on the Game Gear and Saturn titles, as well as the GBA game that looked like complete ass. The Playstation 2 Shinobi was marvelous and it’s follow-up Nightshade was pretty good as well. Overall, I’d say Shinobi III for the Genesis / Mega Drive and Shinobi for the PS2 are my favorite games in the series. They’re smooth, fun, and challenging.
So that’s my background with the Shinobi series.
In walks this trailer for Shinobi 3DS, which is being developed by Griptonite Games, who are mostly known for the portable versions of multi-platformed licensed games. It comes out on November 15th. It looks to be the second farmed-out, disappointing Shinobi game in the franchise.
Just by looking at the trailer below, my hopes for the game have sank a little. It looks like a Flash game! I admire the use of 2.5D, which I was a huge fan of in the 90s, with games like Strider 2 and Psychic Killer Taromaru. The aesthetic here is just not pleasing to me and I am not alone, looking at the Youtube comments submitted in the past day since this trailer’s release.
I hate to be that guy, making a huge deal out of graphics in a video game. The big deal to me here, though, is that they had a choice. They chose to make this game that is not attractive (to myself and others). I’m just hoping that (somehow) it turns out to play extremely well. It’s been a long time since I’ve played a NEW awesome 2D Shinobi game.
So, let’s compare. The first video I have for you is a recording of Shinobi III, which I consider to be the pinnacle of 2D Shinobo games.