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Children Have Their Minds Blown As Sega Genesis Favorites Get The New-Age Virtual Boy Treatment

Posted on Friday, November 1 @ 16:00:00 Eastern by


The year is 1994 and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 is about to release on Sega Genesis. One friend argues that Sega games are cooler because they let you use three buttons instead of just two. Another friend sticks his tongue out after doing that annoying voice people use when they're mocking someone to say that the Super Nintendo has four buttons, so there. Me, in the middle... I can't even get down on Super Mario World because I don't have a console.

If I remember correctly, I made up the most bull shit sounding rumor to impress my two never-gonna-see-them-again friends from elementary school and it probably went something like this....

Sonic The Hedgehog from Genesis will be playable on Nintendo Virtual Boy in 3D.

Obviously, that's not true. They don't even make Sonic games anymore (or so I tell myself), but some part of this idea is true. Genesis games will be playable in 3D soon, but not on Virtual Boy and not just Sonic The Hedgehog. Instead, Sega will bring eight 3D classics to Nintendo 3DS by the end of 2013 making the most beloved Genesis titles on a Nintendo platform in 3D and my heinous playground lie a reality.

Sega will bring 3D Space Harrier, 3D Sonic The Hedgehog, 3D Ecco the Dolphin, 3D Galaxy Force II, and more to Nintendo 3DS as part of that system's 3D Classics library, by which classic games have almost nothing changed except for a wild new 3D graphical presentation.

Check out 3D Excitebike or 3D Kirby's Adventure currently on the eShop for an example of what I'm talking about. It's so weird that now Nintendo has released a 2D-3DS dubbed 2DS, I'm discovering how fond I am of playing with the feature. Cutscenes and the occasional plugged-in-play-session always have me sliding the 3D to max.

A total lack of smart 3D-effect was one of my chief complaints in our Pokémon X & Y review.

Now these Genesis games, the ones I envied my Sega-support spouting friends so much for, can be played on what is essentially a Virtual Boy... I feel like I can finally say Nintendo won that console war.

Let us open the Gettysburg-styled museum and monument to those lost in the console wars between Sega and Nintendo. Let us open it right here around the remains of our dear, departed friend, Sonic who shall forever be remembered for generously employing Jaleel White with voice acting work.

Let's enjoy 3D Classics like 3D Sonic The Hedgehog and... 3D Shinobi III, are you kidding? 3D Streets of Rage? Holy crap these games really were awesome back in the day. I don't know how the previous 3D Classics titles have sold, but having never owned these on other platforms I might have to jump on them.

If you're going to endlessly re-release games, at least do it this way where the presentation looks awesome and it makes them special and worthy of attention. Here's the full list:

3D Space Harrier, 3D Super Hang-On – 11/28/2013
3D Sonic The Hedgehog, 3D Altered Beast – 12/5/2013
3D Ecco the Dolphin™, 3D Galaxy Force II – 12/12/2013
3D Shinobi III, 3D Streets of Rage – 12/19/2013

Each game runs $5.99 via Nintendo 3DS eShop. One of these games I've never even heard of. Did you have a Genesis when you were growing up? Did you have these games?

Has anyone ever played Super Hang-On? What's that game all about?

[Sega Blog]
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