Sega Masters Japanese Wii VC

One-time hardware maker's 8-bit Master System and Game Gear to join Genesis titles on Nintendo's online platform; NA, Euro release probable.

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The Wii's Virtual Console has quickly become a premier destination for gamers to get their hands on titles from days gone by on myriad systems. In addition to the NES, Super Nintendo, and Nintendo 64, the Mario Factory has revitalized the antiquated libraries of one-time rivals SNK, NEC, and Sega by rereleasing games from their respective Neo-Geo, TurboGrafx-16, and Genesis systems.

Fist of the North Star is a beat-'em-up.

In Japan today, Sega announced that the 16-bit Genesis would be joined by its 8-bit predecessor, the Master System, on the Wii's Virtual Console beginning in February. While a Nintendo of America representative wasn't willing to confirm the information, Sega's Japanese announcement included word that Master System titles delivered through the VC would also surface in North America and Europe.

While not as commercially successful as Nintendo's Famicom/NES, the Master System did help pave the way for Sega's more widely popular Genesis. The Master System also shares close ties to Sega's Game Gear, which featured technical specifications on par with the console. Sega's announcement indicates that the company considers Game Gear titles to be part of the Master System, suggesting those offerings could also appear on the Virtual Console.

Fantasy Zone is a cute-'em-up.

The first Master System titles slated for the Japanese Wii VC both hail from 1986. Based on the manga Hokuto no Ken, Fist of the North Star is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up that will run for 600 Wii points (¥600, $6). Also a side-scroller, Fantasy Zone is a shoot-'em-up that substitutes the standard spaceship fare for cutesy characters and will cost Japanese gamers 500 Wii points (¥500, $5).

Discussion

117 comments
lava_lamp
lava_lamp

It is great having all these old games for download again. BUT I would LIKE to be able to play these online ............

theKSMM
theKSMM

Man, Nintendo must be making a killing rehashing 20-year-old games at five to ten dollars a pop. I guess a compilation is out of the question while they're raking in the dough like this.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

Generally Master System games will run on a Game Gear, though not the other direction. There's a few minor differences.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I remember making my Sega Master System games last a long time, as I had a Game Gear long ago and they had a special plug in to allow Master System ROMs to work with the Game Gear. I had that thing working 'til I traded it all in for a PlayStation.

sun_spirit
sun_spirit

Next, the Sega Saturn, and we're all set!

m14c79
m14c79

If they ever get R-Type and Wonder Boy in Monster Land, I'm sold.

Lodoss_Warz
Lodoss_Warz

RASTAN and R-TYPE and maybe Satellite Defense...that was a hard game...never could beat it,

johnmetcalf
johnmetcalf

@dkpunk Oh crap your right I did forget Shinobi, outrun, afterburner, and choplifter! I didn't have some of those you mentioned though.

diablobasher
diablobasher

All i want is Alex Kidd, i had that baby built into my Master System until some IDIOT threw it out, and i've never been able to get hold of an Alex Kidd one since then, only stupid Sonic.

zhivago_x
zhivago_x

Sega Master System. Now this brings memories. To play shinobi again. This proves that all games maybe be outdated when it comes to visuals but they some still have great gameplay value.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

they need to package the games and sell about 5 for $10 or else just buy namco museum or something.

dkslade
dkslade

people might not like the difficulty of the SMS games. compared to NES, the MS is definitely more challenging. NOW im stuck on keeping my SMS and the 100 games or selling and buying all VC.( doubt it ) fantasy zone, kenseiden, zillion,spellcaster,alex kidd's,wonder boy, phantasy star,action fighter,black belt,power strike,alien syndrome,ghost house,shinobi,kung fu kid,and rc grand prix. it would be a long wait to get these great titles at 1 or so a week.

slothboyadvance
slothboyadvance

They should put Atari 2600 games on the virtual console. Make them $2 a piece.

desolation00
desolation00

About time to make a Videogame Library of Congress, one that you can download all those old games from for a modest fee. I mean, why not sell old games when it only takes a small bit of storage space to catalog them and nobody has plans for them? Personally first things I'd want to download are Grim Fandango and Quarantine.

GrimBee
GrimBee

The wii should have Alex Kidd built-in... ;) now THAT would be classic! :D

1357900
1357900

This is nice. But, this should've been done awhile ago. For right now, I have no doubts that Dreamcast games will come to the Wii via discs, Either that, &/or those series {on the DC} will be revived in some way, or form. Also, on a wiki article I read, MSX will be heading to the VC. Since it is wikipedia, one must either disregard it, or double-check via other info sources. Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSX

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I still have my Sega Master System. My very first gaming console. Good for Wii owners. I wonder if those games strain the Wiis hardware.

4quarters
4quarters

I love the Master System! C'mon Sony....I know you brought some Midway classics for download (Q*Bert, Rampage, Gauntlet, Mortal Kombat 2 w/online) but bring us more of these!!!

SegArgyle
SegArgyle

oh this is great! I grew up on SMS!!! Gangster Town, Fantasy Zone, Phantasy Star, Space Harrier, Great Baseball, Hang On and Safari Hunt, Rambo, Alex Kidd, Shinobi, Lord of the Sword, Kenseiden, Miracle Warriors, Quartet, Zillion, the list goes on, YES!!!!!!! If they release a bunch of these this will give me a reason to buy a wii, plus they need to add more genesis and add saturn games too!

Sumotaii
Sumotaii

My Hero was the best, 3d SpaceHarrier, Sonic, Rocky, Ahh MasterBit > NEs in terms of Hardcore gaming.

