2022-08-08
Image: Renovation

Retro-Bit has done some great work in the area of ​​physical re-releases of classic video games and is already offering new versions. R-Type III, Sacred diver When Undercover Cops, And a collection of NES and SNES.

As a next trick, Retro-Bit is reviving one of the most beloved Sega Genesis / Genesis shamps. Gaiares – This was the first game to receive a “perfect” set of scores from a reviewer of the US magazine GamePro.

Developed by Telenet Japan in 1990 and released by renovation in both Japan and North America, this horizontal scroll blaster has a unique gameplay that allows you to “steal” enemy weapons using the “TOZ system”. It has a hook (which is a bit similar) R-Type Force Pod). There are 18 different weapons available, and the more times you use the TOZ against the same enemy, the stronger the stolen weapon.

Gaiares
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If you’re old enough to remember the release of Gaiares in the West, you might think of Jamie Bunker, a “pro gamer” who is a bolster in the game’s promotional campaign. Retro-Bit hired a bunker in 1990 to recreate an ad for a magazine he starred in. This is a nice touch. The game also includes an interview with him.according to Retro SegaBunker participated in the renovation as a video game tester in 1989 and is now Seagate Technology Staff Program Manager.

The new physical version of the game includes the following items:

  • Translucent tektite cartridge
  • Full color instruction manual
  • Reversible cartridge inlay sleeve
  • Individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity
  • Exclusive interview with James Bunker
  • Decorated slip cover
  • Free commemorative T-shirt
  • Each sale provides a donation to the Video Game History Foundation
Gaiares
Image: Retro Bit

According to Retro-Bit, there are no digital releases of the game on the latest systems and there are no other plans for reprints. Therefore, once it is gone, it is gone.As mentioned above, donations from each sale Video Game History Foundation..

Retro-Bit has also confirmed that the cart is compatible with North America and PAL consoles, as well as “most” third-party consoles that can run Genesis / MegaDrive cartridges. However, due to the shape of the cartridge, it is not suitable for Japanese mega drive consoles.

Retro-Bit also uses a 5-volt chip for the cart “to maintain console performance” and its edge connector is chamfered “to allow proper insertion without damaging the pins in the cartridge slot”. It states that it is. This may seem strange to mention, but other re-releases – Gley Lancer – Comes with unchamfered edges.