KaiserWebb
KaiserWebb

I would have much rather it be the Saturn (for Nights and Panzer Dragoon) or better yet the Dreamcast (but I doubt we'll ever see that) but whatever this is cool too I suppose.

GunnyHath
GunnyHath

That's not exactly true, I remember having a lot of fun with my master system. You spent 2007 money to play Metroid Prime 3 and SMGalaxy, the Virtual Console is a small feature addition which has proven wildly popular. If you don't like it, simply don't use it. Those of us that grew up on these games, appreciate the nostalgia.

hitomo
hitomo

you guys probably know that the MASTER.SYSTEM, despite its name, sucks big time, in every aspect... thats why there was a Genesis later... I could only "give" me this 8bit-s*** on GameGear but even that was not worth anything, even when it was brand new... and while its a neat Idea to have SATURN and DREASMCAST titles for the Wii, but come on, we dont life in the past... they need to make SEQUELS from the greatest games of those plattforms... come on, we spent 2007-money on the Wii and we get 1990-2000 quality...?

nate1222
nate1222

This is the sort of thing the gaming industry needs more of: taking a stable of cheap eastablished classics and distributing them affordably. I'd still like to see Saturn titles jump on board. And, as I stated a few days ago, I'd LOVE to see disc formatted Dreacast classics on the shelves for the Wii.

TexasAnMGrad2K
TexasAnMGrad2K

Reading this has really had me thinking the last couple days about which games I'd like to see on there. Alex Kidd, Shinobi, Kenseiden, Quartet, Zillion, Fantasy Zone, Choplifter (the MS version was one of the better versions), Black Belt, Rambo (the one like Ikari Warriors), someone mentioned the Snail maze game. I'm sure there are a few more though...

niels200683
niels200683

Gamegear? Uh... well, hope Nintendo also comes out with Gameboy & Gameboy Color games to download With the option to send these games via download play to the DS, and an added option to send the savegame back to wii again.

Rej72380
Rej72380

Great, with any luck, I'll be able to play a version of the original Phantasy Star that does not have the god-mode bug, like what the GBA version had. That will be an awesome experience, that's for sure.

mustained13
mustained13

@Ungdi: Phantasy Star, Alex Kidd 3, Alex Kidd in Monster Land and Shinobi are some good ones to start with. It's a shame this system didn't do better in the states.

CaptSpaulding
CaptSpaulding

I have to admit while i did find the Wii to be dissapointing i do miss the VC but now i have a PS3 and am quite content with my gaming hardware

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

I remember the Sega Massah System... The only system with the PAUSE BUTTON ON THE CONSOLE!! Good times.... Good times... You're kickin an enemy's butt when either your Ma or nature calls and you have to 1. get up, 2. keep the enemies off you, and 3. hit the pause button! Or you could have someone you can tell to pause it for you.... which is what parents did to their kids when they had a TV with no remote. (Shudders)

Normaral85
Normaral85

All this does is pretty much beef up the Wii's gaming library and appeal for those that have set there controllers down and gone on with their lives. Which has been their goal? Bring in a wide range of games that will pay 5 bucks for games and they wouldn't pay you that much to take off your hands if you had held on to them for this long. But I ain't hatin the players (Nintendo) or their games. Cause my next paycheck it is partially goin to my new-innovative-retro gaming system the Wii. Holla

GothaChu
GothaChu

Sega Master System is great. If I had a wii I'd be buying these games... Or, I'd go to the local old school video game store and buy the actual games for the same price.

KingSigy
KingSigy

I like beat-em-ups, so I'd buy that game. 500 for Game Gear titles seems extremely steep though.

supersonicGO
supersonicGO

yea put some saturn and dreamcast please!

TwinTiger
TwinTiger

Some of the old games are a bit pricey, but not too bad. All we need now are Saturn and Dreamcast games, and it's a done deal.

Bowser05
Bowser05

Yeah awheaten, that is also ILLEGAL. Some of us actually like to give our money to the companies that make these great games. These VC games aren't that flippin' expensive. I'm liking that more consoles are coming onto here. Now all we need is the DC and my life will be complete XD.

awheaten
awheaten

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Taegre
Taegre

RELEASE THESE IN THE U.S. OR I WILL TURN INTO A DEMON MUSHROOM AND HOLD ALL OF FANTASY ZONE HOSTAGE UNTIL SOME GUY WITH A SPACE HARRIER CAN STOP ME!

SuperYEpower
SuperYEpower

Since the Game Gear games are to be up on the Virtual Console, I wonder if Nintendo will release some of their OLD Game Boy Games....I'm waiting for you Super Mario Land!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

alex kid in miracle world, psycho fox, dynamite dux, xenon 2 and asterix please. I loved those games as a kid.

Dmitheon
Dmitheon

Yup, Black Belt was Fist of the North Star. Man that games was annoying. Fantasy Zone was hard but so were lots of games. Think of Fantasy zone as Defender on shrooms.

V-Nine
V-Nine

..If they decide to reawaken Phantasy Star Online...I'm there...

DrumminDoc
DrumminDoc

Fantasy Zone was also on the TG-16, not that the price bothers me. That game was really hard, too, from what I remember.

shabulia
shabulia

Here comes Phantasy Star... Everybody ready for a great RPG???

-SiiLeNCE-
-SiiLeNCE-

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finaleve
finaleve

Link256 > I would like to point out that...while the MS lost, you are buying the games, not the system. That system war is over now, we are on a new one. They should really start adding more games to the rest of the sections of the VC before adding new ones (especially the imports)